I read the books for the vampire Diaries and it kept me more entertained than the twilight books did. It took me awhile to get into the show... I always thought Stefan was a Gary Stu and thus far my opinion of him hasn't changed, he does remind me of Edward but at least he's better looking. Damon is the only reason I watch the tv series and read the books I think he is awesome!
I am a huge buffy fan! So no one really compares to Angel and Spike but season 2-3 Spike after that he wasn't as bad@$$ anymore. Watched True Blood, Bill can suck it and die I think Eric would beat the crap outta him! Go Team Eric!
I haven't read the books, but the series defies my initial expectations. Having read all of the Twilight saga, I can accurately conclude that it's quite possibly the worst piece of popular literature I've ever seen. Pathetic plot and character development, and I fully expected the Vampire Diaries to be similar...
...But it's really damn good. Some minor nitpicks, of course, but it's very good indeed. Stefan doesn't come across as a Gary Stu so much as he reminds me of David Boreanaz's Angel (who was an obvious source of inspiration for the portrayal); brooding and haunted by a mysterious past, as well as enamored with a longlost love with a vicious streak (Angel had Darla, Stefan has Katherine). Damon, who I thought initially was going to be very cheesy, turns out to be an effective and well casted villain, Stefan's foil. He reminds me of an Angelus/Spike hybrid; has Spike's love for fighting and violence and Angelus's cruelty.
Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! Damon is awesome!!! Personally I'd rather have Damon kill Stefan and take Elena as his Princess of Darkness!!!
Gideon: Maybe because Angel's already been done (and I think Angel is awesome by the way! I even have a replica of the sword Buffy used to kill him in Season 2) and because I regard Angel so highly that that's why I can't like Stefan because I think David Boreanaz did it better. I didn't like him in the book either.
The series is good but it's almost copmpletly changed than the books, that's probly why it took me awhile to get into the show. So if you love the show I don't recommend reading the books... I'm starting to think the show is better. My opinion on Stefan being a Gary Stu might be based off the books and not the show because from the very start I rooted for Damon in the book and once the show started.
Mystic Falls and its citizens were in danger. Again. I don't know. It just felt rehashed. Like I said, it was entertaining but nothing we haven't seen before. It was the little things I found pretty cool (see: Anna's death, hints at Tyler as a werewolf).