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Nina Dobrev (Elena), Paul Wesley (Stefan) and Ian Somerhalder (Damon) are the only actors in the staff who get paid $40,000 per episode.
Zach Roerig, Michael Trevino and Paul Wesley originally auditioned to play Damon before landing their respective roles.
All episodes in Season 6 are the names of 90s songs. The exception being the episodes, "Bird In A Guilded Cage", "I Never Could Love Like That","I'll Wed You in the Golden Summer Time","I'm Thinking Of You All The While" were song titles from the year 1903.
In the book Katherine is described as a kitten while Elena is a tiger, but in the show, the opposite clearly applies.
Nina Dobrev is six months younger than Steven R. McQueen while her character is two years older than his character.
Ian Somerhalder auditioned twice for the role "Damon Salvatore" until he got it.
Nina Dobrev says she's willing to come back for the series finale as Elena Gilbert to conclude her story on a happy note. Though it's possible they could get her to return earlier as Elena for flashbacks or going inside her head but after some time has passed.
Joseph Morgan (Klaus) married Persia White (Abby) who is 9 years older than him. They met while on the set.
All episodes in season 8 will be titled after quotes in the first season.
Nina Dobrev (Elena) and Ian Somerhalder (Damon) dated in real life.
In the book Stefan dated Caroline first. He is avoiding Elena because she looks like Katherine.
When playing the role of Katherine Pierce, Nina Dobrev wears a "curly hair wig."
Ian Somerholder is actually 10 years older than Nina Dobrev, whereas Paul Wesley is only 6 years older in real life.
In the book Elena has a four year old sister named Margaret where in the show she has a teenage brother.
As of 2016, The Vampire Diaries officially becomes the longest running vampire show beating Buffy the Vampire Slayer and True Blood which both ended after 7 seasons.
Claire Holt (Rebekah) was cast by Kevin Williamson after she had auditioned for a role in his other series The Secret Circle (2011).
In the Vampire Diaries book series, Elena's best friend Meredith Sulez plays a big role in the epic story, but she obviously doesn't exist in the show.
Annie Wersching plays Damon Salvatore and Stefan Salvatore's mother but is one year and eight months older than Ian Somerhalder and five years older than Paul Wesley. But she became a vampire when they were children so the age difference in real life makes sense.
Claire Holt (Rebekah) and Phoebe Tonkin (Hayley) previously worked together on another fantasy series, H2O: Just Add Water (2006).
Alexandra Chando auditioned four times for the role of "Elena Gilbert".
According to Julie Plec The Vampire Diaries' end date depends on Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder Julie Plec: "I finally realized that my destiny on this show, creatively, is tied in to Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley. And I mean that in a really good way. As long as those boys who I now consider my friends want to keep telling the story, then I won't walk away from telling the story."
Stephen Amell (Brady) previously auditioned for the roles of Mason Lockwood and Elijah.
Torrey DeVitto (Meredith Fell) previously auditioned for the role of Elena Gilbert.
Stefan drives a 1963 Porsche 356B Karmann Coupe.
There is a spinoff of The Vampire Diaries called "The Originals," which is about The Original siblings (Klaus, Elijah, and Rebekah,) and takes place in New Orleans.
Damon Salvatore drives a 1969 Chevy Camaro convertible.
Announced at Comic Con Julie said The Vampire Diaries will end after season 8, and will have a 16 episode count. Ending what most already expected once Ian and Kat announced season 8 would be their last.
Ashley Tisdale was offered an audition but turned it down.
The pilot was shot in Vancouver but production of the series was moved tax credit incentives. Most of the filming takes place in Covington.
James Van Der Beek was considered for the role of Alaric Saltzman.
Phoebe Tonkin's second series appearing for the CW Network. Her first series for the CW was The Secret Circle (2011), also a supernatural teen drama, which immediately followed the The Vampire Diaries (2009) in the schedule line-up.
Neve Campbell was considered for the role of Isobel Flemming.
Michaela McManus (Jules) originally auditioned for the role of Rose.
David Gallagher (Ray Sutton) previously auditioned for the roles of Damon Salvatore and Stefan Salvatore.
Torrey DeVitto (Dr. Meredith Fell) is Paul Wesley's ex-wife, they worked together during season 3 and 4 (2011-2013). Later they filled the divorce
Torrey DeVitto (Dr. Meredith Fell) is Paul Wesley's ex-wife. While married, they worked together during season 3 and 4 (2011-2013). They filed for the divorce in July of 2013 and later in September of that year Paul Wesley start dating another star form the show, Phoebe Tonkin (Hayley Marshall). Currently Phoebe Tonkin stars in The Originals series (The Vampire Diaries spin-off) and is still in a relationship with Paul Wesley (2016)
According to series producer/director Marcos Siega, The CW Television Network originally wanted to cast Ashlee Simpson in the role of Elena Gilbert.
In the book Elena's hair is blonde while in the series her hair is brown.
The title card at the beginning of each episode was changed after the first season.
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Video/DVD includes Special Features:

Into Mystic Falls: Bringing Vampire Lore and the High School Experience from Page to Screen; When Vampires Don't Suck (2010): The Popularity of Vampires and the Fans Who Love Them; The Vampire Diaries: A New Breed of Vampires - Casting the Series; The Vampire Diaries: Vampires 101 - The Rules of the Vampire; Creators/Director Pilot Commentary; Unaired Scenes; The Vampire Diaries: A Darker Truth Webisodes; Second Bite: Gag Reel.
In season 2 episode 14 Elijah uses the last name 'Smith'. The author of the book series last name is Smith.
Ian Somerhalder (Damon) and Daniel Gillies (Elijah) previously worked together in The Sensation of Sight (2006).
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Nathalie Kelley (Sibyl) starred in Bruno Mars' video Just the way you are.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

It is stated early in the show that Stefan would have liked to be a doctor. In late season 5 Stefan's human doppelganger is revealed to be a paramedic.
In the novel, Caroline Forbes got pregnant by Tyler. They had twin werewolves. However in the series Caroline is a surrogate mother to twin siphoned-witches.
Nina Dobrev has played four doppelgängers in the series : Elena, Katherine, Amara and Tatia (Seen In A Flashback Episode Of The Original) .
Candice Accola's pregnancy had to be written into the show. Since Caroline is a vampire she can't get pregnant, so the writers wrote that the Gemini coven transfered Jo's and Alaric's twin babies into Caroline when Jo died.
Book: The Salvatore brothers are from Italy and were born in the late 15th century. Tv Series: The brothers are from Mystic Falls and became vampires during the civil war.
In the book Stefan is renting in a boarding house, but in the series they owned the boarding house.
In season 1 episode 10, Caroline talks about being interested in broadcast journalism. In season 7 when the show jumps three years forward, it is shown that she has become a news anchor.

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