The Vampire Diaries
The Vampire Diaries
Kevin Williamson, Julie Plec
Drama, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Sci-Fi & Fantasy

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The Vampire Diaries - Review

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Plot Summary:

Brothers Damon and Stefan Salvatore compete for the affection of a high school teen named Elena Gilbert. They return to their old hometown of Mystic Falls, Virginia to settle their disputes. Damon initially wanted revenge against his brother for turning him into a vampire before they put their conflict to rest.

Additional story lines revolve around the town’s other inhabitants, including Elena’s best friends Bonnie Bennett and Caroline Forbes, their mutual friends Matt Donovan and Tyler Lockwood, Elena’s younger brother Jeremy, vampire hunter Alaric Saltzman, and members of the founding families. Supernatural threats are encountered throughout the series, including witches, ghosts, werewolves and hybrids.Casting:

Stefan Salvatore and Damon Salvatore are played by Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder respectively. Nina Dobrev stars as the lead female of the show. Elena’s younger brother Gilbert is played by Steven R. McQueen. Additional cast members include Kat Graham as Bonnie Bennett, Sara Canning as Jenna Sommers, Kayla Ewell as Vicki Donovan, Zach Roerig as Matt Donovan, Michael Trevino as Tyler Lockwood, Joseph Morgan as Original Vampire Klaus Mikaelson, and Michael Melarkey as Enzo St. John.

Production: Kevin Williamson was approached to be the executive producer of The Vampire Diaries. At the time, he held little interest in it due to the series being too similar with that of other vampire tales. At Julie Plec’s urging, Williamson delved into the novels and the narrative drew his interest. After reading through the novels, Williamson decided that the town of Mystic Falls will be the focal point of the new series instead of the high school.

The CW eventually green-lit the pilot episode in February 2009, where Williamson and Plec would take the helm as executive producers and head writers for the show. Filming was done in Vancouver, British Columbia for the pilot, with the rest of the episodes filmed in Covington, Georgia. The latter doubles as backdrop for the fictional town of Mystic Falls, Virginia and other communities around the Greater Atlanta area in order to leverage tax incentives. By May 12, 2012, a fire occurred within one of the buildings of Clark Street in Covington that was meant to be used as part of the Mystic Falls setting for the show.

An order was made for 22 episodes on October 21, 2009 after Season 1 showed strong ratings during its first half. A series spin-off called The Originals talk in-depth about the original vampire family that is part of the backdrop of The Vampire Diaries. The CW renewed The Vampire Diaries for a second and third season in February 2010 and April 2011, respectively. Season 2 premiered on September 9, 2010 while Season 3 premiered on September 15, 2011.Review:

For fans of vampire romances, The Vampire Diaries would suit their fancy. It was popular enough to the point where it caught the attention of major social media outlets and drove profits for The CW network. By the second and third seasons the show began to really pick up steam, which is a testament to how good it really is. No, this is not your standard cookie-cutter vampire show, it’s a vampire show with substance. It’s the kind of show where female fan wars would ensure over who the hottest male lead is.

The Vampire Diaries at its core is meant to explore feelings and questions where teens struggle ever since the word ‘teenager’ came about. The drama itself is something of a mixed bag that can make you cringe or cheer based on the type of viewer you are.Trivia:

  • Three actors auditioned to play Damon: Zach Roerig, Paul Wesley and Michael Trevino.
  • The Vampire Diaries is officially the longest running vampire show, which surpasses both True Blood and Buffy the Vampire Slayer (which ran for seven seasons each).
  • The Vampire Diaries’ last episode and Buffy’s pilot episode both aired on the same day, twenty years away from each other.
  • Notable vehicles within the show is the 1969 Chevy Camaro driven by Damon Salvatore, and the 1963 Porsche 356B Karmann Ghia Coupe driven by Stefan.
  • The actors and actresses themselves who are meant to portray teenagers are in fact, NOT teenagers themselves. This is to minimize interference in their school schedules while giving teenagers people to look up to.
  • In the book series, Elena’s best friend Meredith Sulez has a large role in the story, but does not exist in the TV show.
  • A spinoff series called The Originals tells the tale of The Original siblings (Elijah, Rebekah and Klaus) taking place in New Orleans.
  • Torrey DeVitto originally auditioned for the role of Elena Gilbert.
  • In the books, Elena Gilbert actually had blonde hair, An exception was given to Nina Dobrev since she acted well in front of the directors and impressed them so much they gave her the role.
  • Paul Wesley and Nina Dobrev both have Eastern European roots. Paul changed his last name from Wasilewski to Wesley with his family’s approval prior to 2005, while Nina changed hers from Dobreva to Dobrev.
  • Some notable changes from the book to the TV series include Elena having a 4-year old sister named Margaret (vice a younger brother) and changing the name of Elena’s aunt from Jenna to Judith.
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