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Author of ‘The Vampire Diaries’ asks fans to be patient with CW pilot episode September 7, 2009

Posted by Diana McCabe in Authors, Entertainment.
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If you haven’t had a chance to read L.J. Smith’s THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, you can watch the TV show on the CW this week

Nina Dobrev as Elena and Paul Wesley as Stefan in The CW's THE VAMPIRE DIARIES. Photo courtesy of Quantrell Colbert/The CW.

Nina Dobrev as Elena and Paul Wesley as Stefan in The CW's THE VAMPIRE DIARIES. Photo courtesy of Quantrell Colbert/The CW.

on Thursday at 8 p.m. But, for speedy readers, you can easily get through the first story, THE AWAKENING, pretty quickly. And there are lots of places offering free downloads of the books. (CLICK HERE for HarperTeen’s offering or HERE, where fanpop.com is offering free downloads.) The books come in pairs — so the first book contains THE AWAKENING and THE STRUGGLE, which introduce you to Elena, the most popular high school girl in Fells Church, VA., who is torn between two vampire brothers, Stefan and Damon. Yes — another love triangle with vamps. The books are fun reads but these are really YA novels. (Kind of a great way to relive those traumatic high school years if you want to remember some of the angst and petty infighting soap opera drama of your younger years!)

I’ve heard the TV series is completely different from the books, but that’s not much of a shock, given what Alan Ball and HBO have done with the Charlaine Harris Sookie Stackhouse seriesTRUE BLOOD. (Season 2’s finale is this Sunday on HBO!)

Author L.J. Smith asks folks to be patient with the series, especially the first episode. She’s posted this on her Web site:

“May I make a plea for everybody to try to be patient (especially with the pilot episode)? The Twilight Zone feeling rapidly diminishes after that. Ian Somerhalder is being recognized as a superior villain; and I feel sure that under those brown curls Elena’s scheming mind is simply waiting for an opportunity to emerge. Really, guys, the series people have been nice to me lately and I get to hear about (and I hope get, to give to you) freebie things like posters and “sunscream” and “Fang” dental floss, all part–along with a blood drive (“Starve a Vampire: Donate Blood!) in New York. …  I’ve waited this long to speak out, and my verdict is: give it a chance.”

Lots of cool info out there on the Web for The Vampire Diaries:

The CW has a great site for the show HERE.

Also, check out the official book site HERE.

Finally,  my vampire fan buddies over at SookieStackhouse.com, will be discussing the CW’s version of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES on their weekly Last Bite Podcast. (They’re scheduled to have a special live podcast after the season 2 finale of TRUE BLOOD. Go to their Web site HERE during the week for more details.)

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