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'The Vampire Diaries': Does it Suck?

0911_vapire We're still waiting for ratings numbers for last night's premier of "The Vampire Diaries." (Maybe you aren't, but we are.) The show depicts the romance between Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev) a high school student who recently lost her parents in a car accident, and a new student, Stefan Salvatore (Paul Wesley), who also happens to be a vampire. What, you say? Sound like a certain film franchise based on a series of popular YA novels? How observant you are! While we await word whether the end of the vampire trend can officially start already, let's look at what the tubes are saying:

• According to the NY Daily News, ‘“Vampire Diaries” hopes it has found the promised land. The danger is it could also be no man's land,” if  ‘“Diaries' tilts more toward menace than humor — which could create either fascinating romantic tension or the bad feeling that someone's neck is always about to get tapped like a maple tree in syrup season.”

• The Chicago Sun Times thinks that the CW seems to know exactly what they are doing:
“A heroine who looks like a cross between Megan Fox and an anorexic Kardashian? Check. Dead parents fantasy? Check. Easy-to-read book-series tie-in? Check. Slasher deaths during a beer blast in the woods? Check. Tortured romance with hot vampire? Check. Wait, let's just make it a vampire love triangle and be done with it.”

• Gina Bellafante wrote in her New York Times review that, “The show subtly delivers its own lessons: that indiscriminate sex is emotionally destructive, that developing mechanisms of resistance builds character.” Bellafante also writes that “Vampire Diaries” developer Kevin Williams “understands the modern American teenager more fully than Ms. Meyer,” the writer of the "Twilight" series.

• And according to the Miami Herald, “The CW's new fang-gang drama, successfully hitches the sanguinary sexuality of the vampire ethos to the in-group/out-group dynamic of the teen soap. And much as it might seem like a blatant Twilight ripoff, The Vampires Diaries is adapted from a series of young-adult romance novels written a decade earlier.”

--Ashley Johncola

UPDATE: The numbers are in, and as James Hibberd points out over at The Live Feed, they do not suck. In fact, they're the best ratings ever for a CW premiere. Early numbers indicate the show pulled in 4.8 million viewers, proving that America's bloodlust is still going strong. Vampire-haters, your last, best hope is that "Jennifer's Body" bombs.

Pictured: Ian Somerhalder, Paul Wesley

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Are we done with vampire books, tv shows, and movies yet? It's so overkill right now. I'm over it.

I find the topic appropriate for this time of year, it goes with all the other creepy things that go bump in the night. Vampires are real I believe.

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