With the long-awaited book adaptation of Vampire Academy finally launching across streaming service Peacock this week, you’ve surely seen its almost inevitable comparisons to famous series The Vampire Diaries.
After all, it’s a decent enough thought from the get-go. The Vampire Diaries set a standard for soapy young adult drama based on the undead granted immortality in exchange for an unending desire for blood. The legacy on US network The CW continued for more than a decade, and remains a fan favorite to this day in the story of two brothers who fall for the same human woman, implanting themselves in her tight-knit friendship group. continued.
But Vampire Academy have gotten this comparison perhaps more than most, almost to the point that it seems like the two are related.
So are they? Well… yes and no. Don’t worry, we’re here to explain.
Here’s everything you need to know about their differences and similarities, and why so much has been written about the parallels.
Are Vampire Diaries and Vampire Academy connected?
At the surface level, Vampire Academy and The Vampire Diaries is actually not connected at all. Both are based on successful young adult book series, but are based in very different worlds by different rules.
The authorship of The Vampire Diaries novels is surprisingly complicated, owned by the publishing company Alloy Entertainment and changing authors several times. Although LJ Smith is officially credited as the writer on most of the covers, she was the original writer of the collection, but split from Alloy in 2014, and the title passed into the hands of ghostwriters thereafter.
Vampire Academy on the other hand, is created by Richelle Mead, and she is the sole author of all six parts of the series.
The world of Academy is far greater in scope. While Diaries is mostly confined to Mystic Falls, Virginia, and told through the eyes of Elena Gilbert as she is brought into the pack of vampires she never knew existed, Academy is a fully established world.
The central story focuses around the world of St Vladimir’s Academy, where you have not only a “vampire” status, but a rank and position within that civilizational system. Dhampir or Moroi, royalty or not.
So why are Vampire Diaries and Vampire Academy often run together?
While Academy and Diaries themselves are two separate entities, there is a lot of crossover when it comes to the TV series – especially behind the scenes.
Most prominent is Julie Plec, the writer and showrunner of The Vampire Diariesis also governing the establishment and establishment of Vampire Academy for its TV adaptation.
Her co-executive producer for AcademyMarguerite Macintyre, also played local police officer/councilwoman Elizabeth Forbes Diaries.
Together they are well established within the vampire story on TV, especially considering The Vampire Diaries expanded into a massive franchise that would later include spin-offs The originals and Legacies, both of which were produced by Macintyre and Plec as well. Now those shows are over, it wouldn’t be unfair to assume Academy was simply a new string to this bow.
But beyond the obvious blood-drinking central characters and their motivations, that’s basically where the similarities end on screen.
“There’s not a lot of overlap except for the emotional stuff – building a show around family/friends, filling your soul, that’s just how I write.” Julie Plec explained Digital spy and other press at San Diego Comic-Con. “This looks very different [The Vampire Diaries] – in a Spanish castle, the abundance was turned up.
“The moment you go to streaming and they give you extra money, you can do exciting things – so there’s a lot more action than [The Vampire Diaries]”, she later added. “The action is intrinsic to this story.”
Vampire Academy premieres on Peacock on September 15 in the US, and on Peacock on Sky and Now on September 16 in the UK.