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A Fangirl’s Guide to Surviving the Movies

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With the release of YA adaptations like Vampire Academy (February 7) and Divergent (March 21) in the near future, we thought it best to chalk up a guideline on surviving the movies. We barely survived the feels during Catching Fire and we still get goose bumps when we listen to “Let It Go” from Frozen. It’s not just YA adaptations that give us the chills, as you can see that even trailers for the upcoming Godzilla and X-Men: Days of Future Past have excited us!

It goes without saying that as book nerds we need to support our authors when their films hit theatres by being there on the first weekend to watch the adaptations. Granted that most authors don’t have a say in the adaptation, but it is still their work that is coming to life and you need to show them that you have their back. More than often, there is a chance you will end up liking the film.

But how does one handle the feels – you ask? Fear not girls (and boys) … here we present a fangirl’s (and a fanboy’s) guide to watching the adaptation. Read it, enjoy it and go watch the film adaptations on opening day!

1. Know your source material

If you are a certified fangirl, you have got to know the source material. Whether that means you have to go pick up and read the next book being adapted into film or catch up with film franchises before the sequels hit the cinema. And if you are already acquainted with the source material, brush up your memory so you are ON IT! Do it quickly … because the films will be here before you know it – and you can’t fangirl if you don’t know what is going on!

2. Find your partner(s)-in-fangirling

There is no fun in going to see a film filled with the feels all alone … you need someone to fangirl with you … so get your friends hyped up and ready, choose a date (the first day of course), pick the flavour of popcorn and get in line to fangirl together! And let’s face it … when Lissa and Christian first meet and Rose and Dimitri start their training sessions in Vampire Academy or when Tris jumps and meets Four for the first time (as do we) … you will need to hold hands with your BFF to stop your heart jumping out of your body from excitement!

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And if your friends are not fangirls/fanboys like you, just drag them to the film anyway. Invoke the BFF code of conduct and promise to watch whichever film they are excited for when it hits theatres (as long as they come and watch your film first).

3. Watch the trailers

Get ready for the film by watching the trailers, interviews, TV spots. After all, there is nothing better than the visual medium to get you excited for the big screen version.

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4. Pack in the tissue boxes

You can’t go off to the cinema without a handful of tissues to come to your rescue … and this will especially be true when you will be watching the film adaptation of The Fault in Our Stars this June! We are tearing up already, you guys!

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5. Dress up for the ultimate experience

Are you a Moroi or a Dhampir? A Dauntless initiate or an Erudite? Well … wear your loyalty on your sleeve and dress up as your favourite character or just don the jewelery and the logo on yourself by wearing merchandise. You can find official Vampire Academy book series merchandise on Arcane Vault and The Hunger Games merchandise are available widely in stores. Check out the looks of the Rose and Tris that you can wear to the film (more at Teen.com). A word of advice – don’t carry any kind of weapons – real or fake – shown in these photos when you dress up as these characters, be it for the theatre viewing or elsewhere. Unless it is Halloween or a Dress Up Party, in which case, use FAKE weapons.

6. Keep your fix handy

You can’t get into the cinema hall without your fix of food – be it popcorn, chocolate, candy, milk duds, ice cream or soda – pick your poison, but pick it, because some of us fangirls need to eat our feelings. Though don’t drink too much soda, after all, you wouldn’t want to miss any scenes because of an untimely bathroom break!

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7. Keep calm and enjoy the film

 Remember that the book and the films are two different mediums and things need to be portrayed a little differently to work on screen. So don’t let the changes and/or differences take away from your big screen experience of having your favourite books and characters come to life. Remember, even the widely successful and critically acclaimed Catching Fire adaptation had some changes and they’ve added a new character, Antonius, for the Mockingjay films. Sometimes, changes are necessary, but it doesn’t mean that they ruin the movie or the experience for you.

