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"The Vampire Diaries" is television's response to the vampire fascination started with the "Twilight" franchise of books and movies. Many fans of the show believe it is superior to the "Twilight" series but that is a matter of preference.
It is a supernatural-fantasy horror television series that was developed by Kevin Williamson and based on the book series of the same name by L. J. Smith. It debuted on The CW on September 10, 2009 and currently airs on Thursdays 8 pm EST on The CW.
Although many viewers loved the show immediately, others did not become fans of "Vampire Diaries" immediately but after a few episodes the show quickly developed a big following and is one of the reasons why the show is currently in its third season.
"The Vampire Diaries" follows the story of Elena Gilbert of Mystic Falls, Virginia and the entries made in her diary about her experience with vampires that come into her life while she is in high school.
Stefan Salvatore is a vampire who finds Elena attractive and they began a relationship without his powers of influence. She soon finds out that he is a vampire but remains with him.
A while later Stefan's rude and destructive brother, Damon, also a vampire, comes into the picture to try to ruin Stefan's life again. Both brothers, who were teenagers in the 19th century, fell in love with Katherine, a vampire who was just using them and eventually turned Stefan into a vampire. Damon was upset that Katherine chose Stefan over him. Stefan didn't want to be alone and turned Damon. Ever since then Damon holds a grudge against Stefan for turning him and is jealous about Katherine, who just happened to be the splitting image of Elena which opens old wounds.
The story also follows the lives of the Salvatore brothers and Elena's family, friends and other inhabitants of Mystic Falls, Virginia, as well as new residents and outside forces, including Katherine's return.
Below is a list of some reasons why you should watch this show.
The small town of Mystic Falls, Virginia is a very interesting setting for a show about vampires. It just gives an air of an old Puritan town like Salem, Massachusetts with its very old history and citizens that lived there for generations which makes for a very deeply rooted relationship between the founding families. It just all makes for a dark setting which is perfect for vampires who have their own dark history.
Great Back Story
"The Vampire Diaries" has a great back story for the founding families of Mystic Falls, who in the 19th century rid their town of vampires with the help of a witch. Some vampires left and others were captured and/or killed.
There is also the great background story of Stefan and Damon Salvatore and the whole love triangle with the vampire, Katherine, which occurred in the 19th century. The events still shadow the brothers' lives till this day. It just makes for a very layered and complex storyline.
The story also created a good reason for some vampires to be able to exist in the daylight. Without giving away any important details, it is done with magical rings. Thus, the story is able to work around the age-old problem of vampires be unable to live in the daylight and forced to sleep in coffins during the day.
Great Story Arc
"The Vampire Diaries" is not made up of any really separate episodes but rather one big and ongoing story arc that continues to develop into a very complex story. Basically, it is like a horror soap opera, the likes of "Dark Shadows," which will continue to change with time due to new characters arriving, old characters leaving or dying, and new plot twists. Don't let this deter you because it's not like your standard soap opera -- if you are still wary, just give this show a try and you might be surprised. The advantage of one big story arc is that you have plenty of time to see the development of characters over extended periods of time.
"The Vampire Diaries" cast is great and performs its roles believably well.
Nina Dobrev pulls double duty as both Elena Gilbert and her vampire doppelganger, Katherine. Dobrev gives an excellent performance as two very different characters with very different personalities -- Elena being a little bit more serious and Katherine being playfully evil. Her facial expressions are very full of emotion.
Paul Wesley plays Stefan Salvatore, the good brother who used to be bad but now is very emphatic and only drinks animal blood or blood from a blood bank. His character is serious like Elena.
Ian Somerhalder plays the evil brother Damon Salvatore very well considering the turmoil his character is in. His character fluctuates constantly between being bad and not caring about who he hurts and being the guy who does the right thing. His character is in constant turmoil over Katherine because he really loved her and for over a century he felt it gave him a right to hurt anyone, especially Stefan. Now, some of his kinder humanity is emerging once again. Somerhalder plays everyone's favorite bad boy perfectly. His character appeals to the desires of women for the bad boy persona and guys probably look up to him as a role model, go figure.
