The Vampire Diaries is a supernatural drama series focused on a normal teenage girl as she becomes more and more enmeshed in the world of supernatural creatures that surround her town. It is based on the series of novels by L. J. Smith.
Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev) is a typical teenage girl in Mystic Falls, Virginia. But her life changes forever when she meets and becomes smitten with Stefan Salvatore (Paul Wesley). Unfortunately, Stefan is a vampire well over a century old. Even worse, his brother, Damon (Ian Somerholder) is also a vampire and particularly evil and depraved.
As the series progresses, more mysteries of Mystic Falls come to light. There is a Founder Circle made up of families that first settled the town. The Circle tries to protect the town from vampires and the other supernatural denizens, such as werewolves and witches, who threaten the community.
Although critics have had mixed reviews of the Vampire Diaries, they did feel it improved with each episode. Audiences, however, have never had any doubts. They loved the mix of teen drama with supernatural horror from the premier (a record setter for the CW) and never stopped watching.