The Vampire Diaries or How Damon Saved the Vampires
First, let me say that I didn’t have a lot of hope for this show. It’s based on a series of teen novels, of which I’ve read the first two, and although they were pretty good, they were definitely geared towards teens. You know, a lot of “Gee, does he like me?” and “Who are you taking to the dance?” type of stuff. So, I watched the first episode fully expecting that I might not make it to the second. And then they introduced Damon.
Damon is not a new character. He’s the evil vampire in the books, but in the show he is deliciously evil. And for that, I absolutely love him. He does not sparkle. He does not play nice with humans. He does not even play nice with his human-loving brother Stefan. He snacks on the good people of the town and leaves their broken bodies wherever they fall. All without apology. Now that’s a vampire.
I just watched the most recent episode and not only was he up to his usual evil-vampy tricks, he was reading a copy of Twilight and complaining about Edward and the whole sparkly vampire thing. Then, with his next undead breath, he compliments Anne Rice. Yup, I am totally in love. Finally, after all this touchy-feely vampires are your friends business, we get a real vampire. Damon, you have saved me from goody-two shoes vampire hell. Now go beat up your brother again and wreak some havoc on an unsuspecting teenager or two.