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The Vampire Diaries 1.01 - Pilot


I couldn't sit down to watch The Vampire Diaries last Thursday night without Smallville on my mind. Never before had I watched a new episode of Supernatural without watching Smallville first, but now there was a new show in the 8PM slot. The two shows have nothing to do with each another, and TVD is based on a series of books that were written long before Smallville ever aired, so I know all the similarities I saw between the two were coincidental at best, and at worst, just the crazy imaginings of my Smallville-obsessed brain. But c'mon, indulge me all the same. It'll be fun. :)

The Vampire Diaries stars three main characters, two guys and a girl. The girl, Elena, is off-the-charts pretty, with long, dark, shiny hair, and great big eyes. Everyone LOVES her. She lost her parents in a tragic accident that has come to define her, and now lives with her single aunt. She likes to hang out in the cemetery, next to her parents' grave. She is the object of affection of both of the guys, one "good" and one "bad." They were once close (they're brothers), but are now estranged, and both have big secrets to keep (they're vampires).

The younger, "good" guy, Stefan, seems fascinated with Elena to the point of obsession, but can never be completely honest with her, for fear she will recoil in horror if she learns the truth about him. Still, he wants nothing more than to live a "normal" life with her. The older, "bad" guy, Damon, might be interested in Elena for herself alone, or maybe all he truly cares about is what she means to Stefan. In any case, he has set his sights on her, and Stefan has vowed to protect her from his evil influence. Damon and Elena don't meet in the Pilot, but there is one scene where she is in the cemetery, surrounded by fog, and she sees Damon outlined in the mist, appearing to become one with the angel statue next to him.

Okay, I can't be the only one who sees this, right? But wait, here's the best part (Hi, Clark!):





It's the same high school! There's also a scene between Stefan and Elena on the bridge where Emily Dinsmore confronted Lana in Accelerate, and I'm pretty sure Elena's cemetery is the same one we saw at the end of Crush. I'm telling you, it's downright spooky! :) Although I hear the show films in Atlanta now, so no more playing spot the Smallville location after this. Bummer.

Okay, all kidding aside, what did I think of the show? Well, it wasn't awesome, but I didn't hate it either. The acting by some of the supporting actors is truly awful, and the dialogue is painful at times ("No, you're worse. You want to talk to me, get to know me, see into my soul, and screw and screw and screw, until you're done with me."). Between Elena's tragic sorrow, Stefan's earnest angst, and Damon's creepy maliciousness, it can be a bit melodramatic. And in a testament to how truly shallow I am, my interest is severely tempered by the fact that I don't find any of the guys on TVD particularly attractive. But still, I have to say I enjoyed most of it.

I like all three of the principle actors. Nina Dobrev is captivating to watch, and she has this husky voice I could listen to all day. I believe in Elena's sadness, but I also believe she's trying to get past it. Paul Wesley (Smallville's Lucas Luthor) won me over when he was on Everwood, and I like him here as well. I think he's a good actor, and while I think Stefan needs to get over himself, Paul's portrayal keeps the character from being annoying. Ian Somerhalder (Smallville's Adam Knight, and LOST's Boone) is completely over the top as Damon, but he has such fun with it I'm charmed. His character is ridiculous, and skeevy, and already my favorite!

An unexpected pleasure was discovering that Elena's little brother, Jeremy, is played by Steven R. McQueen, another Everwood favorite of mine. I also like Elena's BFF, Bonnie, played by Katerina Graham. She's vibrant, and fun, and psychic, which is cool. And all the other kids are vampire fodder, as far as I'm concerned.

Although this is a genre show, it's much more like Gossip Girl than Supernatural. There are lots of pretty people wearing pretty clothes, it's a given that the kids drink, do drugs, and have sex, and pretty much all the adults are either jerks or idiots. The teenagers rule, in every way possible, and are unfettered by pesky little things like curfews, homework, or parents who know or care where they are. But there are some hidden depths with just the right touch of eeriness to draw me in.

