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The Awakening

(The Vampire Diaries #1)

3.39  ·  Rating details ·  67,715 ratings  ·  3,831 reviews
A Love Triangle of Unspeakable Horror...

Searching for the ultimate thrill, she vowed to have Stefan.

Haunted by his tragic past, he struggled to resist her passion.

Driven by revenge, he hunted the brother who betrayed him.

The terrifying story of two vampire brothers and the beautiful girl torn between them.
Paperback, Reissue, 253 pages
Published March 1st 1999 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published September 1st 1991)
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Nastashia I read the books first a long time ago before I saw the tv series and I personally enjoyed the first two got a bit weird for me somewhere …moreI read the books first a long time ago before I saw the tv series and I personally enjoyed the first two got a bit weird for me somewhere near the end of the 3rd or 4th book (The books I had were compilation books each with I believe 2 or 3 books in them .... so I'm guessing it was more like book 6 lol sorry if I'm confusing you lol). When the series came out I was quite disappointed with it because none of the characters descriptions in my opinion matched the descriptions in the book (In the book Bonnie is short a curly redhead .... so I pictured someone that looked more like a teen version of Annie.... not a super pretty black girl with dark hair... so that really threw me for a loop, as well as the Steffan and Damon characters I pictured them looking quite different as well. Also, much of the storyline and events that happen in the book don't show up in the show at all. I would say at least give the first 2 or 3 books a read and see if they are your cup of tea, but don't expect them to be like the show at all because they are two different beasts.(less)

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Dec 19, 2010 rated it did not like it

If you can only have one star, it may as well be a Death Star.
Dec 04, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ya-pnr
My god!!! What can I say about this book?? IT IS A BAD BOOK!!! It has bad cheesy prose, a snotty annoying (and kind of a bimbo) heroine and the cliched, brooding Byronic vampire hero, needless to say that the moment they lay their eyes upon each other they fall hopelessly in love. Oh yes!! I can't believe I almost forgot!!!!! The mother of all originalities... it also has a love triangle!!!! I think it's safe to say that this book is the poster book for cheesy YA pnr books and since it was writt ...more
Mar 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teen
Written long before Twilight. SMeyer's claim of never having read Vampire fiction is absurd. There are FAR TOO MANY parallel's between LJ Smith's characters and Smeyer's.

And when it comes down to it? SMeyer has nothing on LJ Smith.

The story is refreshing and action packed. The characters are likeable. Stefan and Damon are interesting. And they don't SPARKLE!

All in all? 9 billion times better than Twilight. I can't wait to read the next one
Jan 10, 2010 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one at all; tweens can and should do better
Recommended to Stephanie by: the far superior TV series
Read Awakening legally and for free here courtesy of the publisher. But please keep adequate amounts of brain bleach on hand.
What can I say? I read this on the usually-safe assumption that the book would be better than its adaptation. Differences are usually in the book's favor, but for once this is not the case. The TV series is a dramatically revised and very loose adaptation of the book, and a HUGE IMPROVEMENT. I'd give the TV series 4 stars, but this book is among the most worthless I have e
Feb 06, 2009 rated it really liked it
Okay, this was MY Twilight before there was Twilgiht. I read this series when I was about thirteen. I was already into vampires in my preppy goth kind of way, and this one made me say SQUEE! This book is from the early 90's, but with the Twilight phenomenon, it's now been reissued, bound with a new cover featuring some blonde model, and is being considered as the basis of a TV series on CW (not sure how I feel about that). I like the original cover better (featured above). I had to bid on ebay f ...more
Dec 17, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: vampire, young-adult
After reading the vampire trilogy by Stephenie Meyer, I thought I would continue my bloodthirsty fiction rampage with this older teenage vampire trilogy. Lo and behold, it's almost the same story! Oh, Stephenie Meyer, now I know how you cranked out those three fat (should have been heavily edited) books in such a short span of time! For shame! ...more
1/5 Stars

This is the case when the adaption is better than the book.

This book is just sooooooooo bad.

I read this book back in 2015 because I was a big fan of the television show (which I'm not anymore) and wow what a disappointment it was.

Elena was very annoying and arrogant, probably one of the worst characters I’ve read, and honestly all the characters were pretty horrible.

This book is ridiculous and a waste of time, don’t read unless you want lose some brain cells.
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#1 The Awakening - ★★★★★
#2 The Struggle - Review Coming Soon!

