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(The Vampire Diaries: Stefan's Diaries #1)

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A love triangle that will span eternity…

The year is 1864 and the Civil War rages on. But seventeen-year-old Stefan Salvatore is fighting a battle all his own. Engaged to marry someone he does not love, Stefan falls for a mysterious girl named Katherine. With her gleaming curls and mischievous brown eyes, Katherine is beautiful and seduction…but she also harbors a dark
Paperback, 237 pages
Published November 2nd 2010 by HarperTeen (first published November 1st 2010)
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Oct 05, 2010 rated it liked it
What’s exciting about the Stefan’s Diaries series is that it's based on the characters in the TV show, not the ones in The Vampire Diaries books. That means picturing Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder as Stefan and Damon is encouraged. This first prequel volume, Origins, chronicles the Salvatores in 1864 when they first met Katherine and became vampires.

Interestingly, dialogue straight from the show was included in the narrative (“That is a girl who wants to be chased.”), yet whole plot lines, li
I like to imagine that the ghost writer who wrote this book desperately needed money for a kidney transplant... or his kid's braces... just you know, something to justify this book. It wasn't an effort of love. I would be willing to bet money that author never read the original series nor did he or she (and for some reason I think it's a he) ever really watch the television series.

As most people know the Vampire Diaries is very loosely based on the books LJ Smith wrote, but it deviated almost fr
Jul 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015-read
Origins: Stefans Diaries #1 by L.J. Smith

This is the first novel I've read in over two weeks...thanks a-lot reading slump

I quite enjoyed this book. It was very interesting to read about the past of The Vampire Diaries involving Katherine, Stefan and Damon. I also found being in Stefan's head great.

There's not a whole lot to say about this book other than it was a great insight into the characters lives, and into what Mystic Falls was like pre the Salvatore brother's vampire days.

You also get to
Opening Line: "The day my life changed started out like any other."

So I have to admit this was surprisingly good. Surprising because I’m not anywhere near the demographic the book is aiming at. For starters I’m far (far) from being a YA (although admittedly I do sometimes still act like it) I’ve never read any of the books from L.J Smith’s original series and I’m only a casual fan of the TV show. (Oh, but those Salvatore boys are yummy to look at) However Stefan’s Dairies was a great read and st
Crystal Olive
Nov 02, 2010 rated it did not like it
So far, VERY unhappy. Just a few pages in, and Katherine is a dark haired girl, instead of the pale, angelic blond she is in the books. PISSED. Why do they have to mess with the way they LOOK in the books. It's not like it matters, and the books were established YEARS before the TV show. Not that I don't love the TV show, also. I just wish that they would separate them now that they're so different! ...more
Jan 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh how I missed Stefan and Damon! ❤️ It’s been 9 years since I first started reading the books about the 2 brothers and I still feel like I’m a teenager who’s super excited about their adventures. Rereading this book brought back a lot of memories. Being in high school and talking with my classmates about who’s the hottest between Stefan and Damon. Talking about who evil Katherine was. And so on... I can’t wait to read the rest of the books!
This book has me torn on what to think of it. The big thing I noticed and DID NOT LIKE was that this book does NOT follow the books. If you read the first couple vampire diary books and read this hoping for a better understanding of the famous rift, forget it. Apparently this book follows only the televised version. I have not yet seen the show so I cannot say for sure, but the scenario of this book has turned me even further off the show. However, if you like the show, then you may like this.
These book series are absolutely incredible! It soulfully explains and describes everything that Stefan feels, experiences, sees, thinks, etc. There were parts in this book that I was truly surprised and happy about. I wont tell you these scenes because I dont want to spoil anything and because I want you to read this book yourself. Although I will tell you why these scenes surprised me and made me happy at the same time (it was a happy surprise or a giddy surprise). Are you ready? These scenes ...more
Ritika Chhabra
Feb 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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"You have to believe in what you do. Otherwise, what's the point?"

This was my second time reading this book and let me tell you, my reactions were still the same from back when I read it for the first time. Based on the TV show, "The Vampire Diaries", Origins is the story of Stefan and Damon before they became the blood-sucking vampires we have come to love and hate. This is the story of Katherine and her stay at the Veritas. This is the story of
Nov 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, vampires
Okay so if you're new to Vampire Diaries? This is the book based on tv show that is based on the book series. Got that? No? Allow me to explain.

LJ Smith wrote the original Vampire Diaries series (which she is still writing as of the time I am posting this review). Then they go and make a tv show based on those characters (on the air as of the time I am posting). This book, if you just glance at it states she is one of the authors on the listing, but really if you look closer it's just based on h
Kimberley doruyter
Oct 02, 2013 rated it liked it
i love stefan as a charecter and this is a good way to know more about him.
Hannah Cassie
MORE? MORE! @ P.S. I love that book!

First time I touched Vampire Diaries was back when I was in my early teens. I absolutely loved the first four books. Then after ten year or so pause L.J.Smith decided it was time to write more sequels to TVD. The Return trilogy was alright, however I know not all of it was written by L.J. Smith. So when other day I saw many copies of TVD in my library I went to check it out and saw this one. It is based loosely on L.J. Smith Vampire Diaries as well as on the T
Andrea Snedaker
Nov 04, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2010, vampire
I am absolutely horribly disappointed in LJ Smith and this book. Horribly!!

