More Thoughts on the Vampire Diaries

“Oddly  compelling” might be seen as an insulting description. I described the Vampires Diaries in another post as oddly compelling.  I did not mean to be insulting.  Maybe a better phrase would have been “surprisingly compelling”. It is compelling.

The Vampire Diaries is a series on the CW and it is in its 6 th year. It is inspired by a series of books written by L.J. Smith and that series started in the early 1990s.  I think the books and the TV series are fairly different. (The books came before Twlight, so this series is not a Twilight rip-off.)

It is the story of Elena (Nina Dobrev), a teenage girl, who mets two vampire brothers Stefan(Paul Wesley) and Damon(Ian Somerhalder). Stefan is a heroic vampire and Damon is, or appears to be, pure evil. Stefan came back to the town of Mystic Falls to meet Elena and at first Damon’s reason for returning are kept hidden.

I am watching season one on Netflix. I think having each episode end with a cliffhanger is a large part of what makes it compelling. It is not as good as Angel or Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Another thing that helps make it compelling, so far, is the speed that the plot moves in each episode.  The three leads are good in their roles and Somerhalder seemed to be ejoying himself.

I am not saying this show will ever be considered a classic. I don’t think that will happen.  For now, it is enjoyable diverson.  I might take a break  of a few weeks after finishing season 1 to think about watching season 2.


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