Vampires meet the basic high school drama in Vampire Diaries. This series may be the only vampire TV show for tween and teen girls, True Blood being too adult for them. The series is based on the novels by L.J. Smith. The Vampire Diaries The Complete First Season Blu-ray is a 4 disc 22 episode set with very decent special features. DVD version at Amazon
The series takes place in the ominously named Mystic Falls which is like Stephen King's Castlerock lore wise. Teen hottie Elena is hoping the new school year will be different from the last one when she and her brother lost their parents. A new boy in town named Stefan gets her attention. His brother Damon is the not so nice brother. Stefan and Damon are vampires and their return means mysterious deaths and scary things are afoot.
The show does not go beyond high school TV tropes: the sensitive girl, her best friend, the tramp, the girl who tries too hard to get a boyfriend, the jock, the stoner, etc. This probably makes getting into Vampire Diaries that much easier.
The Vampire Diaries loudly telegraphs its points. For example Elena and Stefan are meant to be together because they both write diaries and write the same things at just about the same time.
There are a lot of absentee parents in Mystic Falls making it much easier for the kids to get into trouble.
It is a good thing there's gothic stuff underlying this show otherwise The Vampire Diaries would not fare as well if at all.
To the show's credit, it does look good and certainly has a cooooool factor
Special Features for The Vampire Diaries The Complete First Season include a downloadable audiobook version of the first book in the series. The problem with the Blu-ray version of this set is you need to have a Blu-ray drive on your computer to download it.. Other features are: Into Mystic Falls: Bringing Vampire Lore and the High School Experience from Page to Screen; When Vampires Don't Suck!: The Popularity of Vampires and the Fans Who Love Them; Casting the Series; Vampires 101 - The Rules of the Vampire; Creators/Director Pilot Commentary; Unaired Scenes; A Darker Truth Webisodes; Second Bite: Gag Reel;
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