The Vampire Diaries (2009–2017)
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The most important thing to know about this show is the first four episodes are seemingly pointless; focused on cheap thrills, romance, and teen drama. Then something magical happens, creeping up silently and latching on without the viewer's notice: interest. By the end of the fourth episode the many story lines pick up and take off, and suddenly a silly or meaningless event becomes important. Things move fast in "The Vampire Diaries." This is a show that takes risks: people die without warning, stories that you thought could go on forever take only a few episodes, characters do and experience things you wouldn't have thought possible. Even better, there is no character who is wholly unlikeable. Everyone in the large ensemble cast has a story and a 3-dimensional structure, and even if the viewer decidedly doesn't like a character, the swing from one storyline to the next never lingers in one place for too long.
Some people have called this show their guilty pleasure. I refer to it as smart writing, good acting, excellent storytelling, and wonderful viewing. As of right now the second season is in the first few episodes of airing and the magic has not gone out. Far from it; this show only gets better. The lesser episodes are still fantastic, and the truly great ones are rich with everything an episode of television could possibly desire. I have yet to finish watching an episode without cursing the screen to give me more - my addiction to such a fresh show sometimes keeps me up at night.
For anyone (yes, even non 18-49 women demographic - we welcome the men!) interested in watching vampires, witches, and more, take the time to view beyond the first four episodes. I can almost safely guarantee anyone who likes vampires and horror (and a lot of dry wit) will not be disappointed.
Im sick of seeing people bagging vampire diaries at the moment. GIVE IT A CHANCE. yes it may not be as good as the book series, but I'm telling you now it beats twilight by far. Watch episode 4, of course first episode isn't going to hook you in like its best show in the world. but for those who think people who enjoy this series are brain dead, i believe their comments a rush and idiotic. Give the series a chance, but if you listen to " the real brain dead losers " then you really be missing out.
it has a lot of blood and death in it!!!! so if series started with 6/10 it's first season ended with 9.5/10 go on in that direction!!!
For starters, it follows the basic rules that apply to vampires, unlike Twilight where Edward Cullen just goes into Bella's house without any invitation, etc.
What's also gripping is the fact that it has other characters from the magical world, like Witches and all. It also sticks to its plot, so what we are seeing is actually a story which has vampires as a part of it, not the other way around.
Definitely worth a try, and one of the best shows of Fall '09.
And the coupling of it with Supernatural on Thursday, making it a Thrilling Thursday on CW is quite cool too! A 9/10 for me!
It appears that they are loosely following the story, and that is fine if they are making it into a series. To follow the books, they would have just needed to make a mini-series and been done with it. For a full-on TV series they needed to make many adjustments. I'm a little sad that they are aiming so very hard for the Twilight crowd by throwing the romance factor in right away, but it has the potential to be pretty good.
The acting isn't the greatest, but I have definitely seen much worse. This felt to me like actors that had not yet fit themselves into their characters. It will smooth out with time and become more comfortable for them and it will show through in the series. They have managed to obtain a bit of balance between the almost care-free world of high school and the dark gritty nature of what they can't see and don't know about. That was actually what I was most worried about.
So, from a MAJOR fan of the books (I rejoiced when I realized they were with me instead of another state and started reading them for the umpteenth thousandth time) to the CW....So far, so good. Let's see where they take this and hope they keep true to the feel.
The only flaw may be the characters. While there is a lot of character development, it really only applies to the main ones. The supporting characters like Caroline and Matt seem flat. Even though Matt seems to have some roundness, Caroline just doesn't seem to change, she is always that annoying whiny girl;there are even times when Elena can be naive.
All in all, despite it's flaws, every episode has a mystery to it; it's hard to guess what's going to happen. Believe me at the end of every episode, maybe even in between commercials, you begin to speculate what the end possibilities could be.
I remember 3 years ago, I was looking for new shows to watch and I had heard of 'The vampire Diaries'.I was quite hesitant in the beginning because of the similarity with Twilight.The beginning was not that great but the acting was enough for me to continue and give it a chance.
