Vee and Red from Vampire-diaries.net are the guest editors of the Vampire Diaries anthology A Visitor’s Guide to Mystic Falls. In support of our giveaway of this BenBella Books Anthology, we asked Vee and Red to talk about the book and their web page, The Vampire Diaries show and books, and A Visitor’s Guide to Mystic Falls. Enjoy this Q & A and then stop by and enter for your chance to win a copy of A Visitor’s Guide to Mystic Falls.
How did Vampire-diaries.net come about – a brief history- whats the mission of the blog?
We’ve known each other for almost 15 years through the L.J. Smith fandom; we met because we were both huge fans of the original Vampire Diaries book series back when it was published in the early ’90s. When we heard the Vampire Diaries had been optioned for a pilot, we decided that we wanted to start a website to make sure that the books were represented online as things got rolling, and also to keep an eye on the progress of the TV series. As the months went by, the website grew and we added more features – like the forums and the wiki – to provide information and a place for fans of both the books and the TV series to hang out together. Our mission is simple: Provide a space that Vampire Diaries fans all of ages enjoy coming to for information and – most importantly – discussion.
How did you get involved with the Visitor’s Guide to Mystic Falls? What has been your role as guest editors?
Funnily enough, Smart Pop editor Leah Wilson contacted us the morning after Vee had flown to Los Angeles to be interviewed for the Vampire Diaries Season 1 DVD. (Which Leah didn’t know about until much later!) This would have been the first week of February. She told us about this anthology of TV series essays Smart Pop was putting together, and to ask us if we’d be interested in contributing an essay of our own about the books. We agreed – very nervously! – and signed on for the project. After we’d gotten to know Leah a bit more, she then asked if we were interested in being guest editors on the book, which would involve writing the foreword, and also introducing the essays. From there it evolved into us contributing more by helping to proof the essays and check Vampire Diaries facts, making suggestions for topics and even helping with details on the cover design. While Leah had the harder editing job and was definitely project leader, we found we were doing a lot more than we ever expected to. It was a lot of fun, though!
What are some cool things we can look forward to in the book?
Vampire Diaries fans talk about every aspect of this show and the authors in A Visitor’s Guide to Mystic Falls are no different. They’re viewers, too and there’s nothing in this book that we haven’t seen brought up throughout the course of the show in some way. The fun is that the authors give us their take on those characters, moments, and choices. There are essays in the book that will have you asking your own questions, and we can guarantee there will be essays you will flat-out disagree with. (We disagree with some of them!) These essays are contributing to the (fierce!) ongoing discussion about the television show. Just like the fandom, these authors aren’t content to take the show at face value; Vampire Diaries fans are not passive viewers. And we think the essays are a lot of fun, too!
What has been your favorite change from book to TV?
Red: I love how Alaric’s character has been fleshed out and been given a purpose and more of a background. I also love the introduction of Jeremy – swapping Margaret for him has worked extremely well, and is definitely a change I approve of.
Vee: If I had to pick one, I think I’d go with Alaric too. Though I’m enjoying the show’s take on Katherine – so far. Not sure I can really elaborate on that without giving too many book spoilers away, so I’ll just say I enjoy how manipulative Katherine has been right out of the gate.
What are you looking forward to in Season 2?
Red: Matt is my favourite character in the books, and I love his friendship with Stefan. They didn’t get time to explore that in season 1, but the producers have said that’s something that they want to explore more in season 2. I’m really looking forward to seeing their friendship develop.
Vee: I’m looking forward to a new chapter in the show’s mythology. Now that the tomb vampire chapter is over, we can get to the real meat – which is Katherine, and learning more about the Lockwood family, and perhaps illuminating what the hell the deal is with Mystic Falls. But, at the same time, I hope none of the personal relationships are sacrificed to the action. I want to see Elena and the Salvatores strengthening their bond, the friend dynamics changing up. I’m just so excited about this season overall – you watched that premiere, right?
Which is your favorite brother and why?
Red: Honestly? I don’t have one. They’re yin and yang, a package deal. I don’t think it’s possible to have one Salvatore without the other. They balance each other out. And when they’re on the same side, united? They’re more awesome together than they ever could be apart. So, I can’t pick a brother. I’m Team Matt, and that’s the best you’ll get from me. 😉
Vee: What Red said. Team Salvatore all the way. (With a Team Alaric on the side.)