Title:The Vampire Diaries: the Awakening, the Struggle, the Fury, and Dark Reunion
Author:Lisa Jane Smith
Okay, so for this post, I'm doing it, I'm changing the format that I have always used. Why? Because, I loved these books, really I did, but here, I want to talk about the TV show! I read the books this summer because I knew that the CW had turned them into a TV show that they were going to be airing this season.
Honestly, I love everything I've ever read by L.J. Smith, and I've always loved all things supernatural and all things vampire, so I really don't know HOW I had never read these books. But I hadn't. In any case, they were all fantastic, and I was psyched to finish all of the old ones (the one that came out this year is up soon on my list of books to read) before the season premiere, which was yesterday.
How could anyone NOT love L.J. Smith, with an author photo like that?!?
I watched the pilot this morning, and I absolutely LOVED it! Seriously! It was a bagazillion times better than I was expecting.
First of all, I didn't like the idea that Elena was going to have brown hair. I hated that Ian Somerhalder, who is so frickin' HOT and whom I have absolutely ADORED since seeing him in Young Americans (see Young Americans photo to the left and hotness photo below) was going to be playing DAMON, the BAD brother. HOW was I supposed to drool over his gorgeousness and love him all over again if he was going to be playing the BAD guy? Totally uncool!
Ian Somerhalder Hotness
And then I'd also heard that Elena was going to be weak and totally different from her character in the book.
Well, Elena is not AT ALL weak in the show, her brown hair actually suits her well, and in the end, I think (only after one episode, mais bon) I actually like her character in the show better than in the book (shhhh, don't tell L.J. Smith). And then Ian Somerhalder as the bad guy - SO unexpectedly hot! He plays the role so well that I really couldn't see him as anyone else. And then Paul Wesley, whom I had never before heard of and who played Stephan, did am AMAZING job. I totally thought he didn't look right at all for the part, but he absolutely ROCKED it!
Stephan, Elena, and Damon
All in all, I was impressed. Nothing was as I hoped or imagined; it managed to exceed my hopes and expectations. And, coming from someone who NEVER likes the movie or the show better than the book, that is a mega high compliment.
Now I just hope the rest of the season will live up to my new high expectations. I know the next book will!