Stefan’s Diaries: Origins by L.J. Smith Review 2/5

stefans diaries origins

Overall Impression: A pleasant way for a Vampire Diaries fan to pass the time, but certainly no new or life changing material from this book.

Ok, so the title is slightly a misnomer. The first thing you should know about this book is that L.J Smith did not actually write it. She’s credited on the front cover, however the book is written by a ghost writer. Origins is the first book from The Stefan’s Diaries series, that works as a tie into the TV series on the CW network, The Vampire Diaries. Not to be confused of course, with the original Vampire Diaries book series.
Confused?
Yeah I was too. There have been so many adaption’s to The Vampire Diaries now it’s almost impossible to keep up!

Stefan and Damon weren’t always fighting or succumbing to their bloodlusts. Once they were loving siblings, who enjoyed all the riches and happiness that their wealthy lifestyle afforded to them; loyal brothers who happened to both fall for the same beautiful women.
Once they were alive…

This book is set in 1864 during the Civil War, and begins when the two Salvatore brothers Stefan and Damon are still human. Damon is working as a soldier in an attempt to defy his fathers wishes of taking over the Salvatore estate, so the responsibility therefore, lands on Stefan’s shoulders to carry the Salvatore name with pride and dignity. But when he’s instructed to propose to the bland uninteresting Rosalyn, he begins to realize this is not the future he wants. Meanwhile the beautiful and elusive Katherine arrives in Mystic Falls, and turns the Salvatore’s lives upside down. Both fall head over heels in love with her and begin to compete for her love, even if it’s at the others expense. Their futile efforts are interrupted however, by a series of mysterious deaths spreading across the town. For the general public sake these attacks are blamed on animals, but others know better. The vampires have returned, and they need to be eradicated, at any cost.

After finishing this book I’m still not really sure what I thought about it. I enjoyed it I guess, but in all honesty I felt like I was reading an upscale piece of fan fiction. It was very easy to pick up and put down, and it required little effort to read. The plot was quite slow moving, and I wasn’t really inspired to keep reading as the book was only retracing old ground. It was also lacking any kind of romantic lusty scenes that fans have come to expect from the series. We don’t really get any new insight into the Salvatore brothers past either, but instead are re-fed information we already know. The book is a compilation of several flashbacks from the first and possibly second series on TV. So Vampire Diaries fans will be disappointed if they are hoping for any form of new material with this book.

I also had trouble getting behind the characters, which may sound strange as I’m already a fan of them from the TV show. But I felt they really lacked any kind of depth in this book or likeability. Stefan came across as very uninteresting and spends most of the book moaning, and Damon is completely lacking any of his usual charm that is apparent in the TV series and original Vampire Diaries books.

The writing in this book is also very average and lacks enthusiasm and individual creativity. I feel like any Vampire Diaries fan given a brief, could have written this book. In fact, they might have even written it better. The author seems to fail to capture the essence of the characters. For instance, when reading about Stefan I had the distinct feeling that I was in the perspective of a female, rather than a 19th century male.

That is not to say I disliked the book, but there wasn’t really anything good about it either. It was a nice enough way to pass time while waiting around school for lessons to start, but I don’t think I will be bothering with the rest of the spin-off L.J Smith series.

I would recommend this book to readers that are already fans of the TV series or are fans of The Vampire Diaries book series that want to prolong the experience because they can’t get enough of there favourite characters. However fans should not expect any new material from this book.

Writing Style: 1/5
Originality: 1/5
Entertainment: 2/5
Character Development: 2/5
Would I recommend this book? Only to dedicated
Vampire Diaries fans, otherwise the book is not really worth your time.
Overall 2/5

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43 thoughts on “Stefan’s Diaries: Origins by L.J. Smith Review 2/5

    • Ahh I’m glad someone agree’s. I enjoyed the original Vampire Diaries books slightly more, although I found them quite a surreal read. L.J Smith has a very strange writing style…..they were alright, but like you, I wouldn’t rave about them. I mostly just read them because of the TV series, which in my opinion is highly supirior.

