The Vampire Diaries (2009-) (Season 1-3)

Starring

Nina Dobrev – Elena Gilbert
Kat Graham – Bonnie Bennett
Candice Accola – Caroline Forbes
Paul Wesley – Stefan Salvatore
Ian Somerhalder – Damon Salvatore
Steven R. McQueen – Jeremy Gilbert

Review

Definitely an interesting and entertaining show to watch. It really brings back memories of Twilight, except that Jacob in this case is a vampire (played by Damon XD). There are some similarities between the Twilight series and this tv show, but still it is a great watch and so much fun.

The acting is really superb in this. The tv show is about Elena who is a doppelgänger and it keeps referring back to Katherine who looks exactly like her. So Nina has to play two different personalities, the evil vampire and the charming girl from Mystic Falls, Virginia. Ian has to have two sides as well due to the fact that he enjoys killing and in the beginning was really evil. He has this softer caring side and then this heartless killer side. Paul has a double-sided character as well. In the beginning he was all good and in the later seasons he started to go all evil, and I mean really evil.

The filming is really interesting too. When there are flash backs it is done in this kind of washed out, white-tint and it has blurred edges…etherial quality. And in the modern-day, it has this kind of softness to it. None of the colors are extremely vivid.

Also this is not like your average vampire story. The vampires don’t turn to dust in the sunlight (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) they just burn and they have to move out of the sun as if they do stay in the sun too long they can die. The sun is just extremely painful as they have extremely amazing healing capabilities. They also don’t sparkle in the sun (Twilight.) They can be reflected in mirrors. They can die by having a stake driven through their heart or ripping their heart out.

This is ‘CW’s most smoldering cast’ and this is a definite draw to the tv show. But also there is a really entertaining story line of Elena being a doppelgänger and how people want to have her killed while other’s want her blood as certain spells or things can only happen with her blood.

This tv show is kind of violent as many people do get killed, mostly vampires, and hearts are sometimes ripped out but not much is shown. Many people are hurt and put in the hospital but normally there is nothing too graphic. There is some sexual ‘activity’ in the tv show. Nothing inappropriate as such. Just some kissing and talking about having sex but nothing ever happens. There is also some drinking and drugs during the tv show. Jeremy, Elena’s brother, turns to drugs and smoking after their parents die. There are also some parties in the woods where there is drinking and many of the main characters do drink even through they are under age and do not get in trouble.

Overall this is a show for older viewers, probably 14 and up but it is a really interesting and entertaining show. You have to watch the episodes in order as there is a storyline and missing one episode means you miss a lot of really important stuff.

So go and get this one from your library and enjoy!

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