Today I’m talking about Vampire Diaries and writing: what do you do when you’ve killed practically everyone?
I’ll admit, I’m a fan of the CW show Vampire Diaries. It’s got everything I love in entertainment: the supernatural, hot guys, and a love triangle. But when I first started watching the show I was fully prepared to hate it. It’s all been done before, or so I thought. I was wrong.
I think it’s J.R. Ward who says you have to write “balls to the wall”. What she means by that is don’t save anything for later. Throw your best ideas out there, and hope to hell you can come up with new ones later. That’s what Vampire Diaries does. They never fail to surprise because they don’t hold anything back. This last episode several ‘main’ characters died. One of the brothers was even bitten by a werewolf, which is supposed to be fatal to vampires. I’m sure they’ll come up with a way to save him. At least I hope (*wrings hands*). But I’ve learned not to expect anything with that show.
You might think it would be counterintuitive to kill practically everyone on a television show, because then what’s left? But Vampire Diaries has no qualms about that. Now, I haven’t read the books so I don’t know if the screenwriters are just following the book storylines or if they are coming up with this themselves. Either way, it’s a good lesson for a writer. Hit your readers with your best stuff, and hope you can think of better when it comes to the next book. If you don’t do that, you might not get another chance to show the readers what you’ve got.
Did anyone else watch this last week’s episode of Vampire Diaries? If so, what did you think?