Vampires have become very popular as of late. “The Vampire Diaries” is the best story about vampires that is airing on TV right now. This show has everything from bad boys, good-looking girls, supernatural plots and a mix of legends. “The Vampire Diaries” is the best vampire story that has been developed.
The Bad Boy
While there are a few bad boys in the “The Vampire Diaries”, no one is more evil then Damon Salvatore. Damon is everything you think a vampire would be. He has no problems killing when necessary, and likes to keep his enemies close to him. He has went through the first two seasons of the showing killing a football coach, his brother’s oldest friend Lexi, and the first werewolves introduced in the series. In one show (season 2, episode 3), Damon snaps the neck of the brother of the girl he confesses to love. This is because she tells him that she loves his brother and only him. Damon becomes a part of Mystic Fall’s Founders’ Council. This council was made many, many years ago to keep the town safe from vampires. Damon betrays himself as a concerned citizen of the town to keep his enemies close and learn what is going on in the town. Damon is a bad boy showing no guilt when he has to kill, and embraces the lifestyle of feeding off humans. However, Damon makes the best bad boy because you can see some of the good in him. He joins forces with his brother to save and protect his brother’s girlfriend Elena. Damon has loved the same woman for over 150 years. As you can see, Damon portrayed the best bad boy with hints of good inside of him.
Stakes, crosses, garlic and other misc. items expel many vampires. However, “The Vampires Diaries” introduces the best weapon against a vampire. This is a root called Vervain. Wearing this root in any form (most often a necklace) will keep the Mystic Fall vampires from compelling your mind. They will not be able to force you to do things against your will, and they will not be able to erase your memory. Stefan, (Damon’s brother) gives his girlfriend, Elena, a necklace that has Vervain in it. Vervain has also been used to expose vampires. It is toxic to vampires to digest, and burns their skin. Damon is exposed to the Founder’s Council as a vampire after someone spikes the punch with Vervain. However, some vampires have been able to train themselves to be less sensitive to Vervain. On the opposite end, werewolves also have their own version of Vervain that makes them weak. This element is especially important in a good vampire story because it makes the vampires not immortal.
“The Vampire Diaries” introduces a new type of tool that allows some vampires to walk during the day. A few vampires, Damon and Stefan Salvatore for example, have magically enhanced rings that allow them to walk during the day. This is what keeps the Council from discovering that Damon is a vampire. They have believed for many years that there is no way to walk in the sunlight. These special rings are not the only rings in the show. After some exciting family affairs, another character (Jeremy) gets a hold of a ring that can bring him back to life if he is killed by something that is supernatural. This comes in handy when Damon snaps his neck. These rings bring something different and uniquely special to “The Vampire Diaries” that make it stand above the rest.
Elena, the main human character, has many family secrets that she has learned in such a short time that has kept the audience guessing what will happen next. Elena’s parents die in a car accident before the beginning of the show, and she founds out that she was actually adopted by them. She finds out who her biological mother was very much into supernatural research, and then decided to leave her husband to become a vampire by choose. Elena learns that the person she believes to be her uncle is her biological father. Her mother’s estranged husband is revealed to be Elena’s history teacher. This all spells trouble when he is exposed as a vampire hunter. All of these surprises add more background and more struggles to the main plot of the series. These family secrets hit home to modern life. Some of these situations seem very realistic.
The Werewolf Curse
In “The Vampire Diaries” season 2, they have effectively explained how werewolves come to be. Many stories of vampires and werewolves say they both come from being bitten. However, this story is a bit different. The werewolf gene runs in the Lockwood family, which are major members of the community and belong to the Founder’s Council. “The Vampires Diaries” explained that the werewolf curse could only be triggered if someone with the gene kills someone when an estranged Lockwood comes down for a family funeral. When Tyler Lockwood is hanging out with his friends and getting drunk, he accidentally causes one of them to fall down the stairs. Tyler is very worried that he has killed them, which would trigger the curse. This time he was lucky. However, Season 2 Episode 7 “Masquerade” ends with the curse being activated on Tyler because of an accident in his home. This werewolf curse has just become to surface in the series, but already has the audience guessing what is to come.
Rarely does a vampire story speak of a folklore legend like Doppelgangers. A Doppelganger is a double of a living person, usually the evil side. Season 2 of “The Vampire Diaries” has introduced Doppelgangers. Elena is revealed to be the Doppelganger of Katherine, the main vampire villain. Katherine has spent almost 145 years waiting to get back with Stefan who is now dating Elena. Katherine uses this to her advantage when she tries to take over Elena’s life to destroy their relationship. Katherine turns one of Elena’s friends into a vampire. She also kisses Damon and tries to make Elena’s uncle cut off his fingers. Katherine is able to fool everyone with who she is. Doppelgangers are a legend that is not talked about very much in today’s culture, but “The Vampire Diaries” involve them beautifully.
“The Vampire Diaries” on CW is the best vampire story in today’s modern culture. They have many things that the usual vampire stories do not have. Watch “The Vampire Diaries”, explore the culture of Mystic Falls, and learn about a completely new world of supernatural creatures.