The Vampire Diaries!!
For my 50th review I have decided to revisit my favourite series, but in the form of a TV show now, not the books. The Vampire Diaries is a TV show based on the books by L.J.Smith, and it was first broadcast in 2009. Now in its 4th series, the show has a large audience, all over the world. It is currently broadcast on ITV2 at 9pm on Tuesday in the UK.
The Vampire Diaries is a tv show based in an American town called Mystic Falls, with a young girl called Elena Gilbert as the main character. She is played by Nina Dobrev, a fantastic Bulgarian-Canadian actress previously known for her role in Degrassi. At first Nina was not a favourite with the books' fans, due to her being a brunette, and lacking the lovely blonde hair that book Elena has. But Nina is such an amazing actress, that Im sure everyone has forgiven the producers for choosing her for the role now.
Elena Gilbert is a normal human being, happily living asthe most popular girl in town, until the brothers Damon and Stefan Salvatore appear in the town, and her life changes forever. Soon Elena's best friend turns out to be a powerful witch, and there are werewolves and vampires everywhere. For the brothers are vampires, and gorgeous ones at that! Ian somerhalder and Paul Wesley are the hotties that play the characters, and they soon end up in a love triangle, exactly as they were with a girl who looks familiar...Elena is a doppelganger of Katerina Petrova, the evil vampire who manipulated the young men before turning them into vampires a few hundred years ago.
And its not long before Katerina, now calling herself Katherine, is in Mystic Falls, to cause havoc once again. Katherine is on the run from her maker Klaus, an original vampire, who needs her blood. He then sets his sights on Elena. Will she survive?
The Vampire Diariesis the best programme on TV, with fantastic acting, it maynot be everyone's taste, but I recommend you try it! 100 stars!
I started watching The Vampire Diaries right from the very first episode, whilst I was at University. I was captivated so much that I bought the first series to watch again, this time with my family, they were a bit unsure about whether they would like it as they did not think it was their sort of film, however after the first episode they were intrigued to find out more.
The Vampire Diaries: A Short Description
The Vampire Diaries is based on the book series which is written by L.J Smith. The main story line is about a girl named Elena Gilbert who falls in love with a guy named Stefan who she eventually finds out that he is a vampire along with his brother Damon who is also a Vampire. I won't go into anymore detail as I feel this may spoil the story line for people who have not seen any of the series.
I personally love the Vampire Diaries, however I prefer to wait until the DVDs come out as I find that because it's so captivating it is nice to watch an episode a night rather than to wait once a week. I found that one night my family and I were so engaged in the episodes that we ended up watching 6 in one evening! The DVD also contains some cut material that does not appear on TV, for reasons that it is too gory. For those who have seen the well-known Twilight films, Vampire Diaries is much more gory and action-filled than Twilight, however it is less gory than the 'True Blood' series.
Overall the Vampire Diaries series are captivating, romantic, action-packed and often has you sat on the edge of your chair!
The world of vampires and teen angst has overtaken my home life to a certain extent over the past few years. Seriously, anything vampire related that isn't a classic novel or a cartoon has invaded itself into my home via my wife, whether it be the plethora of various book series with something vampirical as a main focus, or something to do with films or TV series. I quite liked the dark and adult world of True Blood, but my wife has been obsessed enough with The Vampire Diaries to force me to at least try the first episode of the show.
It's only just getting into the swing of the second series, and on our sets, we're a couple of episodes into it, so there's only the first series to remark on at the moment. I have to say, the tricks of keeping a TV series running successfully is in keeping things fresh, stopping the audience from getting bored, whilst maintaining regular elements to ensure continuity and consistency. What I like about the Vampire Diaries is that despite only a few characters keeping the spotlight, the revelations and plot twists are fast and furious enough to keep the interest levels going.
It didn't take me long to watch the entire first series, I have to say. There are over 20 episodes, but a long weekend including a couple of days off work due to illness were enough to see me through to the end of it, just in time to watch episode 1 of the current, second series. It gets you hooked, not pandering about with mystery but launching straight in with the first episode, and the arrival into the sleepy mid-Virginia town of Mystic Falls of Stefan Salvatore. He and resident smouldering brunette Elena Gilbert soon fall for each other, although Stefan has an age old reason for doing so.
