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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