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Elena Gilbert is the most beautiful and popular girl in Robert E. Lee High School. She is driven by a desire to be best at everything, and takes an interest in a handsome new student named Stefan Salvatore, who repeatedly avoids her. Stefan eventually rescues Elena from Tyler Smallwood on the night of the Homecoming Dance. Afterward, the two gradually bond, leading him to reciprocate her affections. As the pair fall in love, their town of Fell's Church is being terrorised by inexplicable, horrifying 'animal attacks', with Stefan becoming a suspect. When Elena tries to confront Stefan, she discovers his terrible secret. Stefan is a vampire, born in the Italian Renaissance during the late fifteenth century. But Stefan isn't the one who has been committing the murders; the perpetrator is Stefan's diabolical brother, Damon Salvatore, who lives to wreak havoc and distribute misery on Stefan's life. The two brothers were turned vampire by the coquettish German Lady Katherine edin Swartzchild, whom they both loved. Katherine was sent to stay with Stefan and Damons family to recover from an 'illness'. When Stefan and Damon had an argument over Katherine and asked her to choose between them she got upset and ran off. The next morning her dress was found with a pile of ashes and her ring under a tree. The two brothers had a fight to the death, in which they both killed each other. They wake up days later inside their tomb. The reason why Stefan initially avoided Elena was because Elena is a drop dead ringer of Katherine. For this same reason, Damon also chooses to pursue Elena, following her around in the magical disguise of a crow and he invades her dreams. Despite the duress, Elena rejects Damon's advances and remains stoically loyal to Stefan. Elena's rejection angers Damon. In a fit of rage, he provokes Stefan to fight. In the aftermath, Stefan disappears. The townspeople of Fell's Church believe Stefan's disappearance cements the truth that Stefan is behind the attacks. However, Elena's sure she doesn't know what had really happened. She thinks Damon is responsible for Stefan's disappearance, and she knows Stefan is in grave danger. When Elena is in class everything fits together and she storms out.
 The Struggle
Picking up where The Awakening left off, Elena confronts Damon about Stefan's disappearance. But when Elena stands firm on her rejection of Damon's romantic advances, Damon refuses to help find Stefan. Elena must turn to her best friends, Bonnie McCullough and Meredith Sulez. Bonnie, who is believed to have psychic powers, uses magic to track down Stefan. The girls discover Stefan trapped in the bottom of a well, close to death. After Stefan's rescue, Elena offers him her blood to recover. own's belief that he perpetrated the horrific 'animal' attacks, Stefan still faces hostility in the town. And as the town's monumental anniversary,'Founder's Day' approaches, Elena reaches her breaking point. Elena's adversary, Caroline Forbes, has stolen Elena's diary. Elena confesses all her secrets to her diary, and its contents can be read as evidence that Stefan is a violent criminal. Worried about Stefan's mental well-being, Elena enlists the help of her friends to retrieve the diary. Bonnie, Meredith and Elena try to break into Caroline's house to find the diary to no success, and Caroline's family comes home too soon. In a mad attempt to escape, Elena gets isolated from the two other girls. She discovers Damon lurking in the shadows of the Forbes house. Damon offers to help Elena's cause - if Elena gives him blood in return. Elena refuses. Vampires can only enter the house of a human if they are invited in, after they are invited in they can come and go as they please. To gain access to Elena's home Damon influences Elena's Uncle Robert to
whom she has had a passionate relationship with throughout the first two volumes. doesn't fight back and allows her to clumsily and savagely bite him. The dogs are all sitting. having recently died and risen as a Vampire.. Damon compels Elena into a blood exchange. Later that night Elena hears Damon break in. Stefan. Damon smugly accepts Elena's thanks. Damon eventually commands her to stop and takes her in search of human blood. and they exchange blood.Caroline's reading her own diary. It is vicious and brutal. She then drowns in the car. Elena tells Stefan about the diaries. Frustrated by their reactions. Stefan will stay and fight for his innocence.  The Fury This book begins with the newly "turned" Elena watching Damon and Stefan engaged in a fight to the death. but instead Elena attacks him. She knows she is safe because her room is in the older half of the house (half of Elena's house was burnt down hundreds of years ago and another half was built onto it. otherwise she will die. as if waiting for a . because of his love for Elena. However. Soon after. choosing between Damon bleeding Elena. Margaret. but his satisfaction quickly turns to anger when he hears about Elena's engagement. Elena angrily drives to Stefan's residence. when Caroline tries to read the diary. Elena thinks Damon's Powers may be responsible. But when she finally gets there. The reader is led to believe she is referring to Stefan. Damon had stolen back Elena's. Stefan lies her underneath a willow tree and leaves to find Damon. upon recognizing Elena. trying to process all the new information.She feels there is something