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5.0 out of 5 stars Who Doesn't Like Vampires?, March 4, 2010
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This review is from: The Vampire Diaries: Season 1 (DVD)
I've never seen/read Twilight nor did I know that the Vampire Diaries was based on a series of tween books. I, generally, try to stay away from those kind of "kid" versions (I'm more the Tru Blood type). Anyway, I decided to give V Diaries a shot and I'm so glad I did.

Vampire Diaries is a guilty pleasure. Despite the fact that the series is set-up with the high school crowd, it definitely has a more adult feel to it with the complex issues that come up and the dark, edgy violence. The first couple of eps played a bit too 90210(ish) but then the series really took off.

The main characters are well rounded and believable even in unbelievable situations. The series has managed to weave a set of relationships that breath life into each of the characters. Elena is the high school girl who must not only face personal tragedy but a new boyfriend (Stephan) that may or may not be what he seems. And Stephan has his own family issues with his bad boy brother, Damon. And while Damon is definitely bad (body count anyone?)he has reasons he believes are valid for the pain he inflicts.(mostly)

Elena as played by Nina Dobrev is a smart girl with a compassionate heart who definitely doesn't put up with any BS. In this vampire tale she doesn't just automatically tell Stephan it's all right when she finds out his secret. It's not cool that he's a vampire. People die around him and that's not ok. They fall in love despite his being a vampire rather than because of it.

Stephan Salvatore, Mystic Falls resident brooding vampire, started out (to me) a little too much like an Angel wannabe but Paul Wesley has done a competent job in opening the character up. What he does to Damon in the basement was truly chilling. I was like, HEY!, aren't you supposed to be the good guy!

And last but not least of the lead characters, Damon. What can I say. Damon is just delightfully bad. Ian Somerhalder plays him with relish. In the wrong hands, his character could have easily become a cliche but the actor has turned him into someone you just can't help but feel for (equal parts sympathy and revulsion)as he struts his way around, doling out cruelty with a smile, all the while hiding a secret of his own.

The supporting cast is also just wonderful in their roles. Kudos especially to Candice Accola for her portrayal of Caroline Forbes. The whole cast was well chosen and that they're all beautiful and sexy doesn't hurt either.

Anyway, before this review becomes a novel... just watch a few eps. I dare you not to get hooked on it.
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Initial post: Mar 26, 2010 2:31:10 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 26, 2010 2:32:45 AM PDT
Great review.

Re. Damon, I agree with everything you said! Ian Somerhalder is perfect. He's intense when the need calls for it and unnervingly light at just the right moments. I was very impressed with the way he played Damon's pain in the newer episodes. In the hands of a lesser actor it would be a train wreck -- instead he's more Lestat than caricature. Actually, no caricature at all. Just crazy good!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 26, 2010 8:00:31 AM PDT
Zagethe says:
He is definitely the highlight of the show for me. You know when he's around no-ones safe. He's always up to some mischief. And his one-liners lol.. could come off as just flip but instead they're hysterical. I love the way he now (when talking to Stephan) refers to Elena as "our" girlfriend. Too funny! (and yet you're not quite sure where he's going with that) Wicked and watchable, love him.

Posted on Apr 18, 2010 10:33:57 PM PDT
I love the show, and so far this season every episode has been great. The DVD states that it's the complete first season. Does that mean that this season's season finale is on the DVD?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 29, 2010 11:27:03 AM PDT
Zagethe says:
Kats, I would assume that when they release the series this fall onto DVD that it would be complete with the finale.

In reply to an earlier post on May 3, 2010 3:09:43 PM PDT
Thanks. However, I wanted to know if the people who have already brought the Vampire Diaries DVD had seen the season finale?

In reply to an earlier post on May 4, 2010 8:00:10 AM PDT
Zagethe says:
The season 1 DVD isnt out yet. Next week will be the broadcast of the season finale. The DVD release follows that.

In reply to an earlier post on May 13, 2010 5:39:30 AM PDT
John Lindsey says:
So Zagethe you assume all vampires are all the same True Blood, Dracula or Buffy types? not always. There are different vampires who can walk into the sunlight, some can suck out souls or lifeforces out instead of blood and fangs, some can turn into different animals like Snakes and spiders, there's also sucubusses (female cousins to vampires), and so much more.

You should watch The Hunger (1983), Lifeforce, Near Dark, Captain Kronos, Martin and more which had "different" vampires before Twilight.

In reply to an earlier post on May 13, 2010 9:52:06 AM PDT
Zagethe says:
I make no such assumption at all. I simply stated what I prefer. If you liked Twilight, then good for you. No harm, no foul.

As for those other versions of vampire lore, I've seen all of those you mentioned. Near Dark is another fave of mine. I studied myth in college, the darker lore being of particular interest. And I believe the term you're looking for is "succubi", not "sucubusses".

In reply to an earlier post on May 14, 2010 10:01:11 PM PDT
Damon is definitely the highlight of the show. He's my favorite character.

In reply to an earlier post on May 14, 2010 10:03:33 PM PDT

I loved "Near Dark" to. I hope they do a remake of the movie.
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