Richelle Mead talked to USA Today about the movie, the cast, the characters…and plays a quick questions game.
How amazing was it watching your characters come alive on the big screen?
Richelle: It’s been incredible. They did such an amazing casting job, not only picking people who look the part but also those who really understand the characters. Lucy Fry, for example, read the book repeatedly and researched grief and loss to better channel Lissa’s personality. Zoey Deutch, meanwhile, practically has Rose’s spunky and fearless personality already! You see it when you meet her. All of the actors, big or small, managed to deliver their roles and really capture the power and emotion of the characters that I originally intended in the book.
That’s amazing, and I can’t wait to see it! What will hard-core book fans love about the movie?
Richelle: Longtime fans are going to love seeing some of their favorite scenes brought to life: Rose and Dimitri training, Lissa and Christian meeting in the attic, and so many more. There are also some favorite lines of dialogue from the book that got put in word-for-word, so readers can be on the lookout for those.
Will vampire fans who have never read the VA series understand and love the movie?
Richelle: They will. In fact, most of the changes (which are small), were made to help clarify some of the world rules and races for new fans. That’s always the tricky thing with a book-to-movie adaptation. Often, they cater too much to established readers or too much to new ones. This movie has the right balance, keeping all the detail and complexity longtime fans will love but still being totally accessible to newcomers.
Any funny stories from the shooting or about the cast?
Richelle: I was only on set for two days, and most of that time, I was just star-struck at seeing everything come to life. Everyone, cast and crew alike, worked so hard, and it was incredible how much time and energy went into making every detail perfect. I know the cast became good friends and hung out a lot, so I bet if you ask them, they’ve got a lot of funny stories to tell about each other!
I bet! Will there be adaptations of the other VA books?
Richelle: Nobody knows yet. It will depend on if this first movie is successful, so we’ll have to wait and see.
Which movie character is exactly like you pictured in the book?
Richelle: It’s hard to pick one. So many of them are just so close. Zoey Deutch (Rose), Cameron Monaghan (Mason), and Dominic Sherwood (Christian) are pretty spot-on, but really, almost everyone else is right up there with them. The casting was fantastic.
Now for some rapid-fire questions …
Salty or Sweet?
Favorite writing snack?
Current book you’re reading?
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.
Book you’re most looking forward to in 2014?
Idols by Margaret Stohl.
Favorite childhood book?
Rilla of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery.
Alan Rickman’s Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.
Last movie you saw in theaters?
The Desolation of Smaug.
Give readers an epic one-liner to leave with?
For something truly epic, go check out the Vampire Academy movie in theaters!
Source: USA Today