The Vampire Diaries (novel series)
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The Vampire Diaries: The Return: Midnight
|Author||L. J. Smith (books 1-7)
Ghostwriter (books 8+)
|Country||United States of America|
|Media type||Print (hardcover, paperback), eBook|
The Vampire Diaries is a young adult vampire horror series of novels created by L. J. Smith. The story centers on Elena Gilbert, a young high school girl who finds herself eventually torn between two vampire brothers, Stefan and Damon Salvatore.
Publishing history 
The series was originally published in 1991-1992 and revolves around Stefan and Elena as the two main protagonists. The first three novels in the original series (The Awakening, The Struggle, and The Fury) all feature Stefan Salvatore and Elena Gilbert as the narrators of the series, while the last book in the original series, Dark Reunion, is from Bonnie McCullough viewpoint, as Elena is dead.
After taking a long hiatus from writing, Smith published the first installment of "The Return" trilogy, Nightfall, on February 10, 2009. Shadow Souls, the second book of "The Return" trilogy, was released on March 16, 2010. The third and final book of "The Return" trilogy, Midnight, was released on March 15, 2011.
The trilogy after The Return trilogy, The Hunters, was written by a ghostwriter. In fact, Smith signed a "work for hire" contract back when she had written the original Vampire Diaries novel trilogy, which means Alloy owns the copyrights to the series. Smith had originally intended to call the books in "The Hunters" trilogy Phantom, Evensong and Eternity, but the third book was called Destiny Rising by the ghostwriter. Phantom was released on October 25, 2011, Moonsong on March 13, 2012, and Destiny Rising on October 23, 2012.
|2010||Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite Book||Nominated|
Television adaptation 
On February 6, 2009, Variety announced that The CW Television Network greenlit the pilot for a television series entitled The Vampire Diaries with Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec set as the writers and executive producers. On May 19, 2009, the pilot was officially ordered to series for the 2009-2010 season.
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- "UK cover for The Hunters: Moonsong revealed + short synopses for Phantom and Moonsong". July 28, 2011.
- "The Hunters: Destiny Rising cover and release dates revealed + read the first 80 pages of Moonsong". February 29, 2012.
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