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L J Smith
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4 Nov 2010 The Vampire Diaries: Stefan's Diaries (Book 1)

Set during the Civil War, against a backdrop of grand estates, unimaginable riches, and deadly secrets, three teenagers in Mystic Falls, Virginia enter a torrid love triangle that will span eternity.

Brothers Stefan and Damon Salvatore are inseparable until they meet Katherine, a stunning, mysterious woman who turns their world upside down. Siblings turned rivals, the Salvatores compete for Katherine's affection, only to discover that her sumptuous silk dresses and glittering gems hide a terrible secret: Katherine is a vampire. And she is intent on turning them into vampires so they can live together--forever.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Children's Books (4 Nov 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444901664
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444901665
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 106,423 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lisa Jane Smith is the author of more than twenty books for young adults, including the bestselling Night World, Secret Circle and Vampire Diaries series (now a hit-series on ITV2). She lives in Northern California, in a rambling house in a small town.

Lisa knew that she wanted to be a writer since she was about six, when a teacher praised a poem she'd written. She wrote her first book in high school, finishing it in her first year of college. Then she became a special education teacher before she was able to become a writer full-time.

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In the first novel of this thrilling new series fans of the hit television show THE VAMPIRE DIARIES will finally find out how a passionate romance with a dangerous girl turned loving brothers into deadly enemies.

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Based on the novels by L.J. Smith and the TV series developed by Kevin Williamson & Julie Plec

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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Getting into Stefan's mind 5 Nov 2010
I read the original Vampire Diaries books many years ago, I loved them, along with the newer books released. With the recent explosion in Vampire related media, the books were adapted as a TV series. I really liked the series and found the changes to the original novels fresh and very well done. Stefan's Diaries is written by the book series' author but follows the altered TV series story. In the original novels, Stefan was actually born in Renaissance Italy - The 1600's and came to Fells Church (as Mystic Falls was known as in the books) without any prior involvement with the town. The TV series changes Stefan's past to him being alive during the American Civil War in the early 1860's, living in Mystic Falls. Which to me makes much more sense as to why he returns almost 150 years later. L.J Smith has done a great job adapting her original story to fit the TV series' time and location while still retaining the essence of the previous novels.

Stefan's Diaries is set in 1864 and ties in brilliantly with the flashback scenes in the TV series' first season. We get to learn exactly what life was like for him and his brother Damon during this time; and an insight into their relationship and how it fell apart.

I reccommend this book for anyone who is a fan of the TV series and thus familiar with the adapted storyline. It gets in to Stefan's head and expands on the flashbacks from the TV series. If you haven't seen or don't like the TV version, it still works as a stand alone story. Fan's of the original novels I'm sure will like it too, though many things have changed the core plotline is essentially the same.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great TV tie-in! 30 Dec 2010
By Lulu
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A great tie-in to the TV series! I first got interested in Vampire Diaries when the TV series was released, and now I'm addicted. I can't comment on the difference in details from the books as I haven't read them yet (although I do have them), but this is a great read to give you more information on Stefan's life before Elena. Sections of the book clearly mirror the flash back scenes from the show, but I found that amazing as I could see it all playing out in my head as if I was watching the TV, and it helped me to visualise the rest. I can't wait for the next book to be released so I can learn more about Stefan's past!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it! 24 Nov 2010
By Emily
This book is really great! L. J. Smith has changed the plot line to fit with the TV series so all those who enjoy it can understand what happened in 1864 with Stefan, Damon and Katherine. Full of unrequited love, drama and romance, this book will be a great hit to all Twilight and Vampire Diaries fans! 5 Stars! :D
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Readable but nothing special 22 April 2011
Although readable, this book feels like it has been put together to make money from the popular first book series/TV series on the back of the 'vampire fantasy' craze. I have enjoyed both the original and newer stories, as well as the adapted TV series, but found the 'Stefans Diaries' series to have a weak plot and not portray any of the passion and personality of the latter. The characters are not as strong, and the infamous Catherine love triangle we are familiar with has not been portrayed to any where the near the magnitude of signifance it holds 100 odd years later.

