Paranormal Teen Melodrama.
Fell’s Church, Virginia.
On everyone’s mind, no doubt.
Elena Gilbert, orphan teen with the face of an angel.
The darkly brooding Stefan Salvatore, vampire.
His wicked (and more interesting) brother, Damon, also a vampire. These two make Cain and Abel look like the Winchesters.
Psychic Bonnie, sensible Meredith and ex-boyfriend Matt.
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.
Small town South — Elena attends Robert E. Lee High — in the early 90’s, which brings with it a lot of questionable wardrobe choices.
Speed and strength, can turn into animals, invade dreams, and — if trained correctly — even control the weather.
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.
Humans. Warm, yummy humans.
Werewolves, spirits, demonic (or otherwise otherworldly) powers, alternate realities and astral travel.
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).
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.
The Vampire Diaries is still going strong on The CW, along with a spinoff, The Originals. Also, a video game was produced in 1996.
It’s a CW show, so, of course! There are even T-shirts from Hot Topic!
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.
“Interesting things happen in the dark… sometimes.”
— Damon, The Awakening (1991)