I shall never regret that decision.
Nina Dobrev, Ian Somerhalder, Paul Wesley and the entire, I REALLY mean ENTIRE cast have proved that great acting is possible. Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson are amazing writers that really know how to bring this series to another level.The thing with TVD is that it gets better with every episode. It is one of the shows with the strongest,fiercest, most passionate fans in the whole world. I love the chemistry between Ian and Nina, but nevertheless, Paul is great with her too.
Elena's character is wonderful. She is deep, compassionate, adorable, balanced and mature. The writers created the perfect base for such a plot and the way they made Elena develop and influence those around her is fascinating, they made it BELIEVABLE and I think this is one of the most important achievement one could make in a TV show. Not to forget the extremely addictive character of Katherine Pierce. Nina is, maybe, one of the best actors one could watch, because of her portrayal of completely different characters which is really impressive.
A scene that will remain in my mind FOREVER is the season 3 three finale,when Elena is under that bridge with Matt. I cried. so many emotions were conveyed without any characters uttering 1 word. The juxtaposition of Elena's accident with Matt and her accident with her parents was symbolical, tear-breaking, jaw-dropping and it really makes you think of all she had to go through, how this will affect the whole series and create one of the best cliffhangers I have ever seen in any series that I have ever watched in my whole life. This is one of Nina's best performances EVER.
The Vampire Diaries has talked about importance of family, friends, life, love, and coming to terms with who we are. It has humor (thanks to Damon), Passion, a LOT of well-acted actions, a really fascinating history of the mythical creatures (Witches, Werewolves, Hybrids, Ghosts, Vampires, Vampire Hunters, Original Vampires). I have been watching it for 3 years,and I've seen people drooling over Damon or Stefan and fighting about who's best. Seriously? I LOVE the series as a whole, and always have. Of course, I love Damon and Elena's chemistry, it is amazing. But I think TVD is much more than that. And people have to see it as a whole picture. Else, they'll miss all the beauty of it.
But this has to be said, that the actors in the Vampire Diaries do not look like they are in the constant pain, well at least not all the time, like in that "other thing". Perhaps that is the difference in these stories; the Vampire Diaries lack the certain amount of constipation.
I vote for that.
When I first started watching the vampire diaries, the main villain was Damon. I hated him for what he had done, but then I started liking him because he is a antihero. Then came Katherine, who I want to kill with my sword. Every time I see her, I want to throw something to the computer. She began to be the new villain and then came Klaus and the originals making Katherine the heroes ally. What?
Then they had to keep the originals alive because if you do kill them, all the other vampires die including our main characters. Stefan became the villain at the beginning of season 3. Then Jeremy, Alaric, Tyler, Bonnie, and then Elena. Basically, everything in this show takes turns being the villain. What is the deal here?
Elena, oh my god is so annoying. When she was human, she cared about everyone and helps them fight the bad guys. As she became a vampire, she was bonded to Damon and then turned into a bad guy as her brother died. Then her humanity returned and she was still annoying. She loves Damon even though he's a selfish. Elena became selfish as she became a vampire. All she cared about now was defending Damon whatever he does and getting what she wants. The vampire Elena is such a bad guy. I loved her when she was human, but I hate her as a vampire.
Nina Dobrev is still my favorite actress and I like Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder. The show has good acting, but horrible story and characters. I don't care about any of them. Actually I really do care, I wanted them all to die. I wanted the Travelers to win and all the characters would die. Then the rest of the show would blank and beautiful.