Here's where the charcterisation comes into things. This love relationship is quite focal, but it's no real secret to us that Stefan, and his immediately emerging brother Damon, are in fact vampires. As the series progresses, the various friendships of the town's teens as well as the histories of the families come into the storytelling, and each episode continues the main focus of the main characters trying to live with the various revelations that come about, as well a particular event or character coming through a bit more developed than they were previously.
The acting is quite good, with Nina Dobrev comfortably holding her own as the main female. She has solid support, with the friends around her well acted, and has strong male competition opposite her with the completely contrasting styles of Paul Wesley as Stefan and Ian Somerhalder as Damon. These two gents really do work together well on the screen, with the former being the sensible and reliable good guy, and the latter with a bit more fun and flair, but still very much the bad boy, and the more dangerous of the two vampires.
Really, this whole thing is about exploring the human (and vampire) psyche, and revealing not only the trust between friends, enemies and the unknown, but also just how people cope with various revelations in their lives, about their families and their histories. In a way, it's quite tricky to believe any of it, vampires aside, as things do become predictable, and ultimately you start to question everyone and everything. This does mean that, towards the latter part of the series, the shocks and surprises aren't nearly as strong as they would have been otherwise, but there's still some strong effects, and the end of the series will get you good. My wife is great at guessing things before they happen, but the cliffhanger at the end of this comes out of nowhere.
As the second series starts, the revelations do keep coming, and ultimately, the surprise elements have somewhat diminished. As surprises and twists keep coming, you'll be less affected by them as you continue watching, and no doubt the obvious things that I can see coming are already being telegraphed as they were in the first series. It doesn't reduce my enjoyability, but does lessen the impact of how I feel when watching it. Either way, I'd still recommend it.
The thing is, this is a show that is currently still relatively new, in a sea of such shows on air at the moment. That it has made it to its second series is a feat in itself, and shows that there is enough support, both commercially and within the decision making process, to keep this going. It's based on a series of books that are very well developed, as my wife informs me, and she also says that there is a lot more to come in terms of plot and characters and how much scope there is to come in terms of fresh material. I like this fact and really hope that the quality remains strong throughout. There's no question I'll keep watching, as I do rate this very highly in terms of it being addictive viewing. The combination of good initial writing, good screen adaptation, directing and acting goes very well together, and a lot of the special effects and musical choices add to the atmosphere.
The first series is available for just under £30 at the moment, although I'd say try and catch the reruns if you want to give this a go. It's worth a watch, for sure, and has longevity, I reckon. Vampires are very much the current trend, and this is likely to continue for some while yet. So get your fangs ready and take a bite out of this.............
Firstly i have to say that i am a twilight fan but, even if you arent a fan i would recommend giving this series a go. I started watching this series on itv2 when it first came on and after the first few episodes i was hooked and i am sure you will be to!
The vampire diaries is about a girl named elena who falls for the mysterious new guy at school- vampire stefan salvatore. However when Stefans brother Damon comes on the scene problems arise. Stefan is the good brother only feeding on animal blood whilst Damon is the more evil one who will kill anyone in his path and wants revenge on Stefan. The killings inevitably cause suspicion in the town mystic falls. Thats all i will write about it as i dont want to give anything away, all i will say is this is just the start of what becomes an amazing series. Descriptions can never explain how good this show is, you have to watch it to see. The storyline is really interesting and has many twists and side stories concerning elenas brother jeremy and her friends bonnie, caroline and matt.
The vampire diaries also has an excellent cast, Nina Dobrev plays Elena, Paul Wesley Stefan and Ian Somerhalder Damon and they are all brilliant actors. Also it is a really good looking cast which makes it even better to watch.
I think why the show is so good is because it has a good mixture of romance, comedy, blood and violence and i think it will appeal to more people because of this mixture. On the comedy side you will find out that Damon has some of the funniest lines in the show but can also be pretty violent.
Overall this is one of my favourite shows and after watching the series i also read the books which are also excellent and are an interesting read.
