At the first look at the title, you must be thinking to yourself, how does that work? The simple answer is - Vampires - the now ubiquitous creatures of the night. I am a fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, True Blood, and liked Moonlight, so I get the appeal of vampires.
The Vampire Diaries is the CW's attempt to ride the Twilight bandwagon of teens. While Buffy and Angel were both on the CW's predecessor, the WB, the two shows were able to combine witty humor with genuine emotion. Sadly,The Vampire Diaries does neither.
Instead we are given a wannabe Gothic story set in high school. From the rolling fog (literally!) to the laughable diary entries, I was amused the whole time because the show is attempting to be serious. I'll admit the first scene interested me as it played out like a slasher film, but that soon devolved into teens doing drugs and drinking in front of police.
There is the usual scene with the teacher asking for the exact number of deaths at a Civil War battle and of course Stefan knows more about what happened than the teacher. We get it, he's old! And what kind of teacher bemoans his students for not knowing 346 casualties?
So what was there to like? The self-destructive, drug-using, girl-chasing Jeremy, Elena's younger brother? The unfunny, psychic wannabe, generic sidekick Bonnie? The self-absorbed, shallow Jenna?
I bet you're wondering why I said it is likely to become a hit. The ratings are in and it had a 2.3 share in the 18-49 demographic which is unheard for the CW. It crushed Supernatural and is way ahead of any current CW show. I guess all the Twilight fans tuned in. Whether they come back is another story, but knowing them, I think they will