lurking in the dark. She jumps into the car and tries to cross running water. Stefan is relieved when Elena remembers their love and Damon is enraged. but their attempts are futile. Elena sacrifices herself. The great distress she feels watching this draws both Stefan and Damon to her. Initially she does not recognize the brothers due to her confused state. but the three are distracted by the strange behaviour of a large pack of the towns pet dogs. and fully intends to kill him for hurting Damon. Afterwards Damon hides her in Alaric Saltzman's attic and once she has rested. The bridge then breaks and she drives into the water. her disorientation begins to lift. it is discovered that the diaries have been switched . as she thinks this will keep her safe. overhearing a conversation on her way which indicates the new history teacher is more than he appears. Elena's Aunt and Uncle are also less than thrilled. so somehow it counts as two houses and Damon has only been invited into the half where Elena's bed room isn't) But when Damon gives her a terrifying ultimatum. Stefan intervenes. Stefan tells Elena that even if Caroline reveals the contents of Elena's diary to the whole town. however he realises that Elena must drink human blood in order to complete her transformation into a vampire. worried about the attention more dead bodies may bring. Bonnie and Meredith find her dead in the river. Elena storms off. But there's something malevolent about the weather. Stefan. Stefan then proposes to Elena. believing he did it. Stefan explains to Matt what has happened to Elena and convinces him to let her feed from him so she will complete the transition. borrowing her friend's car. Stefan isn't home. Elena stumbles upon her own memorial service. Elena is deeply upset about the way she attacked Stefan and sneaks out of Alaric's house.. On Founder's Day. and there is something peculiar going on with the weather. and it wants Elena dead. but soon a flicker of memory causes her to realize the one she loves is hurt and needs her help. or her baby sister. Elena then wakes up as a vampire as she drank enough of Stefan's and Damon's blood to begin the change.invite him in to their home for thanksgiving. Elena and her friends try their best to steal Elena's diary. While wandering.
They concoct a plan and lure Tyler into the graveyard. It transpires that Katherine.  The Return: Nightfall When Elena sacrificed herself to save the two vampire brothers who love her — the handsome. She also finds a possible romance with Matt Honeycutt. Under his teaching. Katherine was infuriated by the brother's continuing feud. Not knowing what to do. Meredith. to conclude that the same Power which forced Elena off of the bridge is still stalking the town and is targeting specifically Elena's loved ones. faked her own death 500 years before in a vain attempt to bring the brothers closer so they could be her eternal companions. . Out of jealousy she plots an elaborate revenge. Bonnie takes the leading role as she writes in the diary. they rose as Vampires.  Dark Reunion As a psychic. Damon appears out of nowhere and proves his loyalty as he stakes Klaus. but she made the ultimate sacrifice to save the town and that she loves Elena either way. A source of power has infiltrated Fells Church. But the dreams quickly turn frightening. They charge Klaus and carry him away. Tyler reveals startling information about the killer. until the owner of one of the dogs tries to approach her. so she fled to Klaus. Elena holds Katherine there until the older vampire disintegrates and is badly burned herself as Katherine had already removed the protective ring from Elena's hand. and the brothers. The book ends with a diary entry from Bonnie.In the end Elena has forgotten about the hate she had for Damon and she finds he's not evil. Matt. Katherine learns that Stefan has fallen in love with Elena. They find out Klaus. However. Bonnie has dreams of Elena in the Other World. After threatening him. More strange events lead the three vampires. Klaus makes a deal with Stefan. As Katherine debates the most preferable order and method of their deaths. who admits that Elena was neither perfect nor a saint. Her plan failed. Katherine became more powerful and quite unstable. The four find out from Meredith's mad grandfather that the only thing that can weaken Klaus is White Ash wood. the pack suddenly turns on him and he is only saved by Stefan's intervention. Which causes the death of one of their friends. beginning with the systematic torture of Stefan. They ignore his threat and follow. She eventually has Damon. She appears as a glowing mist along with the spirits of Civil War soldiers that had fought and died in Fell's Church. They see Stefan with a branch of White Ash wood and Bonnie realizes it's a trap and cries out to Stefan before he gets hurt. "Come alone or the girl dies. The ending is the most surprising yet for Elena's friends as she almost leaves forever and then is granted another chance to come back to life so she takes it. putting its inhabitants in danger.command. hating one another more than ever." Bonnie. Stefan and Elena tied up in an underground crypt where she plans to torture and dispose of them all. Meredith. Elena has died in Stefan's arms after she made him promise to take good care of Damon. the vampire who made Katherine a vampire is the killer. forcing Katherine into a shaft of sunlight and tearing off her protective