I am a huge fan of Supernatural series and after 8 season still this series is best series in its genre because We still care for its two main lead characters and justify all their actions
But Here in TVD 3rd season
1- they just don't want to kill any one , I mean how stupid its sounds that almost in every episode there is a seen where Damon Salvatore and his brother easily can kill or let the Klaus evil sister killed but they saved her for no good reason and in very next scene she is giving death threat to Elena or someone Innocent .... and believe me there are 100 of scenes like that
2- In many Situations Elena did not let Klaus die because someone innocent will die with him , I mean come on ,from the starting Every Vampire character killed lots of innocent guys and Our main Hero brothers killed them
3- The all main lead characters only care for themselves , and in almost every 30 minuets one Innocent guy or girl died by one of their hands but no one give a damn ,
4-And the story in 3rd season become so self centered that don't know why I just hope that every one of them die and go to hell including Elena
In the end Pardon for my cheap and faulty English and if you already watched the 3rd season I don't need to tell you this :D
The script is fabulous; full of exciting and unpredictable plot twists that will have you on the edge of your seat and gasping; desperately wanting to see the next episode.
Unfortunately, it's judged by the title; "vampire" and dismissed, but I urge you to give this show a chance.
OK, the first and second seasons are "watchable", painful, but if you are stuck high up in the mountains in a cabin with 10 feet of snow blocking your way, yeah, these two seasons could be of some use, it may help you fall asleep in that hard to sleep situation.
ANYTHING after that is incredibly awful. I believe the Mafia could use this show to torture information out of people. 20 minutes watching this and anyone in their correct state of mind would confess anything. Aside from some eventual good acting guests, the acting is putrid. Worse than a bad high school play where the actors are all high on expired acid. The plot, well let's just say 5 year old children could unveil it with easy.
The characters are all students of John Mcclane, and they all belong to a family of highlanders: THEY NEVER REALLY DIE. They die, then they come back, then they die, then they come back. A train smash them into pieces, then they come back. Their heads are chopped off, then easily reattached... AND THEY COME BACK. And after they die 500 times, and get their heads chopped off, and a train smash then into pieces, and they get cremated and their ashes sent to the moon, their spirits come back, and then they just "jump" into another body, and there they are... BACK! A 50 ULTRATON Plasma Tesseract Hydrogen bomb couldn't kill them.
HORRIBLE show!!! In this show, the rain is sugar. Because of this show I now get really bad ear infections every time I hear the words Elena, Stefan or Damon, and is followed by a uncontrollable urge to puke. Don't laugh, it is not funny, it really hurts.
The drinking blood from a blood bag all the time is so lame I have not words to describe it.
Then there is the uber mega pro super master giga lame "turning humanity off" thingy. Daemon is bad, now he's good, now he's bad, now he's good, yet again he is bad... wait there is more, now he's good. Helena is good, now she is bad, now she is good, now she is bad. Stefan is goody, now he's bad, now he's good, and bad, now he's the ripper (no not the grimm one), but now guess, he's good................. SO LAME! The lamest thing I ever saw in my entire life. To give you an idea of how this is lame, well, remember the lame moment at end of the movie Rocky when Stallone started to yell "Adria... Adriaa" after winning the fight? Well get that lame thing, multiply by the number of atoms in the entire universe, which I believe is 10 to the 82 power and still, you'll not get even close.
Also an advise to parents, people in this show are ALL HEAVY alcoholics. And they induce kids into this junk (of course kids mimic their "heroes"). They put these characters drinking at 10AM on a Tuesday like it's OK. It's like: The dude died, let's drink. The dude got married, let's drink, I got a haircut, let's drink, I just cleaned my house, let's drink, you shaved your armpit, let's drink, I picked my nose let's drink, I picked your nose, double that! Disgusting!
Resuming, a total waste of perfect good time!! Unfortunately there is no negative rate here, I just wish I could give this show a -1000 rate, or that congress passed a bill to outlaw this show anywhere in the Solar System. This show is so boring I could easy use it to make all mosquitoes flee my room at night, but then I could risk never waking up, EVER.
Don't watch it. Or watch it and suffer the consequences. Just remember my ear infection problem.
The Truth: Twilight is the one ripping off THIS series.
The Absolute Truth: The Vampire Diaries is infinitely better than Twilight, and no I am not exaggerating.
