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17 September 2009 @ 03:35 pm
A Great Calamity  
Some of you know I've been having connection issues lately, which is bad enough. But as of yesterday my internet connection died. Worse, TW can't come fix it til SUNDAY. I can get on for a bit during the day, but not at night, which is when I'm mostly online.


Well, I guess I won't be reading spoilers/commentary for tonight's Supernatural before the ep airs, or squeeing afterward (I know who's guesting, it's sure-fire squeeing). *sad face* I'll try to sneak online tomorrow for a reaction/comment thing.

Ok, I had three reasons for watching Vampire Diaries. (having read the books is not one of them)
1. Ian Somerholder
2. Vampires!
3. A strange desire (just from seeing the promo) to cross it with True Blood and/or Supernatural. And really, now that I've seen it? It could cross both EASILY, though this would have to be set pre-vampire openness in TB-verse. But Bill fought in the civil war, and Stefan was around back then... Maybe Lorena was Stefan and/or Damon's maker too... SEE WHAT I MEAN? THIS IS TOO EASY.

And on watching it, I discovered reason 4: I miss early Smallville, and this show is very similar. With more fog. Structurally it's almost identical, with the boy with a secret, the girl with the tragic past, the 'psychic' BFF, the villain who has it in for our hero... I've already warmed to Elena more than I ever did to Lana (and in the early seasons I didn't mind her), so that's good.

It's a teen CW drama, so y'know, it's about as deep as my fish tank, but for all that, it's fun (and honestly? True Blood has more sex, but it's not much deeper). The diary schtick is a bit tiring, but I survived the voice-overs of Moonlight, so this is nothing. Everyone is ridiculously attractive, of course, and if you're looking for realism this show is not it. But Ian Somerholder is a playful villain, and the secondary characters are all nicely set up into their mesh o' melodrama. ANd there's a whole lot of backstory there to explore, with the vampires' makers, the ring, whether Elena's parents' death was actually an accident, etc.

And the vampires don't sparkle! They're actually kind of ugly when they change. heh.

They play a lot of music (a little too much, really, but it's pretty par for the course with a new CW show) which is probably desperately uncool to actual teenagers, but if you've got the Fray and that Placebo cover of "Running up that hill" in the same ep? I'm okay with it.

There's enough brain and eye candy here for me to keep watching for now. Since I'm really only 14 on the inside, I guess!

But it's nice to have something that makes me cheerful WHEN I HAVE NO INTERNET. bah. *kicks Roadrunner*
M: Eric animated iconmfirefly10 on September 17th, 2009 10:44 pm (UTC)
There are two things that made me want to watch this show to see if it gets any better:

1. Ian as Damon (whom I LOVED when I read the books. Though, since I read them when I was 12, I don't really remember ANYTHING about them :D)

2. They used 'Running up that Hill' as the background music for a scene with Stefan's well-developed abs. I liked that scene:)
noybusiness: Torynoybusiness on September 17th, 2009 11:12 pm (UTC)
At least you have Torchwood coming to fix your computer. I joke.

I heard Supernatural doesn't plan to have any more vampire stories because they exhausted the three main versions - bad vampires, good vampires, hunter turned into a vampire. 'Course, I've always thought about how easy it would be for someone to slip vampire blood into Dean and Sam's beer at a bar. In an AU.

Good luck with the fix. Does your computer ever do that thing where you exit from a window and copies of it begin to pop up indefinitely? If not, then you've one up on me there.