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The Vampire Diaries (novel series)

The Vampire Diaries
The Vampire Diaries. The Salvation: Unseen
The Awakening
The Struggle
The Fury
Dark Reunion
The Return: Nightfall
The Return: Shadow Souls
The Return: Midnight
The Hunters: Phantom
The Hunters: Moonsong
The Hunters: Destiny Rising
The Salvation: Unseen
The Salvation: Unspoken
The Salvation: Unmasked
Author L. J. Smith (books 1-7)
Unknown ghostwriter (books 8-10)
Aubrey Clark (books 11-13)
Country United States
Language English
Genre Horror
Young-adult fiction
Publisher Harper Paperbacks (books 1-10)
47North (book 11-13)
Hodder Children's Books (books 1-13)
Published September 1991–1992 (books 1-4)
February 2009–May 2014 (books 5-13)
Media type Print (hardcover, paperback), eBook

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.


  • Publishing history 1
  • Novels 2
    • The Vampire Diaries 2.1
    • The Return trilogy 2.2
    • The Hunters trilogy 2.3
    • The Salvation trilogy 2.4
    • Omnibuses 2.5
  • Short stories 3
  • Cuts from The Return: Shadow Souls 4
  • Awards 5
  • Television adaptation 6
  • Stefan's Diaries 7
  • See also 8
  • References 9

Publishing history

The Vampire Diaries. The Return: Midnight

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.

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.[1]

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,[2][3][4][5] but the third book was called Destiny Rising by the ghostwriter.[6] Phantom was released on October 25, 2011,[7] Moonsong on March 13, 2012,[8] and Destiny Rising on October 23, 2012.[9]

The Salvation trilogy was written by ghostwriter Aubrey Clark. The first installment, Unseen, was released on May 2, 2013,[10] 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[11][12]

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 follow Midnight. The three titles in the Evensong trilogy are Paradise Lost, War of Roses and Into the Woods.[13]


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)


Year Award Category Result
2010 Kids' Choice Awards[14] Favorite Book Nominated

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.[15] On May 19, 2009, the pilot was officially ordered to series for the 2009-2010 season.[16][17]

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[18])
  • The Vampire Diaries. Stefan's Diaries: Bloodlust (January 4, 2011[18])
  • The Vampire Diaries. Stefan's Diaries: The Craving (March 3, 2011[18])
  • The Vampire Diaries. Stefan's Diaries: The Ripper (November 8, 2011[19])
  • The Vampire Diaries. Stefan's Diaries: The Asylum (January 17, 2012[20])
  • The Vampire Diaries. Stefan's Diaries: The Compelled (March 12, 2012[21])

See also


  1. ^ "The Return Trilogy". Retrieved 27 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "The Shadow Souls Twin Fox Ring Contest and Lots More". Ye Olde Blog by L.J. July 19, 2012. Retrieved April 27, 2013. 
  3. ^ "The New Name for the next Vampire Diaries Trilogy is...". Ye Olde Blog by L.J. September 25, 2010. Retrieved April 27, 2013. 
  4. ^ "L J Smith (creator of The Vampire Diaries books) Fired From Writing the Rest of the Series". Retrieved April 27, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Interview with L.J. Smith part deux". Retrieved April 27, 2013. 
  6. ^ "The Hunters: Destiny Rising". October 23, 2013. Retrieved April 27, 2013. 
  7. ^ "The Hunters Vol. I: Phantom U.S. & U.K. covers revealed". April 25, 2011. 
  8. ^ "UK cover for The Hunters: Moonsong revealed + short synopses for Phantom and Moonsong". July 28, 2011. 
  9. ^ "The Hunters: Destiny Rising cover and release dates revealed + read the first 80 pages of Moonsong". February 29, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Vampire Diaries The Salvation: Unseen – L.J. Smith". May 3, 2013. Retrieved May 20, 2013. 
  11. ^ " The Vampire Diaries: The Salvation: Unspoken". March 11, 2014. 
  12. ^ " The Vampire Diaries: The Salvation: Unmasked". March 11, 2014. 
  13. ^ "L.J. Smith's New Vampire Diaries Series". January 15, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Vampire Diaries book series nominated for 2010 Kids’ Choice Award". 
  15. ^ Michael Schneider (February 5, 2009). "CW picks up 'Vampire Diaries' pilot". Variety. 
  16. ^ Nellie Andreeva. "'"CW picks up 'Melrose Place,' 'Vampire Diaries.  
  18. ^ a b c "The Vampire Diaries. The Stefan's Diaries". 
  19. ^ "Stefan’s Diaries #4: The Ripper due for release 8th November, 2011". 
  20. ^ "The Vampire Diaries: Stefan's Diaries #5: The Asylum". 
  21. ^ "Stefan’s Diaries #6 title announced". 
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