The Vampire Diaries is a young adult vampire, romance and horror series of novels created and written by L.J. Smith. The Vampire Diaries is now a hit television series on The CW. The story centers on Elena Gilbert, a young, beautiful high school girl who finds herself eventually torn between two Italian brothers, Stefan and Damon Salvatore, who are centuries old vampires. The series was originally a trilogy published in 1991, but pressure from readers led Smith to write a fourth volume, Dark Reunion, which was released the following year in 1992. The first four novels in the original series: The Awakening, The Struggle, The Fury and Dark Reunion all feature Stefan Salvatore and Elena Gilbert as the main narrators and protagonists of the series. The first three novels in the original series are from both Stefan and Elena's point of view, but the last book in the original series, Dark Reunion, is from Bonnie McCullough's viewpoint. Smith announced a new spin off trilogy in 2007 entitled The Vampire Diaries: The Return, which featured Damon Salvatore as the narrator of the trilogy. The first installment of The Return trilogy, Nightfall, was released on February 10, 2009. Shadow Souls, the second book of The Return trilogy, was released on March 16, 2010. The third and final book of The Return trilogy, Midnight, was released on March 15, 2011. The trilogy after The Return trilogy, The Hunters, is written by a ghostwriter. The trilogy goes back to featuring Stefan and Elena as the main narrators and protagonists. Smith signed a “work for hire” contract back when she had written the original Vampire Diaries novel trilogy, which means Alloy owns the copyrights to the series. Many speculations have been made as to why Smith was fired, but no official statement has been made by either the author or publisher. Some say it was because Smith intended Elena to be with Damon, and refused to stop that plot when her publishers told her to have her be with Stefan. Smith had originally intended to call the books in The Hunters trilogy Phantom, Evensong and Eternity, but she retained the name Eternity and will be writing a book unrelated to the series called Eternity: A Vampire Love Story. The title of the third and last book in The Hunters trilogy is Destiny Rising. The new trilogy of The Hunters will focus mainly on Stefan and Elena, their life in college with their friends and all of the events surrounding them. Phantom was released on October 25, 2011. Moonsong was released on March 13, 2012. Destiny Rising, the third and final book of The Hunters trilogy and the final book of the Vampire Diaries, was released on October 23, 2012. It was confirmed by the publishers, HarperTeen, that Destiny Rising was the last and final book of the entire Vampire Diaries trilogy. Like The Hunters trilogy, the Vampire Diaries: Stefan's Diaries series, which is a book series based on the CW television show told from Stefan's point of view, is also written by a ghostwriter. In 2013, a new trilogy was released. The first book, The Salvation: Unseen, was released on May 2, 2013. The second book, The Salvation: Unspoken, will be released on November 7, 2013. The third and final book of the trilogy will be released some time in 2014. The Salvation trilogy was written by ghostwriter, Aubrey Clark. 

Plot Edit

Elena Gilbert is a popular high school golden girl who is used to getting what she wants. When she meets handsome, haunted Stefan Salvatore, he struggles to resist her for fear that his dark secret is too much for her to handle. Hes torn by guilt over his past, and mindful of the threat that his vengeful brother, Damon, poses to anyone Stefan gets close to. Soon Elena finds herself torn between two brothers, and in terrible danger.


Original BooksEdit

The ReturnEdit

The HuntersEdit

The SalvationEdit

  • The Salvation: TBA (2014?) written by a ghostwriter (Aubrey Clark)


Stefan's Diaries

The Vampire Diaries Short StoriesEdit

  • Matt & Elena: First Date
  • Bonnie & Damon: After Hours
  • Blood Will Tell
  • The Trees
  • Matt & Elena: Tenth Date on Wickery Pond
  • Elena's Christmas

Book CharactersEdit

Main CharactersEdit

Vampire CharactersEdit

Human CharactersEdit

Werewolf CharactersEdit

Witch CharactersEdit

Kitsune CharactersEdit

Angel CharactersEdit

Plot SummaryEdit


In Dark Reunion, Elena's year is said to be the "year of '92", which is confirmed by Bonnie's diary. However, in The Return series, technology has advanced by many years. Thus, if the "1992" date is ignored, it could be inferred that the first three books took place in 2013, the nearest possible date (it was a Friday 13th in December).

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  • Some characters appears only in novels. List.

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