Kevin Williamson to Produce Twilight TV Show — er, Vampire Diaries for CW

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The CW believes they have the next teen craze on their hands — small town girls and brooding vampires. No, I’m not talking about a TV version of Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight” books. I’m talking about a TV version of L.J. Smith’s “Vampire Diaries” books, which came out in the early ’90s and has been recently repackaged with all-new covers to entice the “Twilight”-reading public. With kids everywhere waiting anxiously for “New Moon”, the “Twilight” sequel, the CW wants to strike while the iron is hot, and they’ve enlisted former CW man Kevin Williamson to write and produce a TV series based on “The Vampire Diaries” for them.

More about the books and storyline from Variety:

Originally published in 1993 – which, as the CW took pains to note, was years before Stephanie Meyer launched her “Twilight” book franchise – “Vampire Diaries” revolves around a young woman whose torn between two vampire brothers. The The brothers – one good, one evil — are battling for her soul, and the souls of her pals, family and the small town where they live.

There have been four books in the Young Adult series so far. Here are the three main characters:

Elena: the golden girl, the leader, the one who can have any boy she wants.

Stefan: brooding and mysterious, he seems to be the only one who can resist Elena, even as he struggles to protect her from the horrors that haunt his past.

Damon: sexy, dangerous, and driven by an urge for revenge against Stefan, the brother who betrayed him. Determined to have Elena, he’d kill to possess her.

Obviously the biggest difference here is that the female lead is a popular girl, and the setting is Virginia. Of course, that won’t keep people from calling shenanigans on the project, like, er, I just did with the title. Ahem.

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  • marlyly

    looking forward to this! Vampire Diaries was the original Twilight, and a lot better as well. Hopefully LJ Smith will finally start getting the recognition she deserves!

  • marlyly

    looking forward to this! Vampire Diaries was the original Twilight, and a lot better as well. Hopefully LJ Smith will finally start getting the recognition she deserves!

  • Demi

    Hey Guys,
    this is demi and i wanted to say that i think that making The Vampire Diaries by Ljane Smith is the best idea I’ve heard in along time. L.j smith is a great writer and deserves this! I think that the tv series will be a hit I love her books and The Vampire Diaries are my favorite books ever i just got done reading the Vampire diaries;the awaking and nightfall It was great and i hope that the tv series will be great as well! Im very courous on who will be playing Elena she needs to be a very very good and talented person I can already tell this is going to be HUGE!!!!! Cant wait emial me back at figureskaterdemi@aol.com thanks for listening

    Luv,
    Demi B :)

  • Demi

    Hey Guys,
    this is demi and i wanted to say that i think that making The Vampire Diaries by Ljane Smith is the best idea I’ve heard in along time. L.j smith is a great writer and deserves this! I think that the tv series will be a hit I love her books and The Vampire Diaries are my favorite books ever i just got done reading the Vampire diaries;the awaking and nightfall It was great and i hope that the tv series will be great as well! Im very courous on who will be playing Elena she needs to be a very very good and talented person I can already tell this is going to be HUGE!!!!! Cant wait emial me back at figureskaterdemi@aol.com thanks for listening

    Luv,
    Demi B :)

  • Demi

    Marlyly is right LJ Smith is a better writer and she deserves to be on tv not Twilight! Cant wait this show is goin to kick butt!

  • Demi

    Marlyly is right LJ Smith is a better writer and she deserves to be on tv not Twilight! Cant wait this show is goin to kick butt!

  • Pretty.Blush

    I am so excited! If this happens I will die of happiness, LJSmith’s wonderful work, The Vampire Diaries deserves much more notoriety then it gets, and I hope this isn’t just projected as a Twilight rip off because, as is mentioned in the article, this is much much older then the recent Twilight craze.

  • Pretty.Blush

    I am so excited! If this happens I will die of happiness, LJSmith’s wonderful work, The Vampire Diaries deserves much more notoriety then it gets, and I hope this isn’t just projected as a Twilight rip off because, as is mentioned in the article, this is much much older then the recent Twilight craze.

  • aisha

    omg!!!!!!!Im so excited about this.TWILIGHT IS JUST A BIG COPY OF VAMPIRE DIARIES. They even stole Matt from the story.Either stephanie meyers is a jerk or this was all a big coincidence.The world needs to see that somehow.

  • http://usa aisha

    omg!!!!!!!Im so excited about this.TWILIGHT IS JUST A BIG COPY OF VAMPIRE DIARIES. They even stole Matt from the story.Either stephanie meyers is a jerk or this was all a big coincidence.The world needs to see that somehow.