lapiz lazuli necklace. Stefan pulls Elena back into the shadows but it is too late. After some research in the library Stefan realizes Tyler Lockwood is a werewolf. Klaus isn't hurt badly. and has captured Caroline. with the help of Bonnie. Meredith and Matt try to persuade Stefan to take some of their blood to make him stronger but he refuses and warns them not to follow. and Bonnie use a summoning spell to call for Stefan and Damon — but whose side is Damon on? This novel greatly expands Bonnie and Meredith as characters. the one who had turned her into a vampire on her death bed. the vampire who turned Damon and Stefan. Elena manages to free herself. They are losing the fight and Stefan is on the brink of death. as they had both ingested Katherine's blood. he's special. There is a fight at the old Francher place deep in the Old Wood. Matt and Alaric. killed each other and. and he attacks Damon. Bonnie screams for Elena.
under the control of the Malach and the Kitsune. Bonnie. Shinichi only agrees to tell them the whereabouts of Stefan's prison if he can take away all Damon's memories of the past time he has spent with Elena. Matt enlists the help of the local doctor and her nephew. wants nothing to do with humanity . Elena. a white feather with blood on it or a heart made out of two thin lines of smoke (this last cover is available in Latin America and Spain). and is trying to make a better relationship for him and Elena. adding a choice to her already mixed up life. While this is going on. along with Elena and Matt. called "Kitsune" manage to control Damon. Matt learns that Damon changed the note from a backup file on the computer. Meredith and Matt. During this time.she gives the love she would give to Stefan to Damon. What brother does she really want? Stefan is imprisoned here. who is now stuck as a vampire. and Isobel's grandmother. on the other hand. Bonnie and Meredith join Elena as all three are forced to enter as slaves. and Matt driving off to find Stefan. her blood pulses with an overwhelming and unique force that makes her blood irresistible to any vampire. Now Elena is not just human. Elena later finds out the gift she got from the Kitsune is a flower that can turn a vampire into human. the chained and leashed property of a vampire – Damon. The book ends with Damon. He tells her to trust her friends until he gets back. Bonnie. Only by these means may they be able to find Stefan's keys to release him and then Elena will be able to reunite with her soulmate. but humans must live as slaves of their supernatural masters. He leaves a note on Elena's computer explaining to her the reasons of his departure. a world where vampires and demons roam free. Elena then helps Damon remember who he really is by destroying the Malach inside him. When Matt sees Elena and Damon getting too close he turns back and sends Bonnie and Meredith to inform Elena what's happening back home. to keep their home together until Elena. Elena Gilbert is once again at the center of magic and danger beyond her imagination. She and Damon exchange blood many times throughout the book(in some very steamy ways) and in turn finds she has true feelings for him. Damon. When the two confront the Kitsune.Under their influence. And once more. Stefan wants to find a way to keep Elena safe so that they can make a life together. They must journey to the slums of the Dark Dimension. back home Matt is hiding from the law and trying to fight the evil kitsune who are destroying the very core of their community. Damon forgets his repentance and the friendship and alliance he has come to have with Elena. both her body and soul. she was consigned to a fate beyond death until a powerful supernatural force pulled her back. Once they learn that Damon changed it they try to figure out why and learn that he was possessed by one of the malach the whole time. Elena.  The Return: Shadow Souls A penitent Damon. the boarding house owner. Stefan is lured away from Fell's Church with promises of mortality again. and Damon return. When getting back to the boarding house Damon's curiosity gets the better of him and the flower turns him human with one smell. But Fell's Church is in danger again. Damon. Elena is forced to entrust her life to Damon. and was supposed to be for Stefan. The Book cover for The Return:Nightfall features Elena.brooding Stefan and the sleek and dangerous Damon. Damon. and only Elena can free him by finding the two hidden halves of the kitsune key to his cell. What's more. The flower was from a kitsune Stefan met in the Dark Dimension. and Meredith must all fit into the world of the Dark Dimension and venture into its deadly high society. Elena becomes closer to Damon. using "Malach" which take control of his body. Stefan isn't there to help. the handsome but deadly vampire who wants Elena. They agree. He is going to kill himself. Stefan. changes the note so that it now reads that Stefan is leaving for good and that he leaves Damon the responsibility of looking after Elena. who was once a priestess. These two creatures. follows Stefan into the darkest dimension in an attempt to set him free from the prison he has been tricked into instead of the salvation he was seeking. Only after Shinichi does this does Elena realize why this was such a price to pay. Two magical fox spirits named Shinichi and Misao have been drawn to the town. She has powers and gifts that were bestowed on her in the afterlife. Later.
