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The Vampire Diaries (novel series)

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L. J. Smith

United States of America

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September 1991–1992 (books 1-4)February 2009–May 2014 (books 5-13)

Media type
Print (hardcover, paperback), eBook

Harper (books 1-10), 47North (book 11-13), Hodder & Stoughton (books 1-13)

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The Vampire Diaries is a young adult vampire horror series of novels created by L. J. Smith. The story centers on Elena Gilbert, a young high school girl who finds her heart eventually torn between two vampire brothers, Stefan and Damon Salvatore.


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Publishing history

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The series was originally published in 1991-1992 and it revolves around Stefan Salvatore and Elena Gilbert as the two main protagonists. The first three novels in the original series (The Awakening, The Struggle, and The Fury) all feature Stefan and Elena as the narrators of the series, while the last book in the original series, Dark Reunion, is from Bonnie McCullough's viewpoint.

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After taking a long hiatus from writing, Smith published the first installment of "The Return" trilogy, Nightfall, on February 10, 2009. Shadow Souls, the second book of "The Return" trilogy, was released on March 16, 2010. The third and final book of "The Return" trilogy, Midnight, was released on March 15, 2011.

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The trilogy after The Return trilogy, The Hunters, was written by a ghostwriter. In fact, Smith signed a "work for hire" contract back when she had written the original Vampire Diaries novel trilogy, which means Alloy owns the copyrights to the series. Smith had originally intended to call the books in "The Hunters" trilogy Phantom, Evensong and Eternity, but the third book was called Destiny Rising by the ghostwriter. Phantom was released on October 25, 2011, Moonsong on March 13, 2012, and Destiny Rising on October 23, 2012.

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The Salvation trilogy was written by ghostwriter Aubrey Clark. The first installment, Unseen, was released on May 2, 2013, the second book, Unspoken, on November 7, 2013, and the third and final book, Unmasked, on May 8, 2014. The first two books of The Salvation trilogy were first released on as a paperback and ebook while Unmasked was available for pre-order purchase in five formats as of March 11, 2014 at

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On January 15, 2014, Smith announced that she would be continuing to write her version of The Vampire Diaries before she was fired by Alloy. Smith would continue to write her books on Amazon Kindle as fan fiction and are not part of the official series. The Evensong arc would pick up where The Return: Midnight had left off and it takes place in an alternate world from the official series that follows Midnight. The three titles in the Evensong trilogy include Paradise Lost, The War of Roses and Into the Wood. While the first two titles were released in 2014, Into the Wood has not yet been released as of March 2017.

The Vampire Diaries

  1. The Awakening: Volume I (1991) ISBN 978-1-4449-0071-2
  2. The Struggle: Volume II (1991) ISBN 978-0-06-199076-2
  3. The Fury: Volume III (1991) ISBN 978-0-06-199077-9
  4. Dark Reunion: Volume IV (1992) ISBN 978-0-06202058-1 (The Reunion in the UK and Australia version)

The Return trilogy

  1. The Return: Nightfall (2009)ISBN 9780061720802
  2. The Return: Shadow Souls (2010) ISBN 978-0-06-172083-3
  3. The Return: Midnight (2011) ISBN 978-0-06-172085-7

The Hunters trilogy

  1. The Hunters: Phantom (2011) (Written by a ghostwriter)
  2. The Hunters: Moonsong (2012) (Written by a ghostwriter)
  3. The Hunters: Destiny Rising (2012) (Written by a ghostwriter)

The Salvation trilogy

  1. The Salvation: Unseen (2013) (Written by Aubrey Clark)
  2. The Salvation: Unspoken (2013) (Written by Aubrey Clark)
  3. The Salvation: Unmasked (2014) (Written by Aubrey Clark)


  • The Awakening and The Struggle (2007) ISBN 978-1-41-782599-8
  • The Fury and Dark Reunion (2007) ISBN 978-0-06-114098-3
  • Short stories

    Published on Lisa Jane Smith's official website.

  • Matt and Elena - First Date (2010)
  • Matt and Elena - Tenth Date: On Wickery Pond (2010)
  • Bonnie and Damon: After Hours (2011)
  • An Untold Tale: Blood Will Tell (2010)
  • An Untold Tale: Elena's Christmas (2010)
  • Cuts from The Return: Shadow Souls

    Published on Lisa Jane Smith's official website.

  • Damon and Elena: Tumbleweeds (2011)
  • Dinner Disaster (2010)
  • Television adaptation

    On February 6, 2009, Variety announced that The CW Television Network greenlit the pilot for a television series entitled The Vampire Diaries with Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec set as the writers and executive producers. On May 19, 2009, the pilot was officially ordered to series for the 2009-2010 season.

    Stefan's Diaries

    The Stefan's Diaries are six novels based on the TV series, attributed to Lisa Jane Smith but actually ghostwritten. They tell Stefan and Damon's past since Katherine's arrival. As they were written during the series broadcast, some things differ, such as the story of the original Vampires.

  • The Vampire Diaries. Stefan's Diaries: Origins (November 2, 2010)
  • The Vampire Diaries. Stefan's Diaries: Bloodlust (January 4, 2011)
  • The Vampire Diaries. Stefan's Diaries: The Craving (March 3, 2011)
  • The Vampire Diaries. Stefan's Diaries: The Ripper (November 8, 2011)
  • The Vampire Diaries. Stefan's Diaries: The Asylum (January 17, 2012)
  • The Vampire Diaries. Stefan's Diaries: The Compelled (March 12, 2012)
  • References

    The Vampire Diaries (novel series) Wikipedia

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