8. Allocate your time to fangirl after the movie

So now that you’ve watched the film and seen the book come to life and fangirled quietly in the dark of the movie theatre – you need a place to properly fangirl! So continue the hangout or catch up with your friends the next day (if you went to a late night showing) to discuss the film. Perhaps you would even like to blog your feelings and share them with the world – we all agree that blogging is amazing – so get going!

9. Be considerate

Chances are, the film hasn’t released in other parts of the world, but here on the Internet everything can go viral within hours and spoilers can leak and ruin the movie experience for other fans for no fault of their own. Be considerate on Facebook and Twitter which don’t have a spoiler coding and mark all your posts with a spoiler tag.

10. Go watch the film again

Again, we can’t stress how important it is to go and support these film adaptations, and while we’re at it, all YA adaptations so that more empowering stories for young adults can be made and reach a wider audience. Just check out these authors supporting Vampire Academy which opens in the US on February 7. Ally Carter, author of Gallagher girls and many other works, encourages fans to watch YA film adaptations because it’s the best way to ensure other works are adapted. Veronica Roth, author of Divergent (the sequels for which are already greenlit) also tweeted that she would be watching the film opening weekend.

The opening numbers are important guys, so do it for the sequels and to support the YA genre. Watch it opening night and opening weekend and opening week, if possible. After all, fangirling once isn’t enough … are we right? But most important of all – enjoy yourself and enjoy the experience.

PS – This article isn’t just for Vampire Academy and Divergent fans. We’ve used their examples as those films are closest, but for all fans across all genres and books. If you are a fangirl (or fanboy) – this post will relate to you!

Thanks to our friend @FansofVA for many of the ideas and @VA_Netherlands, a casual conversation with whom, gave birth to this post.

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Vampire Academy Promo Goodies: Part 6

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Vampire Academy has now premiered and been shown to an audience and they have loved it, but promos and publicity still continue as we gear up for the Friday release.

1. First up, three videos from ScreenSlam as they interview Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry and Sarah Hyland.

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2. Next up, check out this interview of Danila Kozlovsky by The Hollywood Reporter. Aside from the fact that Danila is 28 and not 32 as reported in the article, the interview is one of Danila’s firsts in Hollywood media where he shares his thoughts on his character Dimitri, on Russian cinema and working in the west. Some excerpts are given below –

THR: How would you describe your first English-language role?
Danila:
I would like to take a moment to thank Richelle Mead for writing such a great, interesting character as Dimitri. It is very important for me to represent my country in this movie, as a man who loves, who has a good sense of humor, is passionate, and is a very interesting person — a really good guy. Dimitri has been living in America for a long time and speaks with a slight Russian accent. He is a very reliable and, at the same time, a quite mysterious person. He listens to old music and reads cowboy books. He is a man who people say who has old-fashioned values. I really enjoyed playing him. This is not the typical Russian stereotype role where guys are doing stupid or bad things.

THR: Where you would like to be in five or ten years?
Danila
: I hope to be continuing to work in my current profession. I am a very lucky person because I have a job that I love doing everyday.

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3. Olga Kurylenko appeared on Conan O’Brien and talked a little about the changes made to the character of Headmistress Kirova, who she added, hates kids and would like to torture them. A clip from the film was shown featuring the scene when Dimitri brings back Lissa and Rose to the Academy and puts them in front of Kirova. OMGAD … Danila speaking …. it’s HOT!

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4. Sarah Hyland‘s interview with OK! Magazine has been published and she talks about how she spent £ 3000 in room service in London while filming the movie. Read some of the excerpts below and check out the interview.

OK!: How did you adjust to the nighttime shooting schedule?
SH: I’m a night owl so it wasn’t the worst thing in the world. The worst thing in the world was that by the time we got off work everything restaurant was closed and the only thing I had, because I didn’t have a kitchen or anything like that in my hotel room, was room service. By the time I left London I had a ₤3,000 bill for room service. And the sun came up at 4 AM. I can’t wrap my brain around it. That’s what messed me up. Not the filming at night, the sun coming up so early. And it sets at like 10 PM.