Ok, so if you're reading this book, you've read every other book in the VD series. I mean, I have no clue why someone would pick up a series halfway in, so I'll talk like you've read them all.

In the BOOK VD series we've already been given a description of the turning of Stefan and Damon. We know what happened because Stefan himself tells Elena. Both boys fall in love with Katherine, she fakes her death, they kill each oth
Long story short, I went rogue with this entire vampire series. Oops?

Origins was pretty much word for word and scene for scene of the show. It was still pretty interesting to get more from Stefan's point of view because we don't really get that much when it comes to show. Yeah, we get some snippets of his past with Katherine and Damon.. but I feel like this book gave a bit more background information as well.

Doesn't mean that it didn't feel like I was watching an episode of the show - because it
Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
May 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: may-2020
SURPRISINGLY ENJOYED THIS ONE. I wasn't bored. I was intrigued and it brought back my memories of watching the tv show religiously! Great setup for the entire world of the vampire diaries even though nothing major happened except for well...the obvious. ...more
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Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
3.5 stars.

This book is definitely Stefan's diary but it is very much a prequel to the events of Vampire Diaries. It actually begins before Katherine even shows up. The first half (?) was pretty boring and drawn out but it got much better when Stefan got more involved with Katherine and found out about vampires. It ends right after he becomes a vampire. From what I have seen, there will be at least two more books.

I would recommend this to someone who enjoys the TV show. It is co written by the wr
Nov 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Once I heard that the CW was releasing a trio of NEW vampire diaries books I can say that I was a little wary, but after picking the first volume "Origins" up @ my local Barnes & Noble I was interested to see if it worked since I'm a huge vampire diaries fan I've been since I was 13 and I'm 22 now :D turns out! that I loved the entire book, there wasn't a dull moment & the storyline just flowed so beautifully! It is from STEFAN SALVATORE'S point of view & I'm team stefan & I freaked when I heard ...more
Carrie (The Butterfly Reader)
If you like The Vampire Diaries tv show then you'll like this. It's really that simple. ...more
Kristi Lamont
This is most definitely NOT a review of Origins (The Vampire Diaries: Stefan's Diaries, #1) It is, instead, my reaction to the book The Turner Diaries, and, now even more important, my reaction to Goodreads taking said book out of its catalog and making it technically impossible for me to post my reaction to it under the entry for it in the NOT A BOOK section here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5...

I guess I should be thankful GR even let me list it as read there?

My Actual "Review"
I ha
Aug 26, 2010 added it
Shelves: will-never-read
BOOOO! Agreed with others... leave it alone. They're Italian, not American. They're much older in the books than in the show. If you're going to remake the characters for the show, at least leave the books alone. L.J., why would you let this happen? ...more
Jun 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ku, paranormal, hollywood
I very recently binged on all 171 episodes of Vampire Diaries And felt the need to closure.
Having watched the show this book perfectly ties in with the plot of the show.
This covers the time between Katherine's arrival in Mystic Falls and the boys first feed.
There is little new for show fans and I can't imagine much there for show strangers.
I am Team Damon anyway
Sarah Elizabeth
This pretty much followed how things played out in the flashbacks on the Vampire Diaries TV show. I did find it amusing that Katherine had dark eyes and dark curly hair, more like Nina Dobrev than the Elena from the Vampire Diaries book.
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
The tv show is much better
Jan 06, 2022 rated it really liked it
ajaleyah taylor
I decided to read this book because it is a branch off a TV series i love;the vampire diaries. it is the back story of one of the main characters and how he became a vampire and ended up as apart of the books.

A category this book fits in to is a book with a male main character.
This category was not really interesting as most books are written with female or male main characters. So it was not an interesting category but still a really great book.

My favourite quote from the book is: The day my
Apr 05, 2012 rated it liked it
No matter how hard Harper Teen try to cover up the fact that this book is not actually written by L.J Smith, if you've read the other vampire diaries books, it's easy to tell that this book is not written by her. secondly, it's also obvious that this story has been written after the television series has been released, (published in 2010) as a large amount of the dialogue follows the script of flashback scenes of the television show.
Despite these 2 little faults, it is an awesome book. It was a
Jul 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have missed them all.
To any fans of the TV show and to those like me who needed more episodes set in 1864.
This book is is for you. I can't wait to continue with the second book in the trilogy.
Jul 26, 2010 rated it liked it
THE STEFAN DIARIES is a book based on the CW television show which is based on the popular series by L.J. Smith. Confused much? I was too.

After doing some research, it appears that L.J. Smith did not write this book (and someone please correct me if I'm wrong), but I believe she was not the author. If you look closely, she's listed as a "creator" only. When I realized that, it changed my opinion of The Stefan Diaries. Up until then, I couldn't help but feel somewhat exasperated that she would c
Keep in mind that Stefans Diaries are based on the TV show and not on the bookserie The Vampire Diaries.

In Origins we go back to 1864 were it all started. We get to know the Salvator brothers as humans and follow them in there teenlifes. Back at their home where they still life with their father - Giuseppe. They meet Katherine for the first time and both brothers imidiatly fall in love with her. Not knowing what she really is.

For the fans of the TVshow a must read!
I enjoyed it and I can't
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