December 4, 2011

Vampire Academy: The Graphic Novel- Richelle Mead and Leigh Dragoon, Emma Viceli (Illustrations)

After two years on the run, best friends Rose and Lissa are caught and returned to St. Vladimir’s Academy, a private high school for vampires and half-bloods. It’s filled with intrigue, danger – and even romance. Enter their dark, fascinating world through a new series of 144-page full-color graphic novels. The entire first Vampire Academy novel has been adapted for book one by Leigh Dragoon and overseen by Richelle Mead, while the beautiful art of acclaimed British illustrator Emma Vieceli brings the story to life. – synopsis from Amazon

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Couldn’t find an official book trailer for the novel or the graphic novel, so here’s a vid :D

At long last Richelle Mead’s, Vampire Academy is put into graphic novel (which to me is just a fancy way of saying comic book since some people don’t want to sound silly walking around telling people that they’re reading a comic book) format!!! I’m such a big comic book fan that I just could not wait to start reading, my one and only thing that I worried about most was the comparisons that I would make between both the comics (I’m not a fan of calling it a graphic novel) and the series itself. I was nervous that they might cut some of the most memorable parts, like in the Twilight comics, or that they wouldn’t deliver it the way I had been expecting, *cough* the twilight comics *comics*.
Well I only have one thing to say to the VA comic… it didn’t disappoint. It began the same way I remembered it in the novels and one of the things I loved most was that the beautiful illustrations pretty much framed what I had seen going on in my head. Though I have to admit that the characters didn’t look the way I had imagined they would, though I must say that they did have Lissa spot on- I though the rest of the characters didn’t look the way they were described in the book. Rose’s skin tone seemed to dark (same story with Dimitri) and there was something about her facial appearance that didn’t give her the same fierce beauty that’s described in the books. Most of the secondary characters acted and appeared the way they did in the novel but I did think that they made the Strigoi look like a bunch of 7ft 90′ hunchbacks with fangs. Just saying.
The storyline was just as perfect as I remember it being in the original novels, it kept up that same pace of “everything seems pretty chill, despite some teenage drama, then CABLAM!!! they throw some sort of vampire disturbances in the mix”. I do wish that they had more scenes from the novel in the series like more Rose and Mia cat fights and more Rose and Dimitri training sessions. They only had like two throughout the novel up until they (SPOILER ALERT IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE BOOKS AND BE GLAD THIS IS LONG BECAUSE IT’S AN IMPORTANT WARNING!!!) almost hook- up. Since teacher- or I guess in this case instructor- student relationships are frowned upon even in polite vampire society.
The comic itself felt way to short compared to the size of the novels, now I am aware that novels are long because of all the extra details- blahblahblah. I’ve read a comic before and from the blog I’m pretty sure you can tell that I’ve read novels and I can tell the differences between the two, but honestly it was ALL of the novel in one 144 paged comic. At least the twilight ones were cut in two so that you got all of the little scenes and details, but really. I. Wanted. More. To. Read/Look. At. Overall it’s was a great comic and I cannot wait for the next comic book installment of Frostbite. You can expect another YA comic review next February for the Hush, Hush comic (I hope that it’s as amazing as the VA ones).
If you loved VA then you’ll be sure to love the comics, I guarantee it. Especially Dimitri who starts to get sooooo cute throughout the comic.

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