Vampire Academy: What Sets Julie Plec’s New Vampire Series Apart?

VAMPIRE ACADEMY -- "TBD" Episode 102 -- Pictured: (l-r) -- (Photo by: Jose Haro/Peacock)
VAMPIRE ACADEMY -- "TBD" Episode 102 -- Pictured: (l-r) -- (Photo by: Jose Haro/Peacock) /

Peacock’s new original seriesVampire Academy, is an adaptation of the book series of the same name written by Richelle Mead. It is being brought to life by well-known vampire writing veterans Julie Plec and Marguerite Maclntyre.

Julie Plec and Marguerite Maclntyre are no strangers to the vampire genre as they had been key players in The Vampire DiariesThe Originals, and Legacies. However, the time has come to start a new vampire journey, and things will be slightly different this time.

Some of the elements that make Vampire Academy so exciting are its fresh take on its racially diverse casting and storylines devoted to discussing class differences within vampire society.

Although Vampire Academy promises an array of suspense, thrills, and romance, this series will be far more than a romantic affair. Instead, Peacock’s original series will focus on the friendship of two of its central female characters.

Two young women’s friendship is placed under the microscope as their relationship transcends two highly different classes as they work toward their education and enter vampire society at St. Vladimir’s Academy. Their dynamic promises exciting things to come, as their differences already suggest it may not be such an easy ride.

While one girl is a powerful Royal, the other is a half-vampire Guardian trained to protect against the Strigoi, who risk tearing society apart. But, the Strigoi may not be the only threat to the vampire civilization.

Discussing class structure is already a different take on television vampire dramas, as other shows focus on the gore of vampires or someone’s shock over the supernatural. However, Vampire Academy also wants to prove its inclusivity and progressive storytelling by discussing politics, classism, LGBTQ+ relationships, and other present-day qualities.

The trailer for Vampire Academy suggests there is plenty to look forward to.

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Vampire Academy premieres on Peacock on Thursday, September 15, with the first four episodes. Afterward, episodes will premiere weekly on Thursdays.