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Guest Post: Bree Despain & Heidi R. Kling on The Vampire Diaries’ Season Two Finale “As I Lay Dying”

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With all the season finales piling up, I really hope the summer offers us some great new drama while we wait (toes tapping and A Visitor’s Guide to Mystic Falls in hand) for The Vampire Diaries season three to arrive.

This finale, “As I Lay Dying,” was phenomenal—definitely worth a second watch. But pause that DVR while A Visitor’s Guide to Mystic Falls contributors Bree Despain and Heidi R. Kling dissect this episode (and predict what’s to come next season)!

(Also, seriously, don’t miss their finger puppet episode re-enactment. The video’s embedded below!)

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Bree: Ok, let’s jump into business. Oh my goodness, what did you think of that very first scene where Damon shows up in Elena’s house to apologize for trying …

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Top Ten Best Moments of Last Week’s “The Sun Also Rises” Vampire Diaries Episode

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There are many spoilers in this list, so stop now if you haven’t watched last weeks thrilling Vampire Diaries episode yet. (Although what on earth are you waiting for? Go! Watch! Return promptly!)

So, drumroll . . .

10. Damon referring to his “bucket list” in his opening scene with Katherine. What would be on that list, do you think? Mastering every smoldering look imaginable? (He’s nearly there!)

9. Jenna’s first “vampire eyes” scene. It’s powerful stuff, and while no one was particularly thrilled by this turn of events, I’d guess, I was still glad Sara Canning got some great scenes this episode.

8. Klaus in general. We hate him, yes, very much, but he’s still kind of delicious, isn’t he?

(Aside: Does anyone else …

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Guest Post: Vera Nazarian’s recap of The Vampire Diaries’ “The Last Day”

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TVD fans enjoy Vera Nazarian‘s quippy recap of episode 2-20, “The Last Day,” a truly turn-everything-upside-down-and-leave-us-hanging-from-a-cliff episode.

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Wow, we’re still kind of reeling from last week’s episode shockers. Matt and Caroline’s mother, the sheriff, are in cahoots, working together in secret … Elijah and Klaus are brothers … And Elijah is kinda hot and has a great weird sexy tension thing going on with Elena. The sun and moon curse is a fake that Klaus made up! Klaus is kinda hot and has a hot sexy tension thing going on with–ok, with lots of people…

Talk about food for wild obsession!

And now we come to this week’s goodies. So let’s recap!

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Damon is lying in bed thinking, while downstairs, …

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Guest Post: Trust Eternal in The Vampire Diaries’ “Klaus”

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Today, we have a guest post on trust in The Vampire Diaries (in general and in light of last week’s episode) by Jon Skovron. Enjoy!

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I understand why the latest episode of The Vampire Diaries is called “Klaus.” Much like Katherine in the first season, we’ve been hearing about this guy for eighteen episodes without getting to actually meet him ourselves. But unlike Katherine, until this episode, we didn’t even know what Klaus looked like. We also learn a lot of information about Klaus, including the true nature of the curse. So I get it. The big Klaus reveal. Let’s name it “Klaus.” Sure. But for all that, it didn’t seem to be about Klaus to me at all.

For all the facts …

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Guest Post: Alyx Harvey on the Latest Vampire Diaries’ episode, “The Last Dance”

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If you missed last Thursday’s Vampire Diaries’ episode, GO WATCH IT NOW! Then read Alyxandra Harvey‘s interesting take on the hero v. heroine dilemma highlighted by “The Last Dance.” This blog is an expansion on Alyxandra’s essay “In Which Our Intrepid Heroines Discuss the Merits of the Bad Boy Versus the Reformed Bad Boy” from A Visitor’s Guide to Mystic Falls. Enjoy!

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“I will always choose you.”

With those words, Damon blew up the Internet.

I was pretty sure all the fan fiction sites exploded and that the weight of Damon/TVD tweets must have crippled Twitter.

