L.J. Smith: Thrilled with The Vampire Diaries!

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Based on viewer and critic reaction, most people are satisfied so far with Vampire Diaries.

But the opinion of one woman might mean more to producer Kevin Williamson than anyone else: author L.J. Smith.

Fortunately, the person responsible for the book series on which the show is based told MTV that she's thrilled with what she's seen so far.

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"I think they have done an incredible job of interpreting it, especially presenting it for a teen audience," she said. "I love the music. I love the cinematography, I think the cast is fabulous. I especially like Damon. Ian Somerhalder does very well. But I really, really like the Elena that they picked, Nina Dobrev. Even though she's brunette, and not blond, which took some getting used to for me because in the book she's blond, she's a great actress. And I love the Stefan that they've picked."

As the individual behind the storylines, it makes sense that Smith is privy to a few Vampire Diaries spoilers. Without giving anything away, she hinted that there is plenty of Elena/Damon interaction to come:

"It looks like they're starting off with a very strong Elena, one that's going to stand up to Damon, which I love. The scenes between them are going to be terrific."

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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.


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.