OK!: Were you able to explore London at all?
SH: I did the touristy things. I saw the London Eye and we lived near Buckingham Palace and Big Ben so that I was able to see really easily. A food place I really loved was Byron Burger. I miss it. I want it to come to the States.

OK!: Having the experience of training physically for this role, do you feel almost addicted to it now? Do you want to do it again?
SH: I really want to do it again but nothing that I’m up for right now is like that. I want to get in shape again and have a reason instead of being at home and working out because clearly I’m going to watch TV and eat pizza than go work out.

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5. Lucy Fry had this really cute interview with The Insider where she talked about enjoying biting people and using compulsion as a vampire trick. Watch the video below.

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6. In an interview with Movies.com, Zoey Deutch and Lucy Fry revealed everything that you need to know about Vampire Academy before you watch the film. It’s a quite a lengthy interview, filled with great, fun stuff, make sure you read it on the website. Some excerpts are given below.

Nailing the tone was vital for Vampire Academy. “The most important part of this movie is that the tone stayed consistent because that’s what I was most worried about. When you read the script, the humor and the dialogue is so broad and so wordy that if it were to step back in certain scenes, if it were to get a little nervous, like if [director] Mark [Waters] had trepidations about some of the interactions because it felt too ridiculous, the movie would not have worked. You would feel like you’re seeing six different movies. It needed to be specifically that way, so all those crazy lines that you’re like, ‘Where did [writer] Dan [Waters] come up with that?’ That’s in that world and for me as a teenager, a lot of those things I totally would say. I took out some things here and there, but for the most part, we stayed pretty true to Dan’s words.” – Zoey Deutch

Oscar the cat gets a meatier role in the movie and Fry was thrilled about the additional cuddle time. “It was the sweetest, sweetest thing, Sydney. It was just the cuddliest cat. There were two cats actually that were playing Oscar. One of them was the one that was really well trained and knew how to stay and walk and everything, and then there was the one that just loved being cuddled and most of the scenes we were doing cuddling scenes so I got to just snuggle this cat the whole time and it was so good for me because I’d been missing my dog a lot and it’s like animal therapy. It just feels so much better. Every day that Oscar was needed I was just so happy.” – Lucy Fry [omg you guys, Sydney is in VAMovie =P]

Is Lucy ready for Frostbite’s unprecedented threesome? “Well, I like that it’s from Rose’s perspective and that she gets out of there before anything too intense happens. I guess I haven’t ever done that before so it would take a lot of courage, but, you know, if we get to do a second film, then I would just be so excited for the film and you do what you’ve gotta do.” – Lucy Fry

Can Zoey ski? “[Laughs] No! Oh, I have an awful skiing story that I’m not gonna tell now, but no, I can’t ski! I’m the worst skier pretty much.” – Zoey Deutch

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7. A hilarious video on Entertainment Tonight finds the VA cast members quizzing each other on which vampire they would like to be bitten by to mean girl high school stories. Dominic revealed he would prefer Bella over Elena because she would be more gentle, while Lucy and Sarah went for Ian Somerhalder’s Damon over Edward Cullen. Zoey was given a choice between Brad Pitt and Johnny Depp and chose both. Watch the video below –

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8. Check out all these fashion articles about all the pretty dresses worn at the Premiere – Sugarscape and The Fashion Court. Zoey wore Monique Lhullier, Sarah wore Zac Posen, Olga was dressed in Dior and Sami wore a Miu Miu dress.

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9. All the video interviews from the premiere are now starting to appear. Check out the videos on YouTube at Silver Screen PR, KatTales TV and CelebrityChaos. You can also check out a collection of photos and videos on Fans of Vampire Academy.

