this show obviously try to tap into the Twilight phenomenom, faring quite poorly. the audience targeted is the same, but while this mix romance/high school/vampire can work for a short amount of time, like in a movie, it fails on the long run (the idea of watching this THING for other 21 episodes never crossed my mind). it's just plain boring, it doesn't manage to create a credible background (I looked the summary of the books, and all the differences from them acqually made the series worse). Beautiful cast doesn't make goog storytelling. I'm sorry for Ian Somerhalder, that he couldn't find something better.
Cashing in on the popularity of the excellent Twilight movie, this is an adaptation of an apparently inferior teen novel (albeit with much the same basic premise). As is standard with all CW shows, the principle characters are all impossibly glamorous to the point where it is difficult to relate to them. The vamp brothers look like they were recruited from a boy band, probably the same one that split up to give us the Supernatural pairing. The special effects and production values of Diaries are of course rather good, but that is the minimum requirement for an acceptable TV show these days. The story line may also be less silly and more consistent than the original high school vamp series, Buffy, and the acting cannot help but be less wooden; but it lacks the humour and charm of it's ancestor and it takes itself much, much too seriously. The best thing that can be said for it so far is that it seems well set up to hit its target demographic. So I'm probably slightly too old and not enough into emo, but it's good enough to be worth keeping an eye on for a few more episodes to see if it finds its own voice.
il say it. im a girl, im a teenager, im a MAJOR fan of twilight. i compared this show to twilight ALOT. but i actually really like it. il say that watching the previews and such i thoight the show would be as cheesy and corny as it is, but i like the plot. yes the only reason i watched this show was because of the vampire/twilight phenomenon recently but putting that aside even if i hadnt bin obseesed w/ vampires before watching this i'd still like it. il admit yea theres alot of laugh hardy moments that are supposed to be dramatic, and the fog thing was very annoying, i can see the story going somewere, like outside of the oh "this fake sparkly vampire crap" thing. for one thing i do love this 2 brothers, one girl thing. And i like how there like those vampire vampires, w/ the hypnotizing, supernatural power, monsterish look, invitation thing, thay probably couldnt even pass running water :D so yeah i cant wait for the next episode. for those of you who are still on that maybe maybe not thing, id say give it a few more episodes, at least! But i will say this show fits more of a teenage demographic for ratings, adult fans of true blood probobaly might not enjoy this as much, and younger kids and preteen fanz of twilight might be a little TOO young for all the drug usage and relationship stuff, but c'mon you all know this is at least your guilty pleasure show, it may be dumd to others, but deep down you love it!
There are only 2 episodes, but it looks like it's gonna be the worst vampire show ever. Script is so ugly, that you can't tell the difference between Vampire Diaries and Beverly Hills 90210. Instead of good chilling storyline you have a bunch of stupid teenagers who whine about their ex-partners, fight about almost everything and talk crappy stuff. Not much vampires actually, just teenagers.
Well, maybe if you're a teenager yourself, you may like it, but when you're in your middle-ages this look totally nonsense. I would really liked something more Moonlight-ish or True Blood-ish or New Amsterdam-ish. Hope this show will grow in closest 2 upcoming episodes, otherwise I'll quit watching.
The success of this show is going to come down to directing and production. The talent is good, not the best, but each can hold their own, so far. We will see, over the next couple months, if the leaders can take this show seriously and cut out the cliche fat and move forward with the meat of the show. These type of stories are hard to make for the general public because of it's gory nature and with vampires being the "it" thing right now, everyone wants a go. True Blood is a great series because it's on a network that allows it to go beyond PG-13. How will Vampire Diaries hold up against this type of comparison, I'm not sure, but I'll give this series another episode or two, then it's off the tivo.
Predictably lame. I hate this show with every fiber of my being. Take every schlocky cliche you can imagine about teen angst films and every schlocky cliche you can imagine about crappy vampire movies and put them together and you will have the steaming pile of crud that you could ever find in the way of a cruddy tv show. Seriously though, this is by far one of the lamest shows i think i have ever seen. I for one would rather carve my eyeballs out of my own head than to watch one more episode of this drivel. Corporate cookie-cutter crapavision.
I realize I'm not really the target demographic, but, technically, I wasn't for BtVS, either.
In comparison to the other recent vampire tales, The Vampire Diaries is decidedly mediocre: better than Forever Knight and Moonlight, but worse than Buffy, Angel or even True Blood. It's a story written for the MTV audience: slick, sexy, hip, but with fake depth and no real substance or serious plot.