There's a mystery surrounding Elena. She looks exactly like a woman from the brothers' distant past. Is she a descendant? Or is she something else altogether? Stefan is determined to protect Elena from Damon, but he won't be strong enough to do so unless he goes back to feeding on human blood. Will he raid the local blood bank? Will he start feeding on people the world would be better off without? Or will he lose himself to temptation? And just for a moment there in the Pilot, Ian showed us a thin edge of true darkness in Damon that was absolutely delicious. More, please!

The Pilot is full of music, by The Fray, Mat Keating, OneRepublic, and Placebo, just to name a few. I'm so jealous! I miss my Smallville music SO MUCH. I don't know if Smallville stopped using my beloved alt rock because of budget constraints, or because they wanted to move on from the teen feel of the early years now that all the characters on the show are living their adult lives, but I mourn its absence. After watching this episode, I went straight to iTunes to download my favorites. Good times.

And there's one more thing that makes me like TVD. Somehow it feels more like a WB show than a CW show, if that makes any sense. The pretty is there, but not the glitz, and there's something more there as well, under the surface. Watching it took me back, with a flood of emotion, to Buffy, and Lorelai, and yes, Dawson. And I can't explain it any better than that. So, yeah, I'll be tuning in again. I'm not sure for how long, especially once all my other shows are back vying for my attention, but for now I'm curious enough, and entertained enough, to add it to my list. And since I'm totally up for Smallville on Friday nights now, I'm not even holding a grudge about the time slot.

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babydee1 From: babydee1 Date: September 14th, 2009 11:07 am (UTC) (Link)
You're a braver person than I. Your review has taken me straight back to Smallville Season 1, back when the show was good. It's like I stepped back in time, or something!

I won't be watching TVD. I don't trust the CW not to wreck it along the way, so I won't even give them a starting chance. I still seethe at the 8 years I wasted watching Smallville.

If you recap TVD though, I'll read it! :)
From: onemaskedchic Date: September 14th, 2009 11:15 am (UTC) (Link)
"And in a testament to how truly shallow I am, my interest is severely tempered by the fact that I don't find any of the guys on TVD particularly attractive. But still, I have to say I enjoyed most of it. "
Hee. I so agree. So we can both be shallow! I actually watched because god help me I loved Twilight the second time I saw it. And I didn't want to miss any of Supernatural so I put it on to make time go by faster. I didnt' hate it either, it was just ok.

Sorry, I got nothing on Smallville except Rosenbaum and Hartley are hotties. :/

theclexfactor From: theclexfactor Date: September 14th, 2009 12:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
I thought the same as you, that I wasn't in love with it, but I'll keep giving it a chance. And what you said about it feeling like a WB show, now that I think about it, you're right. And usually I try not to be pessimistic, but now that you've shown me the similarities to SV, I really hope that I don't grow to hate Elena. However, I think the difference here is that the show is actually about her as much as it's about the other two leads unlike what SV did with Lana, overhyping her importance to the mythology.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: September 15th, 2009 08:05 am (UTC) (Link)
However, I think the difference here is that the show is actually about her as much as it's about the other two leads unlike what SV did with Lana, overhyping her importance to the mythology.

I agree that Elena seems to have a real role to play here, as more than the love interest for these two men. And despite the similarities I saw, I don't see her as a Lana clone at all. She's fierce, and honest, and open. I like her, at least so far.
christina_kat From: christina_kat Date: September 14th, 2009 12:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
I thought I was the only one that noticed the similarities with smallville. I had left a comment at babettew54 journal where she asked if anyone watched this show and I told her exactly what scenes kind of made think of smallville.