Here’s a video of Danila on the red carpet –

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10. More videos from ScreenSlam at the premiere have been added to the playlist below. Interviews by Zoey, Lucy, Danila, Dominic, Sarah, Cameron, Sami, Ashley, Olga, Joely and screenwriter Dan Waters as well as BTS look at the red carpet.

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Only a couple more days left folks, hang in and we’ll be there soon!

Vampire Academy World Premiere

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The worldwide premiere for Vampire Academy took place earlier today (February 4) and unfortunately there was no live telecast. But the Internet is not without it’s perks folks … and with all the live tweeting and photos popping up, we were all but caught up. Here is our coverage with tweets and photos.

The day started off with the cast tweeting about the premiere







Check out this video of the cast and guests arriving at the premiere.

The red carpet (via @RegalLALive and @WeinsteinFilms)

Arrivals of the cast and crew (via Zimbio)

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Some guests at the premiere (via Just Jared Jr/Zimbio)

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Check out some group pictures from the night (via Zimbio)

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Many lucky fans also had the opportunity to meet the cast and one of them took this really awesome video of Zoey and Danila meeting at the premiere.

Later on, the cast and crew went to the After Party. Check out some photos below (via Zimbio)

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Tonight was the first time that many had the opportunity to see the film for the first time and reactions poured in from all over (mostly positive though I’ve caught a few negative ones [three], but hey, can’t deny the existence of the Strigoi, can we). Some tweets are shown below –















So there we have it folks, the premiere is done and the film releases this Friday in the US/Canada and slowly takes over the world in the next few weeks and months. The movie certainly sounds enjoyable and as a fan who desperately wants the sequels … all I can ask is that you guys watch it on opening weekend – this weekend, preferably Friday night!

Prepare for a “Full House” Reunion

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Yes, you read that right Full House fans, the cast of late 80s to 90s sitcom are reuniting for an advertisement to be played during the Superbowl game this Sunday. The advertisement is for Dannon’s Oikas Greek yoghurt and while John Stamos has appeared in many of their advertisements, here he will be reunited with his former Full House cast mates Bob Saget and Dave Coulier and together Uncle Jesse, Danny and Joey will be on your TV screens again! Check out the teaser below –

Here is another ad featuring the three of them where Uncle Jesse is up to no good!

The three real life friends appeared on “Good Morning America” this morning and talked about the upcoming commercial as well as their memories from the show. John Stamos said that he remembered his catchphrase “Have Mercy!” and Bob Saget talked about how he used the phrase “Ah Nuts!” that was used by the Olsen twins on the show. Dave Coulier talked about how the three still hang out together and only last week, the three friends visited Dave at his home and hung out in his backyard. John also showed off his easy to remove pants and underwear from the commercial.

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Later that night, the gang appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and performed a skit in which Danny had to comfort Jimmy (who took over the role usually played by one of the daughters on the show) who was upset about moving on to The Tonight Show. He was joined by Uncle Jesse and Joey who reenacted some of their famous acts like Jesse’s singing and Joey’s funny jokes. The skit referenced back to many of the shows most memorable moments such as Danny’s mention of “Good Morning San Francisco”, Jesse’s mentioning “Jesse and the Rippers” and singing a song as well as Joey bringing on that Popeye laugh. The cherry on the cake was the decor of the room which clearly takes us back to the girls’ rooms.

If that skit didn’t make you nostalgic, then you need to go re-watch the show. We wish the other stars could have come back for the reunion on the commercial, but more than that we wish they could all come together for a reunion episode. All of us are need that reunion … and we desperately also need a Friends reunion!

Sources: HuffPost TV | Adweek | Hypable

Are you excited to watch the advert?

The Maze Runner: New Stills

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Well, this was a nice surprise!

Wes Ball, director of The Maze Runner, has just caused jaws to drop across the Glader community with a new still from the upcoming film.

And what’s that he adds? More to come soon? This wait for September might not be so painful after all.

Right, now let’s enlarge this and take a look.

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Oh my. I spy three of my fave Gladers! Any thoughts on what this scene could be?

