Vampire Academy Guide: What Is It & How Does It Compare To Vampire Diaries?


With Peacock’s Vampire Academy release date impending, it is hard not to wonder how it compares to the highly acclaimed genre classic, The Vampire Diaries. The Vampire Diaries begins as a typical supernatural high school drama where teenager Elena finds herself at a romantic crossroads. While she struggles to settle for one of the two Salvatore vampire brothers, the pair go on a warpath against one another to earn her love. Like most long-running series, The Vampire Diaries show has its share of ups and downs in its eight-season runtime. However, it still keeps viewers captivated with its rich world-building, well-developed character arcs, and taut supernatural mysteries.

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Created by Julie Plec — who also developed The Vampire Diaries — Vampire Academy is based on a book series written by Richelle Mead. Vampire Academy‘s cast is led by Sisi Stringer as Rose Hathaway and Daniela Nieves as Moroi princess Lissa Dragomir. The vampire TV show contains other primary recurring cast members, including Kieron Moore (from the cast of Sex Education) as Dimitri Belikov, André Dae Kim as Christian Ozera, J. August Richards as Victor Dashkov, Anita-Joy Uwajeh as Tatiana Vogel, and Mia McKenna-Bruce as Mia Karp, among others.

While it is evident that Vampire Academy will set out to carve its own identity in the vampire genre, it will likely have some similarities with the existing tropes and storylines of The Vampires Diaries, especially with Julie Pec at its helm. And since Marguerite MacIntyre (writer and producer of TVD spinoffs The Originals and Legacies) is Vampire Academy‘s co-creator, the Peacock show will probably draw some creative inspiration from The Vampires Diaries franchise. Most details surroundingthe show’s plot are still under the covers, but based on speculation and some existing evidence, here is a breakdown of how Vampire Academy will compare to TVD.

What Is Vampire Academy About?

The Vampire Academy story takes place in a boarding school named St. Vladimir’s Academy, where young vampires are sent to hone their abilities. It focuses on the adventures of a guardian-in-training Dhampir named Rosemarie “Rose” Hathaway and Moroi princess Vasilisa “Lissa” Dragomir, who explore the torrid waters of vampire royalty and tempting forbidden relationships. As revealed by MacIntyre, Vampire Academy‘s storyline will be relevant for the times and shed light on class divides that often exist in the real world’s unjust systems.

How Is Vampire Academy Different From The Vampire Diaries

The Vampire Diaries isn’t without deeper themes and moments, but the show generally focuses around the themes of love, lust, depression, and grief. In contrast, Peacock’s Vampire Academy seems more specific with the kind of stories it strives to tell, as its plot is predominantly driven by narratives surrounding a flawed class system. Other than that, MacIntyre also revealed that Vampire Academy‘s world is relatively more unique and involves different vampire rules.

For instance, in its eight-season span, Vampire Diaries walks through many supernatural factions like werewolves, tribrids, witches, and phoenixes. Vampire Academy, in contrast, revolves mostly around the dynamic between the three types of vampires — Moroi, Damphir, and Strigoi — that exist in its universe. Even from a character development standpoint, Vampire Academy centers more on Rose and Princess Lissa’s friendship instead of inclining towards complicated romantic storylines and love triangles like The Vampire Diaries. Not to mention, since Vampire Academy is being touted as a reflection of the real world, it involves a diverse roster of cast members and characters.

Will Vampire Academy’s TV Show Have Vampire Diaries Similarities?

Despite their differences, Vampire Academy and The Vampire Diaries share some common ground. For starters, both are set in the backdrop of an academy, although the former’s boarding school is strictly for vampires.Vampire Academy is set to have a deeper narrative, owing to its political undertones, but borrows some vampire characteristics from classic literature, which are also prevalent in The Vampire Diaries universe. One such trait is the brute strength of vampires that highlights the physical prowess of Stefan and Damon Salvatore in The Vampire Diaries and the power dynamic between the three vampire species in Vampire Academy. Furthermore, showrunner Julie Plec mentioned in an interview (via EW) that Vampire Academy is a blend of Bridgerton and The Hunger Games. This could mean that amidst its unique sociopolitical drama, Vampire Academy will feature supernatural action and high-class ballroom parties that will likely not be far cry from the ones shown in The Vampire Diaries.

How Many Books Are In Vampire Academy’s Series?

There are six books in the Vampire Academy series. The first book, titled Vampire Academy, was published in 2007 and was followed by a sequel titled Frostbite in 2008. The series was then continued with the third, fourth, fifth, and sixth books titled Shadow Kiss, Blood Promise, Spirit Bomb, and Last Sacrifice, respectively. Considering the abundance of source material available for Vampire Academy‘s creators, the show could potentially have a long run like The Vampire Diaries. Vampire Academy‘s writer Richelle Mead has also written a spin-off book series titled Bloodlines that again includes six books: Bloodlines, The Golden Lily, The Indigo Spell, The Fiery Heart, Silver Shadows, and The Ruby Circle.

Is Peacock’s Vampire Academy Connected To The Movie?

The Vampire Academy movie, which premiered in 2014, adapted the first book in Richelle Mead’s series. Unfortunately, many critics panned the film, and its box-office performance was subpar. Soon after Vampire Academy‘s release, Preger Entertainment launched a campaign to save the franchise and its sequel, Frostbite. However, the campaign, too, did not work in the studio’s favor and fell short of reaching the desired funds, making it unlikely the show is connected to it. Hopefully, Peacock’s Vampire Academy will rise above the movie, stay true to the source material, and acquire enough viewership to last longer than a single season.

When Does Vampire Academy Release On Peacock?

At the San Diego Comic-Con, the Vampire Academy release date was revealed to be September 15, 2022. The vampire drama will consist of ten one-hour episodes, which suggests that it will cover a lot of ground from the source material in the first season itself. An official teaser trailer for Peacock’s Vampire Academy is also available (via Youtube).

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