YMMV / Vampire Academy

The Book Series in General:

  • Die for Our Ship:
    • Lissa gets bashed by Rose/Christian shippers. In Rose/Christian fanfictions, Lissa sleeps with everybody, is jealous of Rose, and uses compulsion without a second thought, while in canon, Lissa's nice, responsible, not at all jealous of Rose, and feels rather guilty whenever she has to use compulsion. Heck, Lissa gets the same treatment even in some Rose/Dimitri fanfictions since Spirit Bound came out.
    • Tasha also gets a lot of this. She shows some interest in Dimitri in Frostbite and asks him to be her guardian which he refuses and has been bashed ever since. Despite the fact she's incredibly nice. Though it is kind of justified when you get to the end of Last Sacrifice...
    • Adrian gets hit by this pretty hard by Rose/Dimitri shippers.
    • Then there are the Rose/Lissa shippers that have tendencies to demonize Christian and Dimitri (and Adrian to some extent). The amount of Ho Yay Lissa and Rose have canonically does not help.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: The pairing generally preferred by the fanbase is Rose and Adrian.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • Early in Shadow Kiss during the guardian practice exercise, Rose wants Dimitri to have the opportunity to show that he could be a badass Strigoi.
    • In Blood Promise, Rose notices that Sydney doesn't seem to eat much of her food, but doesn't think much of it, and actually steals some of her fries. It's later revealed that Sydney has fairly severe body issues.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The books have a huge fan base in Australia.
  • Les Yay: Rose and Lissa, especially in the final chapter of Shadow Kissed and a lot of Blood Promise. The part where Rose leaves the academy and heads to Russia is pretty much like a break-up scene, you don't even need to change the dialogue:
    “Why didn’t you tell me?” She cried.
    “I couldn’t tell anyone,” I said.
    “You should have told me,” She repeated, “I feel like you don’t trust me.”
    “Of course I trust you.”
    “Is that why you’re sneaking off?”
    “That has nothing to do with trust,” I admitted, “It’s me...well, I didn’t want to tell you. I couldn’t bear to tell you I was leaving or explain why.”
    • And then there's this little gem not too long after that:
    I shook my head, “I have to do this.”
    “Even if it means leaving me?”
    The way she said it, the way she looked at me...oh God. A flood of memories flitted through my mind. We’ve been together since childhood. Inseparable. Bound.
    • There's also this:
    “I have to do this.” I said yet again, “I’m sorry.”
    “You’re supposed to be my guardian and go with me to college,” She argued, “You’re shadow-kissed. We’re supposed to be together. If you leave me...”
    • Given that Rose is only going to Russia so she can Mercy Kill her ex-boyfriend (who has been turned against his will into an evil, soulless vampire) that whole conversation really comes off as Lissa being jealous of how important said boyfriend is to Rose. And then, when Rose does leave, Lissa falls into this dark, depressed state where she completely changes her personality (admittedly, most of that was because she was being brainwashed into doing so, but still) and starts drinking again, becoming a vapid party girl. It doesn't help that Lissa's own boyfriend tries and fails to bring her out of this state, but when Rose calls...
    • Rose openly states several times in narration that Lissa and Dimitri (the aforementioned boyfriend) are the most important people in her life, and she hopes constantly that she'll never be forced to make a Sadistic Choice between them- because she doesn't know how she'd choose.
    • It is not an exaggeration to say that the author spends more time developing Rose and Lissa's friendship and showing scenes of them together than she does for Rose and Dimitri.
    • Also, the intricacy of Lissa's powers basically demands that a shadow-kissed companion (in this case, Rose) stay with her for the rest of their lives, comforting her when she falls into depression through usage of said powers, and just basically be a trusted, devoted friend that has the strength to sway her from the Dark Side. So there's that, and all the political hate circling around Lissa, what with the vampire court disapproving of her 'progressive' views on how their society should be, and there are so many monologues on Rose's part about the nature of loyalty and love and how they make life worth living...
    • Also, you know the whole 'biting-gives-you-intense-pleasure' thing that most vampire fiction has? Yeah, this series uses it too, although with a fair side of deconstruction. And yes, there are scenes where Lissa bites Rose, and Rose's narration...doesn't really gloss over things like that.
    • Interestingly, the bullies at the high school they go to do briefly shout insults about them being 'fags,' but Lissa and Rose just ignore them, and it's treated as a fairly common slur, with not much truth behind it. Later, the bullies switch to spreading more malicious rumors.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Victor Dashkov, who is extremely close to the main characters (to the point where one regularly calls him uncle), and yet zaps one with a compulsion charm that might have ended up with her being expelled and her mentor fired, and kidnaps the other, torturing her and ultimately forcing her into something that drives her closer to insanity. And then, for the rest of the series, continually screws with the protagonists - despite the fact he's in jail for most of that time. He only stops because he's killed in a burst of insanity on Rose's part.
  • Older Than They Think: Many people seem to think that the books are a rip-off of Twilight mixed with Harry Potter when in reality Richelle Mead came up with the idea for and began writing the series before Twilight became popular.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name: Romitri (Rose/Dimitri) and Dragozera (Lissa/Christian).

The 2014 film:

  • Critical Dissonance: Hit with a 11% score on Rotten Tomatoes, but the fans like it just fine, or even love it.
  • Fandom Rivalry: During the 2014 MTV Movie Awards, there were a rash of small fandom wars between the film and Godzilla (2014), after a Godzilla fan insulted Vampire Academy and it's fans when the vampire movie was beating Godzilla in the polls.
  • Like You Would Really Do It: The scene where Christian turns Strigoi, invades St. Vladimir's, kills Dimitri and even goes as far as turning Lissa, before they all circle around Rose threateningly. Yeah, it was pretty obviously a Dream Sequence.
  • Opinion Myopia: Many either think the film failed because it was a half-assed Twilight ripoff or think it failed because Twilight was so bad that it poisoned the well for other, better supernatural young-adult novels being adapted to film.
  • Special Effect Failure: The psi-hounds are laughably bad. Also, Christian setting them "on fire" wasn't very convincing either. They appear heavily unfinished.