Thursday, February 12, 2009
The CW to pick up L.J. Smith's "Vampire Diaries"
by Adela P
The CW has picked up a pilot for yet another vampire television series. This one will be based upon L.J. Smith's young adult "Vampire Diaries" books. The first "Vampire Diaries" book, "The Awakening," was published in 1991. I myself was an avid fan of L.J. Smith's when I was a teenager, and I happen to own most of the first publications of her books. Before Smith's books were republished with the success of Twilight, I used to ALWAYS search used bookstores for her stuff. Her books were hard to come by, and even if I found something I already owned, I could usually buy it and sell it on Amazon for about four times as much as I paid for it.
Smith's books were what first got me all vampire-crazed, which undoubtedly influenced my obsession with vampires -- and Buffy. I have Smith to thank for all of the amazing people, scholarship, reading, and general fan joy that has helped to contribute to who I am today. Because really, when I think about it, she is partly responsible for something that I have been involved with for more than half of my life, considering that I'm twenty-three years old and my obsession with vampires started at around age ten or eleven. I hope this isn't scaring you, Dear Reader. Please don't imagine that I'm one of those people who walks around wearing a cape and plastic fangs all day. But I would be remiss if I didn't mention the fact that if it weren't for my obsession with vampires, pretty much everything about my life would be different -- my interests, my friends, the things I like to study. So yeah. I'm gonna go ahead and say that if the concept of vampires didn't exist, and if L.J. Smith hadn't written about them in her "Vampire Diaries" and "Nightworld" series, I don't even know who I would be today.
I'm intrigued by this concept of a television series. People are unsurprisingly already comparing it to Twilight, which may or may not lose the Buffy demographic right there. I'm just wondering at this point whether they're going to ruin bits of my childhood or if I'm going to become shamefully addicted to this new show.
No word yet on whether it will be released this year -- my guess would be September, but who knows how long these things take to plan out and such. I'm assuming they'd want to get rolling while things are still hot, though. Although I guess with New Moon (the second novel in the Twilight series) hitting theaters next year, it'll be awhile before the vampire craze dies down.
And now I'd just like to reiterate that I was a vampire fan wayyyyy before it was popular. It made me a freak, in fact, and I sort of wore that as my special badge of honor. So there.
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Ian, for posting this bit of news on your blog.)