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The Vampire Diaries Review: You’re Gonna Love It!

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After watching a screener for The CW’s new fall drama The Vampire Diaries, I predict the show will be a hit.

Is it following in the footsteps of Twilight and True Blood? Well, as far as timing, yes. It’s the perfect time for this type of show.

But actually, The Vampire Diaries is based on a series of YA books by L.J. Smith which were written before Stephanie Myer’s Twilight books.

And while there are differences and similarities, mostly the reason they are alike is because of the vampire angle. But I think Twilight fans will like The Vampire Diaries because it has a lot of the same elements  and you get to watch it EVERY WEEK! What’s better than that?

The Vampire Diaries centers aroufnd two rival sibling vampires who have come home to their hometown of Mystic Falls, Virginia – Stefan (Paul Wesley, Army Wives, Everwood) and Damon (Ian Somerhalder, Tell Me You Love Me, Smallville) for different reasons. Stefan is the good vampire who now refrains from killing humans for blood. Bad vampire Damon is the exact opposite. When Stefan refers to how he kills people, Damon says “that’s a given.”

By the way, in the first two minutes of The Vampire Diaries, people die, setting a tone that something evil is lurking nearby, something this town hasn’t seen in years.

Both vampire siblings are drawn to popular and dark-haired beauty Elena (Nina Dobrev, Degrassi: The Next Generation), who has a striking resemblance to Katherine, who both brothers at one time loved in the 1800s. Yes, our hot vampires are old!

Making the story interesting is the stage that Elena is in her life. A new school year has started, but she’s having a hard time coping, writing in her diary that she will tell everyone that she’s doing okay, that she’s fine. But inside she’s not.

Her parents died from a recent car accident and those of us who have lost a family or loved one know, you can’t set a time limit on loss. You can’t snap your fingers and be over the grief. It happens when it happens. And for Elena, it hasn’t happened yet. This point is made in the pilot when an English teacher reprimands her for not knowing the history lesson, telling her he’s done giving her a break. Another words, he thinks she has had enough time to deal with her grief. But Stefan comes to the rescue and puts the teacher in his place.

As far as the deep attraction the main characters have to each other, it’s totally there. Though in the first episode, you see that with Stefan and Elena. There’s more mystery to the other brother Damon, as he seems to bring all of the bad with him. That doesn’t set well with Stefan who had wanted to start his life over without his past interfering.

The pilot also is creepy at times with a scary crow that follows Elena. At one point she is in the cemetery visiting her parents’ grave writing in her diary. This place at one time was a soothing environment, but now a crow and a thick fog bring danger in the cemetery.

The Vampire Diaries also has great supporting characters that really makes the show worthwhile. There’s Bonnie (Katerina Graham), Elena’s best friend who may be psychic; Caroline (Candice Accola), the blonde beauty who wants what Elena has; Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen), Elena’s troubled brother who has turned to drugs and alcohol to fight his grief; Vicki (Kayla Ewell), the kinda slutty girl who Jeremy likes, but she likes Tyler (Michael Trevino), the good-looking jerk; Matt (Zach Roerig), Elena’s jock ex-boyfriend and brother to Vicki; and Zach (Chris William Martin). In addition, there’s Jenna (Sara Canning), aunt to Elena and Jeremy who is in her 20s and attending college while serving as their guardian; and Mr. Tanner (Benjamin Ayres), who pretends to be Stefan’s uncle for school-related purposes, though really Stefan is the uncle.

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