My husband and I saw the movie this past weekend. I had not read the books but love the whole vampire genre. I must say we both really enjoyed the movie. It was a bit of a new take on vampires - more like the vampire societies in True Blood than akin to Anne Rice's vampires, in that there are "good" vampires and "bad" vampires. Actually, I thought the vamps were more closely related to Christine Feehan's Carpathians than the vampires written by others because they were not sensitive to daylight, only without the heavy sexual content of Feehan's books. I did see a correlation to the Harry Potter series. Overall, I thought it was great and enjoyed every minute of it.