All in all, I believe this series of 3 could easily be one book given the length and size of print, further leading me to believe it is a money making ploy. Although readable, they are basic and lack the depth of plot and characters, and are maybe better suited to younger fans.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor writing & no research 17 April 2012
By Venetia
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It's a pity that the writers from the TV series who've had a hand in this couldn't bring some of their TV scripting skills to it. The idea is good but it's poorly done. The writing is pedantic and there is a total disregard for historical accuracy of the 1860's - ie. clothes, conventions etc. Altogether, disappointing. I won't be reading the others.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointed ;( with this book 2 Sep 2011
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I am sorry to say that I was really dissapointed with this book. I had really high hopes for it!! It starts off just before Katherine arrives in Fells Church. I was hoping that this book would give me an insite into the way Stefan felt falling in love for the first time with the beautiful Katherine and eventually being turned into a vampire but it didn't!! I felt that the book repeated what I had already seen in the TV programmes from flashbacks of Salvatore bothers loves. I failed to feel any connection at all with any of the characters. By watching the original TV series I was looking forwards to finding out more about Katherine, as you know that she is totally besotted with Stefan even now....but you get none of those feelings from the book. To me it seems like a rushed version of a book just to sell more copies.

The one thing I did like however about this book was how Damon felt about what he calls becoming a monster....a role reversal for the Salvatores.

I have bough the other 2 books in the series but I have to admit I am not in a rush to read them.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well written prequel to the TV Series 2 Jan 2011
This is the first of three book series and for the record I have preordered the other two because personally I think its a good book.

Firstly if you are a Damon fan you will be disappointed because there are few parts that have Damon in this book for two reasons the book is called STEFANS DIARIES and is diarised story of life through Stefans eyes as a 17 / 18 year old leading up to when he becomes a Vampire, secondly Damon is in the confederate army and for the initial part is away.

The book is well written, easy to follow, easy to picture based on the TV series not the original books has all the main characters from the show mentioned. There are parts in the book that relate to flash backs from the series, there are surprising parts about innocent and generous Katherine is, compared to what a manipulative liar she is in the TV series.
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3.0 out of 5 stars safe and unexplored
This was an okay way to start the story from are fans pov. But after the initial setup there was very little passion in the detail of the people, surroundings, atmosphere or really... Read more
Published 15 days ago by Tanith
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
I love the vampire diaries books and thought I would give the Stefan diaries a go. It really ties everything in nicely and as always beautifully written. A must read
Published 19 days ago by Mick
5.0 out of 5 stars :)
Recommend this book, watched the series and tried book to see if any different absolutely brill better than series :)
Published 3 months ago by yvonne rawson
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the 6 Volumes.
Love this book, i read it in a night pretty much. I was just transported to Mystic Fall 1864 ... in the world of Stefan, Damon and Katharine .. really really enjoyed it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by F. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for a TVD fan!!!!
Love this show to death - only got into it recently and I'm currently watching all the seasons back to back on netflix. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Faith Scott-King
5.0 out of 5 stars Say no more I am hooked
just love the vampire diaries cant get enough of them. I have also read more of LJ Smith books she is fantastic
Published 5 months ago by shedevil
4.0 out of 5 stars stefans diaries
Having read all of the original vampire diaries, this was a really cool take on the series. I enjoyed it a lot but I wish I had read them at the same time as the originals.
Published 6 months ago by Lauren
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I absolutely adored this book learning about Stefan and his relationship with Katherine before modern day. I also really enjoy the tv show that they are in on the cw chanel. Read more
Published 6 months ago by you will never know
5.0 out of 5 stars .
This is a great product, arrived promptly as stated, it is of good quality and would definitely recommend this item!
Published 6 months ago by Audrey
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for fans of The Vampire Diaries show
Though this book may be confusing to those who have read The Vampire Diaries and never seen the show, this is a excellent compelling book to read!
Published 7 months ago by Gemma Buggy
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