Sep. 10, 2009
60 min.
The CW TV Network

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The Vampire Diaries

Vampire brothers Damon and Stefan Salvatore, eternal adolescents, have been leading 'normal' lives, hiding their bloodthirsty condition, for centuries, moving on before their non-aging is noticed. They are back in the Virginia town where they became vampires, as high school students. Stefan is noble, denying himself blood to avoid killing, and tries to control his evil brother Damon.

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Nina Dobrev (born Nina Kamenova Dobreva; January 9, 1989) is a Bulgarian Canadian actress and model. ...

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Elena Gilbert ~ "Well I happen to know from experience, that it is never too late to look for good in someone".

Elena Gilbert was introduced as a seventeen year-old young woman who lives in Mystic Falls, Virginia. At first, she appears to be melancholy and slightly withdrawn in life. She is the daughter of Grayson Gilbert and Miranda Sommers-Gilbert, and the older sister of Jeremy Gilbert. Her parents were killed in a car crash before the series started. Elena was also in the car with her parents but survived. Since then, she has been coping with their death, with her brother's addiction to drugs and her aunt Jenna's attempts to take care of her and Jeremy. She has the habit to write everything that happens to her in her diary.

When she meets the mysterious Stefan Salvatore, she starts to fall in love with him. However, she soon starts to mistrust him due to his lies and to his past history with his brother Damon. When she learns that Stefan was in Mystic Falls in 1953, she confronts him and learns that he is a century-old vampire and that this is the reason why he is so estranged with Damon, who is also a vampire. After a period of tension between them, Stefan and Elena get back together. Also, despite the fact that she abhors his human-hunter instincts, she develops a tense friendship with Damon himself. And later on in the series, she finds out that Damon is actually in love with her and Stefan tells him that history will not be repeating itself where Elena is concerned.

After some time, Elena discovers several secrets about herself: first, she is the spitting image of Katherine Pierce, the vampire both Salvatore brothers loved and who turned them into vampires; second, Stefan saved her from the car accident that killed her parents; and third, she was adopted by the Gilbert's. Her birth mother is Isobel Flemming-Saltzman and she doesn't know who her father is. She later learns that Damon turned her mother into a vampire at her own request. Also, in a scene of the series where Isobel and Johnathan were talking over the phone, it was known that John Gilbert, who she thought was just her uncle who causes a lot of trouble to their family, is actually her real father. Her brother, Jeremy has decided to turn into a vampire after Anna dies and he doesn't want to feel pain anymore. So he drinks a vile of blood Anna gave him and then takes sleeping pills. It seemed as though Elena and Damon kissed however it was Katherine. This was later revealed when "Elena" cut off John's fingers (with the ring on it) and stabbed him. Right before she killed him, he realized "Elena" was Katherine.

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