  1. Let me guess, Katherine was the vampire? Lol.

    If you can’t put yourself in the position of the main character, if you still see yourself as a girl when the character is a 19th century guy, then there’s no hope for the book. And waaaay too many cliches. Rosalyn? Like the boring Rosalind in Romeo and Juliet? Two boys fighting over a strange girl? Twilight in reverse? Ha ha, thanks for warning me Becks. Run away! Run Away!!! 🙂

    • :O Yes! How an earth did you guess Nisha?!? Haha. 🙂
      Your comment made me laugh so much. You’ve hit it spot on, it is full of clichés. I actually didn’t register the Rosalyn thing, but now you’ve mentioned it she’s exactly like the Rosalind from Romeo and Juliet! Tut tut.
      I can’t wait to start reading Dracula and get my hands on a REAL vampire story. 🙂

  2. hi,even i have read all the vampire diaries novels but am really enjoying it unlike u,but no probs we all have different tastes and way of viewing and rating the book.I agree on the part that the first two parts are pretty boring but the rest especially the asylum regains its charm,and also because stefan is dictating every happening u cant possibly expect him to convey u the looks of his brother though if it had been a girl u would have been well versed with even the brand and the color of Damon`s dress.

    • Hi, I’m glad that you’ve been enjoying them!
      You make some great points that I hadn’t considered, you may well be right about the point of view. Since it was from Stefans your we are not given as many details about him or his brother. However I more meant you didn’t get a sense of Damons personality at all, I personally found him to come across as very flat, along with many of the other characters. Of course it is all down to interpretation and taste as you say. It’s a shame that I didn’t get on with them but I’m glad you have! 🙂

      • Yeah that`s true,actually i love vampires and frankly speaking Damon Salvatore aka Ian somerhalder is is way better and good looking.Do refer to my blog as i have also written about stefan`s diaries and wud be writing about other vampire novels as well.And dont forget to leave a reply please.Lets have a similar chat on my blog as well as i have shortly created it.Even my blog has the word bookaholic,wat a coincidence.

        here`s my blog address,wud be waiting for ur comments.

        bhavyasalujabookaholic.blogspot.in

      • Iam Somerhalder *sigh* he certainly makes great eyecandy!
        I will definitely check out your blog, and leave some comments. I’ve enjoyed talking to you 🙂 Sorry it’s taken me a little longer to reply than usual, I’ve had a lot of work to do.
        Hope to see you back here again soon. 🙂

  3. yeah about not getting the view of damon,i probably agree on that part but lets wait till we get a glimpse of elena and lets see whether we get the desciption we want,a long way to go though.Which all novels on vampires have u read apart from this?I`ll tell u even mine.i have read lots of them.

    • Hmmm ermmm, I went through a stage of reading quite a lot. I read the Twilight Saga, the House of Night series, the Drake Chronicles,a lot of the Vampire Diaries ones although I’m not quite up to date with the latest ones. Hope that helps! Which ones have you read?

      • Nice ones u`ve read.
        I have read twilight saga,vampire diaries,night world,secret circle,house of night,stefan`s diaries,vampire academy,blue bloods,blood coven,morganville vampires,i have sookie stackhouse but dont feel like reading it.When are u planning to visit my blog?i loved the house of night what abt you?
        its bhavyasalujabookaholics.blogspot.in

      • Wow, that’s impressive, well done!
        I liked a lot of the HoN books, however the last sort of three that have been released (minus the latest one I havent read that yet) I just found really boring. I feel like there desperately trying th drag out the series so they can earn more money and so are compromising the quality of the books.

  4. Me too becky,even i have enjoyed talking u too.U seem to be a frank and a cute person.Yeah looking forward for ur comments on my blog.Do tell me how to add references anf tags on my blog as i dont know.pls help.thanks.

