Embracing the Guilty Pleasure…Another Vampire Diaries Convert
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EC: We love talking to you all about our favorite shows, books and movies! We REALLY love when you send us posts about them! One of our favorite people, Team Jacob Edward writes to tell us about her new found enjoyment of our friends from Mystic Falls! (Just wait until she watches, Season 2! Actually, she needs to catch up now! We need her to watch Season 3 in real time with us!)
Dear Talk Supe…. do you guys do entries in letter form? Or is that weird? Oh well, I’m going with it.
I finally lost my VD/VampDi/Vampire Diaries/Whatever virginity last week.
Per the prompting of many, but mostly from the enthusiasm from EC Stacey, I purchased the first season of Vampire Diaries some time ago. I almost immediately watched about ½ the first episode, but I wasn’t sucked (ha) into it immediately and that was it for awhile, as it then sat collecting dust—until late last week that is.
My husband went on a hunting trip (you know, the non-vampire kind of hunting) and I wasn’t in the reading or writing mood that first night he was gone. The kids were in bed, and I decided that meant I should watch something that my husband would surely not ever want to watch with me. Immediately I thought of watching the A&E version of Pride & Prejudice or running the gamut of the three Twilight movies. But then I remembered the Vampire Diaries DVDs of the first season that I’d purchased and decided to at least get my money’s worth by watching the dang thing.
I can’t tell you the exact moment I was hooked, but what I can tell you is that for the entirety of those days, I got WAY too little sleep, my kids received too little interaction with their mother (they did a lot of playing outside (thank goodness it was nice out)… and were allowed to watch an extra movie or two… bad mom) and I was actually glad I am not working at the present moment because it meant more VD watching opportunities. (Shame. Oh, the shame.)
I still can’t say that I love VD more than Twilight. Twilight, I think will always be in its own special place that nothing else will ever really touch. But VD definitely contained some of the same crack that Twilight has, as I kept watching “just one more” episode until they were gone.
The thing that makes this important is: I AM NOT A VAMPIRE PERSON!
I hear your disbelief, because (despite my love-split name) I love Twilight and Edward and, well, Edward is a vampire. Yes, yes, I know that’s true but really I’m not a vampire person. When I was told by a friend that I just HAVE to read Twilight, as soon as I heard it was a love story between a human girl and a vampire, my nose crinkled and I stopped listening. If it weren’t for feeling obligated to at least give the story a shot since that friend had loaned the book to me by practically shoving it into my arms insisting I read the thing, I would have missed out on my favorite (albeit, irrationally favorite) story.
So, after I devoured the Twilight series, I tried to put aside my prejudice and be more open about other books involving vampires. I read the Almost Human series that had been described as “an adult Twilight.” To my credit, I read the entire Trilogy. It was okay, I’d recommend it to someone who’s into vampire books, but I found myself cheering for the girl to end up with the human guy over the vampire guy.
Not giving up, I borrowed Interview with a Vampire, by Anne Rice. I think that was probably two years ago now…. I still haven’t been able to find it in me to read past the first page, it’s still on my bookshelf, and I’ve actually forgotten who I’ve borrowed it from.
Then, I broke down and watched the first season of True Blood after many recommendations to watch it. I liked it. It was okay. But again, I found myself disappointed as I was unable to “fall” for Bill, the vampire that Sookie found so irresistible. Again, it was okay, but the vampires were altogether too creepy to me to be desirable. That being said, I did like it enough that I wouldn’t be opposed to watching the next season. (So, kind of progress, right?)
I’ve read other books with vampires in them too, like the Mortal Instruments series. Which although it’s about Nephellim, it has vampires in it. The vampires in the Mortal Instruments books just mostly weirded me out. (Though, the book that just came out did warm me up to one a bit. So a bit more progress, maybe?)
I also read A Discovery of Witches (recommended by none other than EC Stacey, herself). Again, I liked it. Actually, I liked it a LOT. And I was ticked off where the book ended, knowing that I’m going to have to wait an entire YEAR until the next one comes out. But the reason I liked the book so much, was not because of the vampire guy in it. It was because of the main character, her powers and her discovery of her powers in the 2nd half of the book. I was enchanted by all the things that witches in general could do. But the main vampire guy/love interest, Matthew? Eh, he was okay. I liked him well enough and all. Actually better than any of the other vampires in the other failed attempts I’d had, but I still didn’t feel that draw to him. (Again, progress, but not quite there.)
But, after many failed attempts with finding love for non-Twilight vampires, I find myself kind of there again. (And it feels great!) Now I’m just impatiently waiting for season 2 to come out on DVD, to catch up to the rest of you and then be rationed out episodes on a weekly basis too. (It’s better that way for me… String along the hits so I don’t OD on the VD crack). What I don’t understand is; what is it about this TV series captured my interest about vampires when so many other shows and books failed? I have some thoughts, and I think I know what my husband would say, but I’d like to hear your theories.
A big thank you, to Team Jacob Edward! We can’t wait for her to write more for us! Let her know in the comments what a great letter she wrote and YOUR feeling about Vampire Diaries and Twilight. Oh and to make things even more interesting for your DVR’s…