Give this series a go, it is really good and keeps you hooked every episode. I have watched series one twice now and i am now watching series two which has recently started (october 2010) on itv2. Series one is available on dvd for around £18. Watch it- you know you want to! Or you will never find out Stefans secret or why Damon has come back to mystic falls....
Vampires eh? They're everywhere lately. Forget your Edwards and your Bella Sues right now though, Vampire Diaries was the book written before Stephanie Meyer decided to bring Twilight on us all. LJ Smith wrote the trilogy in 1991; long before Twilight fans were even born - however, fans of the series pressured the author into writing yet another volume in 1992. After a long hiatus though, The Vampire Diaries reared it's head again in 2009, with a spin-off series focusing on bad boy vamp Damon, and this could technically be what instigated the popularity for the TV adaption which premiered in 2009.
The story is unrealistic, but what vampire story isn't? Not to mention that childrens books were all about RL Stine and Point Horror in those days, it pretty much was in it's prime back then. Not so silly now, huh?
I was one of the followers of all those child "horror" series, but I never got my hands on The Vampire Diaries, and I haven't had the chance to read them either, but I did (at first - skeptically) check out the TV series.
Elena is your normal every day girl, but she's going through a hard time, trying to overcome the tragedy of her parents death. The story begins on the first day of the new school year. Elena (Nina Dobrev, Degrassi) and her younger brother, Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen), have lost their parents over the summer in a car accident. They now live with their young aunt in their hometown of Mystic Falls.
Elena is dreading the return to school, and likewise, her brother is coping by turning to drug use. Luckily, Elena has friends Bonnie and Caroline by her side.
Mysterious goings on start happening after Elena meets the brooding Stefan Salvatore (Paul Wesley) and even more so when his brother, Damon (played by Ian Somerhalder, Lost), comes on the scene.
As with any Kevin Williamson production, it's quirky, and there's lots of use of snappy dialogue and pop culture references that make it stand out. And rather than focusing on a high school based environment, The Vampire Diaries is based around the strange local history of the town of Mystic Falls and what lies behind it all.
Of course, with vampire stories, there's always the stuff we know and tend to groan at - the red eyed lust at blood, the crows and smokey entrances, but all of this and more makes Vampire Diaries an amusing and entertaining series for everyone - yes, including those probably way past their "Fear Street" and "Goosebumps" years.
With a cast including Ian Somerhalder as Damon Salvatore, Nina Dobrev as the lovely Elena Gilbert, and Paul Wesley as the sincere and guilty Stefan Salvadore, there's a strong cast of interesting actors and with Season 2 on the way in September, it promises alot more to come in future.
This is the brilliant American vampire series that is showing on ITV 2 on a Tuesday at 9pm.
The story is about two Brothers Stefan and Damon Salvatore who have a dark secret.
The Brothers have recently returned to live in the well to do area of Mystic Falls in Virginnia.
Whats the secret you ask well like the much talked about Twilight the brothers are vampires and fell out with each other centuries ago when they both fell for the same woman, the vampire who made them the men they are today.
Elena Gilbert is the witches doppleganger who the boys fall for once again.
Right when I first saw this advertised I thought it was just a cheap copy of Twilight but soon realised it was actualy really good viewing.
There is always a twist to the storyline each week and the acting is first class.
Ian Somerhalder (lost) is brilliant as the evil sibling Damon and Paul Wesley is great as the sultry goodie Stefan.
This is not just for teens so if you have not watched it before I would definatly recommend it.
You can catch up with the previous three episodes on the ITV player online.
I was never really a fan of the whole vampire thing until being hooked into Stephanie Meyer's fantastic world of vampires and werewolves. I saw the advertisement for the Vampire diaries and thought I would give it a go to see what it was like.
Now for those of you who may immediately think this is a Twlight Saga wannabe you would be very wrong. Based on the novels by L.J. Smith, The Vampire diaries revolves around three main characters- Elena, Stefan and Damon. Stefan is a vampire, ironically who doesn't drink human blood, who moves into the area and is immediately drawn to Elena. Elena reminds him of a girl called Catherine who he was very much in love with hundreds of years earlier. The story between Stefan and Elena goes on with her eventually finding out he is a vampire. I don't want to tell much of the story as I do feel it will spoil it for those of you who may want to watch it. I know it can be a pain when you read a review that gives away the surprise of a tv show or film!
