Molly O’Keefe’s New Obsession
Posted by Beth Andrews Feb 7 2013, 4:00 am
Please welcome one of my favorite authors, Molly O’Keefe, back to the lair!
My new obsession – The Vampire Diaries
Two years ago, everyone I knew was talking about the Vampire Diaries. Raving about it. I had to leave rooms so friends could gush and talk about some guy named Damen. I resisted for as long as I could and truthfully, it wasn’t that hard. Teenage drama? About Vampires? It couldn’t be less appealing to me. But we got Netflix and there was nothing else on, so I took a chance and decided to watch a few. By the time a week had passed – I was through the first season and gobbling up the second. I am more than hooked. I am devoted.
I am as devoted to Vampire Diaries as I am to lists, so here are my top three reasons I love The Vampire Diaries.
- The pacing. There are reveals and twists and almost every single episode ends in a viable cliffhanger (as opposed to the fake ones of True Blood – gah!). This show moves at a CRAZY pace. Just when I think I understand something – it changes. Just as I’m getting tired of a plotline – it changes. And no one is safe, anyone could die. My favorite characters could all be killed. It feels dangerous. In the best possible way.
- The characters. It’s not just Damen. Though, there is no question, he’s fantastic. And Elena, oh, Elena could be tiresome. But she’s not. She’s gutsy and vulnerable. Most characters are shaded – not all good, or not all bad. But what I really love about the characters is that they change, dramatically. It’s as if the writers think of a character and what they need from them and how they need them to behave and they start with the opposite, to show the character’s growth. A coward becomes brave. A selfish girl becomes a strong woman. A shallow mean boy becomes a tortured werewolf. (as they so often do).
And the love triangle is beautiful.
- Diligent attention to theme. One of the producers said that at its heart The Vampire Diaries is about loneliness. And it’s not just a little bit about loneliness – every single character has experience with loneliness. All of them are searching for connection. For family and love. And it would seem so heavy-handed with ALL of them being alone. But they are together in their loneliness. And it looks different on all of them, but it’s true at the heart of every character and every storyline – there is loneliness. Which plays so well into the teenage angst and alienation that covers it up.
For those of you who haven’t watched it, trust me, it’s so good. For those of you that love it, what do you love about it? Molly’s giving away a copy of Crazy Thing Called Love so let’s hear from you!
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