I had The Awakening and the Struggle (the first and second books from the Vampire Diaries series) on my shelf for years.

When I say years, I mean it. It all started when I was in high-school, around 6 years ago, and I was in love with the Vampire Diaries TV Show. When I found out there are books as well, I begged my mum to buy them for me. And once I had them, I never got to read the
Feb 08, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: little squealing school girls
Shelves: unfinished
I came to that book by the internet. A lot of people recommended it and I thought it MUST be right. Gosh, did I failed.
It's one of the first book I was eager to give away and I really regret that I bought it. At first the cover of my german version is ugly (yeah I know, don't judge a book by its cover, but it IS ugly)

Second, I am really fed up with all this "ooohw dark handsome mysterious guy" or even better TWO gorgeous brothers. I mean do we normal human girls now all have to wait for our Mr.
Heather *Undercover Goth Queen*
Picture the scene. It's 1996, I'm 12 years old. I'm at the library down the street, perusing the single shelf that makes up the YA section. I find this little paperback that promises deadly love. Vampire brothers, you say? Unspeakable horror, you say? I take the book home and read it in the course of an afternoon. I AM AWESTRUCK. WHAT IS THIS MAGICAL BOOK??? I've never read anything like it.

Immediately I make my dad take me to the bookstore in the mall so he can buy me the rest of the series. I
Oct 04, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-read
This book was pretty good, didn't really expect that. I enjoyed it alot and will be continuing with the series!

Elena was quite annoying, and the insta-love was just ridiculous, but I found myself being able to look past that.

I feel like the series is only going to get better, I hope that's the case :)
Faith M ✨
Buddy read with Devanshi!

Ok. Anyone who knows me knows that I love two things: Peter Pan and vampires (not necessarily together, but can you imagine!!??) So it comes as no surprise that I love The Vampire Diaries television show. I’ve been a big fan since I was about 12 or so and recently decided to rewatch the show in its entirety. This brought on the nostalgia of when I was reading the books, also at the tender age of 12. I didn’t remember a lot about them (I was a particularly skimmy reader b
Mar 01, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If the show had not been made, if I had not read a ton of other vampire books, THE AWAKENING might have been OK. Since the show was made and since I have read a ton of YA PNR with vampires as the central figure… I am amazed that I finished it.

First: This book pales in comparison to the show. So from here on out I am not even going to bother with a comparison.

Second: I hate Elena! Flighty, believing herself entitled, and very insensitive to the needs and feelings of those around her (poor Matt!)
Sarah Pierce
Oct 03, 2007 rated it really liked it
These were some of my favorite books as a teenager. They are about a high school student, Elena Gilbert, who is torn between two hot vampire brothers. Melodrama ensues. They are not the most mature books, but they are all about nostalgia for me. Of course, as I get older, I think that a lot of the things Elena does are downright stupid, but I still remember how romantic it all seemed when I was 14.
May 28, 2011 rated it did not like it
I've watched the tv show for quite a while, which I admit definitely colors my reception of the book. But I could not get past the first few chapters. I tried, because I wanted to see how the books differed from the show. I really did try, which is why I made it to the third chapters instead of the just the first. The writing was sub-par and I just could not relate to any of the characters. They seemed like caricatures, all obsessed with popularity and being the "queen bee," and I just couldn't ...more
Shaikha Alahmad
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I know the TV show is MUCH better than the book, but let’s be honest you guys, this is the original piece that brought the characters to life. It was written in 1991 for god’s sake, give L.J. some credit! It’s pure gold. 💛💛💛💛
J.D. Stroube
After reading this book for the fifth or sixth time, I still enjoyed it! It reminds me of Twilight by Stephenie Meyer.

I have about a million positive things to say and only one negative: Elena says "I love you" too quickly. The fact that such a serious statement is made at such an early stage in the book...irritates me. I love you is not something to be taken lightly, and when said too early it makes me think of puppy love, not undying love.

Other than that single annoyance...this book is endear
Well, well, well. This is the book that actually started the cliche storm that influenced the Twilight series. Put it in your book history book (Whaa?), my dear readers!

I haven't seen the TV series yet (I will until I finish the entire series. I can't wait for Nina Dobrev, one of my favorite actresses!), but I'm pretty sure it's so much better than this. I don't know, maybe it was the writing that set me off. I wouldn't say it was terrible, it just wasn't . . . good. I will say it once again: Sh
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The Awakening (The Vampire Diaries #1)
Genre: YA paranormal romance
Pages: 272
Published: 1991
The Vampire Diaries #1

Ok the vampire diaries. First yes I get why they have this cover, but when she has dark hair and Elena has blonde, it's just weird.

