I've shared before how much of an impact these books had on my life--they are responsible for my love of vampires. I was always annoyed when people acted like Twilight was the first teen vampire romance even though I hadn't read these books in years. I just remember the feeling they gave me...I fell in love with them.
So I was excited when Harper Teen reissued them and excited when news of the TV show first came out. (and yes I'm watching it and loving it!)
But I realized I needed to reread the books...I was forgetting them!
When I first started my reread, I realized immediately that I wasn't 14 anymore. And I have to admit I was perplexed as to why I had been drawn to these books to begin with. I was nothing like Elena Gilbert as a teen...she's a Blair Waldorf queen of the school character! But it didn't take long for me to get sucked back in...I think I just imagined myself as 14 again and loved it!
Elena Gilbert has lost her parents and is living with her aunt and young sister. When she goes back to school she is interested in the new guy...but he's not really interested in her at all. This of course ticks her off and makes him the one guy she HAS to have. The truth is Stefan is into her but he's harboring a secret...wait for it..he's a vampire! He likes Elena especially as she reminds him of someone special from long ago. But bad things are happening in town and Stefan fears he's losing control over his blood lust.
I really enjoyed reading this all over again and analyzing why I loved this book so much as a teen. I think it's a mixture of the Halloween/fall feel and the forbidden love. And the ultimate truth in vampire stories of being a total outcast! The book ends on a bit of a cliffhanger that I'm sure KILLED me when I was 14, but this time around..not so much. I do anticipate reading the rest of the books soon, though.
And I do have to say...the TV show has changed quite a lot of the story line, creating a whole new mythology that should be very interesting to watch!
Also, a big huge thanks to Julie of Booking Mama who let me know that The Roaring 20s was having a giveaway of the first book in the Vampire Diares series that included the TV tie-in cover I was coveting! I was happy to read this book. ;)
Source of Book: No strings attached giveaway win.
Publisher: Harper Teen