That's right folks, before Twilight struck YA gold with teenage heartthrob vampires in high school, LJ Smith wrote and published, The Vampire Diaries (1991).
Now comes the TV series!
I have a feeling the Twilight phenomenon helped to push this series into the small screen. Vampires have resurfaced as quite a popular creature in the last few years. But no matter what the reason, I am happy ( and that's an understatement)to see my favorite blood sucking creatures getting a little attention.
So you know where I was at 8pm, that's right, sitting in front of my TV.
I have to say I was impressed. The characters were pretty true to my memory, but I did seem to remember Elana being a blond? It's a minor nit, I know, but I am a bit of a stickler on details. I'll have to go back and read the series as well as the new offering from the author. Stefan and Damon were nice eye candy as they should be. No complaints there.
I was happy to see the "vamp faces" weren't the buffy-esque monster masks that I hated from the Buffy and Angel series. Those always seemed a bit cheesy, know what I mean? I would have liked to see more fangs too, but I am sure that will come in good time.
Anyway, back on point. There was great drama in the first episode. I liked the build up to Damon's entrance, though they could have played up the mysterious deaths a bit more. It is a TV series so they could have dragged it out to the next episode. Little questions like, "who is the killer, could it be Stefan," hook new viewers. I seriously doubt current teenagers or even many adults remember this series (it's been a while), but now that it's out they might be tempted to read, (give them some teasers to send them running to the book store). But don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining. Just making an observation.
So all in all, I loved the first episode. It will be added to my very small weekly TV list.
So, you tell me. Did you watch? What did you think?