77 of 80 people found the following review helpful
on October 6, 2010
Format: DVDVerified Purchase
I love this show. I have pre-ordered the season on Amazon, thus avoiding the computer generated blurbs, and commercials. The characters are wonderful, even though they are all gorgeous and money never seems to be a problem, and neither is curfew. College would have been a more realistic setting for the characters. Then again, its a series about vampires, werewolves, and witches, so a little more suspension of disbelief is not all that hard. This season starts right as the first ended, at the carnival. I anticipate each episode being better than the previous. I love re-watching the first season, you discover new details each time you watch them. Sit back and enjoy! If you live Twilight you will love this.
67 of 71 people found the following review helpful
on December 8, 2010
I heard this show was for teeny boppers but took a chance and purchased season 1
I am a recently retired Marine and after watching the first 5 minutes I was hooked!
This show has drama,action,and great acting! This series is for adults and kids.
Can't wait for season 2 to be released!
58 of 64 people found the following review helpful
on September 21, 2010
Format: Blu-rayVerified Purchase
As I understand it, The Vampire Diaries is supposedly aimed at teenage girls, well I am neither, yet (as far as I am concerned) this series is tied with NCIS as the best program in TV, the BLU-RAY disc's are stunningly well done, the transfers are near perfection, the sound is well balanced and dynamic, the performances are first rate, the stories are great, and constantly go off in directions that are full of surprises, not to mention fun, I look froward to every episode, and can hardly wait until season 2 is out on BLU-RAY, so I don't have to constantly be distracted by the idiotic computer generated blurbs across the bottom of the screen, you know the ones that tell you what you are watching (wow they think were dumb) what's coming up next(gee I can't wait to find out), thanks for telling me, what's coming up next Tuesday, next month, next year, log on to this or that link, tell us how good we are, bla bla bla et infinitum, makes the decision to buy the BLU-RAY a no brainer, the same applies to season 2, it's just as involving and the Blu-Ray discs are just as well done, can't heap enough praise on this series or the BR transfers
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on December 8, 2010
The TV Series is so much better than the books, which is a first for me . I have always preferred the book or books over any movie or show created loosely based on a book. So, I have to say the screen writers are creating episodes for this series which are far more exciting to watch than read !!! Gotta love the CAST Too !!
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on December 29, 2010
The books may have been geared towards teenagers (which I am not one) but the TV series stands up to the best of the best on the air right now. It has been years since any show has captivated me or my friends where we count down the days, then the hours, until showtime. Well written plots move very fast, which means if you actually miss an episode, you better download it off iTunes before the next episode. If you can look past the stunningly beautiful cast, you will be pleasantly surprised at the talent and chemistry stuffed into one hour. There have been moments of shock, moments of love, moments of warm fuzzies that will stay with you for days.
I have made it a goal to introduce everyone I care about to TVDs and I have yet to fail in my quest to convert them into fans. I get thanked repeatedly. I've even brought on new Twitter people to follow the cast since most of them are active tweeters. So if you have some mind block where you won't tune in because its in the middle of Season 2, or you think its for preteens, you are dead wrong. Currently on Thursday at 8 pm EST on The CW. Watch it... you may even dream about it because it is that good.
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on April 10, 2011
Yep, that's exactly what I thought when I heard of this show. I thought it was yet another mass-consumer product for all those rabid Tween-Twilight fans (and their mom's)...
Until I actually sat down and watched it.
VD, (funny acronyms aside) I am happy to admit, was everything that Twilight dribble was not: it treated teens seriously, (as Buffy the Vampire Slayer did) realistically and was not afraid to explore controversial subjects. This show does not depict teens as vapid, angsty and shallow, (although some of the characters do start that way). It takes the vampire genre, (Dracula, Anne Rice, True Blood) and the teen TV show genre (90210, Dawson's Creek, Party of Five) and gives it a fresh and supernatural spin. Its refreshing to see a show where the characters have real-life motivations, actually portraying the glories and perils of adolescence. It does not shy away from topics such as drug use, unprotected sex, racism and promiscuity. It blends adolescent and adult characters with great care and realism. It is nice to actually watch a show that makes me want to come back for more, that actually cares about the subject and the viewer. Major characters struggle, suffer and actually die; this is not a soap opera. Bravo for Vampire Diaries! Cannot wait for season 3. I just hope they keep these writers happy and that the formula continues. For those of you who are reluctant to watch, trust me, I was too and now I am a big fan of this show.
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on December 9, 2010
This series makes movies like twilight look like a cheap cartoon flick!! By far the best vampire series i have ever seen. Very well written, directed, and the cast is superior to none. I enjoy it immensely along side of Smallville & Supernatural. Definitely my top 3 so far!!!!!!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on March 13, 2011
I feel like I'm watching a movie every week! This show has it going on!! For the SNOBS out there.... I'm sure True Blood is great, but you really can't compare the two because TB is on a cable channel where they can be a little more graphic. With TVD, it was intended for the younger audience and is on a local standard channel. I think this show appeals to all ages because even though it's sexy, it's also wholesome. And Damon.... that man is HOT!!!!!!!!!!!!
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
A friend who knows that I love the Twilight and True Blood books and films got me hooked on this show, and I just love it. It's kind of a cross between the two other series: it doesn't have the persistent longing and heartbreak (part of the "cheese factor," which is fun, but which can be overbearing) that are throughout the Twilight series, and yet isn't as graphic as True Blood. That being said, it's definitely it's own very unique show.
The character development is really fantastic on TVD, and each episode really focuses on drawing out intricacies of each personality. Also, there are a lot of plot lines to follow and characters that appear and then re-appear, which make for an interesting story arc. Additionally, the central characters also have a complexity to them that is missing from some other series.
As other reviewers have said, this show definitely appeals to many age groups and both genders. I'm in my late 30's and love this show, and know many of my diverse friends like it, too.
It's a great show that keeps getting better with each new episode!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on September 23, 2011
Format: DVDVerified Purchase
I have been a The Vampire Diaries: The Complete First Seasonfan from the first season... from the first episode. But I wait for each episode to start heading off into a direction that is too indepth or unrealistic for me to enjoy anymore. Instead, each season, writers Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson, never fail to keep the episodes real and in touch with - well - reality.
The actors who portray their characters - Ian Somerhalder as Damon Salvatore, Nina Dobrev as Elena Gilbert, Paul Wesley as Stefan Salvatore, and Joseph Morgan and Klaus - are absolutely great at what they do. They bring the show to life, and make you believe that this is really what's going on in Mystic Falls, Virgina. They are so indepth that you get to know, not only what is on the surface, but what is in their background, their entire past, they snap, they soften - every situation imaginable for a character's personal growth is portrayed excellently here.
This season, it picks up right where the last episode in season 1 left off, and we really learn more about all of the character's backgrounds and the motivations behind multiple characters. We see Damon's character advance and mature, as well as see his true nature (Sorry, I'm a bit biased, he's my favorite character). We learn a whole lot about this Katherine, AKA Katerina Petrova and what a doppleganger is. We learn about Stefan's not-so-innocent past. We see Caroline's character advance, mature, and grow into a stronger, self-sufficent person. And a whole lot more. Each episode is like a grand finale with little room for dull moments.
Even if you're not a fan of the vampire genre, this is a series that is very genre flexible (unless you very strictly hate fantasy, sci fi, and horror) because it is so realistic, there is something that you can relate to in every character, situation, etc.