I don’t even know what to say about how The Vampire Diaries sank its fangs into me…deeply. It’s like the boy you meet who is “okay” at first, and then, you don’t know how or when it happened, but one day you find that you are totally head over heels. That was me with this show.
Movies are more my thing. I hardly watch television shows because I prefer one long story. No interruptions. No commercials. Netflix, of course, changed the game. It makes a television series feel like one extra-long movie.
I started watching The Vampire Diaries after reading a few articles recommending that writers interested in writing young adult novels should watch television shows featuring teenagers to help with teen dialogue. So I randomly picked TVD. A few episodes in, I realized that the show’s dialogue wasn’t quite the style that fit the characters in my book. At that point, I should have moved on, right? Wrong. I was completely hooked, staying up way past my bedtime, and swept up in a binge-watching tornado.
I have been a vampire fan since The Lost Boys movie. I enjoyed the Twilight book series, but could never really get on board with actor Robert Pattinson playing Edward Cullen in the movie versions. Maybe it was his red lipstick. To me, vampires were more of the tough-guy type. No ruby lips, thank you.
TVD totally revived the sexy, masculine image of vampires for me after Twilight. The blood red, veiny eyes—YES! Scary, but not too scary, and kind of sexy in a paranormal way. The totally hot brothers, Damon and Stefan Salvatore, played by Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley. And Damon’s ice blue eyes with the jet black hair added accentuated his dark persona even more. Let me just put this out there right away, I was always team Damon. The minute after that fiasco during season one, when Damon didn’t find his long, lost love Katherine in the tomb, I was like NEXT!—Elena. Even when he is bad—really bad—I find a reason to forgive him. *Sigh*
I binge watched the first six seasons on Netflix, then watched the first four seasons again because they were just that good. I am almost finished bingeing on season seven and can’t wait until Friday, when I will actually watch my first current episode on the CW. Keep an eye out for my show recap after.
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