Binging the Vampire Diaries eight seasons was quite a chore, but luckily I started right before the Winter break. Over 150 episodes. It started off slowly and annoyingly, but eventually I was hooked, and became invested in the characters to the point that I was emotionally caught up in some of their drama (mostly the death scenes).
1. Handsome and pretty love interests with life altering love stories.
2. High School and how it is affected by vampirism, werewolves, witches, and other assorted supernatural life.
3. Character development.
4. Contemporary music that was wildly appealing to the teen and twenty something viewers.
Why did I put myself through this? I am a huge fan of all things supernatural, and stumbled upon the TV show, Legacies. I had no idea this was the third show in a “series.” I still need to fill in more history of the sagas by binging “The Originals,” that comes next. I also love seeing different points of view on supernatural mythology.
The main characters were boring at first, your run of the mill vampire love story. Eventually as more mythology was revealed, I became hooked. I was also intrigued by some of the story lines. And, most importantly, I became very conscious of the audience that the network was trying to reach when this show was originally on the television. There was a lot of contemporary music, and what seemed like songs written for the show. I am sure many teens were hooked at the time.
Many teens were hooked at the time. This is worrisome because there was a lot fo matter of fact handling of death and murder, I hope these are the types of things that are not numbing our society. These mass murdering vampires were forgiven quite often. Not great role models, but lets hope I am reading in to deep to the story lines.
Who was your favorite character? Mine was Caroline Forbes. A real jerk in the beginning, cheer leader, prom queen type that liked to control everything. Her character enjoyed the most growth throughout the series. She became like a sponsor for Stefan, and matured tremendously during the course of the show, eventually becoming a surrogate mom, and then a full fledged mom. I applaud Candice King for her acting in the role!
My second favorite character was Bonnie Bennett, the strongest witch you ever need to know. From discovering her powers, to growing more strong and powerful in the eight year series, she also showed tremendous growth as a person, and somehow got through the death of her love, the adorable vampire, Enzo. Did I say adorable? I mean handsome.
Then of course we have the main characters, the Salvatore Brothers and Elena, the girl who is at first brother Stefan’s love interest, and the brother Damon’s love interest. Nina Dobrov played Elena, and also her doppelganger, Katherine. She was very good at acting for good and evil, as her characters were quite opposite of each other. Paul Wesley did a good job as brother Stefan, also showing some growth even though at first I could not see him ending up with Caroline. And Ian Somerhalder gave us a good show in the growth of his nasty vampire character, Damon. Like his brother, he became a hero in the end.
And don’t forget that Steve McQueen’s handsome grandson, Steven McQueen is in the show, he becomes a vampire hunter. Isn’t that awkward as his sister is a vampire at the time!
The most poignant part of the show was the death scenes. When a vampire like Damon went into someone’s head, like Rose, as she was dying from a werewolf bite, he gave her the sweetest memories to drift off with. Similarly to when Katherine died and she was given visions of being a mom, although that death didn’t take. And when the Sheriff, Caroline’s mom, died. She drifted off into death with the absolute sweetest and most poignant memories of her daughter learning to ride a bicycle. I cried loudly. I was equally moved in the last season when Bonnie had to do a huge spell and the spirits of the 100 witches killed 100 years earlier showed up to help her. That was poignant as we had eight seasons of build up to learn what had happened to them.
I was hooked. I was invested. It took a season and a half, but it worked, and it worked well enough so that by the very last episode I was crying my eyes out because of who died, who didn’t and who showed up to say good-bye.