Elana fancies a boy, the boy Stefan is a vampire, she wants him, he is scared for her sake, they get together.

That was the short version.

First, 17 year old girl, 500 year old vampire, eww.

Ok to the story. I didn't like Elena. She was the most beautiful gi
lobelyys (tired af)
As always, I'm gonna read the first and not continue, this series seemes to never finish and honestly after reading this first book I can tell that the tv series must be better tahn the book. This was boring and not that intriguing. Not interested. ...more
tay❀ (taylor reads)
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: zz-2-star
one of those rare situations where the show is better

Okay so I remember back when Netflix had at least the first 3 seasons of this show on there (or maybe 2? can't remember) anyway, my neighbor told my parents about this show and how she LOVED it and so they watched the first 3 episodes and quit. I on the other hand saw the first 20 minutes of it and my curiosity piqued (especially after seeing the gorgeous sexy Salvatore brothers haha) and I started on episode 1 and just kept going and been watching live after the season that was on netflix. So t
Less of a review and more of me venting, sorry. You've been warned. I was thinking of starting this off by saying The Awakening reads like fanfiction, but . . . that would be an insult to fanfiction.

I'm pretty sure the only reason I got through The Awakening was because I came to the conclusion that Elena has narcissistic personality disorder. On the first day back at school, Elena sees Stephan and decides she's going to have him, even "if it killed her. If it killed both of them, she'd have h
Vampire Month of May with Karly, Jess, and Heather

Yowza. That was brutal. How did they make a show of this again? I mean, I know the show is cheesy and all, but this...this is so, soooo, much worse.

Elena is a BLONDE special snowflake and self proclaimed Queen of Robert E. Lee High School whose only goal in life is to get boys. Totally sounds like someone an old world vampire would want, right? Stefan is so blah and boring though, he probably needs some immaturity in his life. Damon, hmm...we di
Kim M
“Since when had she, Elena Gilbert, been scared of meeting people? Since when had she been scared of anything? She stood up and angrily thrust her arms into a red silk kimono. She didn’t even glance at the elaborate Victorian mirror above the cherry wood dresser. She knew what she’d see. Elena Gilbert, cool and blonde and slender, the fashion trendsetter, the high school senior, the girl every boy wanted and every girl wanted to be.”

Ladies and gentlemen, introducing…

Queen Snowflake!!!!

Elena owns
Apr 15, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dropped
Well, I didn't like this book. Not at all. I read half of the book and then got really really bored so I scanned the pages til the end. I was both relieved and disappointed. Disappointed because the book wasn't good. I did not like the characters - especially Elena. And relieved because I was saved from another half a day of pure stupidity.

Elena's obsession with the Stefan was just too annoying plus there were a bunch of stupidly infuriating scenes that were so, well.. infuriating and stupid. Ta
Nov 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
What a history lesson.

I read this because I am currently re watching TVD, A series I loved and still love today. I actually had no idea that even at the time of the show, this was for from contemporary and was actually a rather old book! 1991! That being said, it being largely forgotten until the show came out is..well, I get it.

Hopping into The Vampire Diaries is like cracking open an Anne Rice novel for teens- full of melodrama, Italians, and instalove with chapters upon chapters of longing.
Aug 18, 2012 rated it it was ok

First we have
oh great i can't wait....
then add some lines
wait for it!

time clock photo: Clock thclock.gif

and then the big reveal.
i'm shaking in anticipation

= Photobucket
Sep 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
As a fan of the show, I had heard hundreds of times that I shouldn't read these books. But I had money to spend and nothing to read so I did it. I shouldn't say I'm disappointed since I expected so little to begin with, but wow, I was still really let down. I knew it would be totally different, which I was okay with, but the book just isn't good. The amount of immaturity is ridiculous, and all those other reviews that say they declare their love in like a day and a half are not exaggerating. Tak ...more
May 18, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
It's been a while since I watched the TV series (which I never ended up finishing... whoops!) so maybe I'm just remembering it fondly due to nostalgia.. but I thought it was better than this. In my mind TV-version-Elena wasn't annoying or selfish, and she didn't have an ego the size of Russia. Nor did she pull a big fit when the new guy didn't visibly fall in love with her upon first glance.

Ah, that reminds me. (view spoiler)
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