The Vampire Diaries (novel series)
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The Vampire Diaries. The Salvation: Unseen
|Author||L. J. Smith (books 1-7)
Unknown ghostwriter (books 8-10)
Aubrey Clark (books 11-13)
|Publisher||Harper Paperbacks (books 1-10)
47North (book 11-13)
Hodder Children's Books (books 1-present)
|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 cute young high school girl who finds her heart eventually torn between two vampire brothers, Stefan and Damon Salvatore.
The series was originally published in 1991-1992 and it revolves around Stefan Salvatore and Elena Gilbert as the two main protagonists. The first three novels in the original series (The Awakening, The Struggle, and The Fury) all feature Stefan and Elena as the narrators of the series, while the last book in the original series, Dark Reunion, is from Bonnie McCullough's viewpoint.
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.
The first installment of The Salvation trilogy, Unseen, was written by ghostwriter Aubrey Clark and released on May 2, 2013. The second book of The Salvation trilogy, Unspoken, was written by ghostwriter Aubrey Clark and released on November 7, 2013, while the third and final book, Unmasked, also written by Clark, will be released May 6, 2014. The first two books of The Salvation trilogy were first released on Amazon.com as a paperback and ebook. Unmasked is available for pre-order purchase in five formats as of March 11, 2014 at Amazon.com. 
On January 15, 2014, Smith announced that she would be continuing to write her version of The Vampire Diaries before she was fired by Alloy. Smith would continue to write her books on Amazon Kindle as fan fiction and are not part of the official series. The Evensong arc would pick up where The Return: Midnight had left off and it takes place in an alternate world from the official series that follow Midnight. The three titles in the Evensong trilogy are Paradise Lost, War Of Roses and Into The Woods.
|2010||Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite Book||Nominated|
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.
The Stefan's Diaries are six novels based on the TV series, attributed to Lisa Jane Smith but actually ghostwritten. They tell Stefan and Damon's past since Katherine's arrival. As they were written during the series broadcast, some things differ, such as the story of the original Vampires.
- The Vampire Diaries. Stefan's Diaries: Origins (November 2, 2010)
- The Vampire Diaries. Stefan's Diaries: Bloodlust (January 4, 2011)
- The Vampire Diaries. Stefan's Diaries: The Craving (March 3, 2011)
- The Vampire Diaries. Stefan's Diaries: The Ripper (November 8, 2011)
- The Vampire Diaries. Stefan's Diaries: The Asylum (January 17, 2012)
- The Vampire Diaries. Stefan's Diaries: The Compelled (March 12, 2012)
- "The Return Trilogy". Retrieved 27 April 2013.
- "The Shadow Souls Twin Fox Ring Contest and Lots More". Ye Olde Blog by L.J. July 19, 2012. Retrieved April 27, 2013.
- "The New Name for the next Vampire Diaries Trilogy is...". Ye Olde Blog by L.J. September 25, 2010. Retrieved April 27, 2013.
- "L J Smith (creator of The Vampire Diaries books) Fired From Writing the Rest of the Series". Retrieved April 27, 2013.
- "Interview with L.J. Smith part deux". Retrieved April 27, 2013.
- "The Hunters: Destiny Rising". October 23, 2013. Retrieved April 27, 2013.
- "The Hunters Vol. I: Phantom U.S. & U.K. covers revealed". April 25, 2011.
- "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.
- "Vampire Diaries The Salvation: Unseen – L.J. Smith". May 3, 2013. Retrieved May 20, 2013.
- "Amazon.com The Vampire Diaries: The Salvation: Unspoken". March 11, 2014.
- "Amazon.com The Vampire Diaries: The Salvation: Unmasked". March 11, 2014.
- "L.J. Smith's New Vampire Diaries Series". January 15, 2014.
- "Vampire Diaries book series nominated for 2010 Kids’ Choice Award".
- Michael Schneider (February 5, 2009). "CW picks up 'Vampire Diaries' pilot". Variety.
- Nellie Andreeva. "CW picks up 'Melrose Place,' 'Vampire Diaries'". The Hollywood Reporter.
- "THE CW NETWORK ANNOUNCES FALL PREMIERE DATES". The Futon Critic.
- "The Vampire Diaries. The Stefan's Diaries".
- "Stefan’s Diaries #4: The Ripper due for release 8th November, 2011".
- "The Vampire Diaries: Stefan's Diaries #5: The Asylum".
- "Stefan’s Diaries #6 title announced".