The plot is as you would have guessed. Elena (Nina Dobrev) is a high school girl who captures the heart of Stefan (Paul Wesley) who of course is a vampire (sounds familiar right?). Later on we get introduced to Stefan's troublesome vampire brother, Damon (Ian Somerhalder). Damon also happens to be attracted to Elena and this creates a love triangle that will follow for the remainder of the series.
Of course that's merely a sample of the entire story. There are werewolves, hunters, witches, and even stronger vampires waiting in future episodes to make this one nail biting show.
The acting is also definitely above average, however obviously not enough to make you believe the actors are high school "teenagers".
My advice: Give it a chance. The first few episodes are slow, but a lot of great TV series are. This show will have you on the edge of your seat each week as the plot thickens more and more.
Last Impression: This is one of my favorite shows on TV. 9/10
I love vampire stories, old style like Drac & Nosferatu, new style like Blade and Underworld, comedy vampires like Johnny Depp in Dark Shadows and Leslie Nielsen in whatever the heck that film was called but I was totally thrown by shopping vampires. My other half is a massive fan of the show and as such I've watched most of them. I don't know where to start on how bad this show really is. If it was called 'Vampires 90210' it might have made sense since no-one has actually written in a diary for about 3 seasons now.
OK, the cast - I've no idea who cast the Salvatore brothers but I'm under the impression they've never actually had a scary moment in their entire life. I'd be more afraid of my 8 year old daughter than that pair.
Having been forced through the various guises of Nina Dobrev I've a note for non vampire diaries watchers. If her hair has changed, she's supposed to be somebody else.
Tyler, (according to my other half) - He's rubbish but he's fit.
Sponsorship - Oh you've got a smart-phone that your sponsors gave you. That's nice, could you just leave it on screen and get out of the way. You might as well since it is the star of the scene normally.
Also, what's the deal with killing just about every character in the show just to bring them back in the next episode? I'm guessing the 'deal' is a lack of imagination in the script. At a script meeting - "Any ideas yet? Nope. Let's just kill someone. What about their contracts? It's OK, they'll be back next week!"
Do they not get tax breaks for filming outside the U.S? All these creatures from all over history and they all live in the U.S? Don't forget the Roma gypsies from... can you guess? That's right Romania, U.S.A.!
The characters are "teenagers" ... that interact with an impeccable middle aged rebellion. Perfectly premeditated dialog, illogical, witty, sarcastic, yet politically correct, emancipated, well adjusted, mature, innocent, naive, but profoundly wise, teenagers.
The dialog is expositional and rhetorical. In other words its a continuous and contrived data dump, which often concentrates on describing what is happening or has just happened. As a result it lacks authenticity.
These "teenagers" party hard & drink excessively ... without getting drunk ... only to engage in a life threatening well coordinated fist fight, and an apex of exchanging heartfelt declarations of love and bedtime cuddles. The characters all have an unlimited capacity for gullibility in addition to unlimited funds for new cars.
It's cliché. In every sense. Contrived, coincidental and uninspired. Like elevator music.
