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The Vampire Diaries: Stefan's Diaries #3: The Craving. Home · The Vampire Diaries: Stefan's 83 downloads Views 3MB Size Report. DOWNLOAD EPUB. The Vampire Diaries STEFAN'S DIARIES VOL. 3 THE CRAVINGBased on the novels byL. J. SMITH and the TV series develope. The Craving is the third book in L.J. Smith's bestselling Stefan's Diaries series, which reveals the backstory of brothers Stefan and Damon from The Vampire.
The Craving is the third book in L. Stefan Salvatore has come to terms with being a vampire. The events of the past few months have sobered him, and the fog of his own blood lust has begun to lift. He travels to New York City to start a new life—one that does not require him to kill humans to survive. Instead he feeds off of animals in Central Park. But the quiet life he envisioned is jolted when he runs into his brother Damon, who has convinced New York high society that he is Italian royalty.
This context however does not preclude discussion of those very relations in the text, or in the case of The Vampire Diaries, discus- sion of some of the implications of those relations for the subject and the idea of subjectivity in the context of 21st century consumer capi- talism.
Though The Vampire Diaries has an explicit function as a piece of consumer culture and carries the limitations and expectations that go along with this function, it may be read as simultaneously mani- festing a reflection of contemporary cultural anxieties. Beginning as an architectural movement reacting against modernist brutalism, postmodernism is partly an aesthetic characterised by an invocation of older forms using pastiche and irony. Damon : Uh, I miss Anne Rice, she was so on it.
Damon : Because I live in the real world where vampires burn in the sun. TVD S1E4 There is also a self-consciousness of the conventions of genre in the text typical of a postmodern style. Here Katherine flags the expecta- tion of romance conventions when she says to Stefan: You hate me huh? That sounds like the beginning of a love story Stefan, not the end of one.
What are you up to? This breakdown marks the end of the Enlightenment universalist project. Connected to this breakdown is the breakdown of hierarchies of culture making the aca- demic study of popular culture itself possible. This collapse of divi- sions between high and low culture is informed by a questioning of the foundations upon which hierarchies of taste are formed and the particular gender, class, and racial interests that are served by such hierarchies.
Issues relating to subjectivity are taken up in the television series explored here in particular through conventions associated with the romance genre incorporating the figure of the vampire. In this article the term romance is used to refer to a large and diverse body of works including the tragic love story and popular romance fiction. Romance in this sense indicates a text that has a primary focus on courtship, relationships, and love, and that typically borrows tropes from fairy-tale and archetypal love story narratives.
It is not as strictly defined by a happy ending as popular romance genre fiction is, though it exists in a relationship to the happy ending convention. Romance scholarship has, until recently, been broadly polarized into two camps, one that condemns romance fiction as a tool of patriarchy and another that celebrates the subversive poten- tial of women-centered cultural space. Most of these studies share an approach to romance that flattens out the diversity of romance texts.
This situation is in the process of being remedied by a movement in romance studies that advances beyond ill-founded generalizations of a genre that includes such a wide variety and volume of texts, towards more text-specific studies that cumulatively add to knowledge of the romance genre in all its particularities.
For the purposes of this analysis it is fruitful to consider some common focus points of romance stories that are drawn on in The Vampire Diaries. In this text the romance genre convention of a central heroine involved in romantic adventures with hero es is fulfilled and used as the ideal narrative ground in which to explore boundaries of self.
The heroine, Elena Gilbert, is seventeen years old at the beginning of the series. Her well-appointed home and comfortable lifestyle no mention is ever made about money worries or problems marks her as relatively wealthy. Her everyday style is laid-back. In this way Elena occupies a position both ordinary and extraordinary. Fulfilling one of the classic tropes of coming-of-age stories including romance, the heroine is an orphan.
The activities she once found pleasure in, like cheerleading and socialising, no longer hold the same appeal. Her former boyfriend is no longer of any interest to her, other than as a friend. She cannot seem to fit back into the life she had before experiencing loss. Each of its fast-paced storylines revolves around conflicts beginning and ending in the con- fines of these social structures.
The heterosexual couple is ubiquitous. Every major character is part of at least one romance. In this way it is the couple that is central rather than an individual couple. The heroine with the attention of two love inter- ests is a feature of much romance, and a particularly central feature of the currently popular vampire romance stories. Both Stefan and Damon love Elena. Elena is in love with Stefan and is confused about her feelings for Damon. This dynamic provides the central love story of the series and the central themes explored of intimate partner dynamics, family bonds, and the place of the subject in a commu- nity both present and historic.