Damon is introduced to the story fairly early on as Stefan's brother. They don't really get on, and Damon is a much more sinister vampire than Stefan appears to be. Various high jinx ensue as with most of these types of programmes- lots of danger and mystery shrouds the story and various characters get sucked in along the way. Stefan is suitably good looking and broody, with Damon being the stunning dark and mysterious type with a wicked sense of humour-just what you are looking for in this sort of show!
To programme is self is well scripted and very well directed. The characters are well written and I have to say that the actors were especially well cast. There is a lot of mood setting with scenes and most are dark and moody, the perfect setting for a vampire story. each episode lasts for around 50 minutes, 60 with ad breaks as you would expect. The good thing I find about this programme is that each episode ends with such a good cliff hanger that it really leaves you hanging on for more. There are none of those 'coming up next week' spoilers. I have gotten really hooked onto this series really quickly, and I can never wait for the next episode to come. I even began reading the books after watching the show which is something I never do- I am usually a book first then tv/film kinda gal.
For those of you that are into the whole Vampire thing, this will get you hooked and leave you gasping for more. If not, i would still suggest giving it a go as it is one of those shows that may very well surprise you.
Since Twilight came out I've got really into other books and films about vampires and The Vampire Diaries is my latest favourite vampire craze.
It is an American TV series which is set in the small town of Mystic Falls where 17 year old Elena lives with her brother and aunt. Going back to school after the summer holidays, Elena meets the new guy, Stefan, who she immediately hits it off with and they soon fall in love. She eventually finds out that Stefan is a vampire but a good one who lives on the blood of animals rather than killing humans. When Stefan's brother, Damon, arrives in town though, it's clear that he will take as much human blood as he can in any way he wants to but, despite his evil ways, Elena finds herself torn between the two vampire brothers.
Although this does sound like a very similar storyline to the Twilight series - teenage girl falls in love with a vampire - the actual series is very different and I haven't found myself relating or comparing it to Twilight at all. The series often goes back to Stefan and Damon's past, about 150 years ago, so we find out what they were like before they became vampires.
This is a very fantasy-orientated programme. Not only are some of the main characters vampires, but Elena's best friend, Bonnie, is a witch so there is quite a bit of magic too.
The whole show is very good and I can't find a single thing to complain about. The acting is all very well done and all of the main characters, even the evil (but very gorgeous!) Damon, are all very likeable. The special effects are great when the vampires start to actually look like vampires and when they use their vampire powers and this makes it really entertaining and exciting. It's not at all silly or fake looking and a few times I've cringed at the violence and rabid hunger when a vampire has been feasting on a human.
It took a couple of episodes for me to get into it but now I really love it and I couldn't miss a single episode. This is now one of my favourite programmes on TV and I'd definitely recommend giving it a watch if you like these sorts of fantasy storylines.
The Vampire Diaries is based on a novel series written by L.J. Smith where you are given the insight into the diary of 17-year old Elena Gilbert ( Nina Dobrev ).My favourite characters are Elena, Stephan, and Damon a grieving high school girl has her life turned upside down by the appearance of the vampire Stephan and his brother Damon. She is grieving because her parents have both recently died. At first, she is repulsed by Damon's cruelty but she can't deny the attraction. Elena and her fifteen year-old brother, Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen ), live with their Aunt Jenna ( Sara Canning ). Elena seeks comfort from the vampire, Stefan Salvatore (Paul Wesley). It's a love triangle between the two vampire brothers. One is good ( Stephan) and the other is evil, Damon Salvatore (Ian Somerhalder). This show has a good plot, a great characters development and interaction. Overall this show is just a guilty pleasure. The series is in my opinion a serious contender for True Blood.
After becoming a converted Twifan, at the end of New Moons cinema run, I found myself in a terrible compromise; I had no films to watch (except Twilight again), I'd read all of the books, I had to wait until March for the release of New Moon on DVD and so, after watching Twilight every night before I went to bed for about 2 weeks, I began to seek out a vampire void filler.
