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The Vampire Diaries is a multiple series of books written by Lisa Jane Smith under the pen name L. J. Smith. Considered a part of the young adult supernatural genre, the books are based on the protagonist Elena Gilbert and her romantic interests and connections with two brothers who are vampires.
The first set of the successful book series was published in 1991. The Vampire Diaries original set includes four books: The Awakening, The Struggle, The Fury, and Dark Reunion.
By 2007 Smith had continued book character line by publishing a trilogy called The Vampire Diaries: The Return that is more of a spin-off of the original book series.
The three books of this second set are titled Nightfall, Shadow Souls, and Midnight, all of which were published from 2009 to 2011. A third trilogy is being published, as well, but Smith is no longer the author for these books. Alloy Entertainment replaced L. J. Smith with a ghostwriter.
associated with Warner Bros. Television and CBS, of which are in direct
connection with the television show called The Vampire Diaries that is
based on the books. This ghostwritten trilogy, called The Hunters,
includes the books Phantom, Moonsong, and Destiny Rising, which are
scheduled for publishing in 2011 and 2012.
The Vampire Diaries has been made into a paranormal vampire-themed television series that premiered in 2009. As of 2011, the TV series has continued with production as it goes into its third season. Filming was done on location in the cities of Atlanta and Covington in Georgia, as well as Vancouver, British Columbia in Canada. While the pilot episode was filmed in Vancouver, Covington is the doppelganger for Mystic Falls with neighborhoods in Atlanta included in some scenes. The executive producers of the television series include Kevin Williamson, who also produced “Dawson’s Creek” and “Scream;” Julie Plec of “Wasteland” and “Kyle XY;” and Leslie Morgenstein and Bob Levy, both producers of “Gossip Girl.”
The television series stars Nina Dobrev as Elena Gilbert. As an aside, Dobrev is also going to be the lead character’s sister, Candace, in the yet-to-be-released film “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” also starring Emma Watson and Dylan McDermott. The two vampire brothers, Stefan played by Paul Wesley from “Fallen,” and Damon Salvatore portrayed by Ian Somerhalder of “Lost” return home to Mystic Falls in Virginia. Both men encounter Elena, but find she resembles a long lost vampire by the name of Katherine Pierce, who is also played by Dobrev.
The main vein of The Vampire Diaries television series is the interwoven web of love between Elena, Stefan, and Damon. Elena falls in love with Stefan, whom is actually a 100-year-old vampire. However, their romance is soon deterred when Stefan’s brother, Damon, returns to Mystic Falls. Damon, the older brother of the pair, has a vendetta against Stefan. Before the two had been turned to vampires, they each loved Katherine, a girl that looks exactly like Elena. Stefan played a significant role in turning Damon into a vampire, of which Damon returns to seek revenge by finding Katherine. Damon is successful, and once Katherine is resurrected from her long sleep, she enters the picture with malicious intents. She wants to take revenge out on Elena and her two vampire love interests. It is later discovered that Elena is in fact a descendent of Katherine, which is why the two ladies look so much alike.
Each of the characters has a dark past, which adds to the allure and mystery of the show. The setting of the story is in Mystic Falls, Virginia, a small town that has its own shady history. During the 17th century, the town became the home place of immigrants from New England, who gave birth to a significant amount of supernatural activity. Other than vampires, Mystic Falls is home to werewolves, such as Tyler Lockwood who is the son of Mystic Falls’ mayor, and witches including Elena’s best friend Bonnie Bennett.
When the pilot episode of The Vampire Diaries was aired in 2006, it set the record for having the largest audience of a television series premiere on the CW broadcast channel. After a successful first season, with approximately 3.6 million viewers tuning in, a second season was sure as critics claimed the show only improved as the season continued. It is clear that there are a prodigious amount of people who choose to watch vampire themed shows. Some critics feel like The Vampire Diaries is a stand-in for the once favored Buffy the Vampire Slayer that aired, on the same broadcasting station as The Vampire Diaries, for eight seasons from 1997 to 2003.
The Vampire Diaries is particularly enjoyed by the teen and young adult age viewership. The television series won seven Teen Choice Awards and a People’s Choice Award in 2010. The Teen Choice Awards included Choice TV Breakout Show and Choice TV Show in Fantasy/Sci-Fi awards. Nina Dobrev won Choice TV Female Breakout Star and Choice TV Actress in Fantasy/Sci-Fi. Ian Somerhalder took home the Choice TV Villian. Paul Wesley earned the Choice TV Male Breakout Star and Choice TV Actor in Fantasy/Sci-Fi awards. The 2010 People’s Choice Award that was won by The Vampire Diaries was in the Favorite New TV Drama category; the show was also nominated for Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy Show, as well as a Saturn Award for Best Network TV Series.
The second season of The Vampire Diaries was even more successful. The show received an outstanding dozen Teen Choice Awards in 2011. By the third season, Nina Dobrev won a People’s Choice Award as a write-in candidate; she was the first person to ever win as a write-in. Her portrayal of the lead character, Elena, was noted by the prestigious New York Post with praise, stating her character is a “strong-minded woman who did not allow her feelings for her boyfriend to control her.” Unlike other vampire stories that are on the scene today, most notably the Twilight Series, The Vampire Diaries does not fall in the damsel in distress category.