Study Guide

Vampire Academy Sex

By Richelle Mead

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Let's talk about sex, baby. No, really—in the hormone-charged atmosphere of Vampire Academy, it seems that pretty much everything is about sex. Everything's a dirty joke or salacious piece of gossip, vampire bites are eroticized, and even the social class people are acquires a sexual connotation (for instance, blood whores). In this hyper-sexual atmosphere, it can be tempting to interpret Rose's young love for Dimitri as primarily physical. But—call us romantics—we think there's more to their relationship than just physical attraction, even if no one else can see it.

Questions About Sex

  1. What is the relationship between love and sex in the novel? Are they synonymous or is there a difference between them?
  2. How do different characters characterize sexuality—as disgusting, funny, violent, or some other adjective we failed to mention?
  3. How does Rose's sexual attraction to Dimitri relate to their emotional attraction? Do they even have an emotional attraction, or is he just easy on the eyes? Can the same be said for Lissa and Aaron, or Lissa and Christian?
  4. How is Rose's relationship with the guys her own age (Jesse, Mason) different from her relationship with Dimitri?

Chew on This

Sexuality is an important part of the relationships in the novel, but Rose has more than just the hots for Dimitri's bod.

Most of the students at St. Vladimir's Academy think sex is something to be done casually, with no strings attached.

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