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10 Things You Didn’t Know About… The Vampire Diaries
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10 Things You Didn’t Know About… The Vampire Diaries

You couldn’t move for vampire stories back in 2006, but few have lasted the distance. One that has, however, is The Vampire Diaries, the hit teen fantasy drama, the eighth and final season of which comes to DVD this week and which you can order now on the right-hand side of the page. 

Starring Ian Somerhalder, Nina Dobrev and Paul Wesley, the series is set in the wonderfully named Mystic Falls, Virginia, a small town haunted and surrounded by supernatural beings like vampires, werewolves and witches. Into the mix is thrown Dobrev’s Elena, a naive high school student who finds herself the object of affection of Stefan and Damon, two very different vampire brothers.

To celebrate the arrival of the new series on DVD we thought we’d have some fun and present 10 things you didn’t know about The Vampire Diaries


Co-Creator Kevin Williamson initially wanted nothing to do with the show…

When Williamson, who’d made his name as the writer of Scream and the creator of Dawson’s Creek, was pitched the idea for The Vampire Diaries, he was initially very dismissive of the idea. Thinking it was a Twilight rip-off, Williamson was eventually talked round by co-creator Julie Plec after she persuaded him to read Smith’s novels. Once he started reading Williamson was hooked...


Zach Roerig, Michael Trevino and Paul Wesley all wanted a very different role…

Though they all found fame on the show in their own right Roerig, Trevino and Wesley all originally wanted a different role, that of Damon, the part that ended up going to the one and only Ian Somerhalder...


Ian Somerhalder originally wanted a role on another vampire drama…

Before he landed the role of Damon, Somerhalder had originally set his sights on a very different vampire drama. He auditioned for the role of Jason Stackhouse on HBO’s True Blood, the dimwitted brother of the show’s heroine Sookie. In the end, he lost out to Ryan Kwanten for that role and turned his attention to The Vampire Diaries.


Klaus and Abby are together offscreen too…

Persia White’s Abby wasn’t in the show for very long, just six episodes in the end, but it was enough to change her life forever as she met and began dating Joseph Morgan, a.k.a Klaus. They’re married now.


One of TV’s biggest stars didn’t get a part on the show, twice…

Stephen Amell, who now stars as Oliver Queen in DC’s massive success story Arrow, failed to secure roles on the show twice. First, he was up for the role of Mason Lockwood, then for the role of Elijah, he did, however, get there eventually, playing the role of Brady during the show’s second season.


He’s not the only big star to have guested on The Vampire Diaries

The Walking Dead’s Lauren Cohan, Chicago Fire’s Taylor Kinney (you might know him a bit better from his engagement to Lady Gaga…), The OC’s Melinda Clarke and even Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast Gabby Douglas have all made brief appearances on the show.


High School Musical’s Ashlee Tisdale turned the show down…

Back during the initial casting process producers were very keen to land a big name to launch the show and Tisdale, fresh from starring in Disney’s massive hit High School Musical trilogy, was the one they wanted for the role of Elena. As it turned though she wasn’t keen and in the end, Nina Dobrev was chosen.


Williamson wanted to bring one of his old success stories back…

Williamson made his name producing hugely successful teen drama in Dawson’s Creek and was keen to keep some connection with his old show by casting star James Van Der Beek as Alaric in The Vampire Diaries. In the end, though Williamson decided he wanted a fresh cast and went with Matthew Davis.


The show has its own comic…

It’s operated by DC Comics and it began its run, fittingly, on Halloween in 2013.


And now has a successful spin-off…

It’s called The Originals and it's doing very well indeed.


The Vampire Diaries' Eighth and final season is out now and available here in hmv's online store. You can also check out the show's full back catalogue here. 

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