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The supernatural drama The Vampire Diaries tells the story of a high-school girl as she is introduced into a supernatural world of vampires and other mystery creatures. Although the supernatural creatures have long inhabited the small town where she lives, it isn't until a year after her parents' deaths that they make themselves known. The Vampire Diaries is created by Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec and is based upon the novels of the same name written by L.J. Smith. Although based upon these novels, the story presented veers away from the plot in the books and crafts its own compelling story.

The Vampire Diaries follows the life of a young seventeen-year-old girl, Elena Gilbert, as she falls in love with an older vampire named Stefan Salvatore. Perhaps one of the most common issues that arise between the couple is Elena's growing attraction to Stefan's older brother, Damon Salvatore. The first series of the show focuses on the growing relationship between Stefan and Elena, and the complication Damon presents. As the series progresses, it is revealed that the brothers' attraction to Elena is based in part to the resemblance to their mutual past love, Katherine Pierce—the vampire who turned the brothers into the vampires they are. Elena's resemblance isn't just a slight resemblance either, but identical. This turns out to be due to the fact that Elena is the doppelganger of Katherine and is part of a mystical vampire curse.

Throughout the series the viewer watches as Elena deals with the issues that supernatural creatures cause in her life and the danger that can result from being in a relationship with one. In addition to Elena, the series focuses on her group of friends and families as they come to know the hidden secrets of the town and the existence of supernatural creatures. Most notably, the series focuses on the lives of Elena's younger brother, Jeremy Gilbert, her best friends, Bonnie Bennett and Caroline Forbes, and other friends, Matt Donovan and Tyler Lockwood.

The story is set in a small fictional town in Virginia called Mystic Falls. Throughout the course of the series the viewer learns that Mystic Falls has long been home to various supernatural creatures since it was founded in the late 17th century. These supernatural creatures are not limited to just vampires. The series includes witches, werewolves, ghosts and special hybrid creatures. The city of Mystic Falls has a long founded system of politics that centers among the founders of the town. This Founder's Council includes the Gilbert family, the Salvatore family, the Forbes family, the Lockwood family, and the Fells family. The heads of these families are all aware of the town's supernatural inhabitants and often do what they can to protect their small town from the threats these supernatural beings represent.

As the series progresses, the focus shifts from Elena learning about supernatural creatures and events and begins to focus on the role Elena plays as a doppelganger in a mythic quest that can break the restrictions that vampires face. Additional story lines develop that introduce the most powerful vampires ever created, called the Original Family. This Original Family is made up of the first humans ever to be turned into vampires and is the source of all vampires that exist in the show's world.

Starring in the series are Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, and Ian Somerhalder as the main love triangle. The supporting cast features Katerina Graham, Candice Accola, Michael Trevino, Zach Roerig, and Steven R. McQueen. Later in the series Joseph Morgan, Matt Davis, and Claire Holt all became prominent characters on the series. The show itself is mainly filmed in Georgia with the town of Covington, Georgia, serving as Mystic Falls. However, the pilot episode was filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia. The Vampire Diaries first aired on The CW and remains one of its most popular and watched shows.

Friday 8:00PM et/pt on The CW
7 Seasons, 156 Episodes - Currently Airing
September 10, 2009
Drama, Science Fiction, Vampire
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  • Despite their best efforts to help Bonnie survive the predicament she is in, Damon, Enzo and Caroline realize their options are running out. With their only chance of saving their friend inside the Armory, Stefan delivers the news to Caroline that they may need help from an unlikely source.

  • When Damon's dangerous attempt to save Bonnie takes a drastic turn, the consequences of his actions forces everyone to work together to help her survive.

  • With Bonnie's life at risk and multiple challenges ahead of them, Damon and Enzo lead the charge to save Bonnie before it's too late. Stefan reluctantly teams up with Matt for the sake of Bonnie and uncovers the truth behind Matt's anger towards him.

  • When Enzo's efforts to protect Bonnie end up endangering her, they learn that Rayna may be her only hope for survival.

The Vampire Diaries News

'Vampire Diaries' Producers Developing New Series

Julie Plec's new series won't have any vampires, but it will benefit from the talents of TVD's top creative team.

Sarah Salvatore Coming Back to 'Vampire Diaries'

A long-departed character is coming back to TVD, that much is certain, but, at least so far, it's not the one you're hoping will come back.

Nina Dobrev Coming Back to 'Vampire Diaries' (Probably)

Fans got a taste of the long-lost Nina Dobrev on this week's season seven finale, but that might just be a taste of things to come.

Stefan to Leave 'Vampire Diaries'?

Ian Somerhalder caused a bit of an uproar last month when he suggested he was on his way out of The Vampire Diaries. Now it's time for the rumors to start to swirl around his castmate, Paul Wesley.

Vampire Diaries to End in 2017

One of the stars of The Vampire Diaries gave fans some news that they didn't want to hear last weekend.

'Vampire Diaries': Nina Dobrev Will Leave Series After This Season

Elena will soon no longer be a part of "The Vampire Diaries"

'Vampire Diaries' Season 6 Trailer Features a Surprising Cameo

Spoilers ahead if you aren't caught up!

The CW Sets Fall Premiere Schedule: Find Out When 'Vampire Diaries,' 'Arrow' and All Your Favorite Shows Premiere!

Get out your calendars, it's time to mark down some dates! The CW has released a full schedule of premieres for their Fall shows, detailing when you can catch your favorite CW shows right when they hit the air. With the likes of "The Vampire Diaries" and "The Originals" returning, as well as some brand-new shows starting up for the first time, there's a lot to look forward to for CW fans.

Are 'Vampire Diaries' Stars Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder Back Together?

Today could be a very good day for Delena fans, despite the events of "The Vampire Diaries" finale. According to reports, Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder, who play Elena and Damon on the hit CW show, have reunited as a couple. The two had sparked a romance during their time on the show, but recently made an amicable split. But if rumors are to be trusted, the couple is attempting to give it another go, as secretly as possible.

'Vampire Diaries' Finale: Questions Posed and a Big Event

The ultimate fates of several characters on "The Vampire Diaries" are in question, and we might find out where they end up in this week's season finale. Or we could be left with just as many questions as ever. One thing's for sure: the end of season 5 will leave us eager for season 6 to begin.

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