Friday, September 2, 2016

The Vampire Diaries: Stefan's Diaries Vol. 1 Origins Review

A love triangle that will span eternity…

The year is 1864 and the Civil War rages on. But seventeen-year-old Stefan Salvatore is fighting a battle all his own. Engaged to marry someone he does not love, Stefan falls for a mysterious girl named Katherine. With her gleaming curls and mischievous brown eyes, Katherine is beautiful and seduction…but she also harbors a dark secret: She’s a vampire.

Based on the popular CW TV show inspired by the bestselling novels, Stefan’s Diaries reveals what really happened between Stefan, Damon, and Katherine—and how the Vampire Diaries love triangle began.





Rating: 4 Stars

Book Title: Stefan's Diaries Vol. 1 Origins (The Vampire Diaries)

Release Date: November 2nd, 2010

Pages: 237

Publisher: HarperTeen 


            For those who know me well, you know the Vampire Diaries on the CW is my favorite show (that and Gilmore Girls of course, but don’t even get me started on that :) ). So I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I haven’t read any of the books by L.J. Smith that inspired the show OR even the books such as this one in the Origins series, that were developed after the TV show was produced. As part of the Reading Decatholon I decided it was time to finally give these ones a go and I still need to hunt down some copies of the book by Smith!

Favorite Bits:
o   Damon and Stefan’s relationship (as humans): If you’ve watched some of the newer seasons of VD on TV, you’ll know how far Damon and Stefan’s relationship has come over the years. Their close relationship in the newest season is similar to that of the book in Vol. 1 when they’re still humans. Having just returned from war, Damon can’t wait to spend time with his brother. Then once he’s learned of Stefan’s engagement to a local girl, he’s nothing but supportive. UM WHAT. My thoughts exactly. It was SO hard reconciling this image of Damon with the Damon I have watched on the show (and whom I absolutely love).  The book really reiterated this idea of humanity and how becoming a vampire can change you (and your personality) because both Stefan and Damon were much different in Vol. 1 of this series.
o   Getting to know Giuseppe Salvatore: Other than a few brief appearances in the show when there were flashbacks to Stefan and Damon before they turned, very little is said about Giuseppe. Their father reminded me of John Gilbert, Elena’s biological father, from the show, in that Giuseppe was very self-righteous when it comes to protecting the town’s citizens and ridding their community of the vampires that lived among them.  In fact, Giuseppe is so determined to do so that he is willing to risk everything he had, even his relationship with his sons, to follow through with it. 



  1. Ooh Emily, I didn't know about these Origins books. I *did* read The Vampire Diaries though - after reading Twilight. I actually made it through quite a bit of Smith's work and enjoyed it so I'd recommend you continue reading her. And I'm glad you enjoyed the first in this series even if there were differences between it and the show. :D

    1. Hi Brandee! I'm so glad I was able to share some news with you then! I am glad to hear that you enjoyed the books by Smith; I might have to pick them up after all then! You are the first person I've heard that has read them, so I'm glad to get some feedback on them!
      Thanks for reading my review!

  2. I sort of fell out of love with the VD television series last year but I won't ever deny how much I loved it before that. I've never read the books either though and I never even knew about these Origins books though and the focus on Stephan and Damon appeal to me a lot! Thanks for putting these on my radar^^ :D

    1. I did too Micheline (mostly because of the big change in it and I wasn't happy about it whatsoever) but then I decided to give it a shot and it still is REALLY good despite the absence of said character!
      Thanks for checking out my review!

  3. I know that the Vampire Diaries show is hugely popular but I've never seen it (I'm not a TV watcher) or read the books. For some reason the Vampire Academy books appeal to me but the Vampire Diaries don't. Don't ask... I have no idea how to explain that one. LOL So glad you enjoyed this one, though! It must be fun to see the characters from a different time period - and when they were human!

    1. I am a vampire fanatic, so anytime I see a new series or tv show featuring them, I have to give it a shot! The guys on VD (the show) though are downright hilarious and the actors playing each character were cast really well!
      Thanks for checking out my review Tanya! I hope one day you get to see at least one episode of VD! It might change your mind!:)

  4. Oooo gilmore girls! YES! I haven't read or watched these. Eeps! Okay like half an episode in passing one day while traveling. lol I might need to try them out :)


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