YAB Review: “The Vampire Diaries”

"The Vampire Diaries" is one of teens' favorite shows on TV and with the start of the fourth season, it's been building even more buzz in recent weeks. Our YAB member Skyanne is an avid fan of the show and tuned in to the Season 4 premiere, which she said was impressive and extremely entertaining. Skyanne explains below why she likes the show so much and what about the latest season is grabbing her attention already.

What was the biggest draw?

"The Vampire Diaries" has been my favorite show, and the only one I watch weekly, since the pilot four seasons ago. There was never any doubt regarding whether or not I would be tuning in for the premiere of Season 4. For me, the biggest draw was finally finding out how the events in the finale for Season 3 would affect the characters and change the show I've grown to love.

What did you expect going in? How much did you know beforehand?

Having watched every episode of the show to date, I knew that the Season 4 premiere was guaranteed to be full of surprises and unexpected twists. Therefore, I attempted to erase any expectations I had about how the season would go. However, I had watched the previews and a few cast interviews, as well as read a few articles, and therefore had a general idea of some things to expect (and not expect) for the first few episodes. Even though I was trying to forget expectations regarding the plot, I was certainly expecting a crazy first few episodes full of the stellar acting I'd come to expect from the show in general.

How did you tune in? Did you watch commercials?

I watched the premiere as it debuted on the CW and watched the commercials, though I also used commercial breaks as a time to check Facebook and Twitter. For the episodes since, I have either viewed it live on the CW or watched it on the CW…

 
 
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Quote of the Day: It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without buying something and watching holiday movies.” –Female, 29, CA 

Yesterday news that Budweiser would be dropping their traditional Clydesdales in order to appeal to Millennials made the rounds—but the brand says not so fast. In response to the rumors, Budweiser has released their “drink responsibly” ad featuring the iconic horses “earlier than planned” and tweeted that they “aren’t going anywhere.” But they are giving the campaign a twist that could appeal to young consumers, partnering with LYFT to give holiday partiers safe rides home in Boston with the help of the Clydesdales. (Brand Channel)

The appeal of toy unboxing videos may be a mystery to some, but they’re viewed millions and millions of times on YouTube, and Disney wants a piece of that popularity. In case you’ve missed it, these videos consist of opening up toys and talking about what’s in them. The brand’s Maker Studios has signed five toy unboxing digital stars, including HobbyKidsTV, DisneyCarToys, and ToyReviewToys. However, the most popular unboxing channel, DC Toys Collector, who generated 104 million views last week, was not included. (Recode)

Totino’s is continuing their weird, weird marketing campaign to appeal to young consumers’ absurdist humor. In a follow up to “the oddest pizza ad ever,” the brand has taken a BuzzFeed post called "50 Completely Unexplainable Stock Photos No One Will Ever Use" and turned each one into an off-the-wall bizarre ad. They’ve posted the entire collection on their site with the explanation, “We obviously had no choice but to use them. Poorly.” (Adweek)

What influences teen drinking behavior? Recent research has found that ”close friends” are far more influential than the “broader peer group” when it comes to teen alcohol use. This means the idea of  “everyone thinking that everyone else (in a whole school, say) is drinking a lot” being a reason behind drinking might not hold as much water. (NYMag)

The next-generation is growing up hyper-monitored from the cradle, but it’s possible that the high tech baby monitors that have become more and more common don’t actually offer benefits. Onesies and other items that track babies heartbeats and body metrics might be offering parents “false reassurance,” as they haven’t been proven to work. However, makers of those products say that new parents are buying them not to combat specific health issues but for peace of mind. (Mashable)

The Ypulse Back-To-School Special Report is here! The holidays might be starting, but we know retailers, marketers and brand managers are already planning for next year's big shopping seasons. To deliver a forward looking perspective, we surveyed high school and college students throughout 2014, combed that data for insights, and compiled all of the must-know data into a rich BTS special report. Gold subscribers can access the full report and data in the My Documents section of Ypulse.com. One-off pricing for this report is $1,250, contact us here. (Ypulse)

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