If Vampire Diaries sounds an awful lot like Twilight and True Blood, at least they were there first. L.J. Smith’s books have been around before  Edward Cullen and Sookie Stackhouse. The new CW series is giving those books their due, with the handicap of other similarly themed vampire stories on the air and in theaters.

“The premise is the same: you know, girl meets vampire,” said producer Kevin Williamson. “When you read the first book, I was like, ‘No way. This is Twilight.’ But when I got to the second book, you start to realize, ‘Oh, my God, boy, this is a fork in the road. It really does separate.’ Once we got into it, it’s sort of a challenge. It’s like, ‘What can we do differently? What can we add to it?

“The pilot was very tough because it does have a lot of similarities to Twilight, and there’s no way around it. We had the story as he comes to town, the first day of school. That is the book. So we sort of are telling it in sort of that fashion, but we’re switching things around. Once we get into it and we can establish all the characters – the pilot, we had 10 characters to get out in 42 minutes – now we can sort of sit back and start telling stories on a weekly bases. Then it all changes. That’s when you’ll see the differences, because you’re watching a weekly show.”

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I have heard many people comment on the similarites between Twilight & The Vampire Diaries. I think all vampire books have similarities.

I am super excited about this TV show. I cannot wait to see it. How about you? Are you excited for the Vampire Diaries? or not so much?