The Vampire Diaries

10 TV Shows Better Than the Books They Were Based On

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So if you’re celebrating your birthday today, you share it with Charlaine Harris, she who gave the world the insanely successful Sookie Stackhouse novels and thus, indirectly, also the joys of True Blood. As you’ve probably noted if you read Flavorwire at all regularly, we’re borderline obsessed with True Blood, and its success got us thinking of the slew of TV shows based on books that have emerged in the last few years — and, in particular, those that have defied the old adage that the book is always better. We’ve collected a bunch of shows that we reckon have transcended their literary origins — can you think of any other shows that are better than the books they’re based on? (And before you go all crazy in the comments, a disclaimer: we said “better.” We’re not necessarily claiming the books in question are bad — although some most definitely are — just that the TV series they spawned was/is better. OK? Carry on.)
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Teenage Vampire Sex Sells?

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A sexy new ad campaign for The CW’s Vampire Diaries is eliciting some comparisons to last fall’s racy OMFG spots for Gossip Girl (which we loved, by the by) over at The Wrap. We think they deserve kudos for originality (unlike some people), but it should be noted that the target audience for this show is likely too young for the implied ménage à trois in the poster after the… Read More