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.

Damon

Damon: You know what they are? Children. Like lighting a candle's going to make everything OK, or even saying a prayer. Or pretending Elena's not going to end up just like the rest of us murdering vampires. Stupid, delusional, exasperating little children. And I know what you're going to say: 'It makes them feel better, Damon.' So what? For how long? A minute, a day? What difference does it make? Because in the end, when you lose somebody, every candle, every prayer is not going to make up for the fact that the only thing you have left is hole in your life where that somebody that you cared about used to be. And a rock with a birthday carved into it that I'm pretty sure is wrong. So thanks, friend. Thanks for leaving me here to babysit. Because I should be long gone by now. I didn't get the girl, remember? I'm just stuck here fighting my brother and taking care of the kids. You owe me big.
Alaric: I miss you too, buddy.