VAMPIRE DIARIES Prequel Due in November

Stefan's Diaries #1: Origins

HarperCollins Children’s Books and Alloy Entertainment have announced that they are planning a Vampire Diaries prequel trilogy. The first book, Stefan’s Diaries #1: Origins, will be released in November. According to Entertainment Weekly, the prequels “will shed sunlight on the vampire brothers’ long, troubled history, including the Civil War-era romance that turned them against each other.”

The interesting part about this news is that it seems L. J. Smith will not be writing the books. She wrote the original Vampire Diaries novels (The Awakening, The Struggle, The Fury, and Dark Reunion) in the early nineties. Smith is currently working on The Vampire Diaries: The Return trilogy (Nightfall, Shadow Souls, and the unpublished Midnight). Judging from her lack of involvement and EW’s mention of the brothers “Civil War-era romance,” I’m guessing these prequels will be based on backstory created for the TV show. I seem to remember that in Smith’s books, Damon and Stefan actually grew up in Italy, not Virginia. This reminds me of the True Blood graphic novels, which are also based on the TV show, rather than Charlaine Harris’ books.

So are you excited to read Stefan’s Diaries #1: Origins? Or will you skip the prequels since they aren’t written by L. J. Smith?

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  • Amy

    Bleh. I moderately enjoyed the original three novels… and found The Return books excruciatingly painful to read. I’m not sure additional books is the way to go with this series. And yes, I seem to remember Italy as well.

    • Kristen

      I stopped reading after the first three books, and it sounds like I’m not missing much :) But I’ll admit that I’m hooked on the TV show. It’s my favorite guilty pleasure :)

  • Lee

    The books suck. It’s terrible when they fire an author half way through a book in a series that nobody really cares for :( They should cut their loss on the book deal and just let the TV show play itself out. My eyes literally bled trying to get through The Awakening and The Struggle. I have a lot of problems with the tv story line, but I’m still going to watch every thursday. 100% percent better than Twilight (movies). I once said that I wish they switched and let Elena play Bella and vice versa with the cast, but then we’d be stuck with the poor crappy actors from Twilight doing VD. Agh. I’m glad it all happened. VD tv show = great. Twilight books = great (until everyone jumped on the wagon). Sometimes one thing is good at just being one thing. They need to understand that even with a ghostwriter, the hole is way too deep to crawl out of. Good luck, HarperCollins.