by Lola Hemmat
Rated: ages 13+
Genre(s): Drama, Supernatural Fiction, Horror, Romance
“The Vampire Diaries” is a teen show that came out in 2009. It stars Nina Dobrev as Elena Gilbert, a girl who lives in the small town of Mystic Falls, and is mourning the recent deaths of her parents.
Then, Stefan Salvatore, (Paul Wesley) a brooding, hot, and mysterious boy moves back into town, (naturally) becoming Elena’s new love interest. But after Stefan comes back to Mystic Falls, a string of animal attacks happen. And it turns out that Stefan isn’t the only Salvatore back in town, because his brother Damon, (Ian Somerhalder) is back and he comes with the need for revenge. It seems that both of the Salvatore boys fall for Elena, but will it work out for either when it turns out they’re vampires?
I know what you may be thinking, this is a total Twilight rip off, but it isn’t. “The Vampire Diaries” was originally a book series written by L.J. Smith that came out 14 years before Twilight did. And even if “The Vampire Diaries” was a rip-off, it has enough original ideas, characters, storylines, and monsters to make up for it.
I love the show, but at times it can get a little cheesy. And by a little cheesy, I mean bury-your-face-in-the-pillow-because-you-feel-ashamed-for-watching-it cheesy. It doesn’t take away from how good the show is, but when you see a vampire run like a sped up cartoon character and practically teleport across the room, it’s hard to take it seriously.
The second reason “The Vampire Diaries” is a 4 star show, and not a 5, is how unbelievable things can be at times. I know that the show is about vampires, but that isn’t the unrealistic part. The show is based around high school kids, but it seems like they have endless free time and no homework, which is annoying to me as a stressed out middle school student. Also, their small town must have limitless funding, because in almost every episode there is an event, or party, or pageant being thrown.
“The Vampire Diaries” is a show worth watching. At the end of almost every episode there is a cliffhanger that will make you need to see what happens next. Some people will give up on it, but if you can get through the first 1 or 2 episodes of “The Vampire Diaries”, I guarantee that you will be wearing a team Damon or team Stefan shirt by the end of the week. Because that is the type of show that “The Vampire Diaries” is, it’s the type of show you will become addicted to, then when you have blasted through 7 seasons of guilty, indulgent fun, you will have to re-watch it over and over because you have fallen so in love with it.