Kevin Williamson: The Vampire Diaries is Not Twilight!

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The Vampire Diaries book series was published more than a decade before Twilight was released.

Still, critics have understandably dubbed the upcoming CW series a Twilight Saga knock off, due to the immense popularity of the latter franchise.

To those that make such statement, producer Kevin Williamson has a message: you're wrong!

"When I read the first book, I was like, I'm not doing this. This is Twilight. I don't want anything to do with it," the creator of Dawson's Creek told MTV. "And then I kept reading and kept reading and I realized, this isn't Twilight at all, this is actually where a girl falls in love with a vampire, but that's where [the comparison] ends. It's like a modern-day sexy Dark Shadows and that was appealing."

We agree. Tune in to the pilot on September 10 and you won't be able to turn away again.

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Vampire Diaries Quotes

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.

Dear Diary, a chipmunk asked me my name today. I told him it was Joe. That lie, will haunt me, forever.