“The Vampire Diaries” author L.J. Smith is very happy that “another vampire craze” has come along, 18 years after she wrote the story of a human girl caught in a love triangle between two bloodsucking brothers that is now one of the CW’s new breakout series.

“I was busy nursing my mom, and I didn’t know that they had republished my books until they were telling me that the second one had debuted at #5 on the New York Times Best Seller List,” Smith told MTV News from her home in the Bay Area of California. It was then that she became aware of the “Twilight” phenomenon, which she good-naturedly credits with the renewed interest in orphaned high school student Elena, “good” vampire Stefan Salvatore (who abstains from human blood) and his dangerous older brother, Damon. And that vampire resurgence led Smith to pick up where she left off in 1992 and begin a new trilogy, “The Vampire Diaries: The Return,” in 2008.

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I didn’t much care for The Return, but I liked all the other books in the series. I’m glad it’s come back around for LJ Smith. She’s a good writer.

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