and is now stuck as a human. his reserved nature keeps him from making friends until Matt Honeycutt . where her killer. while Stefan does have a tendency to blame himself for things. he has been spotted on several occasions in T-shirts and jeans. Stefan is portrayed as very classically handsome and pale. but he is taller than his brother. Bonnie comments in Elena's diary when she first died that Elena was far from perfect and while she was never an angel. in a fatal car accident. classic features. with long blonde hair and blue eyes "the color of lapis lazuli". dark hair. his brother.  Characters • Elena Gilbert: There are repeated references in the series that state that she looks like an angel. slender and pale. he is also very kind. which leads to periods of intense depression. compassionate. He makes comparisons between her and former vampire girlfriend Katherine. and a bit of a romantic where Katherine (and later Elena) are concerned. chivalrous. much of Stefan's personality is influenced by the guilt and self-hatred he feels over his vampiric nature and the circumstances surrounding his "death. • Stefan Salvatore: Stefan is the "good" vampire brother. with wavy. Stefan initially attempts to ignore Elena. He is not imposingly tall. moody. Stefan and Damon are said to look "similar" to one another. probably influenced by his tutor and Catholic upbringing. Elena is madly in love with Stefan Salvatore though she does recognize that she also has feelings for Damon. and Damon as a vampire). Her school reputation is important to her. Elena breaks up with Matt Honeycutt around when school starts. feeling he has become more to her than one of her disposable boyfriends. However. making her blood irresistible to all beings. Elena transforms from an 'ice queen' to a more openminded person. though in the later books she starts to fall for Damon too. However. Damon. fine. Stefan and Damon only wish they could switch places (Stefan as a human. and broody. and his tutor taught him to dress as befitted his position. Following Katherine's "suicide" and his transformation into a vampire. Lee High School. In The Return: Nightfall she comes back perfectly normal albeit with supernatural powers intact. Stefan tends to wear expensive clothing. when she was younger and she is raised by her Aunt Judith. so she makes up a fake boyfriend to hide the fact Stefan has rejected her advances. she died a good person. Over the course of the series. angsty. she loves him like a friend or brother. She dies several times. changing from human to vampire (after she gets enough blood from both Salvatore brothers. He is the younger brother of Damon Salvatore. He has strong morals and a strict code of ethics. usually in black. Part of this is because he was once a member of the Italian nobility." and has never had to face reality because of his sheltered life. thought she only got blood from one boy) to spirit (after an unknown power brings her back). Growing up in Florence. though his brother does admit he has friends. and chooses to live in the shadows. and brave. Stefan spends his time "among books and paintings. he attempts to blend in with the other students at Robert E. She is beautiful. and deep oak green eyes. Personality-wise.the school quarterback . Stefan comes across as reclusive. Yet. though he realizes that beneath the looks they are very different people. Her parents died. The Book cover for The Return: Shadow Souls features Damon or a key with blood on it. He refuses to drink human blood. Elena is good at leading and initiating action but can be overly aggressive. which is the basis of the series. He seems quite naive. Matt can . Katherine. and he shows an odd penchant for sweaters. According to Damon. Stefan spends the next 500 years consumed with guilt." Readers have often called him mopey. responsible.comes along. Upon his arrival to Fell's Church. Elena has an incredibly strong romance with Stefan Salvatore.
