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L J Smith
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Nov. 2 2010 Vampire Diaries: Stefan's Diaries (Book 1)

Set during the Civil War, against a backdrop of grand estates, unimaginable riches, and deadly secrets, three teenagers in Mystic Falls, Virginia enter a torrid love triangle that will span eternity.

Brothers Stefan and Damon Salvatore are inseparable until they meet Katherine, a stunning, mysterious woman who turns their world upside down. Siblings turned rivals, the Salvatores compete for Katherine's affection, only to discover that her sumptuous silk dresses and glittering gems hide a terrible secret: Katherine is a vampire. And she is intent on turning them into vampires so they can live together-forever.

Based on the popular CW TV show inspired by the bestselling novels, Stefan's Diaries reveals the truth about what really happened between Stefan, Damon, and Katherine—and how the Vampire Diaries love triangle began.


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L. J. Smith has written over two dozen books for young adults, including The Vampire Diaries, now a hit TV show. She has also written the bestselling Night World series and The Forbidden Game, as well as the #1 New York Times bestselling Dark Visions. She loves to walk the trails and beaches in Point Reyes, California, daydreaming about her latest book.



Kevin Williamson is the show runner and executive producer of The Vampire Diaries. His credits include the critically acclaimed television series Dawson's Creek and the blockbuster horror franchise Scream.

Julie Plec is the co-show runner and executive producer of The Vampire Diaries. She was most recently a writer-producer of the fan-favorite television series Kyle XY.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Kirstie
Format:Paperback
This book was okay. It basically just explained Stefen's past based on what we already know from the TV show. I did like reading the novel from Stefen's perspective though, because he is one of my favorite characters. But it had nothing to do with the original book series. So if you like the version of how Stefen and Damon turned based on the television show, you'll like this book. If you prefer how Stefen and Damon turned based on the original book series, you'll be really confused because it's not at all the same.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect addition tpo the TV series Jan. 13 2011
Format:Paperback
I really liked this light read. It makes a very good addition to the TV series. Sharing Stefan's past along with Katherine's history. I recommend it especially if you love the TV series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars GOING BACK TO THE "ORIGINS" Dec 30 2011
By Buggy TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
So I have to admit this was surprisingly good. Surprising because I'm not anywhere near the demographic the book is aiming at. For starters I'm far from being a YA (although admittedly I do sometimes still act like it) I've never read any of the books from L.J Smith's original series and I'm only a casual fan of the TV show. (Oh, but those Salvatore boys are yummy to look at) However Stefan's Dairies was a great read and stands perfectly fine on its own, completely separate from either series, except of course for using the same characters and town setting.

Based on historical flashbacks shown briefly in the TV series, here we get to go back to the "origin" of the Salvatore brothers, set during the civil war before they became vampires. The writing is simple but the story is complete and very good with elements of suspense and romance throughout; Stefan trying to live up to his fathers expectations, young love and the jealousy yet unbreakable bond between two brothers as they vie for the same mysterious woman.

I wouldn't have any trouble recommending this to anyone (of any age) who enjoys historical romances as it can easily be read as a stand alone without ever having seen the TV show or reading the original series. However it is pretty nice to be able to use Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder as visual references :)

Its 1864 and seventeen year old Stefan Salvatore has just proposed marriage to a girl he doesn't love. As his overbearing father grooms him to take over the family estate his wayward brother Damon returns from the still raging Civil war and a beautiful girl named Katherine moves into the carriage house.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too June 14 2011
Format:Paperback
Animals are showing up dead in the woods with their throats ripped out and the rest of their bodies untouched, and the residents of the little town of Mystic Falls are freaking out as they attribute the attacks to demonic activity. Through all of this mayhem, there is Stefan, who's led a relatively simple life. Until now, that is.

The boy suddenly finds himself faced with an unexpected arranged marriage and an equally unexpected visitor - alluring and orphaned Katherine Pierce. Needless to say, it is attraction at first sight, and when Stefan's brother, Damon, returns from the Army and appears to be quite taken with the young Katherine as well, trouble begins to brew. Two brothers and a girl: there has to be a winner, and there has to be a loser.

Based off of the hit CW television show Vampire Diaries, ORIGINS describes Stefan, Damon, and Katherine's mysterious back-story. There are countless differences between this book - co-written by the two TV show producers instead of L. J. Smith - and the original VAMPIRE DIARIES series. While both are enjoyable, I found ORIGINS to be slightly superior plot-wise, and L. J. Smith's original story to be better written and characterized.

One little quirk: we never really discover who the villain is because of the abrupt ending. A nice conclusion or revelation of some sort would have cleaned the plot up nicely. Overall, the book was still appealing - the latter half especially, as the story finally picks up the pace.

ORIGINS would be a great read for all die-hard fans of the VAMPIRE DIARIES series and TV show, as it presents an alternative view of the world and sheds light on the murkiness of Stefan and Damon's past.

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Stefan's Diaries Dec 8 2010
By Fantasy Ink - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Don't get me wrong, I love Vampire Diaries--both the tv show and the books by L.J. Smith--but this book wasn't quite as good as I was expecting. There's nothing new here--the story parallels the flashbacks from the tv show. I didn't really gain any new understanding of Stefan from reading this like I hoped I would. That being said it's an entertaining read and if you're a fan of Vampire Diaries you'll enjoy it, but if you watch the tv series you already know how it ends so there's no suspense here.