(1) a rather talented cast: all of the Big Three are good actors (I've see them in other things, so I know they can act), and they do a very good job with the material given them. The supporting cast is harder to analyze, as most are unknown, and it's hard to rate them given the rather limited material given them. As a parallel, look at Charisma Carpenter in the 1st season of Buffy: watching her there, it was hard to tell if she could act, given the 1-dimensional nature of Cordelia. (2) Sets are first rate. I have a little issue with some of the lighting, but the sets themselves are appropriate, and very, very well done. Likewise, the costuming is good; it's appropriate to the story, hip without being overdone.
(3) Pretty good dialogue. The dialogue appropriate, and not smaltzy or sappy. Characters don't say stupid things, and, more importantly, they tend to say the right (or at least appropriate) things in a given circumstance. However, its not terribly original, and there's nothing snappy or memorable about it.
(1) Too many characters. There's over a dozen important (or at least semi-important) people we've been introduced to in the first 4 episode, and most aren't anything more than forgettable. It's impossible to care and keep track of folks as they pop in and out without really letting us know anything more than that they are Jock #2, or Caring Aunt #5. People pop in and out seemingly at whim, so it's hard to care about any of them.
(2) Plot twists (or should I say digressions) for nothing more than shock value. Just because you do something unexpected (as a writer) doesn't make it valuable. It has to mean something and advance the storyline. For the most part, the twists have been forgotten as soon as the next episode is half way through.
(3) Seriously overdone music. There's way too much, it's too loud, and it distracts from what's going on onscreen. Using modern hits is great for business, but it has all the subtlety of a sledgehammer, which is inappropriate for something that is supposed to be a romance/thriller.
(4) Unoriginal. Frankly, there's nothing here I haven't seen anywhere else, done better. It's a melodrama, dressed in slick, cool, undead clothes. There's no deeper meaning - what you see is what you get. And it's played All So Serious, like just acting as if every scene were The Most Important One In The History Of The World would make it so. All in all, it has the feeling of a 22-part, 40 minute well-produced MTV video. Honestly, as much as I don't like things like Gossip Girl or Melrose Place, at least they're entertaining (or can be, from a guilty-pleasure standpoint). Vampire Diaries tries too hard, and just isn't interesting enough to warrant that level of drama.
Like my summary said, The Vampire Diaries looks like a play written and acted by talented 9th graders, but staged by MTV producers.
all i've got to say about this is that ok we get it, twilight is a massive deal for some god forsaken reason right now, but does the vampire story line realyl have to be drained dry so to speak in so many shows right now? Also the main actor playing stephan, and the main actor playing the bella wannabe seems to have been casted in the same sort of image as R. Pattinson and whats her face.... i know vamps are meant to have pale skin blah blah blah but the manerisms etc too seems like they have just taken it from the film and changed the story ever so slightly so that they don't get sued or whatever.....
I don't get the whole Vampire-Human Relationship. The whole vampire thing is a MYTH and NOT real. I hated Twilight and thought Stephenie Meyer is an awful author and it doesn't change the fact that this show is any better. I don't get why do people waste their time watching some mythical creature exploring the mortal world, oh wait, I know why, they're all a bunch of fan girls probably crushing over the vampire. Pathetic. There are tons of shows that is just as good and is actually not far from reality and is just as entertaining and actually MAKES SENSE rather than this show.
I don't have anything against the shows that try to milk the whole new oooh lets make vampire shows. Honestly I do like some novels related to this myth. But only reason these shows are made not because all these writers just suddenly all came up with the whole vampire trend by themselves because they been directed that way.
I like True Blood better even tho that's also pretty far from reality but the quality of the show is a lot different then these all new vampire shows.
I don't know what could be the next trend.. Zombies? wait that's done already.. Werewolves? Only time will tell
Based on a rather ...pedestrian series of books, the show gains momentum once it shifts the focus from the 90210ish high-school gang to the tale of two three dimensional brothers that no matter what they have gone through keep trying to remain a family and protect their hometown, even after they are no longer part of the living. Mystic Falls it's their home, the place where they lived and died and were turned into vampires by Katherine Pierce, Damon's first love and Stefan's first infatuation, a fact Stefan becomes painfully aware of once he actually falls in love with Elena Gilbert, Katherine spitting image, more than 145 years later.
