It's great that the Vampire Academy books are becoming a movie series from Transformers producer Don Murphy. No matter how Hollywood dumbs them down, they probably won't be able to remove the core concept: a female bodyguard who kicks ass.
I reviewed the first Vampire Academy book a while back, and I was pleasantly surprised by the strong characters and addictive storylines. People who've been annoyed by how passive and dependent the female main characters are in other recent vampire stories will be very happy to meet Rose, who's ultra proactive and will just as soon punch you in the face as debate with you. Best of all, Rose's most important relationship isn't with a guy — it's with her female best friend Vasilisa, a sort of vampire princess whom Rose is sworn to protect. Sure, there are romantic issues and love triangles and all that stuff — it's a young-adult book set in a boarding school — but it's not all about the love stories.