I did. Layering of images that contaminate each other is an ongoing feature of the series. Stories of all kinds, historical, mythic, local, and per- sonal, are frequently discovered as falsified or cover-ups.
In this way the viewer is taught to question the validity of any story and the sta- bility of every character.
The family in The Vampire Diaries is both nuclear and ancestral. It is populated with dysfunctional parents. The inadequacy of the older generation is highlighted in their approach to the monstrous. The only hope for them is in the learning experience they may be afforded through their children or the sacrifices they may be allowed to make for them.
I failed in that task. And because of my prejudices, I failed you. Family ties are represented as powerful and far- reaching through time. Rebekah describes the uniting force amongst her siblings of the shared fear of their father: He frightens us all.
That is why we stick together as one, always and forever. TVD S3E8 This family is often dysfunctional and a place of resentments, jealou- sies, and pain but it is also entirely unavoidable and inescapable. It is something that must be contended with and whatever pieces of love in it must be salvaged and made the best of: Rebekah : The Salvatores may fight like dogs, but in the end they would die for each other.
At least they know what family means. The Original Family forms the basis of the vampire community, while the founding families of Mystic Falls still maintain the local human community in the 21st century. Power here is local and famil- ial. Though it may travel around the world and through many guises it is ultimately the family unit that controls power and the family dynamic that determines it.
In fact family bonds and connections are central to every storyline of the series. TVD S3E8 Given the level of dysfunction and difficulty associated with the family in The Vampire Diaries, it follows that the operation of power in the community is equally incendiary. In the seminal work Our Vampires, Ourselves , Nina Auer- bach wrote that we create the vampires we need at any particular time in history, and as our society changes so do our incarnations of the vampire Thus the vampire has come to be read as a reflection of ourselves and as such may tell us 14 Mary Bridgeman something about the particular fears and anxieties of a society at a particular cultural moment.
In keeping with the current vampire vogue he is in fact a most desir- able romantic hero. This throws into confusion the older demarca- tions of the human and the monstrous. The traditional division of good human versus bad vampire used by the parents and ancestors in Mystic Falls, is shown to be insufficient and unjust. However the complexities the younger characters and reformed adults are left with are attended by their own strains too.
Change is shown to be fraught with difficulty, false starts, and setbacks. It is likened to the addiction experience of Stefan, sometimes functioning well but always vulnerable, always about to become unstuck.
Since becoming a vampire Stefan has struggled to control his addiction to human blood by feeding off animals: Damon : Stefan has built himself a delusional wagon which he has repeatedly fallen off of. What he needs to learn is control.
We need human blood to survive. In time, the thought of human blood will make you repress your vampire instincts completely. Hypotyposis and specularity. They fell in love with the same girl. This shows how a copy is never exactly the same as its original, even simply in its status as copy. In contrast to typical cultural valuing of originals over copies, in The Vampire Diaries, the copy is typically chosen as the love object over the original.
The issue becomes one of the difference of the dou- 16 Mary Bridgeman ble. The double can never be exactly the same, as a copy can never be the original. Katherine is closer to the original than Elena, yet Elena is the one who is loved by Stefan and Damon, and required by Klaus for his megalomaniac plans.
Elena is the latest copy and because of this she is the most important one. This is where The Vampire Diaries turns on its head popular notions of originality and value. Postmodern subjectivity is characterised by fragmentation, by on- going processes of subject making, and by a sense of being in-flux rather than static or stable in terms of identity.
This subject overflows the bounds of reason, progress, and the universalist politics of Enlightenment ideas of the rational subject.
The postmodern subject is called upon as part of the commercial strategies of the CW net- work, but this subject is also problematized at the level of the text when issues surrounding the idea of selfhood and control are explored. The discourse at work at the level of the network interest does not align perfectly with those at work in the text, though they certainly overlap.
A depthlessness of signs informs this cultural logic. Yet the program The Vampire Diaries simultaneously reflects anxieties about that very hollowing out. In this way The Vampire Diaries addresses issues of subjectivity, particularly subjectivity in relation to categories of difference.
The key issue here is the way in which category breakdown in the post- modern context, rather than engendering acceptance, may in fact bring about increasingly violent means of organization and control. Power structures are based on a family model of dysfunction in which violence, pain, and sacrifice are presented as the most effective tools for action in the face of complexity.
The present however is in no way Forged in Love and Death 17 less violent, indeed it may even be more violent despite the greater understanding of difference and the reluctance to judge based on these identity markers. The subject in The Vampire Diaries is in-flux, may change at any time, and is impossible to fix in one subject posi- tion. This subject is violent and endures violence.
