Title: The Vampire Diaries: (The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening and The Struggle and The Vampire Diaries: The Fury and Dark Reunion
Elena: the golden girl, the leader, the one who can have any boy she wants.
Stefan: brooding and mysterious, he seems to be the only one who can resist Elena, even as he struggles to protect her from the horrors that haunt his past.
Damon: sexy, dangerous, and driven by an urge for revenge against Stefan, the brother who betrayed him. Determined to have Elena, he'd kill to possess her.
Collected here in one volume for the first time, volumes one and two of The Vampire Diaries, the tale of two vampire brothers and the beautiful girl torn between them.
- The story moves fast and kept me turning pages.
- It reminded me of old school YA from my day. The story was definitely not as intricate and sophisticated as what you find in YA right now, but that was almost refreshing. A nice, linear fast read.
- I ♥ Damon. Love a good bad boy (and thanks to the show, I had a lovely picture of him in my head already. Ian Sommerhalder is yummy goodness.)
- Noticing all the Twilight similarities was kind of fun (and for those of you who don't know, these were written way before and there have been some conspiracy theories that Stephanie Meyer lifted some of her story from these. The stories were different enough for me and as you know nothing hasn't been done before, but you can see the parallels if you're looking for them.)
- Although cliffhangers sometimes annoy me, the ones in these books were definitely effective. And by the fourth book, you have some wrap up (although there are more books that follow.)
- The 90s were apparently a time of kinder, gentler editors because LJ was able to get away with phrases like "she looked around the room interestedly" and "the fired burned smokily." Seriously.
- Like many YA books, the main characters fell in love super quick, which is fine is the build up was believable. But here, it seemed a bit too quick. I understand a crush is fast, but "in love" should take a little more time.
- The chemistry between Stefan and Elena was a little lackluster. This is where the show does a better job.
- The fourth book seemed a little Scooby Doo in the sense that they were running around as a group trying to save the big bad mystery.
- I wanted to see more of Damon--show does a better job here too.
But wait, you say, I've already missed all those episodes of the show, I'll never catch up! Well, have no fear, the CW has your back (I've found this to be true in almost all crisis situations). This coming Monday they start a Vampire Diaries marathon week where they will replay all the episodes. Go check it out then pick up the books. And warning--get both volume one and two which contain the first four books. You want to be prepared when you reach those cliffhangers.
So are any of you watching the show? Have you read these books? What do you think of either? And have you ever had a show/movie trump the book?
"Once Bitten, Twice Shy" - Great White