UPDATED July 25
According to author Richelle Mead, there is more to the new motion poster than meets our novice Vampire Academy eyes!
If you have not read the books, these symbols will not be noticeable to you. But if you have…
Ms. Mead said, in an article at Entertainment Weekly:
“The poster’s brilliant. That bold, striking art will grab newcomers’ attention, but is also laced with secrets and symbols that those who know the story will immediately recognize. I love that it’s so clean and simple at first glance but still gives a nod to all the complexities built into the book,” author Richelle Mead told EW in an exclusive statement.
So, since I have read the first book, I will decipher it for you, leaving out the one spoiler that I think you will enjoy discovering on your own:
The marks on the left side of the shield inside the circle are Guardian tattoos. These are mentioned in the first book in the series. I remember the description of the molnija and there was mention of the promise mark. Not sure about the third one.
On the right side of the shield are the elements of the Moroi. Elements can be manipulated and used by the Moroi. You can guess them if you look: water, earth, air and fire. There is a 5th element (aha!) but I will leave you to find that on your own.
So the good vampires (Moroi) and their helpers (Guardians, or Dhampirs) are both center-stage in this poster. What about the evil vampires, the Strigoi? Someone has suggested all that blood represents them…
Oh, and here is the official “Coming Soon” logo:
Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters has wrapped filming in London. Twitter has been full of information about night shoots, author Richelle Mead’s visit to the set, and individual actors sharing their thoughts about their experience. Not to mention fans swooning over every little detail. Hey, we know what that’s like, don’t we, fellow Byrneholics?!
But there has been not one word about Gabriel Byrne so far. I’ve poked and prodded as nicely as I know how, but nothing.
HOWEVER, today saw the opening of the official website and the folks at The Weinstein Company know how to get things started off properly (and a tad gruesomely, but that’s appropriate. This is a film about vampires, after all)! Check out the official teaser poster below (they provided the embed code along with the social doo-dads so you can share the poster with all of your friends…). There is nothing else there at the moment, but we expect great things, right?
The new website is good news, of course. Now we can check it every day and determine if Gabriel Byrne is really IN this movie.
If you miss the special effects in the poster, right click on it and choose “Play” and the effect will start over so you can see the poster get all gruesome again. OMG. Did I just type that? Yes, I guess I did…