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Friday, July 31, 2009

L. J. Smith: The Vampire Diaries -- The Awakening & The Struggle

I don't watch a lot of television, especially during the summer, but I feel like I've seen a million commercials for "The Vampire Diaries" on the CW. I don't know if I'll watch the show, but it caught my attention. I figured a good place to start would be to read the books the show is based on, so I picked up The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening and The Struggle by L. J. Smith at my local library.


Elena: the golden girl, the leader, the one who can have any boy she wants.

Stefan: brooding and mysterious, he seems to be the only one who can resist Elena, even as he struggles to protect her from the horrors that haunt his past.

Damon: sexy, dangerous, and driven by an urge for revenge against Stefan, the brother who betrayed him. Determined to have Elena, he'd kill to possess her.

Collected here in one volume for the first time, volumes one and two of The Vampire Diaries, the tale of two vampire brothers and the beautiful girl torn between them.

Elena is the most popular girl at Robert E. Lee High School. She has lots of friends. She rules the school. She always gets what she wants.

Until she meets the new boy, Stefan. Elena reminds him of someone from his past. He's attracted to her, but he can't subject Elena to the dangers of his world. He tries to ignore her, but, of course, that plan doesn't work. Stefan and Elena seemed destined to be together.

When residents of Fell's Church, VA are brutally murdered, all eyes are on the dark and mysterious Stefan. Because of her connection to Stefan, students start treating Elena like a social leper.

Enter Damon, Stefan's dangerous brother. He wants to kill Stefan and possess Elena.

It's a typical girl meets boy, boy tries not to love girl because he's a vampire, but they fall in love anyway while battling evil story.

Dull and predictable.

I'm old school. I like my vampires to be bloodthirsty and vicious. I don't want them going to high school dances and dating. And I certainly don't want them to walk around in daylight (or, worse, sparkle in the sunshine).

Damon was close to my idea of how a vampire should behave, but he couldn't keep my interest.

To this day, 'Salem's Lot by Stephen King scares the bejeezus out of me.

Stephen King got it right.

I have now officially given up on vampire books. No more!

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