I watched the premiere just because I've always loved vampires. I wasn't thrilled too but it was an okay episode. I will watch a few more to realize if it's worth it.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: September 15th, 2009 08:11 am (UTC) (Link)
There were other things that reminded me of Smallville, too. The way Stefan almost vamped out in her presence, the way the veins came out on his face, and he struggled not to betray his pain, reminded me of Clark with Lana's necklace. And at the end, when he asked Elena if she was okay, and she said, ask me tomorrow, it reminded me of that scene between Clark and Jonathan in the Pilot, where Clark says, can I answer that in about five years? I wondered if anyone else saw the similarities, or if I was just going crazy. :)
raputathebuta From: raputathebuta Date: September 14th, 2009 01:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm keeping TVD on my schedule for now. It wasn't OMGZOINKSAWESOME!!!!, but it wasn't that bad.

I liked Elena the best & I'm with you on not finding the guys very attractive. *is shallow* Of course, I've never been an Ian Somerhalder fan, so he's already got strikes against him in my book.

Even though it was kind of cliche, I really dug what they were doing with the fog. I loved that it rolled in & around as if it were a living, sentient being, even though we know Damon is behind it. It was still cool.

The blonde chick? Caroline? She annoyed the Hell out of me. I think you're right...most of the characters are expendible. Yeah, bloodfest!!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: September 15th, 2009 08:26 am (UTC) (Link)
I've never been a big Ian fan, either, although that has more to do with how he seems in RL than his acting. On LOST I thought Boone had the most amazing eyes, and I was kind of bummed when they killed him off. I expected to hate Ian on this show, quite frankly, and was shocked to discover I didn't. I really thought he was a hoot.

I liked the way Elena fought to pull her brother back from the edge, and her own self-awareness that she needed to begin to move on from her personal tragedy, even if it was impossibly soon to do so. She's a romantic AND a realist, and I think that's an interesting combination.

The blonde chick? The one who was all, "It's not fair! What about MEEEEE?" Yeah, I hope Damon has her for lunch. :)
ladydreamer From: ladydreamer Date: September 14th, 2009 03:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Honestly? I was mentally comparing it more to Twilight, and I think that helped me like it better. Low standards. I feel like Elena actually has a valid reason to hang around in the cemetery, since her parents died only last year, and she was in the freaken car at the time, so she has actual reasons to mope and have PSTD (as opposed to them dying when she was too young to remember).

I laughed out loud at the fog rolling in, because it reminded me of the graveyard scene with Lana SO MUCH, because apparently the fog machine kicked into high gear in the middle of the scene and suddenly they were surrounded. I wonder if that wasn't a bit of an homage to that scene. I suppose it wasn't supposed to be funny, but since Damon was doing it on purpose, I'm still amused.

As for it seeming like the WB, well they do have the man behind Dawson's Creek and the woman behind Cursed (oy) on this project, and I think it definitely reads in. Curse was terribly done, but it also had the girl whose parents just died (although they never said how) and a younger brother. I just found Elena a more compelling character than Lana, Bella, or the lead of cursed. Part of it has to do with the fact that she has a reason to be mopey sometimes and part of it has to do with the fact she has some fight in her. She's willing to storm into the boy's bathroom to yell at her brother, because she cares.

The only supporting actress that I found really intolerable was the one who said that "screw and screw" line you pointed out. She looks perpetually stoned. The boys, aside from the brother and the vamps, are pretty forgettable, and Stefan reads very much like a knock off of Angel. I agree that Bonnie was a rare find here.

I hope they cut back on all that music. I don't mind a song here or there, but I felt like they should have a bar scrolling along the bottom of the screen giving the title of the song and saying that you can buy it now on iTunes!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: September 15th, 2009 08:57 am (UTC) (Link)
I feel like Elena actually has a valid reason to hang around in the cemetery

Oh, I agree, it hasn't even been six months since the accident. I didn't mean to imply that I see her as being the same as Lana; I'm sure the similarities I saw, besides being a reflection of my own fangirl bias, are superficial only. Elena is strong, and her own person. I liked her fierceness with her brother, and her pragmatic view of the world, even as she waxed romantic in her journal about letting good in.

