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“Vampire Academy” co-stars, from left, Lucy Fry, Zoey Deutch and Sami Gayle.

‘Vampire Academy’ stars stayed true to series

– For those who have gotten their fill of vampires thanks to the “Twilight” series of books and movies, “Vampire Academy” offers a different world and back story.

Based on the best-selling young adult book series by Richelle Mead, the film, which opened this weekend, stars Lucy Fry, who plays Lissa, a vampire of royal lineage, and Zoey Deutch, the half-vampire Rose bonded to protect her. They attend the Vampire Academy, where there’s a hierarchy among students and cliques like any other high school; the difference is that in the supernatural world, you sometimes have to fight to survive.

Deutch, Fry and cast mate Sami Gayle (“Blue Bloods”) talked about the movie in recent interviews with The Associated Press.

Q. Can people who haven’t read the books enjoy the film?

Fry: It was made so people who haven’t read the books can really enjoy it, and in that way it describes the world really clearly at the start so you understand who everyone is and go with the story. It’s got a lot of punchy humor and it takes the story of the book, and Dan Wood, the writer, added a lot of cheek and pizazz that is in the book but heightens (it).

Q. Will fans of the book series enjoy the film?

Fry: The one thing about an adaptation from a book to a film is it’s not gonna be the way that anyone pictured it to be. But the great thing about that is they also see something new and see something they haven’t thought of before.

Gayle: If you do the character justice and you’re true to the character, hopefully the fan base will love the character.

Q. How does this movie compare with other vampire-titled entertainment?

Gayle: Although it’s a vampire film and there’s that supernatural layer, I feel that the supernatural aspect of this film is the icing on the cake; that the cake itself is actually the sort of high-school society represented in this film.

Q. How do you think people react when they hear the title?

Deutch: They’re trepidatious about the title, it’s called “Vampire Academy,” even the author was like, I didn’t want it to be called that, but you know exactly what it’s about when you hear it. It is a charming movie.

Q. Zoey, what was it like playing Rose, the protagonist of the book series?

Deutch: It all happened quite fast. I immediately started training, gym training as well as kickboxing and martial arts. I knew that I wouldn’t feel honest playing this part had I not done the work and I did.