Friday, September 18, 2009

Darker Days

Fall lies just around the corner, tantalizing me with the promise of pumpkins and a painter's landscape of changing and falling leaves in multi-colored hues. Something about fall also draws me to darker stories. Last fall I read the Twilight series and followed with the classic dark tale, Wuthering Heights. In previous years I read The Historian--a new vampire classic, The Thirteenth Tale, and etc. The changing season beckons me to tuck into something with a little more edge, or shall we say a little more bite?

So it's no surprise that I've been tempted by the commercials for a new television series named The Vampire Diaries. I'm not cool enough to have HBO and watch the cult favorite, True Blood, however this new series does have some distinctions of its own. Namely the two main vampire characters: brothers Stefan and Damon, played by Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder respectively. Delicious! It has a bit of the Twilight allure to it as well: pretty, but troubled girl (Elena) attends high school and meets gorgeous Stefan, a good vampire who falls for her. Except in this version, he goes there looking for her. I missed the first episode, and therefore some of the details, but she's a dead ringer for his long lost love, Katherine...cue drama in the future. Brother Damon, the evil vampire, shows up and threatens to ruin everything for Stefan again, including his chances with Elena and her mortality. (Mwah ha ha ha!)

Did I mention Stefan gives Elena a copy of Wuthering Heights by Ellis Bell? As in the original 19th century version published under a pseudonym to hide the fact that she was a woman writer? No? Ah, well, suffice it to say that it's among the many reasons I'm intrigued enough to tune in next week.


Kristen @ said...

Sign me up! What day/time is the show on?

Angie said...

Currently it's Thursday at 8pm, but I'm curious if it will move since that's a competitive time slot. Hit me up next week and we'll enjoy it together! :)

Rebecca said...

oh - you get so many cool shows in the States!

Angie said...

Rebecca, I suppose we are lucky--lots of variety. I always envy the Brits their BBC though. Grass is greener and all that. :)