Showing posts with label stefan's diaries. Show all posts
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Sunday, July 26, 2015

[Review] Origins (Stefan's Diaries #1) - L.J. Smith


In ORIGINS, we get to find out how it all began and how Stefan and Damon met and fell in love with Katherine.

These books are the prequels to the TV show and are written by a ghostwriter. They stand in no relation to the book series by L.J. Smith.
If you're a fan of the original books, this will definitely confuse you. If you're a fan of the show and want to find out how it all began, be my guest.

I'm a sucker for the TV show and it's not a secret. So naturally I jumped at an opportunity to find out the origin story of the Salvatore brothers and Katherine. Because all these books are written by a ghostwriter, the writing is very, basic, clean and absolutely not unique. It feels generic. The characterization of Stefan isn't really something I'd agree with as a fan of the show.

I've read the third novel before I read this one and as both a human and a vampire, Stefan acts like a little boy. There's nothing left of the charming gentleman of the first season, he's just an insecure kid. For a seventeen-year-old he's very immature and naive. I get that this probably the point - to show a side of Stefan that the fans of the show not know, but I just couldn't empathize with his character, because he's so unlike the Stefan that I know.

A Novelization of the Show

The relationship between Katherine and him is extremely off as well. Through the show you've got the impression that it was epic head-over-heels love between the two and they really thought they were meant for each other at the time. In ORIGINS, Stefan falls in love with her madly from the second he sees her and it's absolutely ridiculous. He's supposed to marry some other girl and is conflicted because he fell in love with Katherine after talking two sentences. Unbelievable. I didn't buy it and it really made me dislike him irrationally. Katherine isn't even portrayed charmingly. She's barely in the novel and Stefan characterizes her passively, which just leads to unrealistic expectations. More show, less tell.

I can just overall say that I was insanely bored with this and had to force myself to keep going. Stefan proves to be a super boring and almost sleepy character to read about. No doubt, had this been the first Stefan's Diaries book that I'd read, I wouldn't have even bothered to pick up the sequels. I think the main flaw of this is that they really tried to incorporate all the flashback scenes and dialogue from the show in too little time. Literally every scene we've seen with Katherine/Damon/Stefan in 1864 is in this novel and it happens in a ridiculously short time span. It's not realistic, it's just boring. I can't find any better adjective to describe it.

Rating:

☆☆

 

Overall: Do I Recommend?

I'm not a fan. I liked the third novel way better and even that one was a pretty mediocre read. I'm probably still going to continue reading these novels to find out more backstory to the show, because I'm really interested in the characters. The books on their own aren't worth reading if you're not a hardcore Vampire Diaries fan.



Additional Info

Published: November 2nd 2010
Pages: 237
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genre: YA / Paranormal / Vampires
ISBN: 9780062003935

Synopsis:
"A love triangle that will span eternity… 

The year is 1864 and the Civil War rages on. But seventeen-year-old Stefan Salvatore is fighting a battle all his own. Engaged to marry someone he does not love, Stefan falls for a mysterious girl named Katherine. With her gleaming curls and mischievous brown eyes, Katherine is beautiful and seduction…but she also harbors a dark secret: She’s a vampire.

Based on the popular CW TV show inspired by the bestselling novels, Stefan’s Diaries reveals what really happened between Stefan, Damon, and Katherine—and how the Vampire Diaries love triangle began."
(Source: Goodreads)

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

[Review] The Craving (Stefan's Diaries #3) - L.J. Smith


What intrigued me: I'm a fan of the tv show and love Stefan Salvatore, so I couldn't say no to a book that's only about his backstory.


The entire Stefan’s Diaries series are the prequel novels to the TV Show The Vampire Diaries. They are not prequels to the novels due to the changes they made in the show. They all tell events before the first episode as if they were taken directly from Stefan’s diary. In this one, Stefan travels to New York and gets taken in by a rich family after saving their daughter.

It's not the same as the show

The original series are now 9+ novels I believe and therefore the characters are all developed perfectly. The voices match the tone of the characters and their age - at least those that don’t have their debuts in this novel. The side characters Lydia, Bridget and Margaret are all thrown around like plot devices, so the reader is quite indifferent to their fate. Still, if you love the show or the original novels, this series portrays them perfectly, the characterizations are spot on.

Even though Stefan speaks/writes in his diary just like I would expect a 19th-century-teenager to write, it didn’t quite impress me. There’s something about the writing that kind of bores me - whenever there is no action, I tended to zone out inbetween paragraphs. The descriptions are very basic and clear - even too basic, but I guess that’s just personal preference. It's obviously a read intended for a wide range of audience and you can tell that it's written by a ghostwriter. There are no risks taken in the writing style and the plot line is textbook-clean. Introduction, story, dramatic twist, relief, villain introduction, confrontation.

I can’t believe that this plot filled almost 300 pages. Everything is rushed and the main plot can be summarized in a few sentences. The novel seems to be rather focusing on the brothers bickering than the actual plot lines. Well, singular form: there’s only one plot line. Also, introducing ├╝ber-villains in the last 20 pages is never a good idea. Nevertheless, I finished this novel ridiculously fast and I liked it. I'm so hopelessly in love with Stefan and Damon as characters, that I didn't even mind that the plot is, if even at all, averagely boring. It's slightly predictable if you've read other Vampire Diaries novels as well.

Rating:

★★☆☆

Overall: Do I Recommend?

I had a hard time categorizing the novels. They are said to be prequels to the show, but eye colours and some details are just plain wrong. Stefan doesn’t have blue eyes and neither does Damon have dark brown ones, I think it’s that way in the novels though. But then again the figure of Katherine is definitely the one from the show. A bit consistency please.


However, I couldn’t walk past this novel and I’d probably reread it in the future even though there is no plot and no new groundbreaking information. Therefore I must say that for everyone that loves the show as much as I do and fell in love with the characters, this is a nice read. Still it remains nothing but a mediocre fan fiction in the end, I have read better stuff among the fan writings.


Additional Info

Original Title: The Craving
Author: L.J. Smith
Published: March 3rd 2011
Pages: 256
Medium: Paperback
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genre: YA / Paranormal / Vampires
ISBN: 9780062003959

Synopsis:
"After his brother, Damon Salvatore, betrays him in New Orleans, Stefan starts over in Manhattan. Vowing never to harm another human, he roams the streets, trying to disappear into the city’s chaos. But just when he thinks he’s left his past behind, Stefan discovers that he can never escape his brother.Damon has grand plans for the vampire Salvatore brothers—whether Stefan likes it or not. Together, they take New York by storm. When their exploits end up on the society pages, an old enemy resurfaces—one hell-bent on revenge.

Based on the popular CW TV show inspired by the bestselling novels, Stefan’s Diaries reveals the truth about what really happened between Stefan, Damon, and Katherine—and how the Vampire Diaries love triangle began.
 "(Source: Goodreads)

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