by Billie Doux
I think I'm officially too old for this show.
The resemblance to Twilight was just overwhelming; it was practically the same story, except on the east coast instead of the west coast. I've been told that Vampire Diaries was written before Twilight (in which case, shame on you Stephenie Meyer), but does it matter who ripped off whom? We've still seen this story of incredibly pretty zitless pseudo teens doing vampire drama before, haven't we?
To be fair, it's difficult to tell how good a show will be from its pilot (Buffy and Supernatural come to mind), and the leads had charm and some minimalist acting ability. And I completely perked up when Ian Somerhalder, the older, badder vampire brother, arrived. But I was still mostly doing that painful yawning that brings tears to your eyes. I think I've been spoiled by the complexity, sexiness and adult charm that is True Blood. Vampire Diaries just felt like Muppet Babies with fangs.
VD (what an unfortunate acronym) has been paired with Supernatural on the theory that teenage girls who watch VD will stick around to watch two hot young guys fighting evil. I, of course, stuck around, since Supernatural is my current favorite show. I honestly don't think they flowed together at all, though. VD is a bit of silly movie fog on a nice night; Supernatural is hurricane Katrina. The contrast is, shall we say, marked.
For Ian Somerhalder's sake, and as a lead-in for my favorite show, I hope VD picks up and takes off. But the pilot didn't give me a lot of hope.
[Note from a few seasons later: The Vampire Diaries got really good, and it's one of my favorite shows. Who knew.]