    • Haha why thank you 🙂 So do you, I wish you good luck with your blog. I will try to help you out with the tags although I don’t really know anything about blogsport. You should come join wordpress instead 😉

      • cant i change my blog address with wordpress but my blog remains the same and just the address changes?if yes then do tell me how to do it.

      • Not that I know of, there probably is some way though, it just might be better if you are having issues with blogsport. You could always copy and paste your posts. Just an idea anyway. 🙂

  5. hi becky,i want ur help in one thing.Can u pls visit my blog and see my post Something to lock eyes with.My friend just told me that pictures are not coming on my blog but whereas on my laptop i can view them.Kindly help me to tell whether they r actually there or not?thnks.

  6. thanks Becky for visiting my blog.Can you see any pictures in health and wealth?if not then unfortunately i have to remove even that.thnks,and do read some of my other blogs,and recommend me on which all shall i read on urs.Thnks……

    • No problem! Unfortunately I can’t none of your pictures are coming up apart from the slideshow at the very bottom of the page, but I don’t know why this is happening.
      I will do.
      Well I think you should read every blog post I’ve ever done 😉 Haha, no but ermmm…you might like to check out my Kissed by an Angel review and then the Evercrossed review as I think they will be the types of books you enjoy. Possibly also my matched review and the I am number four review as well. You can find these all linked on my book index tab (Only if you want to of course) 🙂

      • yeah yeah why not and i`ll do leave a comment.have u read Da Vinci Code?if yes do tell me how it is and do read the digital fortress by the same author.U wrote something about what Gandhi said>Is it Mahatma Gandhi? Then i`ll like to share that i am very proud that my b`day falls on his birth date thats 2nd october.By the way how many years are u old?am 16 and will turn 17 this october.

      • I haven’t read the Davinci Code yet or any of his other books but they are on my TBR pile, I own them, I just haven’t gotten round to reading them yet! I saw the film and thought that was good.
        Yes it is Mahatma Gandhi, aww that’s cool, how lucky!
        I’m 18 🙂

  7. becky i wanted to ask(yeah i know i ask a lot,sorry for that) if we dont have tags then cant we be searched by others easily?imean wont my blog be searched by others if i dont have tags?

    • No, it is very difficult for other to find you without tags, nearly impossible, as most people search via tags e.g they will look at the books tag if they are interested in books.

  8. Becky i wanted to ask that how do u change the color of the text when u r writing a blog in wordpres? pls tell.

    My blog is bhavyasalujabookaholic.wordpress.com

    do visit and leave a comment even there.Thnks.

  9. “Spends most of the book moaning” bahaha that cracked me up. Hmm this is a rip-off ( as far as the idea goes) of J.K. Rowling’s supplement books for the Harry Potter series ( Quidditch Through the Ages etc). That’s how I see it anyways.

    • Haha. 🙂 That’s a very good comparison. Luckily this book was given to me by a friend for Christmas so I didn’t spend any money on it!
      Do you watch the TV series?

      • Hmmm, I wouldn’t perticually recommend reading them, they’re ok, but there are also a lot of better books out there, plus the rest of the series is going to be written by a ghost writer because the TV series didn’t like the ‘direction’ the author was taking the books in which is a bit naff.
        The TV series is much better in my opinion!
        Hmm so I have a question: Damon or Stefan? 😉

  10. same here Becky.Well hi first.And i am too confused abt all this Damon and Stefan.Damon is too good-looking but in the end Stefan was d one who always loved and looked after Elena in the first place.So its very confusing to actually give it a single direction wen she loves both.

    • Hmmm in the TV series I have always been a Stefan fan (much to many of my friends dismay) but I can’t stand Stefan in the books. But I do also love Damon as well in the TV series….

      • same here,i love stefan in the series because he is so loving and caring towards elena,and u r right we cant actually neglect damon.Wen we all r so confused between damon and stefan then i can understand elena very well. 🙂

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