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Harry Potter isn’t the only kid who developed abilities as a wee lad and had to be sent off to some faraway school to hone his skills. Zoey Redbird had to go through the same thing when she developed vampiric abilities at puberty. Yes, that’s right, it’s the female vampire equivalent of Harry Potter, minus the weird accents and flying around on brooms and freaky, evil looking British kids which, come on, are just bloody creepy. Hollywood has been looking for another Harry Potter ever since Harry Potter got to be Harry Potter, with pretty much every would-be franchise falling by the wayside except for the “Chronicles of Narnia” series. The latest stab at Potter cash is a series of young adult novels about teen vampires called “House of Night”, currently in its fourth volume of a planned nine volumes. No doubt, the current out-of-this-world popularity of Stephanie Meyer’s “Twilight” books and upcoming movies had something to do with it, too.
Variety has your sordid cash grab news:
“House of Night” takes the vampire myth in a “Harry Potter”-esque direction. In the series, “vampyres” are accepted in society; they possess a genetic anomaly that manifests itself in some people at puberty. Vampyres are “marked” and sent to the House of Night, a school that offers training necessary to become an adult vampyre.
Protag is Zoey Redbird, whose ordinary life is thrown into disarray when she becomes a vampyre and must change schools and enter a brand new world.
“P.C. and Kristin Cast created a thrilling world that juxtaposes teen drama with supernatural suspense, using the transition from human to vampire as a metaphor for the transition from adolescence to adulthood,” Birnbaum said.
Translation: “Yeah, we’re trying to cash in on Harry Potter and Twilight, what of it? Kids are suckers!”
Of course, don’t tell them that nothing has stuck since Potter except for the aforementioned “Narnia” franchise, and even that isn’t exactly setting the world on fire. Then again, there’s the upcoming “Twilight” books, which are destined to become bigger than Potter in the States. Add a dash of Potter, a dash of Twilight, and you get “House of Night”. CHA-CHING? The producers certainly hope so.
Below: So what kind of curfew do you have in a school for vampires?