The tale of Stefan's redemption intertwines with Damon's quest to get Katherine back and the lives they wreck in the process, whether those belong to Bonnie Bennet (the last witch from a lineage Damon swore to protect), Alaric Saltzman (the man whose wife was turned by Damon) and the Council made of families that count the Salvatore as allies despite they are the very creatures they swore to destroy (Sheriff Forbes and her daughter, Mayor Lockwood and his eldest son Tyler, Matt Donovan and his family, among others). I almost didn't give it a chance after the pilot episode but I seriously recommend it after "History Repeating", the show really surprises the audience after that.
This show is pretty good in so many ways. Frankly, in terms of story, it adds nothing new to the already overstretched vampire genre. Elena Gilbert, the show's protagonist, is the typical "small town" girl who happens across the charming,handsome and mysterious Stefan Salvatore. Later, she discovers he's a vampire but is unable to distance herself due to her love for him. Further complications arose when Stefan's estranged and more cruel brother Damon arrives in town as well as a plethora of other threats to Elena's safety. This show certainly adds its own little twists to being a vampire or a werewolf but the best part about it is the characters. Every single character is well developed and three dimensional to the point where you could relate to them. My personal favourites would be Katherine and Damon which brings us to another part of what makes it good. Frankly, I like shows with characters in shades of grey a whole lot more than I like Black & White morality takes a lot of effort into portraying its characters as such. There is never really anything "evil" in the show. This is specifically seen when comparing the Salvatore brothers. At first, it was pretty clear that Stefan was "good" and Damon was "bad" but as the show moved on, it became more and more uncertain who was really good or bad. Then in season 2, they did the same with Katherine. Of course, there is no point in having great, complex characters in shades of grey without good actors to portray them. This is where the entire cast comes in and delivers convincing performances. Finally, the show itself excels at what it's supposed to do: provide entertainment. Every new episode keeps you on the edge of your seat and raises as many questions as it answers. Overall, it's a brilliant retelling of an old, worn story.
A vampire story that happens to be written how I envision it.... or more aptly, how Anne Rice envisioned it. If you like Anne Rice, you will probably like this show. The female cast is smoking hot, which helps.
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I was sick and saw an episode on TV.... I immediately was drawn in ( I won't say sucked in )and couldn't get enough. I watched the first season and the first 6 episodes of season 2 in a 48 hour window ( 22.5 hours of watching time ). In one episode either the original author or one of the show writers slams Twilight and gives praise to Anne Rice. Which is ironic since so many posts on here are sayign if you love Twilight you'll love this show, which is probably true, but I took away hwhoever wrote that line simply thinks Twilight is stupid. I agree, and I'll tell you why. Bella is unlikable, she's unfriendly, miserable and kind of mean. Where as Elena is a very complex type of person, she can be sweet and kind and then be commanding and sort of brisk. Not to mention that Nina Dobrev who plays her is super cute and elegant, while Kristen just isn't, she carries the saem emotion on her face all the time. I'm not totally dissing Twilight, I just find it odd that people would say they are similar... I think they are missing something. Great show, keeps you wanting more.
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Casting issues: Who in their god forsaken mind thought that no one wanted to see any more of Pearl and Anna???? Poor decision. I hope their was a legit contract dispute and not just some idiot decision.
I watched the first four episodes of this when it fist came out on tv and absolutly hated it, however after much cajouling by friends who are big fans i sat down and watched from episode 5-8 by half way through episode 7 i was absolutly hooked and watched the entire first season and the first eleven of the second in a weekend, i now absolutly love this show it's clever and sexy at the same time with more wit and class then a lot of the other vampire and teen drama's out at the moment. It has an incredible leading cast with electric chemistry between all three of the main leads, and like able minor characters lead to an amazing talented ensemble who know how to balance melodrama comedy and teen angst.
I hated this to start and thought it was just twilight made for TV but this show is well worth sticking to becuase this is definately one of the best and most addictive new series on television.
Man such a great Show. Well at first I didn't know that this show was based on a book at all. But when I saw the tv show for the first time it like blew me away. And the Actors who play the Vampire Brothers are like Awsome at the parts. I mean one brother good and one brother evil. But I already have the complete first season of the Vampire Diaries on dvd and I never get tired of watching it at all. So right now I really can't wait for the Second Season dvd to come out! Vampires are awsome.
After all the hype that the 'Twilight Saga' created about the vampires, "The Vampire Diaries" has credited a completely new outlook for Vampires.
One of the most captivating shows that I have watched, Vampire Diaries has a cut for all, be it "Drama" "Action" "Thrill" "Horror" "Romance". This unique feature of the show attracts anyone who comes across it.