Bonnie was the first person that opened up Damons humanity while he was still a vampire. However. pale skin and has a slim. Throughout the series he is also portrayed as a very dark. He is in love with Elena and is willing to do anything he can to protect her. • Damon Salvatore: Stefan's elder amoral vampire brother. He kills Mr. Damon has an aristocratic. Damon cares for Bonnie. Stefan is the weaker brother because he chooses not to drink human blood. His decision to live off the blood of animals makes his Power weaker than other vampires. He also believes it wrong to use his powers against those who are weaker than him. and would have little to no problem doing them again. which lessens his powers. and a very pragmatic outlook on life. pitch black eyes. He has no problem with killing humans. His history dates back to Renaissance Italy.usually at Stefan. He generally acts flippant. and constantly plays word games. He has also been shown to be willing to sacrifice himself in order to save the people he cares about. and even more especially when that issue involves his true feelings on a serious subject. In The Struggle. he has a bit of a temper (especially whenever his brother Damon is involved). He lives off animal blood. even if it means killing his older brother. Events in The Fury and Dark Reunion show that Damon is also capable of fierce loyalty and affection. Stefan's code of ethics forbid him from drinking human blood. Stefan breaks his promise to himself and drinks human blood. elegant demeanor. and at times he does seem self-absorbed in his own problems. though Elena receives more attention. Katherine offers to let Damon live and for him to reign in the shadows. only letting his emotions through when he's angry . He has a strong sense of duty and loyalty. Yet. though . has no conscience. In The Fury. He comes from a noble family. an offer . He displays a wicked sense of humor on several occasions. with black hair. He has no problem threatening and intimidating small children. and that Stefan's attempts to not feed on humans are therefore unnatural. Sometimes he even smiles. although he generally won't go out of his way to do so. Though Stefan is usually very gentle. His powers include being able to read at increased speed. and he can influence people's minds. he does have superhuman strength and agility. He believes that the vampire nature is inherently dark. Although we are given no glimpses into this mercenary life. but muscular body type.since Elena gives in to his blackmail . Stefan will rush over to try to help. Tanner. He shows feelings towards Elena and Bonnie. However. When he gets angry he shows violent tendencies. was his father's favorite and always acts like a gentleman. Damon is the "bad/evil" vampire brother. whenever the town or his friends are in danger. but claims he did so only because Tanner pulled a knife on him and that it was thus self-defense. evil seductive figure. He has a significantly very violent history due to his early vampire life. and he transforms into a hawk. Stefan's personality is not all doom and gloom. though he is often misunderstood. who was never close to him. He is heartless.sense Stefan is incredibly lonely. There is a definite connection between them. and can lose control.it'll never be known whether he really would've gone through with his threats to hurt Margaret. He also has problems trusting him. he relaxes and lets his guard down. careless and impulsive. and when he's around his friends. even as a human. especially when it comes to dancing around an issue. This gives him the power to change into an animal form. though Stefan blames himself for killing his brother and completing his transformation into a vampire. arrogant. Stefan admires Matt because of his goodness even though he is still in love with Elena. though he often shares blood with Elena. Damon describes him as selfish. Damon is selfcontained and reserved on the surface most of the time. when he started his own mercenary company. and he does so only sparingly (though he seems to have no problem with getting Damon to use his powers on others). it is strongly implied that he did immoral things with no regrets. Damon's morality is always in question—and he is constantly suspected of mischief. He and Matt become very close and best friends during "The Awakening". Finally. He is very handsome and sexy.
