"For over a century, I have lived in secret. Until now. I know the risk, but I have to know her."
Dark, brooding, pulsing with bloodlust, and transcendent with romance, The Vampire Diaries started as a series of must-read novels by L.J. Smith before becoming a television hit. Season One offers unforgettable characters, living and undead. They are vampire brothers Damon and Stefano Salvatore, one evil and one good; Elena, a double for the beauty both brothers loved some 150 years earlier; plus Jeremy, Bonnie, Matt and more denizens of Mystic Falls, VA. All are caught up in a spellbinding web of secrets, passion and terror.
Still grieving the tragic death of her parents, Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev) returns to Mystic Falls High School with hopes of reconnecting with her friends and nurturing what family she has left. All hopes of a normal year fade, however, when she meets Stephen Salvatore (Paul Wesley), a new student, and his brother, Damon (Ian Somerhalder). The siblings share more than just dark good looks, a deep interest in Elena - they're both vampires, and one of them won't stop until he's gotten a taste of Elena's blood.