Since the CW show just ended, I figure this is a good time to review the Vampire Diaries book series as well. Although, if you are a fan of the show, you may be disappointed in the books, or vice versa. Trust me, reading/watching will not spoil the other. The show and the books are so different, you can hardly say they are connected. And honestly, I think this is the first time I have EVER said this, but the show was better than the books. Gasp! Mark the calendar!
The first few books in the series were pretty good. And as I was looking up information on the series/author, I figured out why. I didn’t realize that the first books were written by author L.J. Smith, and the rest were written by ghostwriters. It’s so obvious. The books start going astray from the original ideas, characters act different, and the books get too unbelievable. As I’ve said in other book reviews, yes, I know they are fantasy, but most fantasy stories set up what’s “acceptable” in their world, and I feel like these stretch way past that, and quickly.
Apparently there are some newer books that are based more on the CW show. I haven’t read those yet, and I don’t know that I want to. I enjoyed the show, and don’t want the books to ruin it for me. I know, check my temperature, not my usual feelings on this. Most of the time, the books are always better than the movie/show.
The book series suffers from a seeming lack of direction, some very cliche/overdone plot lines, and annoying main characters. Really, the Elena in the books can be very selfish and entitled and just… annoying! A few of the books start having sections that are written from different character’s point of view and it starts to get jumbled.
The original story was meant to just be a trilogy, and it probably should have stayed that way. I know the books were written in the early 90’s, so some of the things that feel overdone now weren’t at that time, but I just feel like these don’t live up to the hype. There are some die-hard TVD fans out there, I get it, I’m just not one of them. If you are looking for an easy read with two hot vampire brothers fighting over a girl, these are for you. If you want something engaging to keep you on the edge of your seat, you might want to find another series, or at least stop after the first 4 books.
Have you read the series? What do you think?