How luck are the producers? They seem to have been able to cast three wooden actors in the lead roles. Ian Somerhalder as the smug and plastic-faced evil brother, Nina Dobrev as a passable Bambi, and Paul Wesley doing a pretty good impersonation of a mute with defined abs and less well defined personality.
As if that wasn't bad enough, the same formulaic plot in every episode is just tedious; evil brother spreads rumour, Bambi told by friend of rumour, cue pouting and the inevitable falling out, followed by the hackneyed stalwart of other angst-ridden dramas - the make-up/make-out session. Imagine my surprise when next week the same thing happens all over again.
Stefan repeatedly thrusting stake into ""bad"vampire,torturing for info, killing. Katie looking nervous at each juicy stab confesses not being disturbed, wonders normal? Adrenalin high,you'll drop later, reassures her lover.
Creation of torture scene. Normalizing,rationalizing,supporting her high. Feeding young audiences this attitude. Are you so lost in your world that responsibility is lost? Or do you just not care? It sells. Perhaps you honestly believe it's all fun and fiction. Never influences young minds. Perhaps you are developing
Katherine's character (adopted) into relationship with super sexual vamp great,great,grandma Kate? Whatever the reasoning it's giving structure and content to an acceptance of unhealthy and dangerous ideas. However if the producers and writers of your show believe that ..say water torture and killing of the "bad guys" is the way to go and want to encourage that idea, you are doing just fine
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.....
Come on, an other Vampire show where a teen past the all focken season after a 500 years Dude, The same all story that we know since Dracula, the story it's not bad, but it stinks. Just the crazy teens want to see it, It is an sick version of twillight saga. we want something original. Not the same Vampire can't date a normal teen stuff. In every coutry there are a vampire season. We don't want to bee seen in the future like the vampire sicks generation. The vampire thing is not bad, But the story in it is what meke me feel sick. Give us something new,
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.
Yeah, yeah, yeah...I know, I'm an old fart and I need to get over myself and blah de blah quackety quack but you're right, when it comes to vampires I AM old school and I just can't seem to get myself behind these new age vampires!I grew up watching Cristopher Lee in all of his Hammer Studios Dracula epics...back when men were men, women were women and VAMPIRES were VAMPIRES!! If you were to hold up a crucifix to Cristopher Lee at his vampiric best, he'd vow to return with a demonic hiss...his fang filled face suffused with Satanic rage as he turned away and crashed his way through your picture window! Hold up a crucifix to one of these new age vampires, he turns himself into a dachshund, runs around in a circle, pisses all over your rug and runs under your couch and growls at you. (sigh).
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.
I've had to redo my original review as this series has REALLY picked up. It's stepped up it's game and in my opinion, season 3 in it's 5 episodes is more interesting that True Blood was this year. Klaus is a wonderful edition to the shot. katherine and Damon keep things entertaining and unpredictable. The storylines are pretty much solid and the writing is so much more cohesive. Well done.
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
Another vampire book adaption hmmm.... i dont see what's up with the hype with this show, i just dont. The show is so formulaic, and i kinda dont see what's the point of watching another vampire series/movie when we have twilight and true blood. Though i only enjoyed several minutes of the show, but those enjoyment are not enough for me to watch another installment of the show. This adaption is terribly transmitted into the small screen. Seems writers and producers are trying too much. I gave this show 6 stars because I love the book. ......Still, I wont be surprise is this show stick around for a little while. In the end, this show has the standard quality that the most cw shows has.
underage: sex, drugs, and drinking. really? that's what you've resorted to? we all know that kids do this, but to glorify it to the teenage fan base is appalling. i used to love the show, but now im about to stop watching b/c of this.
I thought that i have seen it all. twilight, true blood, buffy the vampire slayer and Angel. But i was wrong this show is some what the same as twilight. A vampire falls very much for the human girl who's brother does drugs. just like true blood only in steed of drugs he has hot sex. But their their is a twist his brother comes back to his town and wants to bug him forever. and also falls for the human girl. i think it's cool show so far. i am hoping to see alot more in this new show.
Vampire Diaries stars a girl from the Canadian popular show Degrassi: the Next Generation belonging to a network entitled teenNick formerlythe N. The show is good. Oh yeah vampire diaries is good too. What else is there to say? The acting could be better but the show should still be given a chance because maybe if they haven't already they'll surpass the crazy beautifulness surrounding Twilight. That's a big maybe. I'd say stick this one out. If you want to see the Twilight series tune in every week on Thursdays to CW, that network with gossip and that other one.
this show is good. i mean really good. but it is so NOT going according to the book. In the book, Elena NEVER and i mean NEVER breaks up with Stefan and though there was the issue with Damon, her and Stefan never break up. So what is going on with this show so far? and what's up with the fact that there is no Meredith?! you know her other best friend???
In my opinion the vampire diaries is the best running show of 2009/2010, I am eagerly anticipating season 2.
What makes this show great is the great acting, the great script, the great action, the great horror, the great romance, the great plot, and everything else I haven't yet mentioned is great too.
Rather than being narrowed down to so few characters, this show has a broad range of characters, surprisingly it finds the time to focus on them all, something which is also great about the show.
The whole cast suit their roles perfectly, I have to applaud the acting, espescially to Nina Dobrev, who's character has something about her, and in the end the actress must portray 2 opposite roles at the same time, doing so well in both of them. They all act really well, and most of the cast is young and fresh.
Something else that's great about this show is how it seperates itself from all other shows. This show is not the tv version of twilight. Twilight simply tells the story of a vampire and his human lover. The vampire diaries is so much more, it tells the story of a small town and the vampires in it, multiple love scenes and the purpose for vampires to be there. This makes it the best vampire show ever.
Apparantly vampires having no reflections is a myth.
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.
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.
Vampires are truly all the rage these days, too bad that Josh Whedon closed his book on vampires many years ago. He is seemingly the only one capable of making a TV-show about vampires that isn't so utterly predictable. And corny. I believe it helps to be in the younger age bracket, not just in order not to tire of the obvious story but it is only from a very young person's perspective that the actors are young enough to make it seem realistic that they are indeed still in high school. This magic wonderland of the american TV tradition. But hey, why risk it with actors who are old enough to actually be in high school? Why risk it with having a script and story that might appeal to anyone else but in the very youngest in the TV audience. Sad, many of us who were smitten (or bitten) by the vampires of Whedon's Sunnydale will probably tune in to this show once or twice but no more.
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.
I enjoyed the pilot episode. I can see how it runs similarities to the Twilight movies. But I like how they followed the vampire lore much more closely. The magical ring that permits going out in daylight is . . . a little much, but I like that better then shimmering.
I Loved the small detail about Stefan not entering Elana's home without an expressed invitation. Small details make for a great story.
It has a very "Smallville" feel to it. Everyday small town high school kids . . . one just has a secret.
Before you trash on it, give it a chance. I'll post back once i have seen episode 04 or 05. Then i'll have a clearer Idea of my thoughts and feelings about the show.