The Vampire Diaries boss Julie Plec is returning to the world of fangs and fantasy with Vampire Academy, a series about the pupils of a boarding people where people learn to fight against evil things that go bump in the night.
Ahead of its launch, Plec opened up about making mistakes on The Vampire Diaries and its spinoffs that the writers were keen not to repeat with this new show – while also admitting to falling into a different trap all over again.
“[We did] a lot of night shoots on this one,” she joked in an exclusive interview with Digital Spy. “You think we would have learned our lesson by the amount of night shoots we had on Vampire Diaries in spite of the characters having daylight rings!”
Speaking more seriously, Plec said: “You know what? I think that if I could speak to specifically mythology and magic, I think that we kicked ourselves on Vampire Diaries and The Originals every year as writers watching the mythology get denser and denser in our efforts to try to entertain and top ourselves and watching the magic need to get bigger and bigger.
“You do end up kind of eating yourself by the end of the season, every year and then the next season you start and you’re like, ‘We’re not going to do that this year! We’re not going to let magic get out of control. We’re not going to have so much mythology’, and then of course, 22 episodes a year, you just find yourself there again and again.
“This show, we were very clear that the magic exists in this world.
“These vampires in particular are imbued with different elemental magic, but we’re going to keep it sort of very simple, very grounded in a very clean set of rules just because this is a show about friendship and about a society on the verge of change, and we didn’t want big mythology, especially a big magic mythology, casting a shadow on already really powerful and important stories.”
Marguerite MacIntyre, who is co-developing Vampire Academy with Plec, added: “It stays really true to the books that way as well. I mean, there’s not witches, there’s not that stuff. There is sometimes a charm, or a this or that, but there’s really just the elemental magic which we found to be also very beautiful.
“It connects you to the earth. So it can be both beautiful and drive a story but you don’t have to get too carried away which was great.”