2. Quality Of Characters
The characters range from watchable to weak in The Vampire Diaries. Elena, the lead female, is a hybrid who spends most of her time mediating among the vampires. She’s the most boring character onscreen, but unfortunately, she gets a lot of time because she’s the lead. However, the diversity of characters is interesting, with vampire types ranging from impulsive to cool and aloof, and the show has even thrown in a few witches for good measure.

The bigger problem in this series is the dialogue. I was actually impressed with the actors for making dialogue as bad as “If you want to kill me, do it like a man” and “Please, whatever our differences, we want the same thing” halfway believable. I shouldn’t knock on the writers too hard, though. At the end of the episode, Elena is talking to her ex-vampire lover, Stefan, about how he looks like he’s hurting and not himself and Stefan delivers one of the best lines I’ve heard all week, “You don’t know what I look like when I’m not in love with you.” It's melodrama at its finest--take that, Revenge.

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