Yes, that's the main reason the series was never really on my radar before now, despite its popularity. Let's face it, we were veritably drowning in vampire books there for a while, and I've done my fair share of superior eyeroll disdain on the matter. Truth be told, I'm still neither here nor there on vampires in general. I don't really get the widespread fascination, but if you give me a really great story I won't really care.
And this was a really, really great story.
How did I get sucked in, you may ask?
(...Oh, lord, there I go again with the unintentional puns. I didn't mean it, I swear!!).
Well, to be quite honest... because of the movie. I first watched the trailer several months ago, because, saturation of vampires notwithstanding, I'm usually game to watch at least the trailer for any genre or YA-based book adaptation. And I was intrigued-- partly by the levity of the sales pitch and partly by the premise of Princess + Bodyguard that was the central relationship in the story. I love the trope of loyal knight/bodyguards in fantasy. As many of you know, one of my favorite niche fandoms is the Naboo Handmaidens from Star Wars. So skimming the information about the book series, my interest was piqued. But it was still a vampire book, and I had a disinterested, superior image to maintain. So I tucked away my interest and went about my business.
When the movie came out last February I pulled the interest out again, dusted it off, looked furtively around, and found a friend to go with me to see it. And I loved it. I still didn't read the book, though. Although this time it was more because I was just getting hardcore into my overhaul of The Superhero Thing, and I don't read well when I'm writing.
Flash forward to fourteen days ago. Superhero Thing is between drafts. I'm on a well-deserved break and I'm craving something satisfying to read. Something new. I've just rewatched the Vampire Academy movie. My interest is still tweaked. I open my laptop, click "buy" on the ebook, and off I go.
This story, you guys. This story. How do I enumerate my love for it?
Why, with bullet points of course!