Season 4 starts October 11th. You really should start watching.
By Rachel James (Treasurer/Writer)
Last year, some good friends introduced me to The Vampire Diaries. The show takes place in fictional Mystic Falls, Virginia and centers around the paranormal happenings of a town with a long history of vampires, werewolves, witches, and other supernatural beings. However, it’s on the CW, so it also deals with teen romance and beautiful people having feelings.
With the fourth season about to begin, I thought I’d give you my top three reasons to add this show to your DVR.
Kevin Williamson is fucking genius.
Remember Scream? Remember Dawson’s Creek? Now, what if you could take the best parts of both of these phenomenons and make a show? That’s what Kevin Williamson does. Taking the rules of horror and applying them to high school (which Joss Whedon also does incredibly well).
The rules of vampire lore actually apply... sort of.
My favorite scene.
There will not be any sparkly vampires on this show. Although some vampires can walk in the daylight due to rings that were forged by a witch to protect them from the sun (watch the first season, it’ll make sense), most of the other legends on vampires applies: drinking blood, wooden stake through the heart, eternal life. They also add a few new things like compulsion (a vampire can control a human by looking them in the eyes and compelling them to their bidding) and vervain (an herb that is like kryptonite to a vampire), but they all still make sense in the general narrative.
Come for the pretty people getting naked. Stay for the pretty people making you feel the feelings.
This is the CW, so you know a few rules apply. First, all of the actors playing high school students graduated high school many years ago. Secondly, they are all highly attractive. And thirdly, there will be a reason for their clothes to come off at least once an episode. This is all in good fun and highly amusing. However, what makes you stay is that these characters actually go on a journey. It’s been three seasons, and all of the characters have suffered loss. As they’ve grown and matured, whether just by aging or discovering their supernatural abilities, chances are if they were an annoying brat in the first season, they’re your favorite character now (I’m looking at you, Caroline Forbes).
Also, drinking alcohol helps to quell their bloodlust urges.
is a native New Yorker and theatre baby. Her plays have been produced by The 52nd Street Project and Starfish Theatreworks. She currently makes a living as a Broadway treasurer.
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