though she has strong psychic powers. is overwhelmed by her powers." Damon is described as extremely relentless. especially in The Fury. and loose black hair. "Go to hell. She falls in love with Alaric Saltzman and has a long distance relationship with him as he studies in Russia.both Elena and Stefan believe he will accept. He continues to be very protective of Elena. but afterward begins to think that Stefan might have killed Mr. • Bonnie McCullough: One of Elena's best friends. She is described as very elegant and beautiful. a small girl with deep brown eyes. but he shows some feelings for Bonnie. skill. Bonnie can be expansive and visionary but can be damsel-in-distress like. often making keen observations or (somewhat humorous) comments in a dry tone. • Matt Honeycutt: Elena's ex-boyfriend. although Matt is still in love with Elena. Later in the series. and attempts to repress the true extent of them without much success. that is not understood by others. though in the end he tells her. displaying grace. which in the ITV2 Season 1. she never wears make-up because she doesn't need any. Caroline turned on her for reasons unknown to Elena (and thus unknown to the reader). Damon is always there for Bonnie. In The Return: Shadow Souls it is also revealed that Elena also has very strong feelings for Damon-who now is in love with Elena. but does not share this knowledge with any of her friends. He never takes danger too seriously and possesses a dark sense of humor. this comes from all the blood he's taken in. While Matt is heartbroken at losing Elena to Stefan. She is normally very cool and unflappable. She is extremely cynical when it comes to vampires and the reason is suspected amongst fans to be because of the attack by Klaus on both her and her grandfather. small. She does things with minimal fuss. According to Elena. dark eyes. • Meredith Sulez: Meredith is tall. She is also the only human female in the novel that seems to be completely unfazed by Damon Salvatore and the only person that Damon admits to being afraid of. She has a very wry personality. and competent. He has deep feelings for Elena. She cares for him. and when Elena returns on the first day of school. as well as very little regard for human life in contrast with his brother Stefan. heavy black lashes. loyal and is described as the friendly boy-nextdoor type. Caroline is extremely competitive. calm under pressure. almost translucent. She begins to develop feelings for Matt Honeycutt. like a Vogue model. Calm and collected: Meredith seems to be one of the most sensible and grounded characters in the books and amongst Elena's friends and often comes across as "the voice of reason". and is always perfectly coiffed. Matt is extremely jealous of Stefan and still pines for Elena. • Caroline Forbes: Caroline is tall. Damon is regarded as one of the strongest vampires who reside on Earth. as we mostly only see her being adversarial to Elena. and relatively harmless. Stefan describes it as "damon humor". He's a typical All-American high school quarterback with blond hair. Matt helps Stefan escape the Haunted House on the night of the attack. Elena notes that she and Caroline used to be the best of friends. curvaceous and bronzed. light blue eyes and tan skin. She has wavy auburn hair and catlike. bright green eyes. There is also something going on between Bonnie and Damon. Tanner. and seems to be willing to do . he accepts it. He is forgiving. though they developed a healthy rivalry for social status in their social group and at their school. She frequently wears skimpy clothing that emphasizes her assets. At some point over the summer while Elena was in France. a Heart shape face. slanted. red curly hair and light skin. Caroline's personality is difficult to ascertain. Bonnie. She is somewhat of a child and faints constantly as she lacks self restrainment of her powers. a witch. she is met with a surprisingly cold reception from her former friend. the relationship between Stefan and Matt is closer to that of best friends. and dignity. with an olive complexion. supporting their beliefs that Damon is taking advantage of her. Bonnie is often said to resemble a kitten —cute. and Damon has saved her on many occasions.
anything to get what she wants. He falls in love with Meridith later on. she catatonically says that the murderer said she is next. Then she is accused of killing Sue because she relapsed after her death and she was the only one present. later married to. Once it is established that Stefan is not the killer plaguing the town. She takes social slights very personally. Caroline seems to have a change of heart. which would age him at around 23 years old at the top end. She is engaged to. however after the turnaround of events and her transition away from the "fast crowd". and selfish doing everything in her power to get what she wants. Later on. cunning. and stops speaking ill of Elena. Alaric is immediately concerned for his safety upon learning he's gone to meet with Caroline. He focused his research on vampire victims. She is caring and one of the last people Elena talks to before dying the first time. specialising in the research of psychic powers. and can't stand to see innocents hurt. Robert. He smiles a lot during The Struggle. • Alaric Saltzman: The new young History teacher that was in suspicion of being a vampire hunter when he was in fact studying vampires ever since he discovered that they were real. He's clearly not a teacher. Elena assesses him to be around four or five years older than she is. and seems to value social status above most other things. though she briefly broke the engagement after Elena's death. Alaric is good at power-seeking and has high material goals. • Vickie Bennett: was at the cemetery with Elena when they left the dance. His research took a sideways step upon the discovery of the victim of a vampire.  Supporting characters • Judith Gilbert: Elena's aunt. It's clear he feels comfortable around groups of people. The reason for their secrecy may well be the inappropriate nature of a student/teacher relationship. He's an experimental psychologist from Duke University. it is considered unlikely by her new friends. there are implications that the relationship is serious and going strong. hazel eyes. he's really not a violent person. He even denies being a vampire hunter when Damon accuses him of it. having an easy-going nature. regardless of legal or ethical implications. In Dark Reunion. she had a thin. becoming the foremost expert in the field. Despite trying to appear as a fearsome vampire killer. She was attacked and that caused her to go insane and she accused Elena of being part of it. in The Fury. and Elena observes that he's not really much older than the students in his class. Alaric is good-looking with an athletic build. and has a long distance relationship with her while he goes abroad to further his studies. falling back on what must be his own area of comfort to get to know the students and the potential killer among them by inviting them all to his place for a party. and while they don't really have any romantic scenes together. and likely not just to save his own skin. Bonnie believes Alaric is 22. She is the sort of woman who always looked vaguely flustered. even though Alaric only went to Fell's Church to research vampires and only used teaching as a cover. She is left . and a desire to connect with people. mild face and flyaway red hair pushed back untidily. where he will no doubt be ambushed. She had stayed there in the church with Dick. nor are they as outwardly affectionate and physically clingy as Stefan and Elena. and is able to function well as a host. Alaric develops a relationship with Meredith on the sly. He has a boyish smile. After Elena's second and then-final death. Bonnie and Meredith. She is also manipulative. she rejoins her old friends. thinking it was the best for Margaret. When Bonnie and Meredith go to her house. and sandy brown hair (which he wears a little long). She moved in with Elena and her baby sister Margaret right after the death of the girl's parents.
