Was The Vampire Diaries or Twilight Written First?
Twilight: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 opens on November 16, and that has many people going back to their copies of the books to brush up on what happens. That’s when they may notice a few similarities between Stephenie Meyer's’ series and The Vampire Diaries.
The TV show is based on books by LJ Smith and follow a teenaged girl who gets involved in a love triangle with two much-older (like over 100 years older) vampire brothers. The town she lives in has other supernatural creatures, including werewolves. Eventually, she is turned into a vampire as well.
There are definitely some things that overlap in Twilight, (werewolves, live triangle, a heroine who goes from human to vampire), but which came first?
On her website, Meyer tells the story of how she began writing her series: “I know the exact date that I began writing Twilight, because it was also the first day of swim lessons for my kids. So I can say with certainty that it all started on June 2, 2003. … I woke up (on that June 2nd) from a very vivid dream. In my dream, two people were having an intense conversation in a meadow in the woods. One of these people was just your average girl. The other person was fantastically beautiful, sparkly, and a vampire.”
Based on that description, it doesn’t sound like the Twilight author was influenced by The Vampire Diaries series, though LJ Smith’s books were first published in September 1991, so a full decade before Stephenie Meyer even dreamed her dream of sparkly vamps.