The Vampire Diaries – Episode One
First aired Thursday 9/12/09 on CW
Hmmm. The pilot episode of The Vampire Diaries aired last night on The CW. I had planned on watching it anyways, but you are hearing about it here because of Amy @ My Friend Amy who is hosting a “Vampire Diaries” challenge.
Part of the challenge is reading the books and part is watching the series. I had planned on reading at least the first book before the series began, however, it didn’t work that way. I haven’t had a moment to go to the bookstore. I’m thinking I just might order it online!!
Without reading the books, I can’t say how well the series compares. I did enjoy what I saw though. I can see that many people will automatically think of Twilightand scream “rip-off”. Although I haven’t read the books, I know that they were out LOOOOONG before the Twilight saga. Besides, the way I look at it, if you like Twilight then why not let yourself like The Vampire Diaries?
A brief synopsis:
Stefan is a vampire. Much like Edward and his family in Twilight, Stefan refrains from drinking human blood. He has returned to the town of Mystic Falls, but we don’t really know why yet. He sees and is instantly drawn to Elena, who looks like a picture in Stefan’s diary.
Elena is a teenage girl who has recently lost her parents in an accident. She and her troubled brother are living with their aunt, Jenna.
It turns out Stefan isn’t the only visitor to Mystic Falls. Someone or something is attacking humans. Stefan is surprised to learn that it is his brother, Damon. Damon, unlike Stefan, has an appetite for human blood.
Damon leaves one victim alive, who upon waking, tells her brother it was a vampire who attacked her. We are left at the end of the episode with a vampire who seems to be intent on doing as much damage as he can and Elena inviting Stefan into her home to get acquainted.
Overall I liked the pilot. I think that if I had read the books, I might have understood more. I saved the episode to watch again once I have read the books, so I can maybe see things a bit clearer. So, my opinion, watch the series and see where it goes! Don’t think Twilight rip-off, it is based on a book much older than Twilight. Relax and let yourself enjoy it! Watching the first episode made me want to read the books even more. Thank you Amy for challenging us!