The Awakening / The Struggle by L.J. Smith2 stars – Vampire Romance/Young Adult
Although the Vampire Diaries precedes Meyer’s Twilight Saga, it’s impossible not to compare the two series, and I have to say that I much prefer Twilight.
This felt a little bit too much like a vamped out version of “Mean Girls”, and I didn’t really get into the story or care about any of the characters at all. They’re all so selfish, juvenile, and petty, and okay, I get that it’s a young adult series, but it felt really immature and teen angsty to me, waaay more so than Twilight. Bella at least is an identifiable, lovable heroine with insecurities, awkwardness, and compassion, but Elena in Vampire Diaries is the rich, spoiled, perfect, popular, blonde, reigning queen of the school, who only seems to want aloof, brooding, mysterious, new guy in school Stefan just to prove that she can have whoever and whatever she wants. And there wasn’t enough (any) relationship building between Elena and Stefan to make me really give a hoot about them; so when dark, dangerous Damon comes to wreak total havoc, I was just glad that it finally spiced things up a bit, ‘cause I was honestly rather bored with the story.
There’s just way too much attention placed on fashion-speak, dear diary reflecting, popular girl rivaling and sniping, and exhaustive gossiping for my taste. It ends with a big love triangle, Elena’s fate hangs in the balance, cliffhanger, so I’m curious to find out what happens, but not necessarily enough to continue reading the series. I will however check out the Vampire Diaries TV series on the CW, which seems like a perfect home for the teenie vampire drama.
The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening and the Struggle Summary & Study Guide
Before Twilight , there was L. Harper has reissued the original four books in two omnibuses, and a new hardback in the series came out in The Awakening - by L. In The Awakening Elena Gilbert is a beautiful, popular high school senior who has lost her parents. On the first day of her senior year, she has a premonition, but she puts it out of her mind because she's not easily intimidated.
The Awakening is the first book in The Vampire Diaries novel series. It was first published in Stefan: brooding and mysterious, desperately trying to resist his desire for Elena. Damon: dangerous, and driven by an urge for revenge against Stefan, the brother who betrayed him. Caroline promptly becomes competition with Elena for the position of most popular girl.
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Smith, and form the first part of an ongoing series of vampire romance. Set in the fictional town of Fells Church, somewhere in modern North America, we find our protagonist Elena Gilbert, a teenage girl just about to attend her last year at Robert E Lee High School when she becomes entranced by the mysterious newcomer Stefan Salvatore. What ensues is a dark romance between the two protagonists as Elena Gilbert discovers that Stefan is in fact a centuries old vampire, who is locked into a terrifying feud with his older brother Damon. During the first book, The Awakening, Elena first decides to 'catch' Stefan for herself, not knowing the danger in which she is about to place herself. Stefan tries to resist her advances but is himself drawn to the strange similarities between this young woman and his only other lover, Katherine, who turned him into a vampire. As Stefan gives in and admits his feelings for Elena, a series of vicious attacks rocks the town and the finger of blame points towards Stefan as the source of these crimes.
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