The Vampire Diaries: 7: Midnight: 3/3 Paperback – 3 Mar 2011
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A phenomenally popular vampire sequence - now showing on ITV2 - from the best selling author of Night World.
About the Author
Lisa Jane Smith is the author of more than twenty books for young adults, including the bestselling Night World 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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Some of this book is (perhaps inevitably) a let down -- Damon's restored humanity was a wasted moment, I felt, but nevertheless in keeping with his character. After being set up as a formidable enemy, Shinichi's easy defeat was also a little grating, as was the miraculous restoration of the town. It's perhaps this that makes the ending seem slightly rushed, but it's still one of the most gut-wrenching I've read for a while.
If you're one of the people who wished they'd left Stefan and Elena at the end of Book 4, then Midnight might just restore your faith in the series. I won't say it's masterful, because it's not -- but it's definitely worth a read. On the other hand, if you're a fan of this series, or of vampire fiction in general, then don't miss Midnight -- it's certainly not as "final" as it might seem!
I can't wait for more
I refuse to give spoilers, but for me this was a shocking ending that I hadn't been expecting, but in true L J Smith style the final chapter has an unbelievable twist that lets you know that this is not the end, as far as she was concerned anyway.
L J Smith continued on from this book and wrote another Vampire Diaries installment called 'The Hunters: Phantom' but Alloy Entertainment didn't like it, gave it to a ghostwriter to completely rewrite and then fired her from writing any more Vampire Diaries books under the 'work for hire' clause in her contract. This is also the reason why her books are totally different to the TV Series; it was completely rewritten by someone else.
As far as I am concerned, due to the above reasoning, Midnight will for me, be the last Vampire Diaries book in the series. What happens to the characters I will leave to my own imagination. I would prefer to keep it that way than read something that was written by a ghostwriter as I feel it would be nothing more than reading fan fiction. I will not support Alloy Entertainment's decision, will not purchase or even read any further installments of Vampire Diaries, and wish there was some way L J Smith could publish the 'real' continuation to the story on her own.
Where the last book had had a clear quest throughout - get into dark dimension, find keys, release Stefan - this seemed to meander with no real sense of purpose. There were a number of different plotlines that didn't really fit together all that well, and some threads that were just entirely left hanging or even abandoned (the pots for the kitsune, Meredith's family situation, Matt's trial etc). As an example, anyone who read the previous book will have been looking forward to seeing how Damon copes with being human again, but this is never really explored and is quickly resolved. On the subject of Damon, I found him much more interesting as the near-villain he was in the original series than as the more or less accepted member of the group he is here.
There are some good bits, especially towards the end, but I found I almost had to force myself through the book, whereas with the author's previous novels, I've had trouble putting them down.
As with the last book, rather to my surprise I enjoyed the dark dimension sections the best (yup, they go back), although this wasn't developed quite enough - I was hoping there'd be some kind of slave rebellion for a start. Throughout, I sort of got the feeling that the author was almost trying to write two books in one - a conventional Vampire Diaries story - set in Fell's Church, focussed on friends and romance - and a fantastical tale of the dark dimension.Read more ›