Last Night’s TV – The Vampire Diaries

by Lynn Connolly

What’s the obsession with vampires lately?? You can’t turn the TV on these days without seeing the undead, and I include Amanda Holden in that statement. Blood suckers everywhere…

And there’s a pattern forming with them too; they seem to be a metaphor for social disenchantment and detachment. We’re increasingly seeing vampires being portrayed as mostly good guys with a rogue element, and last night’s series opener was no different with the enigmatic Stefan having a bad brother who’d suck the life out of anyone.

Then there’s the liberal minded nice girl, in this case, Elena, who befriends/falls in love with the nice vampire only to be targeted – or at least it seems she will be – by the bad one.

So it’s getting a bit clichéd…

That said, the acting and scripts were good, and one might have expected nothing less from Kevin Williamson, the man behind the Scream films and Dawson’s Creek. In fact, Vampire Diaries was something of a hybrid of both; there was lip gloss and shock in equal measure.

But I did like Nina Dobrev as Elena, even if she was a living embodiment of every American high school movie girl ever, and I enjoyed Ian Somerhalder – late of Lost – who played the ‘bad seed’ brother, Damon. Paul Wesley as nice guy/undead Stefan was a treat too, but again, he’s become a bit of a cliché while he’s been waiting in the wings to make his entrance.

However, I’m a sucker – pun intended – for shows of this genre and despite the fact that vampire shows are, like Holden, just about everywhere and on every channel all the time, this one has caught my attention and I think I may well become an Avid Fan.

What did you think of it?

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.