Is Vampire Academy the next Twilight?

Is the diminutive redhead, whom I was lucky to meet back in February, the heir to Stephenie Meyer’s crown? I know a lot of people who have read the entire Vampire Academy series as it stands and absolutely love them and especially like her strong female lead, Rose Hathaway. And now, it looks as though the books are to be turned into aseries of movies.

Read this article and let us know your views.

Richelle Mead doesn’t think she is much like Rose Hathaway, the tough, sarcastic 17-year-old heroine of “Vampire Academy.”

“I’ve certainly never been in a fight,” says the 33-year-old author of the popular book series, describing herself as a cautious person who hesitates before jumping to conclusions.

But Mead didn’t have any doubts about creating a strong character like Rose.

“There was never any question that was how she was going to be,” she says. “I’m so surprised when people bring that up. ‘Wow, Rose is so strong.’ ‘Wow, a strong female character.’ ”

Mead, who’s originally from Kalamazoo and now lives in Seattle, isn’t as famous as Stephenie Meyer, who wrote the “Twilight” series. But in the world of books for teens, her success is apparent.

“Richelle Mead’s ‘Vampire Academy’ is the obvious heir to the ‘Twilight’ throne,” declared the Daily Beast Web site last year.

The “Vampire Academy” series, published by Razorbill, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group, has more than 3.5 million books in print and has been translated into about 30 languages.

The fifth book in the series, “Spirit Bound,” debuted in May at No. 1 on the USA Today list of the top 150 best-sellers and pushed the series to the top of the New York Times best-seller list of series for children.

The conclusion to the series, “Last Sacrifice,” is scheduled to hit stores in December. Mead is planning to write a spin-off set in the same world as the “Vampire Academy” series, only it will give minor characters the major roles and weave a new story line.

A graphic-novel version of “Vampire Academy” is coming out in August 2011.

From the “Twilight” movies and HBO’s “True Blood” to the CW’s “The Vampire Diaries,” vampires are a hit in Hollywood — the place that could be the next stop for “Vampire Academy.”

Producer Michael Preger of Preger Entertainment is working with Don Murphy, a producer of the “Transformers” films and the upcoming “Real Steel,” to develop “Vampire Academy” for the screen.

According to Preger, they’re talking to studios about the project and looking to create a film franchise that is popular with young male moviegoers as well as female fans.
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