The girl who played Vicki drove me crazy! I was sorry she survived the vampire attack, but people tell me she 's one of the main characters in the books, so I guess we're stuck with her.

Kevin Williamson's shows have always been a mixed bag for me. There are parts I love, and I think his casting can be inspired, but I've always found his dialogue somewhat pretentious, and I think I bailed on DC before the end of the second season. So my expectations aren't terribly high, but I'll be back next week, at least.
trystan830 From: trystan830 Date: September 14th, 2009 06:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
*this is my first time watching an 8 p.m. show on thursdays, hee.

*very cool about the school!

*And there's one more thing that makes me like TVD. Somehow it feels more like a WB show than a CW show, if that makes any sense.
totally get you there. i do!

*There's a mystery surrounding Elena. She looks exactly like a woman from the brothers' distant past. Is she a descendant? Or is she something else altogether?
*zips lips and isn't telling.* i DO hope they do it like they do in the book.

*and the funny thing is, i meant to post my thoughts on TVD allll weekend, and i finally post them this afternoon. if you're interested, and can't find the post at my LJ, let me know and i'll link you. :)

*oh - i can has Damon? he's *perfect.*

Edited at 2009-09-14 06:49 pm (UTC)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: September 15th, 2009 09:01 am (UTC) (Link)
*this is my first time watching an 8 p.m. show on thursdays, hee.

Really? Well, the Pilot certainly wasn't as sexed up as the ads suggested it might be, but then, Damon hasn't actually met Elena yet, either. ;)

*zips lips and isn't telling.* i DO hope they do it like they do in the book.

Okay, now I'm intrigued!

*oh - i can has Damon? he's *perfect.*

Yes? I think so, too!
polytikal From: polytikal Date: September 14th, 2009 10:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
The Vampire Diaries stars three main characters, two guys and a girl. The girl, Elena, is off-the-charts pretty, with long, dark, shiny hair, and great big eyes. Everyone LOVES her. She lost her parents in a tragic accident that has come to define her, and now lives with her single aunt. She likes to hang out in the cemetery, next to her parents' grave. She is the object of affection of both of the guys, one "good" and one "bad." They were once close (they're brothers), but are now estranged, and both have big secrets to keep (they're vampires).

OH MY GOD.

That is fucking bizarre. While I was watching the show, I said to myself, "That girl is such a Lana." But I didn't even realize that it was to this extent. CREEPYSAUCE.

But hey, maybe that means Stefan and Damon will bring sizzling homoeroticism to the screen. :D
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: September 15th, 2009 09:11 am (UTC) (Link)
It's uncanny, isn't it?! I kind of couldn't believe it, even as it was unfolding before my eyes! But honestly, I don't get a Lana vibe from Elena. I actually like her. :) Well, to be fair, I used to like Lana, too. But Elena is strong, and a fighter. I loved the way she was willing to be uncool to knock some sense into her brother. And unlike Lana, she seems to be completely without guile.

But hey, maybe that means Stefan and Damon will bring sizzling homoeroticism to the screen. :D

Hey, I thought that scene between the brothers, where Damon was trying to get a rise (no pun intended) out of Stefan, was pretty damn slashy! And I think Ian thought so, too! ;)
canadabear From: canadabear Date: September 15th, 2009 03:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Ian/Damon is all that's keeping me watching this week. I wasn't impressed by anyone else, but I was intrigued by Stefan's potential backstory, with the Civil War stuff.

Of course, then I went and read a synopsis of the books and for the love of god, this is where Twilight got it's crap from. Except these look worse. Hopefully, the series is using the books more as "inspiration" as opposed to the plot they're going to actually play out. 'Cause if it is? I'm really not looking forward to that tripe.

