Pages - 389
Challenges - Young Adult Challenge
First published in USA in 1991 by Harper Collins. First published in Great Britain in 2001. This edition published in 2010 by Hodder Children's books.
Something awful is going to happen today. I don't know why I wrote that. It's crazy. There's no reason for me to be upset and every reason for me to be happy, but.....
I had absolutely no plans to read this book and I have not been caught up with the hype surrounding the series, and yet here I am reviewing it. Sigh!
I find it really difficult to bypass books when everyone is raving about them. In this case, majority of the people I know are raving about the series rather than the books and thank god for that because I really didn't rate the books very much.
I had presumed the books would be completely in diary format. Wrong! I think there are about six or seven diary entries in the first two books. I was a little disappointed as I do get excited about reading either diaries or letters. The voyeur in me, escapes every so often.
The first two books follows the most annoying teenager ever, Elena Gilbert, who is the girl everyone wants to be. As you can probably tell, I never fitted into the role of most popular girl, so I can't stand reading about them either.
Anyway, Elena decides she wants the new boy in school, who just happens to be Stefan a hundred year old vampire. Everything seems to be running along nicely until up pops Damon, Stefan's rather evil vampire brother and that is where the books appear to get a little more interesting. Damon comes across as a much more interesting character than either Stefan or Elena, though I am not sure if that is just my imagination playing tricks as I have seen the actor who plays the part of Damon and he is rather dishy.
Apparently the storyline for the TV series is completely different from the books, so you can watch and read both and still be prepared not to know what happens in the end.
These books are OK reads; they didn't thrill me, they didn't have me rushing to secure my pre-order DVD copy of the series and they didn't leave me desperate to read the next book. They were just OK.
I think the most fascinating thing about these books to me, is that it has taken nearly twenty years for them to reach worldwide sales. These books were first published in America in 1991 and didn't get published over here until the turn of the century, yet now ten years later, everyone wants to either read them or watch the series. L.J. Smith must be rubbing her hands together with glee as the pennies roll in at a considerable speed.