Title: The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening and The Struggle
Author: LJ Smith
Genre: Young Adult/Paranormal
Year: 2007 (books originally published separately in 1991).
Publisher: Harper Teen
Source: Dunedin Public Library
I didn’t want to do a full review because I didn’t have that much to say about this book (or these books as you guys convinced me to consider these two separate books). I absolutely LOVE the television series. Mostly because they perfectly cast Damon (Ian Somerholder). I really thought that this show would just be your average CW show, but it’s actually good. I promise.
Anyway, because I love the show, I decided I wanted to try reading the books. I have a warning to anyone else attempting the same: the books are very different from the show and not nearly as good. I don’t really like Elena in the books and a lot of the characters have been changed or combined for the show. Although the history of the brothers are similar, the time periods are different (Renaissance Italy v. Civil War Era). I also think you can tell the stories were written in 1991 – the whole concept of what a typical teenage girl is has changed since then.
If I had to choose one, I would take the television show over the books hands down. But I think I’m going to finish reading the series because I’m curious to see how the two differ. Plus I can literally read one of these in a couple hours and that’s rare for me.
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