Steven R. McQueen plays Jeremy Gilbert, Elena's brooding but good brother. He is actually related to the famous actor, Steve McQueen, and it's easy to see that acting runs in the family.
Katerina Graham plays Bonnie Bennett, Elena's friend and a witch to boot. Her character started out slow but is becoming a force to be reckoned with because she can cause vampires excruciating pain.
The rest of the supporting cast does its job well and the acting is pretty uniform and no one stands out as doing a bad job.
The cast of "The Vampire Diaries" is also filled with very good-looking young actors and actresses -- the actors appeal to the female viewers and the actresses definitely appeal to the male viewers. Everyone is easy on the eyes, some a little bit more than others.
Of course, women are drawn to Stefan and/or Damon but I'm sure that some are also drawn to Jeremy or his friends Matt or Tyler. If older is your preference, I'm sure Alaric, a man with a grudge against Damon for turning his willing wife into a vampire, is your type.
As for the actresses, the guys have many to choose from. We have the beautiful Elena, the ebony beauty Bonnie, the blonde Caroline, the older blonde Jenna, Elena's sister, and other beauties on the show.
"The Vampire Diaries" has eye candy for everyone and every preference -- what better way to draw a huge audience?
All of the characters in "The Vampire Diaries" are interesting and most are likable in some way. We have the innocent and caring Elena, the courageous and self-sacrificing Stefan, the cool witch Bonnie, Elena's brooding but goodhearted brother Jeremy, and even Damon has likable characteristics when he is not being evil.
The dialogue writing is very well done but some viewers might find it a little sappy at times. Other viewers are very moved by some of the dialogue and probably wouldn't mind being the object of some of the characters' affection themselves. Some moments are real tearjerkers. The object of the dialogue is to keep the plot moving and create emotion of which "The Vampire Diaries" does both.
Variety of Supernatural Beings
"The Vampire Diaries" is not just about vampires which makes for very interesting plot twists. The show started with the vampire brothers then added witches into the mix. Following that, more vampires were added to show for an even more interesting dynamic. Now werewolves have been added to the show. There is something for everyone!
Tension Between Characters
Being a dramatic show, there is a lot of tension between characters and sometimes triangles of characters. It keeps the story interesting and fans like to take sides.
The tension between the Salvatore brothers is obvious. Damon still holds a grudge against Stefan but seems to be a good guy deep down. Stefan is trying to protect Elena from Damon, who also loves her.
There is a lot of tension between Elena and Katherine due to them looking identical and Katherine needing Elena for some still unknown reason. Making it even worse is that Katherine often impersonates Elena to get closer to her family and friends.
There is tension between Elena and her younger brother, Jeremy, because he is upset that she allowed Damon to wipe his memories after they had to kill his friend, Vicky.
There is tension between many other characters as well, making for a very dramatic and dynamic storyline.
There are tons of mysteries in "The Vampire Diaries" going on at any one time. As fast as some of the mysteries are uncovered, more pop up with each new character. You always have to wonder what their true motives are which makes for very intriguing characters and histories.
Some of the mysteries so far have included Damon and Stefan's history and how they were turned by Katherine's actions, the existence of werewolves, the imprisonment of the vampires over a century ago, among other mysteries.
New mysteries are popping up all the time. Some of these new questions involve Katherine's true motives for coming back to Mystic Falls and why she is afraid of the original vampire family, what the vampires really want with the Moonstone, what is the story behind the vampire doppelgangers who look like Elena, and other mysteries.
There are many reasons for watching "The Vampire Diaries" and the above are just a few. Other viewers have their own reasons. Check out the show if you like the supernatural.
Sources: The CW, Wikipedia, TV.com, IMDb
- L. J. Smith
- Back Story
- Kevin Williamson
- love triangle