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Origins (The Vampire Diaries, Stefan's Diaries, Vol. 1) Paperback – November 2, 2010
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About the Author
L. J. Smith has written over two dozen books for young adults, including The Vampire Diaries, now a hit TV show. She has also written the bestselling Night World series and The Forbidden Game, as well as the #1 New York Times bestselling Dark Visions. She loves to walk the trails and beaches in Point Reyes, California, daydreaming about her latest book.
Kevin Williamson is the show runner and executive producer of The Vampire Diaries. His credits include the critically acclaimed television series Dawson's Creek and the blockbuster horror franchise Scream.
Julie Plec is the co-show runner and executive producer of The Vampire Diaries. She was most recently a writer-producer of the fan-favorite television series Kyle XY.
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She loves to visit a friend's little cabin in the Point Reyes National Seashore area, which has lots of trees, lots of animals, lots of beaches to walk on, and lots of places to hike. Once, while hiking, she saw a snow-white buck which allowed her to follow it nearly half a mile. She also likes to collect things: angels (they remind her of her late mother), tiny boxes from different countries or of fanciful shape, nineteenth century children's literature, and books about quantum physics--especially about the mystery of the dark energy in the universe. A militant optimist, she is also part of the Velociraptor Sisterhood (a fancy way of saying that she likes to read, write and discuss books with strong female characters), and she has traveled extensively in Europe and the Far East. The two countries she loves to visit most are Great Britain, with its historic monuments and amazing country landscapes, and Japan, with its bustling urban life and exquisite mountain scenery.
Her favorite current writer is Terry Pratchett, the author of the Discworld series, for its wild and witty satires on life, death, war, love, assassins, coppers, and Australia. Her favorite classical writer is Jane Austen. Her favorite poets are Robert Frost and Emily Dickinson. Her favorite movies are The Seven Samurai and Avatar (analyze that!). She doesn't have a favorite TV show, because she doesn't have time to watch TV (and only owns one for playing movies).
Her favorite people are her readers, each of whom she cherishes with deep and lasting affection.
Top Customer Reviews
-Damon. He's not in the book much but his brief appearances make the read worthwhile. We actually get to see how his and Stefan's relationship was before they were vampires. It was interesting seeing this side of him.
-The details in this book follow the tv series rather than L.J. Smith's other books, which means they contradict her other books. This threw me off a bit at first. For example, characters who were introduced in the tv show such as Pearl & Anna but were non-existent in the books show up here. This may annoy detail-oriented readers.
-I love Stefan to death but in this book I'm sad to say he got on my nerves. He came across as so wimpy and depressing, letting his father walk all over him. I just wanted to smack him and say speak up for once already! Maybe that was the point but this side of his character still irritated me.
Also, his 'love' for Katherine bothered me. It felt more like lust to me, because he kept going on about how beautiful she was, but he only mentioned what qualities he liked in her I think once. And the smallest things would come up and in an instant he'd jump to conclusions be like "oh she's a monster how could I have ever thought I loved her?Read more ›
Heading off that rant for the time being...
This book is written from the perspective of our vampire hero, Stephen Salvatore. Although, to start with, he is not yet a vampire in this book, but a young man set to marry a woman he does not love. Enter Katherine, a beauty to whom he is instantly drawn to. This book covers his relation to he, the vampire hunt in his town and a bit of Damon too.
SPOILER WARNING FROM THIS POINT IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE BOOKS OR SEEN THE SERIES!!!
So in the books, both Damon and Stephen fall in love with Katherine and literally fight to the death over her and since she had been feeding off them, the both turned to vampires.
Not quite so here, while they do both fall for her, as Stephen sees her true nature he is horrified and turns away from her while Damon accepts her. When the hunt is on, he helps Damon free her. Yet they fail, Katherine is apparently 'killed' as are Damon and Stephan by their own father. They aren't yet dead though, and are instead something between vampire and human. Stephen hunts down a young girl, feeds as he finishes the turn and giddily gives the same girl to his brother so they can be vampires forever together.
So stopping there for a second...that does not even make much sense to me.Read more ›
Stefan is telling the story in this series, and I enjoyed hearing his voice retell the story of his past. I easily fell into the story he was narrating, and enjoyed seeing the world through his eyes. He does counter himself a bit, which got to me after a while, however. The rest of the characters were very well written, and I felt as though they were taken from screen to page perfectly.
Though we do not know who actually wrote this book, they did a great job. Unlike Smith's writing, this story wasn't bogged down with description and detail, which I quite liked. I do adore L.J. Smith's writing style, but she can load on a bit too much description at times. With this book, you get just enough description and feel as though you are living the story.
I had the unique experience of someone who doesn't watch the show. Sure, I've seen a few episodes, but I don't tune in every week, eyes bulging at the screen with every twist and turn the story creates. That said, I didn't know too much about how this book differentiates from the show's plot.
I really enjoyed reading this book, as it takes you into the past of Stefan, Damon, and Katherine. While it is nothing like the books I adore, I know that fans of the television show and book series alike should take a chance on this book, even if it does deter from the story we have become so accustomed to.Read more ›
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In "Origins", the first novel in the Stefan's Diaries series by L.J. Smith, we get to find out how it all began and how Stefan and Damon met and fell in love with... Read morePublished 7 months ago by The Bookavid
Love the retelling of the Vampire Diaries from Stefan's point of view. Fills in the backstory and all the time before ElanaPublished 7 months ago by Michelle Carrell