The Vampire Diaries is a series created by L.J. Smith. The story centers around Elena Gilbert, a high school girl torn between two vampire brothers.
The series was originally a trilogy published in 1991, but pressure from readers led L.J. Smith to write Dark Reunion/The Reunion, which was released 1992. Books 1-3 are in both Elena and Stefan's point of view, but the the fourth book was from Bonnie's viewpoint.
In 2007 L.J. Smith announced that she was planning a spin-off trilogy with Damon as the main protagonist. In 2009, seventeen years after the release of Dark Reunion/The Reunion, the first book in The Return series, Nightfall, was released. The second book, Shadow Souls, was released in 2010, with the final book, Midnight, being released 2011. This series concluded L.J, Smith's work on The Vampire Diaries.
L.J. had signed a "work-for-hire" contract, which meant Alloy owned the rights to The Vampire Diaries series. Alloy fired L.J. for unknown reasons, and she was replaced. The following books in The Vampire Diaries series including The Hunters were written by a Ghostwriter. L.J. had intended to call the books in The Hunters trilogy: Phantom, Evensong, and Eternity, but retained the name Eternity. Eternity will be a unrelated book, but will also feature vampires. The first book, Phantom, was released, Oct 2011, with the sequel, Moonsong, was released on March 13, 2012. The last is called Destiny Rising and was released on October 4, 2012.
Like The Hunters, Stefan's Diaries series are written by a Ghostwriter.
The Vampire Diaries is a CW series.
The Vampire Diaries:
- 1. The Awakening
- 2. The Struggle
- 3. The Fury
- 4. Dark Reunion/The Reunion
- 5. Nightfall
- 6. Shadow Souls
- 7. Midnight
NOTE: The Hunters is written by a Ghostwriter, but credited to L.J. Smith
- 8. Phantom
- 9. Moonsong
- 10. Destiny Rising