INTRODUCTION | SERIES

GENRE:

Paranormal Teen Melodrama.

SETTING:

Fell’s Church, Virginia.

SEX:

On everyone’s mind, no doubt.

OUR HEROINE(S):

Elena Gilbert, orphan teen with the face of an angel.

OUR HERO(ES):

The darkly brooding Stefan Salvatore, vampire.

LOVE RIVAL(S):

His wicked (and more interesting) brother, Damon, also a vampire. These two make Cain and Abel look like the Winchesters.

SIDEKICKS:

Psychic Bonnie, sensible Meredith and ex-boyfriend Matt.

VOICE:

Third person.

VAMPIRE MYTHOLOGY:

The usual.

STATUS:

Secret, though the people of Fell’s Church must be at least as oblivious as those of Sunnydale if they haven’t worked it out.

SOCIETY:

Small town South — Elena attends Robert E. Lee High — in the early 90’s, which brings with it a lot of questionable wardrobe choices.

NOTABLE POWERS:

Speed and strength, can turn into animals, invade dreams, and — if trained correctly — even control the weather.

CREATION:

Blood exchange.

WEAKNESSES:

The sun, though this can be offset by wearing lapis lazuli. A stake made of white ash wood is effective against even the oldest vampire.

FOOD SOURCE:

Humans. Warm, yummy humans.

OTHER LEGENDS:

Werewolves, spirits, demonic (or otherwise otherworldly) powers, alternate realities and astral travel.

BOOKS:

The Awakening (1991), The Struggle (1991), The Fury (1991), The Dark Reunion (1992), The Return: Nightfall (2009),
The Return: Shadow Souls (2010) and The Return: Midnight (2011).

RECENT:

Six further novels, in two trilogies, were written by a ghostwriter, after Smith was fired from her own series by her publishers. Her version of events is available on Kindle Worlds, which means yes, L. J. Smith is reduced to writing fan fiction for her own creations.

GIVE HER YOUR SUPPORT

OTHER MEDIA:

The Vampire Diaries is still going strong on The CW, along with a spinoff, The Originals. Also, a video game was produced in 1996.

MERCHANDISE:

It’s a CW show, so, of course! There are even T-shirts from Hot Topic!

ANALYSIS:

The original teen vampire romance series, this outlandish tale takes its heroine from high school royalty to engaged teen to vampirism, self-sacrifice, death, resurrection and a Hell dimension. Also, there’s a magical flower that can turn a vampire human. A flower! Pure, unadulterated guilty-pleasure nonsense.

WEBSITE:

www.ljanesmith.net

QUOTE:

“Interesting things happen in the dark… sometimes.”
— Damon, The Awakening (1991)

About the author

RACHEL HYLAND

Rachel Hyland is Editor-in-Chief of Geek Speak Magazine and, she is pretty sure, the one true queen of Fantastica, raised in obscurity to protect her from the dark lord Sinisterium. If you see her magic sword, get in touch via twitter: @rachyland or Instagram: @rachelseesdeadpeople. The fate of the many worlds may just depend upon it.