Edited at 2009-09-15 03:23 am (UTC)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: September 15th, 2009 09:24 am (UTC) (Link)
I was all ready to dislike Ian, and was quite shocked to find how much I liked his performance. I thought he was perfect, and probably the only actor on set who wasn't taking himself a bit too seriously.

I liked the Civil War angle, too, and I think given that, it's totally cool that they're filming the show in Atlanta.

I'm staying away from the source material, but I can't imagine Kevin Williamson sticking to it very religiously. I think he has too much to say in his own right to stay true to the books. But I have no idea what his intentions are. I do find it hilarious that so many Twilight fans are crying that TVD is a rip-off of Twilight, when quite the opposite seems much more likely to me.
starry_dawn From: starry_dawn Date: September 15th, 2009 11:42 am (UTC) (Link)
Okay, I hope you know that I'm blaming you for me watching the Pilot. I was all, "Oh, T has written a review! Damn it, I have to go watch it now." And as usual, my review (if you can call it that) has so much common stuff! Seriously, get out of my brain, woman!

I love that paragraph you wrote about Elena: Lana 2.0. But the amazing thing is that despite all that, Elena is still so much more likeable. I mean, I liked Lana in S1, but Elena feels so much more like a strong presence on the show as opposed to "pretty girl the lead dude will moon over for as long as the writers can keep it that way". I guess it helps that SHE's the lead character, and the guys come next. But apart from that, there's also the fact that her hanging out at graveyards, while Lana-ish, is far less problematic considering her parents JUST died. And she was RIGHT THERE. Survivor guilt, anyone? With Lana, I never really cared because seriously. How much can she remember of her parents if she was just THREE? Boo-freakin'-hoo, man. With Elena, I actually care. And I care more because she seems like she genuinely WANTS to move on with her life and be normal again. With Lana, it never felt like she was trying to be strong or move on. I mean, there's a reason we kept spoiler-tagging the fact that Lana's parents were pancaked in the TWoP thread. Get a life, woman!

But yeah, there were other things that endeared me to Elena too. Like the fact that she wears sneakers to school (as opposed to girly heels), and that she actually has a sense of humour. Also, she has friends and they're cool too. And I think the best thing she has going for her is that she doesn't speak in an annoying whispery voice. Thank you, Nina Dobrev and TVD director!

Other stuff ... like you, I didn't think it was AWESOME, but I'd like to see where it goes from here. I'm especially interested in seeing what the scenery-chewing Damon will get up to next. Stefan is nice and angsty and all, but he had better lighten up soon. The brooding thing will only work so long. And I like Psychic Girl and Blondie, but everyone else, like you so eloquently put it, can be vampire fodder for all I care. (The Vicki/Jeremy romance annoys me. Like, stop mooning over women who treat you like crap, wimp, and listen to your kick-ass sister! (I hope she bursts into the men's room more often ... I liked that!))

Okay, I think that's all I have to say. I'll end this by once again emphasising the fact that this is ALL YOUR FAULT. :D
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: September 16th, 2009 09:05 am (UTC) (Link)
I agree completely that Elena is inherently more likable than Lana. Everything you say about her is something I thought while watching the episode! Sometimes we ARE the same person! :)

With Elena, I actually care. And I care more because she seems like she genuinely WANTS to move on with her life and be normal again.

Exactly. She doesn't want to play the victim or the martyr, she wants to find happiness again, to find some sense of normalcy again, to be "open to the good." And she doesn't want to burden anyone with her problems and worries, pouring them out instead on the pages of her journal, while she puts on a brave face for the world.

I also agree that Stefan needs to lighten up (I was so relieved when he finally cracked a smile!), and that we need to keep an eye on Damon! I hope you keep watching, and I'm perfectly happy to accept any and all blame. :) They don't call me The Enabler for nothing!
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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: September 16th, 2009 09:14 am (UTC) (Link)
I never expected to review this show, much less like it! LOL! I'm still not quite sure how that happened.

