The first volume of the Vampire Academy graphic novel is available for pre-order on Amazon. I wrote the script adaptation and Emma Vieceli was selected as the book’s artist. I can’t wait to see her interpretation of all the characters!
I was a bit hesitant when I first heard about the project (vampires? In a school setting? So it’s like Twilight crossed with Harry Potter?) but the book surprised me. The main character, Rose Hathaway, is a rough-around-the-edges bodyguard-in-training who never once devolves into a Sue (she screws up ALL THE TIME and has to face serious consequences for her screw-ups; I’ll also be the first to admit that I have a soft spot for characters with anger-management problems *cough* jo, little women *cough*). The core of the story centers around a strong female friendship, and I found Mead’s treatment of this friendship to be a welcome change of pace from the passive aggressive back-stabbing and bickering over the menz typical to many YA books. Though Rose and Lissa have their disagreements, at the end of the day they ALWAYS have each others’ backs.
I consider myself lucky to have been tapped to handle the script-writing for this project, and I hope fans of the novels are happy with the adaptation. I’ve been given the go-ahead to begin the adaptation for the second novel in the series, and I’m looking forward to the experience.