Starting slowly, so as to clarify the notions about vampires, that we as viewers already have, the show turns a different direction every episode. So what it's named as 'Vampires', though they might catch most of the time on the 44 min show, there are other supernatural being involved like the witches, ware-wolves... who knows there must be more to come.
A lot of effort is put in making sure new ends of rope are opened and old free ends are knotted to make the story on-going. As of now, 1 season + 11 episodes long, the show has a lot of scope for many seasons to come. If the writers can keep the curiosity of the viewers on their hold, this show will continue to be on top of the charts.
This review would be incomplete if I didn't mention about the Salvator brothers. Completely hot and captivating they steal the screen every time either of them appear and its a tough competition when both of them are up there, cause (even though they are young vampires and relatively DUMB) they both are terribly irresistible. Elena/Katerina has done a wonderful job in acting by showing the difference in character. The rest of the cast adds very well to these three stars, making the show worth your time atleast for an hour every week. So... keep yourself hooked!
i love this show! its not like everything else on the tv these days, & the soundtrack that goes along every scene is one of the best :) since twilight came out vampires have had a hell of a lot more street cred than buffy ever gave them, but this is by far the best vampire series on the tv! nothing does beat the films but at the end of the films, your sitting there asking for more, & of course a film cant go on for ever, there has to be an end, but with a season, you can just keep writing, untill you feel you've satisfied your craving, i mean take E.R for example! VP is only in its second season, but its a keeper, & i will sure be looking out for new episodes, seasons, writers & actors, making there mark on VP in the future! for me i hope VP gets many more seasons! :D
After reading the Twilight books, I loved them. It's a perfect little world where vampires sparkle and there's always a happy ending for everyone. But then, I began watching the Vampire Diaries. You almost cannot compare the two because they are so entirely different. I realized that the Vampire Diaries is like a more complicated, much more mature Twilight. It's more "real-world", where people die and vampires burn in the sun (without their rings). In addition, I also ended up reading these books. Many do not like this TV series because of all the differences (characters, their descriptions, plot)but to me it's fine because either way the show is still intriguing and exciting. Finally, I love the cast. Nina Dobrev is excellent at transforming from innocent Elena Gilbert into cruel, evil Katherine Pierce. Paul Wesley makes an incredible Stefan Salvatore(whom many compare to Edward), with his "brooding forehead" and caring smile. And Ian Somerhalder is the perfect Damon Salvatore! The Damon in the TV series and the Damon in the books are exactly alike. He's my favorite character now. (:
Vampire Diaries is an excellent show: I highly recommend it!
The first episode in season 1 was a little twilight-like, where a typical high school girl falls for an Edward-like vampire named Stefan almost right away. There's not a whole lot going on there besides the whole 'good vampire who eats animals and the nice, sweet human girl' budding romance. After that episode though the show really picks up. There enters Damon, the darker, more violent older brother of Stefan who does feed on humans, and begins to develop an interest in Elena. Damon is hot, seductive, manipulative, and portrayed as evil. But then the show progressed and we saw his sweet side at times that came out, mostly in the presence of Elena. Then we have Katherine who's one of the antagonists of the show but has many different sides to her besides the bad side she portrays. She does love Stefan more than anything and the show shows how she is the way she is for reason just like it did for Damon. And Bonnie the powerful new witch and Elena's best friend who is not the typical passive female like Elena and does more than a little fighting. We have the werewolves like Tyler and Jules, a moonstone, and a town with a dark past and a lot of history. There's a lot of violence, it's not just a sappy teen romance show, and a lot of drama. There's sex, drama, suicidal actions, and actors that can actually act! Nina Dobrev is extremely successful in portraying both Elena and Katherine, two opposite personalities. Stefan who I may not particularly like the character himself because I find him boring and a little too broody (Not in a good sexy way), does play the character of Stefan well, just like how he is in the books, so he can definitely outshine Robert Pattinson any day. Ian Somerhalder depicts Damon's character phenomenally and in my opinion Damon makes the show more interesting than it would be on its own, because of how he has so many sides to him. How he can be dark, seductive, and dangerous at some times, then he can be humorous and arrogant, and then sweet and romantic. And Ian Somerhalder gives all those sides, while also being ridiculously hot! The show does have romance like the love triangles between stefan/elena/damon and matt/caroline/tyler and so on but there's so much more going on that the show isn't made on the romance like other vampire shows like Twilight. The Vampire Diaries has just enough romance, some sex and sexual tension, drama, violence, complex characters, plot, twists, and suspense for anyone who's into the whole vampire or werewolf genre. And of course gorgeous actors like Ian Somerhalder don't hurt either ;)
I thought it was going to be just like Twilight or True Blood . It is in fact very similar at times , but it is still a great show . A show that made me like vampires again despite of all the over exposure , this show is definitely amazing .