Now, I will tell you there are plenty out there, the genre is extensive and there was no way I was going to be able to watch all vampire films and all vampire books and find something to become addicted too. So I attempted to find young people in love, in school who were hit with dilemmas by meeting vampires (I was basically looking for a pseudo-twilight). I happened across the Morganville Vampire series, written by Rachel Caine, which I guess I enjoyed but found a little lacking substance; besides I devoured all 7 books within a week. So my search continued.
I was reading some glossy mag or other and I came across an interview with one of the main characters from a new series called Vampire Diaries. It was due to be aired the next Tuesday night and the character was funny and witty so I thought yeah, I will give it a try. I am telling you all of this because I know a few Twifans who will not 'cheat' on Edward / Jacob by watching the Vampire Diaries, so please don't feel that you are! Ok now?...
I settled down to watch the first episode and after approximately 30 seconds I was hooked!
In a nutshell the series is a supernatural Vampire fantasy horror based on the trilogy of books by L J Smith (approx 1991 - well before the Twilight Saga hit our shelves!). The series follows the main character Elena Gilbert and the lives of her friends and the inhabitants of her fictional home town, Mystic Falls, Virginia. It is primarily a teen drama mixed in with the supernatural of vampires and witch craft.
Elena is played by the very cute Nina Dobrev (stars in recent release, Chloe, alongside Amanda Seyfried and Julianne Moore). At the beginning of the series her voice regularly started the show and ended it, narrating her journal entries; this theme seems to have worn off now, but I guess if I was romantically entangled with a vampire, I would be highly unlikely to maintain my diary entries! Her acting is pretty good; passionate and genuine on the whole, although there have been some moments in the series so far where I have cringed. She is supposed to still be in school, but unlike the characters in Twilight and ignoring the fact she is only 21 in real life, she is styled to look about mid-20s, I find this is a common theme in American teen dramas.
The Salvatore brothers are Mystic Falls resident vampires. They are Stefan (played by Paul Wesley) and Damon Salvatore (Ian Somerhalder). Up to now, Elena has fallen in love with Stefan, however, if I am to believe web gossip and plot spoilers coupled with the way in which she has of late softened to Damon, she falls for him too and finds herself torn between the two of them. What a shocker - a teen vampire drama where the female protégé is a bit of a tramp! She'll be birthing a vampuman spawn soon and controlling her thirst for blood like no other vampire has ever done in the history books, whilst pretending to her family everything is fine and she's just normal! So cynical for someone who loves this genre... Stefan is sort of the good vampire (because such a thing exists) and Damon is the baddie... but he is becoming a little kinder as the series progresses; which is why I can feel him and Elena becoming romantically involved.
Lets not forget the rest, Bonny and Caroline - Elena's BFFs; Bonny has mystical powers and Caroline is the most misunderstood and sweet apparently not so dumb blonde ever - I think her character is great - really fun and you can't help but fall in love with the way in which you begin to discover she has hidden depths. The actress who plays her is pretty damn good at conveying the shallow on the exterior, deep on the interior persona. Bonny on the other hand, well the actress who plays her is odd, this is the only way I can sum it up, she's ok during the quieter times, but when Bonny is centre stage and dramatics are required it's like the most painful thing I've ever seen! I don't know perhaps I just can't get past the part where she was possessed - watch it, you will understand what I mean!
Next there's Jenna (Elena's Aunt/Guardian) and her little brother, Jeremy. Both great characters but hardly involved yet in the whole vampire secret and so they seldom have compelling story lines - focus is placed on their love lives and personal development instead. However, I have a feeling that will change soon based on last weeks episode! Other characters are recurrent, but hardly worth mentioning here.
Overall I love the way in which the characters interact with each other, you get a feeling that the show must be great fun to work on; sometimes it seems to try too hard to be serious, but I guess that's imperative when it's more drama than comedy. I suppose there are some really dark moments when the characters look like they are in pain - perhaps they should learn to do broody or lighten up a bit! It is American and teen-ified but like I say it's so addictive, especially if you can get past the occassionally cringe-worthy scenes, every week you are left on a complete cliff hanger (you can watch sneak previews on ITV player for the following week!). If I had to compare the program I would say it is like The OC meets Twilight. It's worlds apart from Buffy and Angel though and for that I am grateful! Ooo and did I mention the cheeky reference to Twilight in it? Damon (the dark and evil brother) is reading a copy of Twilight and he says, see Bella and Edward got it all wrong. Haha, it's fab!