We think it’s either:

  • Something to do with the walls
  • The box. Hi, Teresa!

Wes is posting new movie frames every week, so stay tuned! So far, this is our second. Did you catch the first?

Let us know what your initial reactions are to the first stills we’ve had from the adaptation! 🙂

The Maze Runner is based on the bestseller by James Dashner, and is due to be released in September. The film stars Teen Wolf hottie, Dylan O’Brien, as well as London-born Skins star Kaya Scoldelario.

Vampire Academy Soundtrack

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The listing for the Vampire Academy Soundtrack, due for release on February 4, is out on Amazon [US/UK].

With a month left before the film is released, there have been many exciting developments in the “Vampire Academy” world.  A slew of new stills from the film have been popping up on the Internet and the final trailer is set for release on January 17. The premiere is scheduled for February 3 in Los Angeles and US residents can enter a competition to be Danila Kozlovsky’s date on the red carpet. Further, the film’s release date has been pre-poned by a week in Australia and the film is now releasing there on March 6 instead of March 14.

But without further ado, here are the songs listed on the VAMovie Soundtrack (subject to change).

1) Jaymes Bullet – In Your Grave

[UPDATE – February 1] This song has now been released and the explicit version is available on the artist’s SoundCloud. Listen to this really awesome track and make sure to leave a comment for the artist.

2) Sky Ferreira – Red Lips

3) Max Frost – Nice and Slow

4) Goldfrapp – Thea

5) Natalia Kills – Boys Don’t Cry

6) Iggy Azalea – Bounce

7) Bear In Heaven – Sinful Nature

8) Naughty Boy – Think About It

9) Rats – Rainy Milo

10) Katy Perry – Spiritual

11) Au Revoir Simone – Crazy

12) CHVRCHES – Bela Lugosi’s Dead

This cover of ”Bela Lugosi’s Dead” by CHVRCHES will be an exclusive version for the Vampire Academy soundtrack and we’ll have to wait until the release of the album to listen to it! According to Mark Waters, this song will play during the end credits of the film and he “dare[s] anyone to try walking out on the closing credits when their [Chvrches] version of Bela is playing!” In the meantime, you can check out the original song below by Bauhaus –

UPDATE – The song has been released on January 27, 2014 via CHVRCHES soundclound.

You can also listen to it on YouTube, below –

13.Goldfrapp – Felt Mountain

[UPDATED – January 29, 2014] The album is now available to pre-order from the iTunes store [US] and this album includes another song. A mostly instrumental, ethereal and calming tune, Goldfrapp’s previously released Felt Mountain. It is unknown if this song will be included in the CD version of the album. Listen to the song below

The following is the description given about the forthcoming album on Amazon –

This eclectic soundtrack to the major motion picture VAMPIRE ACADEMY brings together the music from the movie including tracks by Katy Perry, Goldfrapp, Naughty Boy, Iggy Azalea, Sky Ferreira and many more. It’s also the only album to include the unforgettable end credit track, a cover of the Bauhaus song ‘Bella Lugosi is Dead’ by indie darlings CHVRCHES.

Seems like the VAMovie soundtrack has everything, from Pop to Alternative and Indie to Hip Hop. Further, as director Mark Waters indicated back in October at NYCC that there would be at least one original song (Jaymes Bullet – In Your Grave) and a cover song (CHVRCHES – Bela Lugosi is Dead), so could the songs indicated in the brackets be those songs?

Which song is your favourite from the Soundtrack?

Our fave shows return this week!

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We’ve already welcomed back The Big Bang Theory, Revenge and more last week. What else does January have in store for us fangirls?

Monday 6th January

Teen Wolf

Tuesday 7th January

Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D

Pretty Little Liars

Ravenswood

Wednesday 8th January

American Horror Story

Look out this month for The Originals, Reign, The Vampire Diaries, and The Walking Dead – all returning to our screens after their feels-filled mid-season finales!