but is later violently murdered by Klaus. • Mr. According to his words. One day. peachy skin and light blue eyes. and he existed long ago before the pyramids were built. and months afterwards he took her under his care and instructed her how to be malevolent and despotic. • Tyler Smallwood: A direct descendant of the Smallwoods that were present at the founding of Fells Church. She is revealed to be the Other Power that is damaging the town and is killed by Elena. during The Return: Nightfall. but in Dark Reunion he showed up in Fell's Church. though he later realized that Elena was emotionally stronger than Katherine. She has platinum blond hair. Centuries later Katherine thought that she killed him. Tyler took Elena away to the graveyard where she saw his grandfather's grave. who was docile and gentle as was the standard in Renaissance Italy. killing one of Bonnie and Meredith's friends (Sue Carson) and also Vickie Bennett later. who offered a partnership to Damon in order to destroy the entire . in the late 15 century. He is tall and muscular with black hair. Katherine reveals in The Fury that she always loved Stefan more than Damon. saying that it is not yet her time to rejoin her deceased parents. He appears to be quite insane. but. • Shinichi: Shinichi is a magical fox spirit called "Kitsune" from Japan. The two brothers fought to the 'death' because of her loss. she is revealed to be a witch like Bonnie and helps the friends search for Elena in the woods. At first. That girl was Katherine von Swartzschild. it was dormant until he knew how to activate the werewolf gene. leaving behind a pile of ashes in one of her dresses. though he looks young and handsome. He then turned her into a vampire. Stefan comes to save her and Tyler has hated the two ever since. instead of having to choose between them. he appeared as a dark and mysterious person. Katherine turned the two brothers into vampires in an attempt to be happy with both brothers. he is dragged to hell by the spirits of Fell's Church that died in the Civil war. electric blue eyes and silver hair. because her young mistress was dying. Damon killed Tanner in the haunted house at the Halloween dance in The Awakening.  Antagonists • Katherine: The young vampire whom Damon and Stefan both fell in love with when they were humans during the Italian Renaissance. feeding her with his blood. • Klaus: Klaus is a pureblood vampire. • Margaret Gilbert: Elena's much younger sister. pale skin and dark eyes. In The Fury. they once thought her to just be a crazy old woman. He is also the unknowing father of Caroline's unborn baby at the end of The Return: Nightfall. He is known as being very attractive. Margaret is almost attacked by Katherine in the form of a cat. Flowers: Owner of the boarding house where Stefan lives. The people thought that he was the devil himself. Katherine dies in 'The Fury' from burning to death after Elena pushed her into a shaft of sunlight. Tyler makes an aggressive move for Elena and to Meredith later on in the books. and loves to play with his victims before killing them.under the protection of Damon by his brother Stefan. She is small with light brown hair and dark brown eyes. his body found by Bonnie later on. who is 4 years old. She physically resembles Elena which caused Stefan's initial attraction to Elena. He has pale skin. In the end. When this didn't work she staged her 'suicide' by going into the sunlight without her ring. one of the Old Ones. he fought in the Trojan war and even helped for the downfall of the Roman empire. • Mrs. Tanner: Elena and Stefan's history teacher. He is later revealed to be a werewolf. a maid showed up and begged for his help. who has never been human. In the first book. and even secretly talks to her as a vampire after her death. pink. Elena considers her to be very innocent. he lived in a village in Germany.