The series is written/produced by Kevin Williamson, responsible for Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer. And you can tell. This falls in to a similar genre - almost funny in parts, but sometimes quite jumpy and eerily scary too. Mix that up with Williamson's other successful series Dawsons Creek and you get the feeling for what this show is all about.
Up to now there have been 11 episodes aired, of a total 22.The story is only midway through the first part and already is unfolding into a complicated web of [sometimes predictable] links between the young and beautiful cast. It will have you laughing, crying, cringing, scared, addicted and most of all rushing to your computer to watch the next weeks spoiler. I can't wait to begin reading the original novels upon which the series is based. And great news for fans: 'On February 16, 2010, The CW announced that it was going to renew the show for a second season'. Yay!
Soundtrack-wise, this is great, lots from Imogen Heap who I love! I have downloaded and ordered loads of the music from the artists featured, it's completely broody and very cool. The series, which is OC meets Dawsons Creek meets Twilight meets teen Horror film is filling a serious void until Eclipse comes out. Big 5 outta 5 from me!
Being a huge fan of True Blood, and noticing that Vampires seem to be 'The New Black', watching Vampire Diaries on ITV was added to the list for a series link on Sky plus!
At first i thought, oh no, a show full of desirable young women about to be bitten and led into evil, but my thoughts soon changed. Vampire Diaries is set in Mystic Falls USA and has a history of vampires.
Damon and Stefan are Vampire Brothers killed over 180 years ago in Mystic Falls. They can go in the sunlight, thanks to rings they wear which protect them. Stefan goes to school and lives a normal life amongst the citizens of this very quaint town.
The brothers are like chalk and cheese. Stefan is of the understanding that human life is to be protected, whilst Damon wreaks havoc on the necks of every person he can find in a dark wooded area, or even a busy car park! Damon is the devil, to Stefan's angel.
Stefan quickly falls for the charms of a lovely lady who is the double of a woman he loved before he became a vampire. His feelings for his past love, were also felt by Damon and the two became rivals in life.
Stefan is determined to keep his identity a secret, but the increasing death toll, brought on by Damon, leads to the inevitable 'outing' of both Damon and Stefan.
The plot thickens when one of Stefans school chums discovers she is a Salem Witch and she plots to bring Damon to his knees.
That is as far as i have got, but i admit to enjoying this series and it is well worth a watch.
Since Stephenie Meyers amazing Twilight books got me slightly obsessed with the Vampire world, when I heard that a new show called The Vampire Diaries would be showing on ITV2 in the New Year I got rather excited! I got even more excited when my husband went out and bought me all the books for Christmas, giving me the chance to read them before the tv show started.
The show first screened on ITV2 in February 2010 at 9pm.
The show revolves around Elena Gilbert, a human girl who has gone through the loss of her parents and has a younger brother, Jeremy who got himself into drugs to deal with losing his parents. As Elena and Jeremy settle back into school, a new, mysterious guy turns up. He is Stefan Salvatore, and we quickly learn that he is a vampire, and pretty soon his dangerous brother, Damon arrives. Stefan is what Twilight fans would call the Cullens, a vegetarian so to speak, a vampire who does not feed off of humans, whereas Damon is the opposite and does. This brings lots of problems to the area they all live, and causes many fights and missing people. We also learn the different spin the author of the books has put on her take on vampires - these guys have powers, for example to control a humans mind, but for these powers to be strong they need human blood.
Honestly, the first few episodes I was really excited about watching, but now I think we are roughly 7 or 8 episodes in, and I am losing interest quickly. As a lot of people probably do, when you read a book first then watch its adaptation into tv or film, you very quickly pick up on the differences between that and the books.
