You may know author Sarah Rees Brennan from her essay in A Visitor’s Guide to Mystic Falls (“Women Who Love Vampires Who Eat Women – Gender Dynamics and Interspecies Dating in Mystic Falls”), her hilarious livetweets of The Vampire Diaries, or her Demon’s Lexicon trilogy of YA urban fantasy novels. Now she’s here to chat with us about her TVD fandom and her new vampire novel, Team Human (cowritten with Justine Larbalestier). Read on to hear about her adventures as a young L.J. Smith fan in Ireland, her hopes for Season 4, and why she wants you to give Team Human a chance.
Make sure you read all the way to the end for your chance to enter to win an autographed copy of Team Human!
We know you’re an L.J. Smith fan from way back. What attracted you to her books as a kid/teenager? Were they popular in Ireland, or did you have to find ways to import them yourself?
List to my tale. I was about thirteen when I found a second-hand copy of the fourth Vampire Diaries book [Dark Reunion], in Dublin. I read it and felt MYSTERIOUSLY COMPELLED by it, for reasons I didn’t fully understand at the time (Damon) even though obviously I wasn’t following everything that was going on (but I would have followed Damon anywhere he asked me to go. Book Damon had a Ferrari with ILLEGALLY TINTED WINDOWS. Such a bad boy! No vehicle was lawful around him).
But I was thirteen. Amazon hadn’t caught on. If a book wasn’t in bookshops, I didn’t know what to do.
The long years wore on!
Stefan’s Diaries #6: The Compelled is available NOW at your local bookstore or online retailer. Pick up your paperback today, or order it right to your Kindle! If you’d like to read an excerpt first, you can get a taste at the HarperTeen site.
Order the whole Stefan’s Diaries series:
Stefan’s Diaries #1: Origins [USA] [UK]
Stefan’s Diaries #2: Bloodlust [USA] [UK]
Stefan’s Diaries #3: The Craving [USA] [UK]
Stefan’s Diaries #4: The Ripper [USA] [UK]
Stefan’s Diaries #5: The Asylum [USA] [UK]
Stefan’s Diaries #6: The Compelled [USA] [UK]
Happy release day! Stefan’s Diaries #5: The Asylum is available TODAY at your local bookstore or online retailer. Pick up your paperback today, or order it right to your Kindle! If you’d like a taste before you buy, you can read the first four chapters online for free.
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Happy release day! Stefan’s Diaries #4: The Ripper arrives TODAY at your favorite local bookstore or online retailer. Pick it up in paperback or download it to your Kindle.
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HarperTeen has revealed the cover of The Ripper, the upcoming fourth book in Stefan’s Diaries, based on The Vampire Diaries television series. The book hits the stores on November 8th! Read The Ripper synopsis here.
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In case you haven’t heard (but you have, right?), The Vampire Diaries will have a new 9 p.m. partner this fall on the CW: The Secret Circle, based on L.J. Smith’s trilogy of the same name, adapted for the screen by Kevin Williamson (executive producer, The Vampire Diaries) and Andrew Miller (creator, Imaginary Bitches web series). Yep, an Alloy Entertainment/L.J. Smith/Kevin Williamson block on Thursday nights, which has us long-time fans of both series pinching ourselves and wondering what year it is. (The Secret Circle was originally published in 1992.)
The series stars Britt Robertson as Cassie (center) and (left to right) Thomas Dekker as Adam, Jessica Parker Kennedy as new (i.e.: non-book) character Melissa, Louis Hunter as Nick, Shelley Hennig as Diana, and Phoebe Tonkin as Faye.
The short version: We really, really liked The Secret Circle pilot.
NOTE: Yes, there are major changes from the books, but we think most fans are braced for that and we won’t dwell on the details here. (Tierney Bricker has an excellent breakdown if you’re curious about books vs. pilot. Please be aware that there have been changes to the pilot since the posting of the article.)
Looks like The Vampire Diaries has a new dance partner on Thursday night, to the surprise of no one. The Secret Circle – executive produced by Kevin Williamson and Andrew Miller and based on the L.J. Smith series – has been picked up by the CW and will be taking over Nikita‘s 9pm slot. (Nikita moves to 8pm on Fridays.)
From the CW press release, via Deadline TV:
On Thursday, The CW’s Highest-Rated Hit “The Vampire Diaries” Teams with “The Secret Circle,” a New Drama From Kevin Williamson About a Coven of Powerful Witches
Thursday night will feature two shows from star producer Kevin Williamson and based on a series of books by author L.J. Smith. The CW’s top-rated show THE VAMPIRE DIARIES returns in the 8:00-9:00 p.m. timeslot, leading into new drama THE SECRET CIRCLE from 9:00-10:00 p.m. Britt Robertson stars as Cassie, an orphaned teenage girl who discovers the truth about her lineage – she’s a witch who holds the key to an ancient battle between good and evil.
You can find all the latest news (including freshly released episode stills and promo photos!) on The Secret Circle at TheSecretCircle.net and follow them on Twitter at @secret_circle! And thanks to The TV Addict for the first look at the cast of The Secret Circle:
SPOILER ALERT: If you have not yet read Stefan’s Diaries: Bloodlust (or Origins) but plan to, bookmark this page and come back when you’re done to read and comment. If you, like me, have already finished or don’t plan on reading it at all, continue on!
It feels like just two days ago that I put down the first installment of Stefan’s Diaries and yet here I am. Already finished with Vol. 2 and, if at all possible, I think I read it even faster than I did Vol. 1. As teased in the first two chapters printed at the back of Vol. 1, Stefan’s Diaries, Vol. 2: Bloodlust, leaves off just days after Stefan and Damon Salvatore are murdered by their father and awaken newly undead.
SPOILER ALERT: If you have not yet read Stefan’s Diaries: Origins but plan to, bookmark this page and come back when you’re done to read and comment. If you, like me, have already finished or don’t plan on reading it at all, continue on!
Completely devoured the new Vampire Diaries book. This latest, called Stefan’s Diaries, Vol. 1: Origins, is not a continuation of the original series but based entirely on the CW show (which was based on the original series). Don’t get dizzy. It makes complete sense. What’s funny about it (to me) is that no actual author is listed. It simply states “Based on the novels by L.J. Smith and the TV series developed by Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec.” Huh. Who knows? Either way, I thoroughly enjoyed it and didn’t put it down once except to tweet how much I was loving it. That said, let me address a few things I believe could have been done better…
On Thursday, L.J. Smith announced the title of the new Vampire Diaries trilogy on her blog, as well as the individual titles within said trilogy.
The New Name for the next Vampire Diaries Trilogy is . . .
. . . The Hunters. I suppose this is because the core group will be going to college together, where they will meet new characters and find mysteries to solve, both occult and otherwise.
LJS had previously stated that the first volume in the series would be called Phantom, and now we know the titles of the following two volumes as well: Moonsong and Eternity. She also states that readers can expect Phantom to hit the shelves Summer 2011.