in the television series. to make Damon one of her pawns. In the TV series. His personality is twisted and evil. Stefan is lured away from the town with the promise of becoming a human again. and was presented as a point-and-click adventure game with complex puzzles punctuated by full-motion video scenes. In the TV series. while Matt has no siblings in the books. the most obvious one probably being the change in Elena's physical appearance. oblivious friend. American Laser Games.Fell's Church. The game was developed by Her Interactive. Despite the fact that they're brother and sister. and black eyes. Misao possessed Caroline with malach. Caroline Forbes has a big personality change. In the beginning of Nightfall. One of Elena's best friends in the novels is Meredith Sulez. she has a slightly younger brother named Jeremy. Elena has a four-year-old sister named Margaret but in the TV series. and used her bad feelings for Elena to making them sign a contract. Under their influence. also called The Vampire Diaries. like home made piercings and offering sex to the older boys. mostly among the young girls. In his human form. Inc. • Misao: Misao is Shinichi's twin sister. Shinichi and his twin sister. 2009. used terrible tentacled creatures. almost translucent skin. She is beautiful with long. thick dark hair and dark gray eyes. Georgia. Bonnie also has a physical and name change in the television series. Georgia. while he and Misao spread the malach like a virus among the citizens of Fall's Church. In the books. Filming for the series began in July 2009 in Covington. Shinichi made Damon torture Elena and even kidnap her. Misao. Vickie is Matt's sister. Many changes were made when adapting the novel series to a television show. Variety announced that The CW Television Network greenlighted the pilot for a television series entitled The Vampire Diaries with Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec set as the writers and executive producers. she does not exist. but rather strong. On February 6. corrupting his body and his soul. making her believe that Stefan wanted her to be under Damon's care. Shinichi looks like a young and beautiful Asian boy with pitch black hair. while in her fox form she has more than six tails and black and scarlet fur. In her human form Misao looks like pretty young Asian girl with long black hair. Elena is portrayed to have pale. but in the television series.Flowers into the woods. The malach entered his body and took him over from the inside. In the TV series Bonnie's ancestor was a servant of Katherine's who helped to protect her. called Malach. red all around the tips and golden eyes. However in the novels. long blonde hair reaching almost to her waist and dark blue eyes the colour of lapis lazuli. dark hair and brown eyes. always plotting ways to bring Elena down but in the television series. played by Katerina Graham. Matt. and used her to spread the virus-like creatures in the town. which enabled Caroline to get her revenge on Elena and Stefan. Dr. Shinichi. However. The high school and football scenes were shot at Walton Career Academy in Monroe. Her personality is spoiled and arrogant. like the case with Matt. she appeared in Caroline's mirror in the form of the girl's reflection. making him entirely under Shinichi's will.Alpert and Mrs. and is not timid as Bonnie is in the book. and they even shared a hot and intimate kiss in the scene where they lured Bonnie. In his real fox form he has more than six tails and black and red fur. On May 19. he and Elena . 2009. who has tanned skin. With the influence and help of Damon. published a video game adaptation of the novels. the pilot was officially ordered to series for the 20092010 season. who is also in love with Matt. she is Elena's self-involved. the girls did terrible things to themselves. Stefan has a strict 'no human blood' rule. Misao has a passionate and sexual attachment to her brother.  Adaptations In 1996. Meredith. trading in her red curls and pale skin for dark skin and black hair. scarlet all around the tips. Elena is played by Nina Dobrev. In the books she is mainly nasty. In the books. which can be the size of a pinhead or big enough to swallow your entire arm.
In the books. Stefan was renting a room at a boarding house in the book. They are also younger than the brothers in the books since they were turned during the Civil War. . Isobel. Isobel.exchange blood often and willingly. is an Asian girl that lives with her grandmother and her younger sister. after Elena's parents died. and now expresses an interest in Jenna. but in the TV series he has already been married to Elena's biological mother. her Aunt Judith (who is engaged to Robert) came to look after her and Margaret. the Salvatores own the boarding home since the brothers are originally from Mystic Falls. while in the TV series. but in the TV series. in the book Nightfall. Elena and Jeremy's Aunt Jenna looks after them and Robert does not exist. Also in the books Alaric Saltzman is 22 years old and Meredith's boyfriend and later fiance.
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