Thursday, August 27, 2009

5 ways The Vampire Diaries may take a bite out of Twilight

I've been hearing a lot about the Vampire Diaries. I'm getting more and more interested what its all about, and am considering watching the show. Even though I think maybe the books might be better but I have not read them yet. Anyway, Deadbolt has come up with 5 ways the Vampire Diaries may take a bite out of Twilight. You judge for yourself. Here is a bit of the article:

As the twilight of summer draws near, September is almost upon us and with it comes a new season of Fall television. With the Twilight sequel, New Moon, leading the vampire charge in theatres, several similarly themed projects have piqued the interest of many over the summer, including upcoming CW show, The Vampire Diaries. Another vampire-themed adaptation, you ask? After months of steady Vampire Diaries publicity, the pilot airing at Comic-Con, and leaked information about the potential break-out hit of The CW Fall season, The Vampire Diaries is poised to take a bite out of the popularity of Twilight and New Moon at the right time.

Based on the best-selling novels by L.J. Smith, The Vampire Diaries follows the story of Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev) who lives in the small town of Mystic Falls. Elena begins an unlikely relationship with Stefan Salvatore (Paul Wesley), a new student at Elena's school who remains guarded, which only serves to intrigue Elena even more.

The TV adaptation of The Vampire Diaries has undergone a few storyline changes for the sake of bringing the novel series to life, from the omission and addition of several characters as well as the background stories of Stefan and his vampire brother Damon (Ian Somerhalder).

With all eyes on the Twilight Saga as fans get set to sink their teeth into New Moon, here are five reasons how we think The Vampire Diaries could take a bite out of Twilight.

The Love Triangle

The concept of a love triangle in The Vampire Diaries is very similar to that of the Twilight Saga but the differences lie in the character development. Elena likes Stefan, Stefan is attracted to Elena, and Damon simply wants to have his kicks with the both of them.In The Vampire Diaries novels, Damon does develop true feelings for Elena but it will be interesting to see what route the writers decide to take with the show. It's clear Twilight Saga fans have fallen head over heels for the love triangle between Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson), Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart), and Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner).With so much time in between Twilight films, The Vampire Diaries could fill the love triangle void that Twilight Saga fans will be missing once New Moon leaves theatres. After all, nothing says love like two vampires squaring off to the death over a human girl. Oh, the irony. But remember, there was also a love triangle in Buffy the Vampire Slayer between Angel, Buffy, and Spike, which proved to be more successful than anyone could have imagined.

The Buffy Factor

One of the biggest things to jump out at us after the first photos for The Vampire Diaries hit the web was how much the stills looked and felt similar to the world of Buffy the Vampire Slayer at first and second glances. Of course we're not saying The Vampire Diaries will be Buffy reincarnate, but the more we saw of The Vampire Diaries, the more the imagery appeared to have a similar spirit or tone akin to Buffy. Since Buffy the Vampire Slayer left the airwaves in 2003, no other vampire themed show has been able to fill the void left behind by either Buffy or its spin-off, Angel.Although Buffy had her day in the TV sun from 1997 to 2003, there was still huge demand for teen vampire drama when it left the airwaves and in the five years in between Buffy and the Twilight Saga. Obviously Twilight tapped into a similar teen vampire well in the absence of a show that still had legions of worldwide fans.Although The Vampire Diaries won't be Buffy reincarnate, the upcoming CW series could very well fill a certain unseen Buffy void while also luring Twilight fans since The Vampire Diaries will most certainly be running during the gap between New Moon and Eclipse. It's also interesting to note that The Vampire Diaries airs on the very network where Buffy had its early roots from the days of running on The WB before heading to UPN.

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Source: Deadbolt

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