The Vampire Diaries Producer Compares Blood Suckers to James Dean

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It started with Twilight and Robert Pattinson.

It's extended to Stephen Moyer and True Blood.

Now, coming to The CW this fall, vampires will be featured in a sexy light once again, thanks to The Vampire Diaries. How did these blood suckers become so popular?

“The vampire is the new James Dean,” Julie Plec, the writer and executive producer of The Vampire Diaries, a show based on L. J. Smith novels, told The New York Times. “There is something so still and sexy about these young erotic predators."

Taking a look at Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder, below, it's hard to argue with that analysis:

Paul Wesley as Stefan Salvatore
Ian Somerhalder as Damon Salvatore

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Vampire Diaries Quotes

You want a love that consumes you. You want passion and adventure, and even a little danger... I want you to get everything you're looking for. But for right now, I want you to forget that this happened. Can't have people knowing I'm in town yet. Goodnight, Elena.

Damon

Dear Elena, yes you heard that correctly. Hell has frozen over. I'm writing it all down. Granted, I'm half a bottle in thanks to my 1950 Chateau Cheval Blanc, a bottle I waited 65 years to open. I used to spend nights sitting in my wine cellar convincing myself I could hear it age, tannins growing, fermenting, but appreciating its beauty didn't make time go by any faster. The bottle just laid there on its shelf, torturing me while I waited for Katherine and time stood still. Eventually I convinced myself that no sip of that wine could ever taste as good as I dreamt it would. And that is the story of why I drink bourbon. I don't know who I am without you, but I know that as long as I'm with you, time will stand still. So who is Damon Salvatore without Elena Gilbert? A selfish friend, a jealous brother, a horrible son? Or maybe with a little luck, I'll do right by you. Because you may be a thousand miles away or a hundred years away, but you're still here with me and my heart is right there in that coffin with you. Until you come back to me.

Damon