The Vampire Diaries finally ended after 8 widely successful seasons in 2017. So, why is it that the show did so much better than the original book series from 1991?
If you did not already know, the hit television show – ‘The Vampire Diaries’ – is based on the 1991 series of books of the same name written by L. J Smith. The CW adapted the books into a show, but anyone who has read the books would agree that there is a striking dissimilitude between them and the 2009 television show. Even though the books enjoyed moderate success, the series became one of the most popular teen dramas ever made in America. There are evident changes that the television series made concerning the character traits and relationships of characters. But we think that The Vampire Diaries has a lot more to offer to the audience than The Vampire Diaries book, and here’s why:
How did The Vampire Diaries manage to be better than the books?
- Damon and Elena are nothing short of perfection when together!
- The dynamics between Bonnie and Damon
- The friendship between Caroline and Elena
Damon and Elena are nothing short of perfection when together!
While in The Vampire Diaries books Elena ends up with Stefan, we think the final pairing of Damon and Elena in the show was perfect! Fans loved the idea of putting together the bad brother with the innocent and pure-hearted Elena. The chemistry between the two characters was so well portrayed by Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev that the audience just could not get enough! In fact, the romance was so explosive that it translated into an off-screen relationship between the actors as well.
Even though the books are imaginative and give Stefan and Elena a story like the one Edward and Bella had in the ‘Twilight’ saga, the series definitely takes the cake when it comes to bringing a powerful love story to life.
The dynamics between Bonnie and Damon
A major part of the show involves showing the developing relationship between Damon and Bonnie. They start out by hating each other and Bonnie leaves no stone unturned to make it clear to Damon that she does not like his bad-boy ways. However, the two slowly begin working together and bond over their mutual love for Elena. The bittersweet friendship that begins to simmer in season 6 turns out to be the most enjoyable part to watch. By the end of the show, they are both ready to kill for each other and die for each other!
But the books pair them as romantic interests and that is a bit difficult to digest. Even though they did not end up together in the books, the relationship was definitely not as striking as the onscreen ones between Damon and Elena, and Bonnie and Enzo. This may also have a lot to do with the actors who brought these characters to life, but the friendship/hate-love relationship between the two characters in the show is a lot more fruitful than the one in the books.
The friendship between Caroline and Elena
While in the show Caroline is portrayed as a slightly shallow character for the first few episodes, the books definitely exaggerate on this character trait. But we dig her character in the show. In the series, the relationship between Caroline and Elena is shown as superficial initially because Caroline is always competitive with her. She is also shown as caring and protective of her friends (including Elena) in the show and that is the Caroline we all loved and grew increasingly fond of. Throughout the show, it is heart-warming to see Caroline and Elena fight for each other rather than fight with each other. Her sizzling chemistry with Klaus was another great part of the show. Also, in the books, Caroline turns into a werewolf, while in the show she becomes a vampire which too is very relevant to her character because she turns into an amazingly fierce woman once she turns into a vampire. The impact of becoming a werewolf, in the books, was not particularly pleasant.
The relationship subtleties are not the only different thing that pops out when we compare the books with the shows. The physical appearance of the characters also differs. For instance, Elena is a blonde in the books but a brunette in the show. Bonnie is a redhead in the books but a black woman in the show.
However, if you haven’t read the books, you are surely missing out on it. The books are wildly interesting as well and tell you uniquely diverse tales of the lives of supernatural creatures. If you have finished watching the show you may really like the books as well.
Have you read the books? Do you think the series was better than the books? Tell us what you think in the comments below.