The Past (2011-2020)

Book Review: The Vampire Diaries – The Awakening by L.J. Smith

The Vampire Diaries caught my interest even before the TV show came out. I’ve been seeing it in bookstores and always told myself that I will buy and read it one day. That didn’t happen until someone gave me a gift card, from my favorite bookstore, for my birthday and I decided to buy volumes 1 and 2.

The Vampire Diaries, made popular by the CW Show, is about two brothers fighting over the love of a girl from the fictional town Mystic Falls.
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The Awakening (The Vampire Diaries #1)

by L.J. Smith

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Elena: the golden girl, the leader, the one who can have any boy she wants.

Stefan: brooding and myterious, he seems to be the only one who can resist Elena, even as he struggles to protect her from the horrors that haunt his past.

Damon: sexy, dangerous, and driven by an urge for revenge against Stefan, the brother who betrayed him. Determined to have Elena, he’d kill to possess her.

Collected here in one volume for the first time, volumes one and two of The Vampire Diaries, the tale of two vampire brothers and the beautiful girl torn between them.

I’ve been trying to read volume 1, which has The Awakening and The Struggle, but I’d get so distracted that I can’t get past chapter 2. After my third try, I reached chapter 15 but it took me some months to get there. Then a couple of weeks ago, I found ebooks and downloaded them to my phone so i could still read before i sleep (with the lights off) and while I’m in commute or just waiting somewhere.

The other day I finally finished reading The Awakening and started reading the first 2 chapters of The Struggle. Like any other TV show or movie based on a novel, I can’t help but compare/point out the difference between the book and the show/movie. For starters, book-Elena is not the same Elena in the show. And unlike the show, she doesn’t have a hot teenage brother named Jeremy but instead has a little kid sister named Margaret. I know these were already mentioned even before the show started so it was no surprise, really.

The fight between Damon and Stefan seems more serious in the books than what was shown in the series. In the show, they seem to be getting along, getting closer to each other, or at least they were close before Katherine came to their lives; but in the book, I get the impression that they have been at odds even before Katherine came, she just made it worse.

The Awakening is mostly about Stefan and Elena meeting, falling in love, Elena figuring out what Stefan is, and of course, Damon trying to keep them apart. At the end of this book, it appears that Damon killed Stefan and boasts about it, but we all know that it isn’t true since there are succeeding books. (Technically, not a spoiler.) I’m in the part of The Struggle that Elena does not believe him and she is looking for Stefan with the help of the witch Bonnie, whose last name isn’t Bennett, but McCollough.

Book version TVD is shallow, easy to grasp, and nothing special. I was a bit disappointed, to be honest. Do not expect it to be as good as the TV show.

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