Remember that cool (and tricky!) trivia contest Julie Plec held after the East coast airing of Masquerade? Where she asked how many male cast members had died on-screen so far in Season 2? Well, one of our forum captains – the lovely Jema – won with her correct (and first) answer of “eight” (we won’t list them all out to prevent spoilers for international fans). She thought it would be cool to share a few pages from the script with her fellow fans and – with official permission – we’re posting the scene from the episode we thought would be most fun to compare from page to screen. So, here’s your SPOILER WARNING if you haven’t seen Masquerade yet. We’ve kept the front page out, but click the cut below to read the scene. Big thanks to Jema for sharing!
Sometimes things are too incredible not to share: The signed Vampire Diaries pilot script auction ended only moments ago and the top bid hovered near $800 for most of the evening. Then, in the last ten minutes, there was flurry of furious bidding. The final result?
HUGE CONGRATS to the lucky winner and to Chloe and Amber of Vampire Support for rocking in those funds for the National Wildlife Federation! Next time someone tells you fandom can’t make a difference? Tell ’em where to stick it.
Man, we wish this trailer had been released a week ago. Context makes all the difference. Not to knock the footage we’ve seen so far, but this trailer is about a million times better in every way. We have tons of new footage and alternate (and, in our opinion, superior) takes of scenes we have seen. We’re also ridiculously pleased to have some answers to questions floating since the pilot’s filming.
Anyway, as promised (and because it’s what we do), we’re going to touch on spoilery stuff beneath the cut so if you don’t want to know anything, or have yet to read the books, we recommend saving the surprises.
Travis Yanan weighs in with another review of the Vampire Diaries pilot script, and seems reasonably confident that it will make it on the Fall schedule.
Vampire Diaries, to borrow a term from thefutoncritic’s review is pretty boilerplate teen drama / vampire drama stuff. It starts out with a couple pages of “Ooh, isn’t this creepy? Oh, noes! Vampire attack!” but doesn’t subvert that cliché the way, say, Buffy did by having the blonde school girl turn out to be the vampire…
…One thing this series does have that excites me is Ian Somerhalder as Stefan’s evil vampire older brother, Damon. Boone Carlyle, we miss you on our TV screens.
Again, this all comes down to execution. I have few doubts this will be on CW’s fall schedule… after all, vampires are so in.
It’s becoming clear from reading these reviews and from comments on the subject that Ian Somerhalder may well be one of the deciding factors in people tuning in to this series, not least amongst established book fans who want to see exactly how well he portrays Damon.
It also appears that book fans are going to have to batten down the hatches in preparation for round two of the ‘VD’ jokes. And we thought it was out of everyone’s systems 15 years ago… ;)
It’s the question fans have been asking more than any other, regardless of how they feel about the other changes in the pilot script: Where is Meredith Sulez?
No, you’re not confused – Meredith does not seem to be part of the Vampire Diaries TV series, or at the very least she is not part of the pilot. Instead we have Caroline (Candice Accola) sliding into Meredith’s BFF spot with the promise of book-like conflict between her and Elena (Nina Dobrev) later on down the road. (Or so it appears – we’re trying not to assume anything at this point.)
We don’t know why Meredith has not been included in the pilot. Some fans speculate the elusive nature of her character proved difficult to adapt to the screen. Others think she was sacrificed for the sake of Caroline’s expanded storyline. And still others believe that Jenna Moyer (Sara Canning), Elena’s new grad student aunt, will be fulfilling “voice of reason” duties. Read more
And at the opposite end of the spectrum to Vampire Nerd, the Futon Critic gives their view in an article that gives us a few more glimpses at the differences between the TV series and the books, along with a bit more of the storyline…
“It’s all…still pretty boilerplate teen (or vampire) stuff. From the opening teaser (two people get killed after stopping to help a man they hit on an old country road) to the emo star-crossed lovers (gorgeous outsider picks the nice girl despite the beauties throwing themselves at him) to the good guy who wants to protect the girl he loves from his bad guy past, there’s nothing here you haven’t seen before (and done better).
CW plans to cash in on vampire craze with new show “Vampire Diaries”
When my contact in Los Angeles first informed me that the CW has a new vampire-themed show in the works titled “Vampire Diaries”, my first thought was “stake me now; another vampire show? How many copy-cat creations based on the themes of Twilight and True Blood can they possibly invent?”
Then I read the script.
My prediction: This show is going to be sick. Not like cough cough bad sick, like crazy cool insanely awesome kind of sick…