Series writer, executive producer Julie Plec from "The Vampire Diaries" was recently interviewed about Season 4 of The CW's 'vampire' dramatic TV series:
"...as a writer and as someone who loves doing new things and finding a fresh voice, we love it," said Plec about the changes to lead character 'Elena Gilbert', played by Nina Dobrev.
"We love mean 'Elena' because it's different. It's a fun sparkle. She's nasty, she's uncompromising and unforgiving, and it gets worse before it gets better for sure. Every time I see a cut of the show I feel it's so new and fresh.
"Now I also know you run the risk of alienating people who are traditionalists and purists who like their heroine to be clean and pure. It's not something that we would leave her there forever. I think it's all part of the journey. When we decided to turn Elena into a vampire we didn't want it to be easy. We didn't want it to be a cakewalk.
"We needed her to run the whole roller coaster of emotions and of that experience of stuff so she wouldn't just be, 'Oh I'm a vampire, now let's party and I'm happy.' We knew we wanted to take her as dark as we could take her so that's where she is now, but we do the roller coaster. We end up down one hill and up another.
"What's in store for her right now is, honestly, you've got these two boys who more than anything want her fixed. In the next episode they recruit some of her friends, as well over the next couple of episodes, in an attempt to get to her any way they can emotionally, whether it's through nostalgia, memories, through sneaky tricks of confronting her with things she has had feelings for in the past. Really building up to a hardcore intervention where they're just grasping to do anything to break through to her.
"Given that the season is about 'Silas' desire to break down the vamps of the other side and unleash all the supernatural beings back onto Earth, I think I feel pretty safe in saying his plan will not be completely foiled. With luck, our heroes will be able to triumph and not bring on the supernatural apocalypse. I definitely think we'll see a few familiar faces before the season's out. I think that it's possible, as we try to win Elena's humanity back. Facing some of her past stuff that represents humanity could be glimpsed again.
"'Bonnie' is in the middle of a very dangerous path because in her search for a mentor, and someone who could help her understand her magic and how to use her magic properly, she unwillingly got manipulated and controlled by an adjunct of our 'big bad'. What she wanted to do and what she was hoping to do was to be able to overcome that control.
"When we pick her up on Episode 19 when we come back from our hiatus, we'll see the extent of the control that Silas may still have over her and what that does to her. Ultimately, Bonnie is always going to walk a straight line and do the right thing, and when she's not in control of her own magic and behaviors it really puts her in a place that she's gonna fight really hard to get out of..."
"The Vampire Diaries" is based on "The Vampire Diaries" book series by author L. J. Smith.
Set in a small town haunted by 'supernatural beings', the main thrust of the series is the love triangle between 'Elena Gilbert' (Dobrev) and the vampire brothers 'Stefan Salvatore' (Paul Wesley) and 'Damon Salvatore' (Ian Somerhalder) :
"...teenage 'Elena' falls deeply in love with young-looking, 162-year-old vampire 'Stefan Salvatore'.
"Their relationship becomes increasingly complicated as Stefan's vicious and malevolent older brother 'Damon Salvatore' returns with a plan to wreak havoc on the town and a revenge against his younger brother.
"Both brothers begin to show affection towards Elena, because she is a descendant of 'Katherine', who returns with plans against the trio.
"Some of the founding families of Mystic Falls include the 'Salvatores', the 'Gilberts', the 'Fells', the 'Forbes' and the 'Lockwoods', who guard the town from vampires, werewolves, witches, ghosts and 'hybrids'..."
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