This is a post dedicated to the best part of my vacations, after final year MBBS...
Yes, The Vampire Diaries.
I finished watching all the episodes which have been aired till date, within one week, so yeah, my brain's kind of stuffed with Vampire Diaries. Expect a bias.
Talking about the show, it's great, and not just because of the obvious romanticism associated with vampires these days and the whole new meaning they lend to the word "eternity" (though I don't deny the role these factors may have played in my reaction to the show;)), but because it has been the most entertaining, meaningful, and addicting show I have seen in a long, long time(first one after Grey's Anatomy).
It's basically a teenage drama/romance/attempted horror show, with an exceptionally good-looking and talented cast. The story revolves around Elena Gilbert, a 17-year old residing in a town called Mystic Falls, and how her life changes when Stefan Salvator (the good brother) shifts to the same town and joins her school. And then there's Damon Salvator, the bad brother (he totally kicks ass). The story then unfolds over the remaining episodes with lots of complexities and twists and turns, into details of which I won't enter.
One thing I have noticed, though, is that way too many people drop dead in a flicker of a second throughout the show. And the other living people on the show just forget them as well, too easily. Another thing I have noticed is the brilliant soundtrack the show has - the icing on the cake.Okay, one more thing - in the initial episodes, they try real hard to make it look like a horror show with the sound and visuals and people dropping dead. Thankfully, they give up all pretenses as the show advances and just stick to true - blue, supernatural drama. Also the initial episodes are kind of wobbly, and at times unintentionally funny, but if you stick with it, it gets much, much better with every episode, and the end result is very, very rewarding.
At the end of 35 episodes, I can safely say that I have lost my heart to Damon Salvator. His character on the show steals the thunder in terms of personality and complexity. Ian Somerhalder who plays Damon displays immense charm with the perfect attitude, expressions, and body language. It's truly difficult to not love him.
Stefan Salvator, playing the perfect eternal vampire boyfriend for most part, is definitely everything good girls dream about. And the parts where he turns shades of grey, on the show, display his acting prowess even better. The intensity of his emotions is weirdly haunting. One scene I will mention is the one where Elena breaks up with Stefan, on Season 2, Episode 6. All the three leads give great performances in this shot, but Stefan...well, suffice to say, of all the times I have seen people cry on screen, ever, this was the most convincing. The look on his face, when Elena walks away, is so heartbreaking, you can't help but stare at the screen teary-eyed, and feel some of the pain yourself.
Elena Gilbert, and Katherine, both parts are played by Nina Dobrev. I have to say, she is so good-looking, I sometimes feel jealous, and so talented, I'm left with my jaw hanging open in awe. The role of Katherine, especially, she plays with much chutzpah. I mean when you see Elena, you can't imagine even a hint of anything non-good or non-ideal in her, and then there comes Katherine, reeking of wickedness and evilness and oomph. Talk about portraying polar opposites with equal conviction.
The other characters on the show - Bonnie, Jeremy, Tyler, Caroline, Matt, Jenna... all of them give great performances. The show is packed with drama and touching moments and tears and eternal love and heartbreak and friendship, and some creeps.
And oh, I love the vampire effect they use on the show, the way they portray vampires, totally gross, of course, but then vampires are supposed to be inhuman monsters, so kudos to them for sticking to that rather than toning it down!
So anyways, though I could go on and on, I think I'll stop and just go watch another episode, writing about VD has made me nostalgic.
Also, after writing this entry, while looking for pictures to post with it, I noticed that all posters of this show are hilarious (seriously!). I don't know what they're trying to portray on the posters, but whatever it is, that's definitely not there on the show.
So, if you'd like to add some drama, angst, teenage romance, family fueds, eternal love, smoking hot men, friendship, girl bonding, great music, along with, of course, vampires, werewolves, and witches, to your otherwise boring everyday life, go watch Vampire Diaries, and go watch it now. Definitely recommended.