Pros:

-Damon. He's not in the book much but his brief appearances make the read worthwhile. We actually get to see how his and Stefan's relationship was before they were vampires. It was interesting seeing this side of him.

Cons:

-The details in this book follow the tv series rather than L.J. Smith's other books, which means they contradict her other books. This threw me off a bit at first. For example, characters who were introduced in the tv show such as Pearl & Anna but were non-existent in the books show up here. This may annoy detail-oriented readers.

-I love Stefan to death but in this book I'm sad to say he got on my nerves. He came across as so wimpy and depressing, letting his father walk all over him. I just wanted to smack him and say speak up for once already! Maybe that was the point but this side of his character still irritated me.
Also, his 'love' for Katherine bothered me. It felt more like lust to me, because he kept going on about how beautiful she was, but he only mentioned what qualities he liked in her I think once. And the smallest things would come up and in an instant he'd jump to conclusions be like "oh she's a monster how could I have ever thought I loved her?" In my opinion if you TRULY love someone you don't waver back and forth like that. You KNOW that you love them.

-I'm confused as to why Katherine was portrayed as so sweet and innocent in this book. I was expecting to see more of her mind games, but nope.

-There's hardly anything about Damon's and Katherine's relationship, which leaves a lot of open, unanswered questions: What was the extent of their relationship? Was she sleeping with both brothers? Why did she give Damon her blood too?

Read this book if you're looking for something entertaining, but don't expect anything new. Hopefully the next two in this series will give a new perspective on these characters.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I've never yelled so much at a book May 24 2011
By Rim manson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
You can't just rewrite your characters entire history, just because the t.v. show that's based on it, changed some details. I spent half the book screaming, Katherine is BLONDE, Stephan is 500 from Italy, not the south, etc. I can understand a t.v. show makes changes, sometimes for cost, sometimes because its easier to get the same feeling on screen, than the exact details. But T.v. shows should be based on books, not books based on TV shows. This book is fan-fiction...and should be on a fan-fiction site, for free...and written by a fan, not the original author.

What if you don't watch the show? huh?

Besides all that. I went in liking Stephan, but LOVING Damon. I left disgusted with Stephan. He's whiny and frankly he now bores me.
Unfortunately, since the characters mimic the t.v. show so much, that I now think of Stephan as a whiny boy on both fronts.

If it wasn't for Damon, I'd drop the whole series like a hot potato.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended to fans of L.J. Smith and to fans of the show Jan. 22 2011
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Firstly I want to say that I have loved many of L.J Smiths books and especially her VD series. I am also a fan of the VD tv show... This is a completely new series written by a completely different author and is based on the tv show. Yes. Based on the tv show. But it is very very good and the writing is amazing. Whoever the ghost writer is deserves a lot of credit. The best way to go into this book is to look at it as an entirely new series with no major expectations as to what happens. Fans of L.J. Smith and the tv show or either one will love it... I hate to say it but this book is waay better than anything L.J. has written lately. The character development is amazing... Whoever the writer is has taken great care with this world and characters. Definitely worth the money.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Origins Dec 12 2010
By Electrifying Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Being a huge fan of all of L.J. Smith's books, including The Vampire Diaries series, I was eager to discover how another writer would interpret the world she inspired. If you think this will be just like the other Vampire Diaries books, know that it is one hundred percent based off of the television show. The only similarity to the books are the names, as it is with the show. That said, I still enjoyed it tremendously.

Stefan is telling the story in this series, and I enjoyed hearing his voice retell the story of his past. I easily fell into the story he was narrating, and enjoyed seeing the world through his eyes. He does counter himself a bit, which got to me after a while, however. The rest of the characters were very well written, and I felt as though they were taken from screen to page perfectly.

Though we do not know who actually wrote this book, they did a great job. Unlike Smith's writing, this story wasn't bogged down with description and detail, which I quite liked. I do adore L.J. Smith's writing style, but she can load on a bit too much description at times. With this book, you get just enough description and feel as though you are living the story.

I had the unique experience of someone who doesn't watch the show. Sure, I've seen a few episodes, but I don't tune in every week, eyes bulging at the screen with every twist and turn the story creates. That said, I didn't know too much about how this book differentiates from the show's plot.

I really enjoyed reading this book, as it takes you into the past of Stefan, Damon, and Katherine. While it is nothing like the books I adore, I know that fans of the television show and book series alike should take a chance on this book, even if it does deter from the story we have become so accustomed to. I'm counting the days until the next Stefan's Diaries book is release, which thankfully is very soon.

Story: 4/5
Characters: 4/5
Originality: 3/5
Writing: 5/5
Ending: 5/5
Cover: 3/5
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ghostwriters are ghosts for a reason: they can't write. March 16 2011
By R. L. Oliver - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
These books are just awful. They were written by people who lack imagination or ability to characterize well but were given a brief history and told to run with it for x amount of pages thus generating x amount of revenue. The publisher has since decided LJ Smith isn't necessary to further the series and has actually fired her from it. Proof that money and brains don't always inhabit the same space. With a taste of these books written under the series title but having nothing to do with the actual story or its creator, readers will have to comfort themselves by reading her other books and hopefully boycotting the publisher for acting so foolishly.
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