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

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In the first novel of this thrilling new series fans of the hit television show THE VAMPIRE DIARIES will finally find out how a passionate romance with a dangerous girl turned loving brothers into deadly enemies.

Set during the Civil War, against a backdrop of grand estates, unimaginable riches, and deadly secrets, three teenagers in Mystic Falls, Virginia enter a torrid lo
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Paperback, 288 pages
Published November 4th 2010 by Hodder Children's Books (first published November 1st 2010)
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Kate ♡
Jul 12, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Tatiana
Oct 05, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of The Vampire Diaries TV show
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
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Lucy
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
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Buggy
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
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Crystal Roberts
Nov 02, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Nina Life of a Bookworm
Dvoumila sam se između trojke i četvorke! Imala sam veća očekivanja.
Žao mi je što nije ispunila moja očekivanja prvenstveno zbog toga što je iz Stefanove perspektive (a njega obožavam). Nisam zadovoljna ovom knjigom...
Jamie
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.
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Marga
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
Ramie
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
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Andrea
Nov 04, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Kimberley doruyter
i love stefan as a charecter and this is a good way to know more about him.
Hannah (PSIloveThatBook)
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
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Scarlett
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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
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Richard Denney
Nov 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 frea ...more
Sam
Aug 26, 2010 added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
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?
Jenn
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The tv show is much better
Kathryn
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
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Marina
Jan 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chiar dacă "Jurnalele Vampirilor" este una dintre seriile mele preferate, această serie "Jurnalele lui Stefan", formată din 6 volume bazate pe T.V.D., nu este atât de mult pe placul meu cum m-aş fi aşteptat să fie. Recunosc: am mai citit această serie o singură dată, însă nu aveam T.V.D. şi habar nu aveam dacă e adevărat ce se întâmplă pe acolo & stuff.
Ceea ce nu mi-a plăcut absolut deloc la acest prim volum este neasocierea dintre personaje: L. J. Smith spune că Damon are ochii negri, deşi
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Nicole
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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Reshma
Sep 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Vampire Diaries Stefan's diaries volume one origins is about a three way love triangle. There are two brothers Stefan and Damon. Damon being the free one who doesn't listen to others and does his own things and Stefan being the innocent one , who always obeys his fathers orders. Their father wants Stefan, the younger son to get married because Damon won't, but when His wife to be is dead, everyone is suspicious as a new beautiful girl is in town and Stefan and Damon who are loving brothers h ...more
Katherine
Oct 24, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
this book did nothing for me, it was like reading the script for the vampire diaires show, alot of the parts in the book were nearly direct scenes from the show itself - the scene were damon and stefan are trying to save a muzzled katherine and are shot by their own father - this has never been told in the books. Also all the stuff to do with jothathon gilbert and the gilbert device and the tomb that was created in the show was in this book - and the characters pearl and anna have never been men ...more
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
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Jasmin
If you watch the show: This book is about Damon, Stefan and Katherine in 1864 and their love triangle.

If you don’t watch the show: This book is about a seductive female vampire who has attracted the attention of two brothers who will do anything for her to love them.

I understand that the publishers are trying to appeal to viewers of the show but they really shouldn’t because I honestly believe that I would’ve enjoyed the book better if I didn’t watch the show because there was no suspense there
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Jeannie
Jan 23, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
First off, I am an adult who reads L.J. Smith's "Vampire Diaries" series and has since before it was ever a television show. That said, as a long-time fan of the series, I was excited when I got my hands on a copy of the latest, "Stefan's Diaries". I expected a quick, upbeat, fun read, such as all of the previous novels in the series. But what I got was hogwash! A terrible attempt at marrying the book series with the TV series, this novella is neither factually in-line with either. In fact, I fo ...more
Catherine Tankard
May 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Vampires.... Is it wrong that I am totally in love with all types of vampires and other mythical creatures that do not exist? I might go for a yes, but than again...No, there is nothing wrong with that ;)
So about this novel - that was instantly good. Although I didn't like the fact that after Stefan (view spoiler). Yeah, I'll just stick to Edward Cullen who doesn't drink
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Petra Sýkorová
Bože, myslela jsem, že jenom L. J. Smith píše slátaniny, ale tihle seriáloví tvůrci jsou na tom taky prachbídně. Tohle byl děs běs a divím se, že jsem u toho nevykrvácela.

Damon je zamilovaný hlupák, Katherine je úchyl a Stefan je psychopat. :D No jak já na tohle napíšu recenzi, to fakt nevím :D
Denise
Nov 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
loving this book so it was stephan who made damon drink to turn like him
Hailey (abookafterbook)



N’étant pas une immense fan de l’univers des vampires, j’ai été surprise pas ce roman! J’ai beaucoup aimé les personnages, et surtout l’histoire: le fait de découvrir les origines a été pour moi bien plus intéressant que le premier tome de « Journal d’un vampire ». Je lirai la suite volontiers, en espérant que cela ne tourne pas au vinaigre pour moi!

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Maria Mitchell
Apr 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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