Thursday, February 10, 2011

Interview with a Vampire.... Or something like that.

I know it must seem like there are thousands of TVD sites on the interwebs these days. But, as most of us know, there is one that promises the best of the best and the newest news. This site is one of the most respected and most recognized when it comes to all things Vampire Diaries. What makes so great? Red &Vee of course!! Duh!!!! And they were awesome enough to answer my most burning questions.

Ok, I know you’ve both been pretty clear about a lot of this stuff on Twitter, but indulge me, and your fans who don’t know your Twitter goodness:

Favorite TVD character Book and/or show (if it differs):
Red: Matt. He’s such an honest, down to earth and loyal guy. In the books he cares deeply about his friends and is willing to give people chances and the benefit of the doubt based on their own merits rather than what everyone else says about them. Luckily for me, he’s very similar in both the books and the TV show. They’re just taking their time to develop him on the show so there’s a lot of awesome stuff about Matt that still remains to be seen. This said, he’s already got a lot of loyal fans on the TV show.
Vee: Damon in the original books, but I find Stefan more fascinating in the show. Really, I like the Salvatore brother package in both the books and television series. Any episode where there is extensive Salvatore interaction is a stellar episode.. I keep wanting them to be drawn closer and closer together so something catastrophic can happen and tear them into tiny little tragic pieces. I feel like that moment will come sooner than we think. And I feel I must give Caroline her due props – Season 2 is definitely the Year of the Forbes.

Favorite TVD show moment:
Red: Caroline and Stefan in the bathroom in Brave New World. It was so raw and emotional, with Caroline’s fear of what she’d done and what she was becoming being very palpable, and Stefan being calm, open and honest to soothe her was touching and heartbreaking all at the same time.
Vee: This changes day to day, but I absolutely LOVED Damon snapping Jeremy's neck in The Return. That was the meanest, nastiest, ballsiest move the show has made to date and I applaud them for it. I'm also a big fan of any scene involving Stefan and Katherine one on one.

Favorite TVD book moment:
Red: Stefan asking Matt if he can borrow his car, and the following road trip. He needs to go and find Vervain to protect Elena, and his own car has been impounded. Matt goes along with him out of friendship and faith, despite the fact that it’s a search for a weird weed and that he has no clue about vampires and the supernatural. Stefan has his most human moments with Matt, and discovers real friendship – something he’s not had in 500 years.
Vee:Damon strolling up to kick Klaus' ass at the end of Dark Reunion. Because he didn't want to, but he did it for his brother. (Also, he failed to do much ass-kicking, but “Get the hell away from my brother”? Priceless.)

How do you feel about the “Wings”?
Red: It’s very shoujo anime, like Sailor Moon. I’m not a fan, I have to admit. What I love about the original books is the fact it’s still our world, but with that little bit extra. You can believe that it’s possible, whereas the Wings add an extra element of fantasy that you have to suspend your disbelief for.

Book moment you hope ends up on screen:
Red: Matt standing up to Damon in Dark Reunion. He doesn’t do it because he’s being macho, he does it because it’s the right thing to do, even though he knows full well Damon could easily kill him. It actually impresses Damon on some level. It’s a scene that shows Matt’s loyalty, goodness and bravery in one neat package, and I would love to see it on screen.
Vee: The big event at the end of The Fury. Because the show will give it their own twist and, more importantly, it would alter the Salvatore dynamic forever. Plus there will be full-bodied fan-sobbing heard 'round the world and I love moments like that.

Book moment you hope never sees the light of day:
Red: This is a hard one because the story is so completely different in the TV show that a lot of book moments wouldn’t be necessary or even work that well. Damon has some extremely corny lines when he’s trying to seduce Elena. Hopefully they’ll stay out of the show unless Damon is very, very drunk.
Vee: But Damon is always drunk, so.... Let's have a toast for..?

Favorite TVD show song:
Red: Sea Wolf “You’re a Wolf” from Friday Night Bites.
Vee: I screamed at my TV at the opening strains of Stateless' “Bloodstream” in Founder's Day. I couldn't believe it.

Favorite episode:
Red + Vee: Let the Right One In.

Of all the books in the world, why start a site for TVD?
Red: We’ve both been involved in the L.J. Smith fandom since the 90s, and I have website experience because set up and run the major fanfic archive for the fandom. When we heard the news that the show was in the works, we decided that it would be a great idea to give the books a voice and explain to all these new fans where the TV show came from so they could enjoy the books, too.
Vee: We have a deep love for this series that stretches back to when the original book series was published, so we've been TVD fans for two decades now. We felt it was important to give that history a solid foundation online and to build upon it has the TV show moved forward. Neither one of us is a person who just starts a fansite because we can; there's a deep attachment and love for this series and we wanted to share that with other people, be it fellow old-school fans and new ones.

Hopes for the future of TVD books and/or show:
Red: With the recent news that L.J. Smith is no longer working on the books, really my hopes for the future there are that whoever is chosen to write them will do the characters and the story justice.
Vee: I hope the producers and writers continue to tell Vampire Diaries the way they feel is best.

Message for the TVD Fandom:
Red: No matter which characters are our favourites or which relationships we like best, we’re all fans of the Vampire Diaries. Be excellent to each other.
Vee: Ditto.