There has been talk of releasing a score recently, but I don't think it's gone anywhere yet. And I do love the score, truly. It often makes the show feel like a movie, and evokes a surprisingly emotional response from me, especially in those moments when we hear Clark's heroic theme. The Lois and Clark theme from that phone booth scene is just beautiful.

Those YouTube clips are very cool. Thanks for linking me!
whimsywinx From: whimsywinx Date: September 17th, 2009 06:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't check LJ for a few days and you go and do a review. *nearly faints from the shock*

I didn't hate Vampire Diaries, but it's not going to be regular viewing (unless you tell me it got really good). I found the constant music in the background distracting, and I was listening to it more than the dialogue for clues to what the emotional undertone should be.

I'm just so happy to see you reviewing again!!!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: September 28th, 2009 04:38 am (UTC) (Link)
So, yeah, I remembered your comment, I just couldn't be bothered to reply to it. *facepalm*

I didn't intend to write a review, it just kind of happened! :) I had something to say, and that was a wonderful feeling! I like it!

Now that I've seen three episodes, I like the show more than ever. The episodes so far are getting better as they go along. And Ian is perfect as Damon. He's having fun with the role, and it shows, in all the right ways.

I wonder how many other forgotten comments I have? Stupid work.
From: kates_passion Date: September 19th, 2009 08:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Great comparisons. I thought the premiere had potential and I liked episode 2 even better. Elena doesn't irritate me like Lana. And Damon is going to be fun to watch. He so relishes being the evil brother! I think they are setting up some interesting places to go so I'm intrigued for now.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: September 28th, 2009 04:46 am (UTC) (Link)
Hey, I missed this comment somehow. I'm so sorry!

I watched this out of curiosity, and was prepared to despise it. I was quite surprised to enjoy it as much as I did, and so far each episode has been better than the last. I agree that Elena is different from Lana. In fact, after last week's episode, I think she's entirely awesome! :) I love watching the three main characters interact, and I can't wait to see what happens next between them.
From: (Anonymous) Date: March 9th, 2010 10:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

The Vampire Diaries

Hi there!

Okay, Fine, I admit it. Whereas you guys are all way too cool, calm and collected to get hooked on this thing, I'm a goner.
And I've been a goner since the pilot. How pathetic am I?
I do hope I get brownie points for coming right out and admit this though.. especially since I haven't posted on any blog or forum in years. Yes. That's how hooked and pathetic I am.

Anyway.. just felt I had to comment that I enjoyed your review - intentionally or not as it was :-).
And I quite agreed with some of the comments made by others. So, I'd just like to put some of my thoughts out there as well.

First of all, I SO get what you meant by it feeling like a WB show. That just totally made sense to me. When I was watching the pilot of TVD I felt exactly the same way.

In the meantime we're at episode 14 and so far, I think the show is getting better all the time and has potential to develop into a great thing, despite it also having some obvious flaws.
To begin with the obvious thing it's got going for it: (so far) overall good writing and the three strong lead actors. Nina, Paul and Ian play very well off each other I think. And I just love how Paul and Ian seem to have a firm grasp on their characters and make them three-dimensional and layered personalities instead of just plain evil, good or lovesick. And as others have said here too, Elena comes off as being her own person and wanting to be strong and overcome her sadness. She's not obsessing over (fangy) boys 24/7. That's a nice change of pace for these kind of shows. Hopefully, it stays that way, but I do realise that with Kevin Williamson at the helm, it may end up in an God-awful Joey-Dawson-Pacey thing all over again which means I'm outa there. So here's to hoping he (or his writing staff, whatever) will steer clear from the pretentious, unrealistic dialogue. Ugh!

And from potential disaster to a flaw: (and this too was already pointed out by you I believe) the frequent if not total absence of (sane) parents/adult figures. This often seems the case in these teenage drama shows. What's up with that?!
Is it a budget thing or is it to be truly believed there can be no good drama with any parents in sight?
(Is that why virtually no particular drama worth mentioning took place when I was a teen.. much less drama with a hunky fangy 162 yr old for that matter? But I digress).

