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 Smith is currently working on The Vampire Diaries: The Return trilogy (Nightfall, Shadow Souls, and the unpublished Midnight).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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