The Vampire Diaries are adapted from LJ Smith’s original
books by the creators of Dawson’s Creek. They mix elements
of shows like Buffy and Gossip Girls to create a teen high
school drama with a twist, it’s got that must have feature
of the moment, vampires. The series follows the story of
Elena (Nina Dobrev), who has recently lost her parents,
and the good vampire, Stefan (Paul Wesley). They find solace
together in their shared love of writing diaries. However,
Stefan’s brother is the bad vampire Damon (Ian Somerhalder)
who causes no end of mayhem for the good people of Mystic
Falls. They have certain powers, liking being able to change
the weather and a magic ring that allows them to go out
in the sun, and of course they can’t be seen in a mirror.
The show also throws in some old favourite horror movie
tricks like creepy music, loads of fog, and winged tombstones.
The only downside is Elena’s younger brother Jeremy (Steven
R. McQueen) who’s decent into drink and drugs as well as
his relationship with the equally degenerate Vicki (Kayla
Ewell) is about as subtle as a stampeding elephant. One
the real highlights is Elena and Damon’s dance to the accompaniment
of the wonderful song ‘All I Need’ by the outstanding group
Within Temptation, a truly captivating scene. Overall this
is an enjoyable teen romp with plenty of eye candy for the
girls to sink their teeth into.
Into Mystic Falls: This shows how they translated the
vampire legends and high school life to the screen. When
Vampires Don't Suck!: Explores the popularity of vampires,
and their fans. The Vampire Diaries: Casting the actors
for the series. The Vampire Diaries: Vampires 101 – Vampire
Rules. Creators/Director Pilot Commentary Unaired Scenes
The Vampire Diaries: A Darker Truth Webisodes Second Bite:
Gag Reel Downloadable Audiobook of LJ Smiths The Vampire
Diaries, The Awakening.