• Publication date: February 15, 2011

The fate of a town is in the bite or the hands The Vampire Diaries: Love sucks

The Vampire Diaries is an American supernatural-fantasy horror television series developed by Kevin Williamson, based on the book series of the same name by L. J. Smith. The series follows the life of Elena Gilbert, who falls in love with vampire Stefan Salvatore.

The Vampire Diaries is an American supernatural-fantasy horror television series developed by Kevin Williamson, based on the book series of the same name by L. J. Smith. The series follows the life of Elena Gilbert, who falls in love with vampire Stefan Salvatore.

Four months after a tragic car accident killed their parents, 17-year-old Elena Gilbert and her 15-year-old brother, Jeremy, are still adjusting to their new reality. Elena finds comfort with her best friend Bonnie, frenemy Caroline, and former boyfriend Matt, but Jeremy is trying to figure out why Matt's sister, Vicki, is suddenly rejecting him and hanging out with his rival, Tyler.

As the school year begins, Elena and her friends are fascinated by a handsome and mysterious new student, Stefan Salvatore. Stefan and Elena are immediately drawn to one another, but Elena doesn't realize that Stefan is hiding a dark, deadly secret � the fact that he's a vampire. At a nighttime bonfire party, Elena and Stefan are getting to know each other when chaos erupts after Vicki is attacked and left bleeding from a savage bite to the neck. Fearing that he knows who is responsible for the attack, Stefan finds that his older brother, Damon Salvatore, has returned to town. Now these two vampire brothers � one good, one evil � are at war for Elena's soul and for the souls of her friends, family and all the residents of Mystic Falls, Virginia.

The show stars Nina Dobrev sa Elena Gilbert, Steven McQueen as Jeremy Gilbert, Paul Wesley as Stefan Salvatore, Katerina Graham as Bonnie, Candice Accola as Caroline, Zach Roerig as Matt, Kayla Ewell as Vicki, Michael Trevino as Tyler, and Ian Somerhalder as Damon Salvatore.

Owing to the strong ratings of the series, the show�s original 13 episode first season was lengthened to 22 episodes.