Critic Consensus: It's not particularly innovative and there's a lot of angsty brooding going on, but there's a self-referential cheekiness in The Vampire Diaries that will appeal directly to its target audience.
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as Elena Gilbert/Katherine Pierce
as Stefan Salvatore
as Jeremy Gilbert
as Damon Salvatore
as Aunt Jenna
as Alaric, Alaric Saltzman
as Sheriff Forbes
as John Gilbert
as Bonnie's Grandmother
as Mr. Tanner
as Mayor Lockwood
as Tina Fell
as Guiseppe Salvatore
as Amber Bradley
Williamson has said that the Vampire Diaries books eventually take a unique turn and that the series will do the same, but quicker. Little in the premiere will encourage viewers to return in order to find out if that's true.
The Vampire Diaries nonetheless satisfactorily opens up yet another TV world of heightened youth, where blood-sucking is a metaphor for a whole range of fears and desires.
I don't think it's terrible... I'll give it that. But there is a lot of rote vampire lore that they're just regurgitating in the story.
There's some attempts to convey real emotion, but despite the amount of meat in the pilot-indicating that there's plenty to explore over the course of a season-The Vampire Diaries displays only faint signs of having any life in it.
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