The air is getting colder, the leaves are turning, and so… it’s time for me to acquire a new tv obsession. Last year, it was CBC’s “Heartland”, with which I had the added bonus of feeling like I was contributing to the advancement of Canadian television. I spent long winter nights running through the series on Netflix while simultaneously picturing my new life as a horse whisperer because it looks so freaking easy.
This year, I have delved even further into obsession and have become fully enthralled in the supernatural clusterf*ck that is ‘The Vampire Diaries”. This is not Canadian television. And I don’t care!
“The Vampire Diaries” takes place in the sleepy town of Mystic Falls, Virginia (not unlike the whimsical Stars Hollow of Gilmore Girls, minus the unrealistic portrayal of teen pregnancy). The hot hangout spot is creatively named “Mystic Grill”, not unlike “The Peach Pit” of Beverly Hills, 90210. I’m beginning to think there is some sort of handbook for teen dramas…
The series revolves around the protagonist, Elena Gilbert, a human girl who falls in love with the new guy that moves into town, Stefan Salvatore. Stefan is a vampire who desperately tries to reject all of the dark and predatory parts that come with being a vampire (think Edward Cullen, but with the ability to socialize and be normal with other people). Season 1 & 2 Stefan is boring and gave me second hand embarrassment; season 3 Stefan is a whole different story (you’re tempted to watch it now, aren’t you? AREN”T YOU!).
Damon Salvatore is Stefan’s older brother who follows Stefan back into town and their childhood home in Mystic Falls- a place neither brother has been in over 15 years. Damon wears leather jackets. He smirks a lot. He drinks human blood and likes it. Damon Salvatore is a badass. The brothers have a crazy, f*cked up relationship that really should be on an episode of Dr.Phil, and it makes for a cray cray situation when they both fall for Elena.
What comes next, you ask? Werewolves, Originals (the first vampires, EVER), vampire-werewolf hybrids, witches, that guy from “Blue Crush”, paternity scandals, good looking people, lots of crying, people dying then coming back to life, unrealistic portrayals of love and relationships, etc, etc. Oh, it’s good.
I watched the first three seasons online in order to be caught up for the recently premiered fourth season, and the drama keeps a-comin’. I highly recommend this show if only to get you into the Halloween spirit this time of year (and no, it’s not just for tweens, cough*M*cough).
Ta ta for now and may your dreams be filled with Damon Salvatore’s tortured gaze..