TV Pick of the Week: The Vampire Diaries

By Sydney Gore
Eagle Contributing Writer

 

February 7, 2012
 

If there’s one thing vampire shows do well, it’s recruiting an attractive cast and a bloody good storyline.

“The Vampire Diaries” is based on the book series by L.J. Smith. The show takes place in a town called Mystic Falls, which is filmed in Atlanta, Ga. The main plot is a love story: girl falls in love with boy, but boy ends up being a vampire. However, the twist with this show is that there are two boys — in fact, two brothers — Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Damon (Ian Somerhalder), who are both in love with Elena (Nina Dobrev).

This supernatural soap is more than just a glorified love triangle, however. The Salvatore brothers are kept busy protecting the town from good and bad vampires alike, and Elena has her own demon to fight in the form of her vampire doppelganger Katherine.

The fights are intense, gruesome even, and there’s always blood everywhere. The romances between the characters are never cheesy; they’re actually somewhat realistic considering they’re between vampires, werewolves, witches and humans. Between “True Blood” and “Twilight,” this show falls somewhere in the middle.

In a surprising twist of circumstances this season, Stefan is the “bad boy” brother and Damon is running around cleaning up his messes while simultaneously scheming on his own. And the ever-tortuous question remains: Which brother will Elena choose?

Tune into the CW on Thursdays at 8 p.m. to find out!

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