Sep 14, 2009

Closing the book on The Vampire Diaries

the vampire diaries
From L to R: Ian Somerhalder, Nina Dobrev, and Paul Wesley

I wanted to post this earlier, but I had a busy week-end. I wanted to share my thoughts about the new CW series, The Vampire Diaries, which I viewed last Thursday night. As I expected, it was too much of a rip-off of Twilight (performance-wise). While The Vampire Diaries was published before The Twilight Saga and has its own storyline, the characters in this TV adaptation are too much like Twilight - they are young, they are good-looking, the humans and immortals interact with each other during the day...the similarities are numerous.

As my friend, Lisa, commented on my previous blog entry about the show, their acting wasn't too impressive. Nina Dobrev, who plays the leading female character Elena, lacks an ability to display facial expressions. It hardly seemed she had any emotions - just a pretty face! Paul Wesley, the "good" vampire Stefan, mimicked Twilight Edward's facial expressions a lot. The only one who seemed to perform really well was Ian Somerhalder, who plays "Damon". His face reminded me a lot of a younger Rob Lowe (hot and sexy). While his portrayal of a sinister character deserves more merit compared to his co-stars, I think his good looks were too distracting. I could end up watching the show just to follow Stefan and ogle his uber-tantalizing looks.

Oh I don't know now...maybe the TV show just doesn't do justice to the books, which I haven't read yet. I found a place I could sneak a peek at the books. That's only if I'm on a computer though. Otherwise, I'd much rather try reading the books.

If I had to choose between The Vampire Diaries series and The Twilight Saga, THIS is what I can't wait to see in November - New MoonNew Moon! The directing, the cast, the sound effects, everything this trailer (and previously released trailers) prove that New Moon is going to be way better, way more heart-stopping than Twilight.

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