There are just too many differences in this that I end up picking fault through most of an episode and getting bored. I thought the books were brilliant, and the shows producers should really have tried to keep it as close to the books as possible, but instead they have taken vital characters out, added new ones, changed lots (including the name of the town?!) and tried to drag the story out as much as they can to stretch the series out. Even something as silly to me as the fact that Elena is blonde haired in the books, yet the actress who plays her in the show has very dark hair bothers me.
I suppose my review has been unfair. The actors in the show are good, Nina Dobrey plays Elena Gilbert, and gives a good performance and the Salvatore brothers are really good, both dark and mysterious but gorgeous! Paul Wesley plays Stefan, the 'good' brother, and Ian Somerhalder (who Lost fans will recognise as Boone Carlyle) pulls off the devilishly handsome Damon well.
If I had watched the tv show, and then later on read the books, I really think that my review would have been different, and I would have enjoyed it much more, but I am a reader first, and the changes were just too much for me to thoroughly enjoy the show.
I have just read though that there has been the go ahead for a series 2, so if you do like it, there is more to come!
I have watched this program from the start and can't understand how it is not on ITV1 instead of ITV2. I am completely addicted to it and cannot wait each week till the next episode. Yes it is a spin off from Twilight and whilst Twilight still wins hands down being able to watch this weekly makes up for it. I love cheesy American teen dramas even though I'm in my thirties and this is no let down. I think it's more suited to females rather than males as it is love story in the end as the brothers are fighting for the attention of a girl which they have been doing for over the last 100 years. Typically everyone is gorgeous in it and the two main male characters Damon and Stefan are to die for! There are certainly lots of pretty ladies for the men too.
I haven't read any of the books yet ,but I think that will be my next step after this series finishes. I don't want to spoil the series by reading the books.
This series is a must for any Twilight fans no matter what age you are. It is fantastic and totally addictive.
As a big Twilight fan, I jump at the sound of anything vampire related, so when I heard about the Vampire Diaries coming on ITV2, I was really excited! My dilemma was whether to read the books which are written by L.J. Smith, or to watch the show first. I decided to watch the show, as I had read some mixed reviews about the books, plus I wasn't sure I'd be able to read it quickly in time for the show. I still haven't read the books, so not sure what the verdict is as to what is better, but I'll do my best reviewing the show (without giving too much of the plot away)!
There are a number of similarities between TVD and Twilight, but it must be noted that TVD book series was written before Stephenie Meyer wrote the Twilight series!
The main 3 characters in the show are Elena Gilbert (played by a beautiful Nina Dobrev), Stefan Salvatore (played by handsome super-hunk Paul Wesley) and Stefan's brother Damon Salvatore (played by Ian Somerhalder, who you might recognise as Boone from Lost).
The show opens with Elena starting back at school again after summer, and she is finding it hard to cope with being back to normal life, even though everything in her life is turned upside down. Elena's parents recently died in a car crash, and she and her younger brother Jeremy now live with their young aunt Jenna, who is not married and has no children of her own, so is new to the whole parent/guardian way of living.
Elsewhere in Mystic Falls (the fictional town where the show is set), people are being killed and attacked by a vampires, but who is it?
Enter new boy in town, aka uber-sexy vampire Stefan, who ignoring the advances of other pretty girls at school, makes a beeline for Elena. Elena is turn, is attracted by him (who wouldn't?!), and they become friends, and then start to date. But, Stefan is not all he seems, and Elena strives to find out more about this mysterious guy. Once she finds out what he is, will she stay with him?
Stefan's brother Damon is a key character in the plot who influences Stefan and Elena's relationship, and we learn more about him and Stefan as the show progresses. What is in their past, and what attracts them both to Elena?
Ian Somerhalder (Damon) is probably the best actor, as a Lost veteran, but the rest of them are pretty average actors. There isn't too much gore in the show, and the intimate scenes are pretty mild, so there's nothing too cringesome to watch, depending on your blood and gore threshold!
Similarities to Twilight: Vegetarian vampire diet, handsome main vampire who is good rather than bad, dazzling people (to get them to do or believe what you want), vampires who are strong & speedy, love triangles, angst ridden teens.
What's different to Twilight: vampires wear rings to allow them to be in the daylight otherwise they burn, vervain herb to weaken vampires, no werewolves or shapeshifters (as yet anyway, whether they surface later in the series is another question!), witches (best friend of Elena is a witch descendant).