True Blood, Twilight, and the Vampire Diaries all have a Clark Kent vampire ( supposedly gorgeous 500 year old who does the right thing even though it's a horrible idea ), in love with a fragile teenager who can never do anything and is often not the smartest girl in the planet . And then then they throw in a werewolf . Just for the sake of animals . Once repeated over and over again, this story turns into a horrible plot . However , once they put Damon and Katherine in the Vampire Diaries , it just made it so much more interesting than the other two shows.
Both of them just break the deal of having two dull characters , and they bring a whole new level of "comedy" into the show . Their arrogance is so much more interesting to see than two kids doing everything wrong in the name of love . Nina Dobrev does an incredible job portraying to completely different characters . Just by hearing both of them speak in matters of intonation and not content , you can already distinguish if you're looking at Katherine or at Elena . Ian Somerhalder's way of saying Damon's sarcastic lines also brings a lot to the show . Most of the time , I can't even remember he was on Lost . The diversity of the rest of the characters is also cool because it is not like they are all just the school friends of Elena , all of them have special qualities like being the brother , the "vampire Barbie" , the witch , werewolf , teacher etc . Even Matt Donovan isn't dull because he's basically the only kid who lives a normal life .
Another thing that The Vampire Diaries has that many of the good shows have as well is the fact that the present events are tied to major the plot of the series or season .
Being a massive Buffy/Angel fan (and Twilight), it's safe to say that most shows with some kind of vampire storyline catches my attention but they don't all keep my attention.
The Vampire Diaries not only caught my eye but gave me Buffy flashbacks which immediately got me hooked and there was no turning back. Love the chemistry between Elena and Stefan and Damon is absolutely necessary. Throw in a witch and werewolf (the subtle shot of the moon and Tyler) and you've got a great tween show that leaves us wanting more.
Here's hoping it sustains in this TV world, one season will not do.
After twilight murdered the vampire genre, everyone thought it was doomed, but the vampire diaries definetly helped it bounce back. It's got the perfect blend of suspense, drama, romance and action. With atleast 5+ million viewers who watched the premiere and the average viewers are some where in the area of 3.5 million, it is the CW's most popular show, which is very impressive for it's second season. Even though almost all the characters are of a supernatural being, they are surprising relatible. You've got Caroline, the popular blonde, Bonnie, the best friend, Jeremy, the misunderstood artist and Matt, the average jock. Even Stefan and Damon are relatible. Damon's nursing a broken heart, and Stefan is madly inlove with a girl. Not to bash any other vampire shows/movies, (i am a fan of true blood, not so much twilight) but this is by far the best one of them all. The shocking Elena/Katherine/Moonstone twist is brilliant. Twilight is just sad. I can hardly get through the movie with Kristen Stewart's constant blinking and heavy breathing. Seriously. And they aren't even true vampires for god's sake! Sparkly No-Fangs should be Edward's new name. The Vampire Diaries has the perfect sexy cast, that are actually very good at what they do. And they have fangs. ;) With an amazingly written script and equally amazing actors, it has got to be one of the most superb shows out there. All the characters are perfectly represented, Ian Somerhalder does a FANTASTIC job at the sexy, humorous bad boy, and Paul Wesley is wonderful at playing the mysteriously gorgeous teenage vampire. I must say Nina Dobrev is amazing from switching to present day Elena, to manipulative Katherine, to 1490's Katerina, not a lot of actresses can pull of almost 3 different characters. This really is a fantastic show with a storyline that will shock and amaze you everytime you watch it.
Call it the Damon bug or the vampire fetish, I love the show. I mean, I am a twilight hater (the movies, not the books). But Vampire Diaries is really amazing. Starts with an average 17 years old girl recovering from the trauma of her parent's death. Enter stefan: cute but slightly overrated. They hit it off on day 1, until Elena realizes that he's a vampire. But thanks to Lexi, (Stefan's best friend and a 500 years old Fergie look-alike vampire) they patch up.
Oh and we forgot about DAmon. The bad and the dangerous one. The reason I practically watch the show. He LOves elena too. Because guess what (*drumroll*) Elena is a look-alike of THEIR ex-girlfriend Katherine. Of course, ELena throws a fit when she find out. But all ends well.
