The Vampire Diaries- Book One and Episode Two
Book One~ The Awakening
by L.J. Smith
Episode Two, “The Night of the Comet” air date 9/17/09 on The CW
I’m making this a combined post so I don’t overwhelm readers with too much Vampire Diaries…
It was apparent to me within the first few pages that the book is waaaaaaay different than the series. Some very big changes involve Elena. In the book she is blonde, concieted, and really a bit of a snotty brat. I can kind of see why you might want to change this for a television series. In a book you can get away whith having a main character who is not necessary likable as long as they are believable. (There was a whole post dedicated to this at Amy’s blog @ My Friend Amy) In a series, I think it is probably more important to have the main character be likable. It’s okay to have those characters you “love to hate” as supporting cast, but in general, it isn’t a main character. The only exception in the shows I watch that I can think of is Dr. Gregory House in House. He isn’t really a likable character, but I love him!
Some other changes involve supporting characters. I’m not so bothered about the changes in physical appearence of the characters, but there are some major ones left out or morphed into someone different. The book has Elena having a very little sister named Margaret, and of course if you’ve seen the series she has a younger teen-aged brother named Jeremy. One of her best friends, Meredith is absent and replaced with only Bonnie on the TV show.
Another major difference is the way in which Stefan and Elena meet and interact. In the book, Stefan tries to stay away from Elena, whereas in the series he seeks her out from the beginning. Oh, also Stefan is a bit naughtier in the book and dines on the occasional human.
Okay, away from all of the difference, because they really don’t matter. A book is alway going to differ from a live-action production, be it a movie or a series. Sometimes changes are a necessary part of the filming process. They are separate forms of entertainment and for this series at least, I am going to try and do my best to keep them that way. I am going to attempt to enjoy the story of Stefan, Elena, and Damon in both forms! 🙂
Book One, The Awakening first (not to be confused with another book of the same title, which I loved, by Kelley Armstrong). I’m so glad The World’s Best Husband got me this book. Although book one and book two (The Struggle) are packaged as one, I wanted to get my review of The Awakening out at the same time as the showing of episode two.
A deeper delve into the background behind Stefan, The Awakening explores why he became a vampire and I think portrays Stefan as a very romantic being. You are almost instantly treated to flashbacks of his former life with the lovely Katherine, his overbearing father, and his rebellious brother Damon.
As I said before, you also get a peek inside Elena and she isn’t the pretty, super-nice, girl-next-door that she is portrayed as in the series. She is real. She is the queen of the school and she knows it. She is that girl who knows she is pretty and can have anyone she wants, and she has no problem stepping on others to get there. It’s much more hmmm….rough…maybe?!? She isn’t likeable, especially in the beginning, but she is realistic. Who went to school where the most popular girl in school was not only beautiful, but nice and humble? Not me, thats for sure! The popular girls in my school were stuck up little snobs…just like Elena.
One thing that did strike me when I was reading the book was the names of the characters. They all seemed so out of place. Stefan and Damon were okay, because they are meant to be out of place. The others; Elena, Margaret, Meridith, Bonnie, Judith…it was almost like you stepped into an old folks home!!
Dare I say it???????? Part of me likes this story better than Twilight. Edward will always have a special place in my heart…heck, my dog is named Edward! I think I will just say that I like the story of Twilight better, but the writing of Vampire Diaries better. If that makes any sense at all??!
On to Episode Two, “The Night of the Comet“…
On the last episode of Vampire Diaries, we were really just introduced to the characters and started to feel the chemistry between Elena and Stefan. We also were treated to a glimpse of the sibling rivalry and downright hatred between Stefan and his very different brother, Damon. We are left with a girl being attacked seemingly by an animal in the woods, but unlike the other vicitms, she doesn’t die. When she wakes up, she says one word about her attack, “vampire”. Caroline and Bonnie are in the coffee shop when Caroline looks up and shares a flirty glance with Damon.
Hehehe that was fun. Super summary! I shall try to be a bit more descriptive with this one!
In “The Night of the Comet”, well, there is a comet. 🙂 In addition to the comet, the romance between Elena and Stefan is heating up. My brain is finding it really hard to differentiate between book and show at the moment which I suppose means someone has done their job right! I keep typing things and having to go back and erase because I’m thinking book not show. Okay lets try this again.
The rivalry between Stefan and Damon is becoming more and more apparent. Vickie wakes up in the hospital hysterical after her attack by Damon. Stefan knows that this will cause problems for not only him, but also his uncle (who btw is not in the book so I’m not sure about his uncle…). He tries to change Vickie’s memory of the event and convinces her, for a while at least that the attack was by an animal, nothing more. Damon reveals to us that Stefan’s powers will not be as strong as his because of his choice of well…erm…dinner.
Vickie remains convinced for a while but Damon, determined to show Stefan the error of his ways, keeps showing up and jogging Vickie’s memory. He then abducts her. Everyone is out looking for the disappeared Vickie, whom Jeremy gave pills to (I think Jeremy is there for the ‘Say No to Drugs’ because this guy is a looser part). Stefan seems to know where Vickie might be and in one leap. Ends up on the top of the roof where Damon is holding her prisoner. Damon uses his powers to change her memory to believe that Stefan was the one who attacked her. Leaving him with the option of feeding from her and using his enhanced powers to change her memory himself or allowing his secret to be revealed. In the end, Damon whispers something unheard in her ear and Vickie wakes up not knowing where she is and saying she took some pills and was really wasted.
In the meantime, Caroline has not stopped thinking about her encounter with Damon at the coffee shop. She sees him again at her car and in the next scene they are intimately in bed. The show ends with Damon turning vampire and Caroline screaming.
I have to say, I personally feel like the special effects aren’t terrible. They could be a whole lot worse. One last thing. They changed the name from Fell’s Church in the book to Mystic Falls in the series. I have to say, anyone who moves to a town called Mystic Falls is asking for something creepy to happen! Maybe they changed it because Fell’s Church sounds too similar to Dawson’s Creek.