At this point, we're over that particular point of comparison. We'd rather talk about what this show is than what it's not.
Because yes, The Vampire Diaries is a girl-meets-vamp show. And yes, there are some things that hold true throughout the Vamp canon -- like a stake through the heart kills, and vampires have to be invited to enter a home. But the world established in this show is very different than what you might have seen elsewhere. Examples:
The premise, adopted from the book series, remains the same: High schooler Elena, who lost her parents in an accident, starts falling for mysterious new guy Stefan Salvatore -- who just happens to be a sensitive, tortured, centuries-old vampire. Complicating matter is Stefan's brother, Damon, who is also a vamp -- but who sees humans as food, date fodder. Add in several spooky happenings around the town of Mystic Falls and you've got yourself a show.
Not everything in the show is the same as in the book series, however. Executive producer Kevin Williamson says the show will hew to the general outline of the first three books, not book four on. And the new books being written? Those will continue along their path, and the show will continue along its path.
Book fans already know that the characters on the show don't look like their description in the books -- but "we all wanted to capture the essence of these characters, the essence of their friendships and who they are," said Katerina Graham, who plays Bonnie.
The biggest character shift comes with Elena, who is transformed from a somewhat shallow ice queen to more innocent character. "We wanted someone who had vulnerability, who was relatable," said actress Nina Dobrov of her character. "She looks for the good in everyone. Even though she's lost her parents and her brother is in a downward spiral, she still wants to fix things and be optimistic."
The vampires' backstory has undergone a shift as well. Goodbye, Renaissance Italy; hello, Civil War South.
But book fans will see plenty they recognize. Kevin promised that a series regular form the book will appear relatively quickly in the series -- and this person will have an agenda. Who will it be? We'll just have to wait for the series to start.
What's your take on this show's vampire mythology -- and on the way the show diverges from the book? Talk about it in the comments!!
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