Another flaw in my opinion is the weaker support cast and with that I specifically mean the way they are written. Many of them feel like cardboard characters to me. Especially when paired with any (or all) of the three leads, it just feels off. The acting/writing seems to fall flat a lot of the time. Or am I the only one that thinks this?
The character that annoys me the most is Jenna. Why do they try to make her the cool best friend? (Again with the 'no sane adult on set please'). To me, it completely misses the mark. Wouldn't it be more interesting if she were a responsible adult with her own family and values, trying to fit Elena and Jeremy in her life and make them adjust to a different life style with a new authorative figure in it, instead of this dum BFF act?
The only character I do like from the support cast and whose performance is okay, is Jeremy/Steven. I'm real glad they invented this character (in the books Elena has a 4 yr old sister, not a younger brother), because I personally think it's interesting to see Jeremy's sadness over their parents' death come out in a different way than it does with Elena. And I like how Elena's fierce side shows when dealing with Jeremy.
Steven R. McQueen's performance of a sullen Jeremy makes me think of the character Kyle he played in Everwood a bit though. But it's not bugging me.

Someone else here commented on hoping that the writing staff would use the books more of an inspiration than anything else.
Boy, am I with you on that one! So far, I consider all the changes they've made for the better, which makes me a little hopeful they will continue along that line where plot is concerned.
Should they however get the stupid idea to religiously follow the story from the books, that would be it for me.
Flaws can be overlooked, Crappy story I cannot.



tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 11th, 2010 11:00 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: The Vampire Diaries

Hi! *waves* Hey, I may have stopped writing reviews for this show because I had no time, but believe me, it owns me completely! :) It's one of the few shows I MUST watch live, and I love the way it keeps on surprising me. I will admit my attraction to the show is about 90% Damon, although a number of the other characters have managed to make their way into my heart.

And I just love how Paul and Ian seem to have a firm grasp on their characters and make them three-dimensional and layered personalities instead of just plain evil, good or lovesick.

This is the key for me. Stefan is devoted to Elena and undeniably one of the good guys, but that doesn't mean he isn't dangerous, and he can be motivated by fear or desire, just like the rest of us. Paul shows us all of that. And the fact that Stefan is aware of his weaknesses, and struggles against them, only makes his story more compelling.

Damon, for me, is a delight. Ian gives him so many facets, and each one is captivating. He's shocking, funny, sexy, completely selfish, remorseless, and scary as hell. And yet he is capable of tenderness, generosity, honor, and even love. Best of all, he'll turn on a dime, and he always keeps you guessing. Just when I want to forgive him everything, he demonstrates how truly evil he can be, and I don't know what to think. But then when Katherine wasn't in the tomb, my heart broke for him! Ian's performance is inspired, and with each new episode he impresses me more.

I also really like how strong and independent Elena is. She loves Stefan passionately, but she doesn't let him get away with anything. She makes up her own mind, and is no damsel in distress. That is so refreshing to see! I am especially fascinated with the relationship that has recently developed between Elena and Damon, and the impact it will have on Elena and Stefan. I don't know what's going to happen, but I know it's going to be good!

Ugh, Jenna is my least favorite character. Does she even take her role as guardian seriously? To me she comes off as an adult who's trying to be a teenager, and it's embarrassing.

I think the supporting cast has a lot of potential, they just need to explore them more to show why I should care about them. I've liked Bonnie from the beginning, and Caroline, who drove me crazy in the Pilot, is now one of my favorites. And I adore Jeremy, now that the pity party is over. ;)

I'm so excited for the new episodes, and all the guest stars coming up. Nothing about this show is predictable, and I can't wait to see where they take us next. Thanks so much for your comment!
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