What I Love About The Show:
Damon: quotes and expressions. And looks.
Oh, and with Katherine back, its become more exciting(even though she's trapped in the tomb. But come on, we all know she has to come out someday. How else would she die? Which she will. ABsolutely).
WHat I Hate About The Show:
How heart-broken Damon is. What Is Weird About The Show:
That Damon kills someone practically in every episode. Like, If he doesn't kill someone, the episode is incomplete or something. A vampire, a human or even a werewolf, has to die.
*Bloodlines (where Damon kidnaps Elena and they hang out in Georgia and become friends)
*162 Candles ( I loved fergie look-alike. I hate it when Damon kills her)
* KAterina ( Katherine's history was amazing.)
* Rose (only because Damon admits his true feelings)
I know that some people comment on this show like it's a teen thing with some pop culture music on the background. But I love how they use the music. Most of the time I find myself looking for the songs played in an episode because I am so touched by them - the use of them is very sucessful. The actors are beautiful! I don't mean their acting abilities (which are also quite good) but it's just a bunch of really beautiful people - it just feels good to watch them (am very sad about the cancelation of the character Mason Lockwood - I really enjoyed watching him, I gotta add!). This show involves a lot of emotions and I like this. It's romantic and easy to watch. If your in for something sophisticated - this is definitely not your show. Sophisticated is good at times, but this is better :)
Moreover, having seen the first of the Twilight saga movies, which left me unimpressed, and thinking the vampire literary world just gone downhill toward teenage soap opera, imagine my surprise when I finished the first season of CW's "Vampire Diaries" craving for more, and boy did I get it. The people of Mystic Falls and the little menage a trois between Elena, Stefan and Damon compelled me to liken the literature which this fresh series is based upon. The mixture between all of what makes a vampire lore so captivating is there - witching, vampires, werewolves, ancient-old rivalries, secret societies, and - as accustomed by CW - little teen spirited drama, which by the least is not boring as Twilight was.
I've always been a fan of mistery and fantasy fiction. 'Charmed', 'Buffy The Vampire Slayer' and 'Angel' worked just fine. Added to mix are the movies 'Bram Stoker's Dracula', 'Interview with the Vampire', 'The Craft', 'Blade' and the 'Underworld' trilogy, which evoked the eternal battle between vampires and werewolves that the second season of the diaries successfull addresses.
This series expands so much of what the aformentioned lore is about, yet opens up this world in ways that Twilight didn't succeed - instead of jump-starting to where all the action goes, it got the chance to develop its characters, to the point you actually cared for them all. The only gripe I have is not seeing thus far something like "Darla and Drusilla wrecking havok in town" (as depicted in Angel's second season). I only hope we would see the Salvatore brothers (and maybe also their "fang gang") fight side by side, fully powered, against Katherine's army of undead, which will undoubtly come.
But that just wishful thinking. Two thumbs up so far for a compelling story and good paced action.
I read these books when I was in middle school and loved them. The TV series changed the plot till I don't recognize the books and used some 'plot tricks' that are very cliched. However, the thing I like most about this series is how full the episodes feel. Unlike most shows that drag out stories forever. These episodes move quickly and often half way through a show I think it should be over. The writers are doing a great job and I look forward to every new episode. While I still think the books were better, when not comparing to the books the series is pretty great. I think the cliched plot points will resolve themselves as the show finds its feet. Anxiously looking forward to where it goes.
i love love love this show and its getting better every week. i was designed to love this show: im a huge kevin willamson fan, like everyone else right now i love the whole vampire thing, the actors are hot, it has a high school setting, and its in a nice little town with lots of trees and lots of history. its easy to love a show for its general premise but deep down be slightly disappointed by the final product. but this show is awesome and every week i find myself sitting on the edge of the couch as i watch it. the love troubles and triangles dont feel played out and im very curious to see where it goes. keep up the good work!
I just started watching this show, and I find it, if not amazing, than really entertaining. some of the scenes really gets my adrenalin pumping, and i love the mixture of calmness and simplicity, with hardcore vampire action. the diary is a really nice touch on the traditional narrator, and i love the scenes where both elena and steffen write in their diaries and write almost exactly the same thing. most of the characters seem to have an interesting story, personally i have a huge crush on daimen, the bad vampire brother, and elena's little brother jeremy, whom i find very interesting. elena herself is of course also interesting, and steffen is also very charming. even though some of the dialouge seems a bit forced and some scenes are just awkward, over-all it is a great show!