Do you watch Vampire Diaries? I read the Vampire Diaries books about 10 years ago and I was a bit excited and apprehensive about it being made into a TV series with all the liberties that are taken these days especially concerning the Vampire Diaries mythology that already existed.
I still remember when I watched the pilot. I must admit that I have a few beefs (missing characters and particular character interactions), but mostly I think I was alright with it.
If you watch Vampire Diaries episodes you will notice that they have been updated to fit with the times a bit more. It appears that they are loosely following the story, and that is fine if they are making it into a series. To follow the books, they would have just needed to make a mini-series and been done with it. For a full-on TV series they needed to make many adjustments.
I'm a little sad that they are aiming so very hard for the Twilight crowd by throwing the romance factor in right away, but it has the potential to be pretty good.
The acting isn't always the greatest I'll admit, but I have definitely seen much worse. This felt to me like actors that have not yet found themselves in their TVD characters but I think it will happen in time.
It will smooth out with time I'm sure and become more comfortable for them and it will show through in the series. They have managed to obtain a bit of balance between the almost care-free world of high school and the dark gritty nature of what they can't see and don't know about. That was actually what I was most worried about at first as I watch Vampire Diaries with my teenage nieces.
I love anything with vampires in it but it has to be spot on for me to really love it and, well, all I can say is that I do think Vampire Diaries is all right - having watched season one I am well impressed, so I read all the Vampire Diaries books again and they are brilliant. I've even had a peek at Vampire Diaries season 2 and I hope the network carries on making a few more seasons of the show.
Damon, Elena and Stefan go well together - in fact, not one of the cast seems out of place and Vampire Diaries TV fits together just fine. I can't wait to get my teeth into season 2, so bring it on - I'm going straight out on my next pay day to buy the boxed set of Vampire Diaries season one. I also can't wait for the next book to see what happens, although the books are so different than the TV series.
I suggest if you haven't already, then watch Vampire Diaries - remember, put it on your list of things to watch asap (at least once)! If you have teenagers, sit down and watch The Vampire Diaries with them. My teenage nieces especially love the storyline and the TVD mythology - and think that even the directing and the stories of each episode have improved since the show began!
My nieces also think Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder and the other cast members are doing an "awesome" job and that their acting is as good "as their pretty faces"! I think one way to describe this show would definitely be: the teen dramas of the O.C. meets the supernatural world of vampires, witches, werewolves and more.
And one of the great things about this show is that it is not so much like Gossip Girl, a teen show that most parents and adults would not really enjoy, but that it is a teen show, but with a twist, and that fantasy twist just might make it more enjoyable for adults. As my nieces watch Vampire Diaries I recently asked them to quickly describe the show for me during a commercial break - they told me they thought this show could kind of be described as True Blood for teens!
Now I really don't agree with that myself entirely since I have seen both of these TV shows - especially since True Blood is so gory and violent in many ways and definitely aimed at a much more adult aged audience. But when I thought about it more I've since decided that they really meant to say that adults enjoy True Blood as much as teens enjoy being able to watch the Vampire Diaries.
Many seem to think that the Vampire Diaries series copied Twilight, but if you've noticed, the books for the Vampire Diaries came out 15 years before Twilight. The Vampire Diaries show has many good things about vampires, that Twilight doesn't. The Vampire Diaries shows that the vampires can actually kiss their girlfriend without wanting to kill them. They can also go around in the sun - as long as they are wear a "special" ring.
I believe that like many teen dramas on TV today, that the Vampire Diaries TV show will go on for a long time. Filled with teen angst, supernatural beings, gorgeous cast members everywhere you look - it is definitely a show that will be popular with the younger generation of vampire fans - the perfect audience to watch Vampire Diaries. And that's not to say that adults won't enjoy it too, but this show definitely caters to a much younger, teenage/young adult, soap loving set - so if you get the chance, watch Vampire Diaries for yourself and see what you think.
"For everyone else, the pain of transformation is the sharpest memory they have of their human life. I remember nothing of being human." -- Alice Cullen, Twilight