My husband would probably joke that I’d watch a home improvement show if it involved vampires, and he’d kinda be right. I scoffed at Twilight, read the books, loved them. I scoffed at HBO’s True Blood, thinking it only got green-lit because of Twilight, finally watched it, loved it. So I said, “What the heck,” and sat down last night to watch the CW’s new show, filmed in and around Atlanta, The Vampire Diaries.
(Semi-related sidenote: A hilarious Facebook post by my mother: “My family knows how I love to watch RFD-TV. I thought I had found a great new TV show on the CW, one combining my secret fascination with the macabre plus all things agricultural … I should have known it was ‘Vampire Diaries,’ and not ‘Vampire Dairies.'” Ha!)
Based on a set of books by L.J. Smith, The Vampire Diaries revolves around a familiar story of teen vamp falls for a teen girl. But so far, with several bloody attacks in the first episode alone, the series is much darker than Twilight (though not as gory or tawdry as HBO allows True Blood to be), courtesy of Ian Somerhalder (“Boone” on Lost), the quite evil brother of the main teen goodie-two-shoes vamp, Stephan.
Yeah, so what? I watched it, and I loved it. So did about 4.84 million other people, making last night’s debut the CW’s most-watched premiere ever. That’s good news for us! You see, I’m really just supporting the Georgia economy. Uh huh. Yep.