Is The Vampire Diaries Biting Twilight's Style?

Y'all must've noticed by now CW's new billboards for The Vampire Diaries. You know, the ads in which attractive, brooding, suspiciously pale young folks lie in the grass in a teen vampire cuddle puddle? The series, which premieres on Thursday, September 10 (8pm/7pm c), is the latest entry into the bloodsucker-romance craze currently addling teen girls and their moms all over the country. Which isn't a problem in itself; teen girls and moms can always use more romance, bloodsucking or otherwise. The problem is, teasers for The Vampire Diaries make the show look awfully similar to another teen vampire series—namely, a tiny, understated little pop culture phenom known as the Twilight movies. Heard of 'em? Oh, you have! Well, for those who haven't, let's run down the sort-of glaring parallels:

Both series got their starts as young-adult horror novels. The Vampire Diaries was published by author L.J. Smith as a series of four books in 1991 and 1992. Twilight was published by author Stephenie Meyer as a series of four books between 2005 and 2008. (Readers take note: The Vampire Diaries actually came first! The plot thickens…)

Both series feature a love affair between an emotionally vulnerable human teenage girl and a charismatic vampire teenage boy. Or more specifically, a love affair in which the teenage boy endangers his vampire-ness by doing crazy things to be near the teenage girl. Extra points for both series including a scene in which the teenage vampire boy rescues the girl and carries her lifeless body to safety.

Both series feature an evil teenage vampire who's pissed off that his vampire buddy has gone all soft for the human girl (i.e. refuses to drink her blood). The evil teenage vampire alternately has it in for the human girl and wants her for himself. Or both at the same time.

Hard to say for now if the similarities between Twilight and The Vampire Diaries run any deeper, or whether CW's show will distinguish itself in new and exciting ways. At the very least, hopefully the undead in The Vampire Diaries won't sparkle when their skin is exposed to sunlight. Readers, tune in to the premiere next month and report back.

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