As far as I can tell, it's called the Vampire Diaries as both Elena and Stefan seem to keep diaries (although you don't see them actually writing in them much) - maybe the books focus on a more diary nature.
I must say I prefer Twilight and True Blood in terms of good vampire viewing, as the storylines and acting are generally much better, (and Edward is still the ultimate vampire for me!). TVD is generally a good series, which keeps you fairly interested, but its not really unmissable viewing. Though the hot totty helps!! I probably will continue to watch further seasons, unless things get ridiculous!
Eversince I was young, I'm quite fascinated with vampire stories, I find them interesting, then Twilight movies were released which I also followed all through out. There's a lot of modern twist about them that make them more interesting, like walking in the broad daylight and choose to live as part of the community. Well, that reminds me of Edward Cullen really. It seems that most of the Vampires that's coming out are really gorgeous like the Salvatore brothers, from this new series and women will definitely be looking forward to see them every week.
Vampire Diaries is a supernatural-fantasy horror television series based on the book series of L. J. Smith and developed by Kevin Williamson. The storyline focus on the life of Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev), who falls in love with vampire brothers Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Damon Salvatore (Ian Somerhalder). They were once both in love with the same woman named Katherine, a vampire who turned them both and has the same image of Elena.
The story started when Elena Gilbert and her brother Jeremy's parents were killed in a car accident. Elena was with her parents during the accident but she's lucky to survived. Their Aunt Jenna, took them to her care. But since the death of her parents, she's struggling to adjust. As the new school year begins at Mystic High, Elena finds herself attracted to the new student, Stefan Salvatore until they realize their mutual feelings with each other. But there are far too many attacked happening around Mystic Falls. Elena then found out whose really behind everything that happened in their town and as she found out what Stefan really was.
There are far too many questions on my mind, will she stay with Stefan forever or will she end up with Damon? We never know, so for now I might as well enjoy and stick to team Stefan which I prefer for her.
Nina Dobrev/ Elena Gilbert - Elena falls in love with Stefan. She also plays Katherine Pierce, a vampire who had a romantic relationships with both Stefan and Damon in 1864.
Paul Wesley/ Stefan Salvatore- A vampire who has a romantic relationship with Elena.
Ian Somerhalder/ Damon Salvatore - Stefan's vampire brother.
Steven R. McQueen /Jeremy Gilbert- Elena's younger brother.
Sara Canning /Jenna Sommers- Jeremy and Elena's aunt and legal guardian.
Katerina Graham /Bonnie Bennett -Elena's witch best friend.
Candice Accola/ Caroline Forbes -Elena's friend, daughter of the town's sheriff, Elizabeth Forbes.
Zach Roerig/ Matt Donovan- Elena's ex-boyfriend, dating Caroline.
Kayla Ewell/ Vicki Donovan -Matt's sister; turned into a vampire but then killed by Stefan.
Michael Trevino /Tyler Lockwood -Vicki's ex-boyfriend and Jeremy's rival.
Matt Davis /Alaric Saltzman- The new history teacher, whose wife Isobel appears to have been murdered by Damon.
Introducing the main cast will give you an idea on how exciting the series will be in more weeks to come. It will definitely entertain us for quite sometime because the first series has 22 episodes and an hour long. It's now on its 5th episode so if you miss few episodes just check the ITV player to catch up, usually aired at ITV2, 9pm every tuesday.
When I first saw the preview, I thought it's a story for most teenagers, which put me off a bit. I'm already in my 30's so I quite wondered if the story is still appropriate for me. But since I'm fascinated about vampires, I find myself tuning in and I'm happy I did because I enjoy how the story goes and I'm really hooked to it. It will leave you with mysterious question that makes it more exciting. All of them also play their parts very well and I'm really impressed especially with Damon who come across as the evil brother but quite funny and has a good sense of humor. Its a mixture of different characters of mysterious people from a small town of Mystic Falls, Virginia. As for me, I even manage to influence my other half, so we now both enjoying the series. Overall, The story turns into a well crafted supernatural series that is definitely worth a watch!
Thank you for reading ;-D