The Vampire Diaries: Behind The Series, Jennifer Dotson
Jennifer Dotson

The Vampire Diaries: Behind The Series

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It’s another home run for Kevin Williamson with the CW tween drama The Vampire Diaries. Williamson is well-known for the creation and writing of Dawson’s Creek as well as the Scream series. Premiering on September 10, 2009 to mixed reviews, The Vampire Diaries continues to hold its own and is now in the midst of filming its third season. So what makes this show different from every other show in its genre? According to Ian Somerhalder, who portrays the devilish and sexy Damon Salvatore, (known for his role as Boone in ABC’s hit drama Lost), comparing Twilight and True Blood to The Vampire Diaries is like comparing “apples to oranges.” Twilight is more of an “annual event” and True Blood is R-rated making it less likely a 13-year-old girl can watch it with her mom.“The Vampire Diaries falls in this little niche, this place this prime-time network version.”


Jennifer Dotson is a meeting manager by trade, and really just fell into writing when she started a personal novel about being unemployed. She's a graduate of CA State University Sacramento and she now resides in Chicago, IL.


Undeterred by Damon’s presence, Stefan continues to pursue a relationship with Elena. Little does she know that his fascination with her goes beyond her kindness and vulnerability. Elena is a doppelganger of his past love Katherine Pierce (also known as Katerina Petrova), with whom he and Damon both had a love affair, contributing to the demise of their once tight brotherhood. This contention is exasperated when Damon threatens revenge against Stefan and the town of Mystic Falls, putting Elena in the crossfire.

Further into Season One, the audience learns the truth behind the anger and resentment Damon holds towards his brother, which goes beyond the shared love of Katherine. At the same time, Elena questions the strange behavior and abnormalities in her now boyfriend Stefan. He gets cut on his hand and is visibly bleeding, yet there is no wound when Elena attempts to stop the blood. An elderly townsman comes across Stefan and can’t believe how he hasn’t aged since knowing of him back in 1954. What is even more disconcerting to Elena is that Stefan refuses to speak about his past and the relationship between he, Damon and Katherine…

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