And at the same time, Damon slid along the Hero timeline.

Again.

The Salvatore brothers tend to two-step back and forth along the Hero timeline, …

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Guest Post: Kiersten White Recaps the Latest Vampire Diaries’ episode, “The House Guest”

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Calling all Vampire Diaries fanatics: Enjoy this witty recap of last week’s new episode by Kiersten White!

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Prepping to do my no-DVR, fingers-blazing recap, I’m so excited to actually watch the show on the day it airs instead of the next Monday when it comes online. Honestly, you East coast viewers. I can’t go on Twitter Thursday night without seeing tweet after tweet of OMG VAMPIRE DIARIES. So at least this time I don’t have to wait the whole weekend to see what you all are OMGing about. (Although I personally never OMG, preferring the non-denominational ACRONYM.)

Previously–who is my favorite character because she’s always so helpful–announces what happened before on The Vampire Diaries. Elena and Katherine: Long straight hair = GOOD. …

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Guest Post: Jennifer Lynn Barnes is Back To Rave About Caroline

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It’s been a while since we’ve enjoyed recaps of our favorite teen vampire show, The Vampire Diaries, but we have a fun one to kick off 2011. Jennifer Barnes, who you may remember from the awesome recap of last season, is back to talk about Caroline, werewolves, and Veronica Mars?

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My reaction to last week’s episode of Vampire Diaries, “Crying Wolf,” can best be described in three points:

#1: For all that is good and chocolatey in this world, SOMEONE TELL JENNA ABOUT VAMPIRES. I’m looking at you, Alaric. Even if Ambiguously Evil Daddy John wasn’t threatening to tell her himself, the woman is a menace about inviting people in. Someone should have given her a tutorial on vampires six …

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Our Last Vampire Diaries Recap of 2010

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I wish I could force my favorite shows to produce year-round new episodes just for me. That’s not too much to ask, right? Sadly that’s not the case (yet), so we have to wait until the end of January for new episodes of The Vampire Diaries. Enjoy the last recap of 2010 by Vera Nazarian.

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The episode opens with Tyler at home, getting ready and packing for his Full Moon Vacation and Werewolf Bar Mitzvah — ahem — first transformation night and watching Mason’s recorded video on the laptop as he is transforming into a wolf. He calls Mason’s phone for the hundredth time and gets his voicemail. Meanwhile we see Mason’s place and there is a woman who steps out of …

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Finally, A Vampire (Fan) Gift Guide

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We like vampires at Smart Pop. Well, maybe that’s not entirely true, but we certainly like vampire properties. True Blood, The Vampire Diaries, Buffy, Angel … we’re fans of ’em all. And if you (or someone you know) are too, then here’s the gift guide for you.

First up, True Blood loot:
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From top to bottom, left to right: 1. Bon Temps bumper sticker; 2. Fang Banger Boy Brief; 3. I Love Eric charm bracelet (and, who doesn’t need this?); 4. Bon Temps football t-shirt (we can all pretend Jason gave this to us personally); 5. O Positive necklace; 6. Fangbanger wooden bangle; 7. Vampire bait necklace; 8. True Blood word magnets

For the Vampire Diaries

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A recap of the latest Vampire Diaries episode

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Hey, Vampire Diaries‘ fans: here’s a pretty fantastic (and hilarious!) recap of last week’s new episode by Kiersten White. Enjoy!

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This episode is a pretty big event for me.  Normally I watch on my laptop four days after the show airs while my kids entertain themselves with matches and sharp things. (Just kidding, child welfare people–I only let them play with matches under very strict supervision.)

Tonight, however, I’m watching at my in-law’s. On an actual TV! Damon’s eyebrows will be SO BIG I don’t know if I’ll be able to handle it. Also, they are quaint around here and have no DVR, so at crucial moments I will probably scream “PAUSE! PAUSE!” to no avail. Also, after six years without any …

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