March 1, 2013 by rachelcmann
Get enough vampires yet? The Vampire Diaries (TVD) started like so many other things these days, from a book. In fact, upon reflection a pretty big part of the CW line up is ripped from bookshelves. TVD is heavy on the drama but avoids being cloying, most of the time.
Basically, two brothers who are also vampires fall in love with a girl who is the doppelganger of the vamp who turned them. Cue love triangle. There are also witches and werewolves and hybrids and originals and hunters, oh my! The main characters are in high school but don’t really attend classes and for the most part are more mature than their fictional ages would suggest, probably because half of them are actually over 100. It’s a bit of a guilty pleasure, but if you enjoy the genre you will probably enjoy this show.
One aspect I appreciate about TVD is that the characters really have evolved. There are almost no humans left in their group, but their drama doesn’t tend to be about the shock of being turned into a supe. There’s always something bigger than their petty squabbles going on that they have to fight. The line between good guy and bad guy is pretty blurry. Even when they introduced new bad guys, they quickly started to become good guys, at least a part of the time. With a few exceptions, the characters are more nuanced than you would expect. So props to the original author and the current show runners for keeping it interesting and enjoyable for adults.