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The Vampire Diaries… I would first like to begin with the fact that I have never seen a show with such insanely beautiful people, everywhere. Besides that fact, because hey, who wouldn’t want to live in a town called Mystic Falls where everyone you see is great eye candy, the show is without a doubt entertaining.
Sidestepping that little fact, and moving on. I remember the exact moment I decided to give this gem of a show a chance. I was in my room, watching TV when i saw the very first preview. A girl writing in her journal explaining her feelings, then a guy doing the exact same. There were very few clips, the mention of the word “vampire”, and I was sold. I will preface that with the fact that Twilight was all the rage back then, so it begs to be heard that this show similarly was a copycat. However, TVD was originally published in the early 90’s, so the vampire aspect had been done long before vampires sparkled in the sun (Don’t get me wrong, I’m not bashing. I actually own all of the Twilight books in the special white edition, and, all of the movies).
I knew whether or not this show had terrible acting or plot lines, I would still give it a shot because, if you can’t tell, I’m pretty open with the types of shows I watch. Similarly, I’m easy going on anything TV and movie related… Anyway, back to the show. I was impressed that I was hooked immediately after the first episode! I didn’t know if I would be, but there was some mystery behind it all, and I found myself wanting to know more about the characters. What was Stefan’s secret? Why was his brother such a complete dick? Who is this Uncle Zack? Was there more to what happened to Elena’s parents? <– All of this from the very first episode!
Admittedly, as the show has progressed (we are up to season six currently), I have grown tired of some of the story lines. I know the three main characters have this fictional universe centered on them, but, The doppleganger revolving door between Elena and Stefan’s unrequited love got boring. It did. I still love the show, and now the introduction to different story lines in these later seasons are much needed and appreciated.
The spinoff of this series The Originals is probably one of my favorite spinoffs of any series, but, I will discuss that in another SSSB (small screen soapbox) installment…
Favorite recurring character(s): Alaric Saltzman has been one of my absolute favorite secondary characters in this show. The brilliant thing about this particular series is, even if you die, do you really stay dead? Sans, vampirism, and becoming one, the supernatural realm is one of the most interesting to watch because literally, anything goes.
Second top fave recurring character: Lexi, Stefan’s best friend. Her story line wasn’t long, but for the short amount of time she’s been in the series, she has done a brilliant job of having an audience fall in love with her… Alaric and Lexi are the two most outstanding. That’s discounting the original vampire family: The Michaelsons. But they’ve got the spinoff, so they’ve done well. :)
It’s cool not growing old. I like being the eternal stud.” ~ Damon Salvatore
“Don’t listen to him. He walks on a moral plane waaay out of our eye line. I say, ‘Snatch, eat, erase’.” ~ Damon Salvatore
“I’m just surprised to see you here. Art implies culture and well, culture doesn’t imply you.” ~ Jeremy Gilbert
“Vampires can’t procreate… Though, we love to try.” ~ Damon Salvatore
“First person account of the civil war? That’s like porn for a history teacher.” ~ Alaric Saltzman
“For over a century I’ve lived in secret. Hiding in the shadows, alone in the world. Until now. I am vampire, and this is my story.” ~ Stefan Salvatore
“What’s so special about this Bella girl? Edward is so whipped.” ~ Damon Salvatore
As you can probably tell, the quick one liners from Damon alone are worth giving the show a shot. If you’re interested, this show too, is available to stream on Netflix. ;)
Alright loves, I hope you’ve enjoyed another installment of ‘Small Screen Soapbox’. Let me know if you have any requests!