I have NEVER watched a TV series with so many personal apologies, and absolution of fault. This is the most common dialog pattern. "I ... I, can't do it because I am confused ... I am so sorry. I am a bad person", "Don't say that. It wasn't your fault, you mustn't blame your self. You did it because you really care.", "But I'm such a loner, and nobody understands me", "Whatever, like, maybe you are ... sorry I'm a douche", "It wasn't your fault ..." (step and repeat x 22 episodes x 45 minutes x 5 seasons)
If you want to watch original ideas for this genre here are some of my favourites: LET THE RIGHT ONE IN (2008 Swedish) THIRST (2009), 30 DAYS of NIGHT (2007), NOSFERATU (1922)
The only reason I watched the first 10 episodes of this garbage is because my friend got me thinking of giving it a chance. After the first episode, I was concerned about any hope I had this show. From what was already established, the main female lead, Alena, is only interested in the male lead, Stefan, because of how studly he looks. Because of this, she, in a really dumb way, gives him permission to stalk her. Two underlying problems with this episode is not only is he not nocturnal (like real vampires are), but he also passes himself off as a teenager still in high school (despite being a 160 year old "vampire"). The more episodes I watched, the more problems began to occur. Alena and Stefan start dating at the end of the second episode, and have sex literally in the next episode (which is disgusting to watch because of how bad of a "couple" they are). I think by the 5th episode, Alena decides to break up with Stefan because she doesn't feel safe being a part of his world. That unfortunately doesn't last long, due to the two inconsistently agreeing to stay away from each other, but then crawling back to one another a few scenes later. Meanwhile, Stefan epically fails at practically every attempt to stop his evil, and full of himself, brother, Damon, from biting, attacking, and killing innocent people (the only time you can even call Damon a real vampire). Really, despite everything that Damon does, Stefan could easily kill him, but there are several times where he decides to let him live. There's even times where other characters try to kill him, and Stefan ruins it by letting him live! If Damon was finally put down, a lot of the problems would be solved! There's actually a part in one of the episodes, where Stefan was able to steal the ring Damon needs in order to survive in the sunlight (which doesn't make a whole lot of sense), but rather than allowing Damon to burn in the sunlight a few hours later, he obediently gives it back. I also remember a part where Stefan is shot pretty badly with a wood bullet, and Damon saves him, telling him "the only person who would enjoy killing you is me!". Although that's quite cynical (I'll admit), throughout the series, he makes all these statements of him being able to kill him, but doesn't go through with doing so. (Speaking of wood bullets, should I also mention that's their only weakness in this show? Holy water is "drinkable", garlic is "edible", crosses are "decorative", and mirrors "show their reflection". What kind of vampires are these?) So when the brothers aren't hating each other and having sissy fights, they act brotherly and decide to chill with one another (completely oxymoronic).
Those 3 idiots make the show bad enough, but (just to add in some more insanity) there's plenty of other terrible characters as well. Practically most of the other (20-30-something year old) "teenagers" do is fall asleep in class, then go to parties where there's drinking involved. I'll admit that Alena's brother, Jeremy, eventually becomes a character I can admire because of his observations on a girl he's interested in, but has a boyfriend who doesn't respect her. The only problem I have with Alena's friend, Bonnie, is she insisted that Alena and Stefan to be together during the first two episodes. She later also becomes a decent character, and learning about her background as a witch seemed interesting. Alena's ex-boyfriend Matt was also decent because he cared about his sister, Vicki, not getting hurt. All of the other girls are just annoying bimbos, and all of the guys come off as arrogant. Besides Bonnie's grandmother, the parents or legal guardians are rarely ever around, or even do anything that makes them good role models for their children to follow.
On top of all of that, the acting is somewhat better than Twilight's (but still falls short), the subplots are more decent than the general plot (which is surprisingly ironic), the writing is pretty-much terrible, and Damon and Stefan, along with other "vampires" in this series, are an insult to real vampires. They don't go to high school, they don't go out in the sunlight or daytime, they don't date humans, they don't cry or get emotional over a recent break-up, they don't brood just to make themselves look dark and cool, and they don't purposely look like cute bad boys. They're dark, predator-like creatures who feast on human blood, operate in the shadows, and maintain a sense of power.
In spite of it all, there's actually two funny things about this:
1) I created a meme on Open Office that says at the top "These are vampires", and it shows pictures of Blade from Marvel Comics, Selene from Underworld, and Bela Lugosi's Dracula. In the middle, it says "These are practically pretty boys" and shows Stefan and Damon. The bottom tells you to know the difference.
2) I had a dream last night where Selene was standing on a rooftop with a sniper rifle, full of wood bullets, and head-shots both Stefan and Damon. (Greatest happy ending of my life.)
In conclusion, please tell anyone you know not to watch this show. They'll completely regret it.