Action other than violence is very difficult and usually ineffective in this world. In this way The Vampire Diaries forms a fascinating portrayal of the violence of 21st century culture and the violent expectations brought to bear on the subject. That these expectations are gendered, raced, and classed is certain, though, as The Vampire Diaries suggests, categories of difference in the postmodern context prove elusive and difficult to approach in terms of reform. This is relevant far beyond the confines of teen drama or vampire romance.
This is relevant in terms of Amer- ican culture at the current social-cultural-historical moment. The Vampire Diaries manifests an anxiety about the propensity towards violence in an increasingly complex world of untenable yet indestruc- tible categories of difference. As such it demands a critical response that contends with the inadequacies of popular postmodernism and a way of accepting difference, contradiction, and complexity that short- circuits the easy route to violence both symbolic and material.
Notes 1. Stephenie Meyer describes the dream that inspired her to write Twilight on her Web site - www. Works Cited Baudrillard, Jean. And as always they end up wondering if they are really each others biggest problems or if they need to play nice with each other -- if there are things out there so much bigger and badder they are, so maybe they at least to pretend to be friends again if only long enough to figure out what in the heck is happening around them.
It is clear enough the Damon is all too fond of his younger brother not! Stefan also knows that he should not have forced his brother to finish his transformation but it also shows that Stefan was the insecure one and was throughly not looking forward to an eternity alone.
It is human nature to do things like this we can't really fault Stefan for that. Damon and his goals aren't the only thing they need to worry about, as a new enemy comes to town in search of revenge. This enemy is strong maybe even stronger than the two brothers together. Klaus's minion. Not the big boss himself. Now this is where the book takes a u-turn from the tv series.
So why in the book does Klaus send someone after them? I have no problem with books and TV series being different, I love the original Vampire Diaries books and I love the TV series, partly because of the differences.
But something like this that just keeps getting things wrong — for example the original meeting between Katherine and Stefan, which was shown so early in the TV series, that the author must have seen it, is just infuriating. Once you get past that the books are alright. The writing standard has definitely improved and this book is the better of the three. The voice still is very modern, but at least the facts are correct.
View all 4 comments. Jan 11, Jay rated it really liked it. I do like the vampire diaries tv show so reading these books really does help me picture the characters a lot better and what they go through.
What I like more about it though is that I can find out more of Stefan and Damon's past and how they got to where they are now and the reasons behind everything that has happened. If you like the show then I'd definitely recommend reading the Stefan's diaries series. I love this book series so much! Whoever has written these is truly gifted - I only wish I knew who it was!
A wonderful reflection of what The Vampire Diaries is, another excellent instalment! Mar 10, Nicole rated it really liked it Shelves: Brothers by blood and law So far this is one of the best in the Stefans Diaries serie. Both Stefan and Damon traveled to New York to start a new life.
As always Damon follows his behated brother with just enough distance for Stefan not to notice. We get to meet a caring high society family. With whom the brothers spent a lot of time. Lexi is back and still Stefans best friend. I love her character and I hope she will be with them in the next book!
Also finaly Klaus had been mentioned! Can't wa Brothers by blood and law So far this is one of the best in the Stefans Diaries serie. Can't wait to read more about him and the brothers. I hope Klaus will be as interesting and the TVshow Klaus. With new land in sight, adventures are laying around the corner!
Plecarea lui a coincis cu plecarea altei persoane. Ce va descoperi Stefan acolo? What with the epilogues they put at the end of the previous books "previously on The Vampire Diaries" lol we already knew this one was set in high-society New York City.
Plotline is a tad predictable, and not quite as much excitement as the previous two books in this series. Stefan and Damon are "at each other's throats" again, with Damon calling all the shots this time.
Stef's still struggling with his humanity or lack thereof, and we get a whole new family of innocents pulled into the plotti What with the epilogues they put at the end of the previous books "previously on The Vampire Diaries" lol we already knew this one was set in high-society New York City.
Stef's still struggling with his humanity or lack thereof, and we get a whole new family of innocents pulled into the plotting and scheming. There is a surprise visitor in this book which I will not spoil for you , but fans of the TV series will see it coming from a mile away. Best part about this book? At the end as usual they publish a teaser for the first of "The Hunter" series of Vampire Diaries books--and we get a glimpse into what happened to Damon and Elena after the dramatic conclusion in Midnight.
I kinda didn't want to know. Jun 15, Danielle Folker rated it liked it Shelves: Not a bad little book. It is a book that you read when you want something short and simple. Jun 27, Rosy rated it did not like it. This review was written for The Review Diaries: My problem with this series of books is twofold.
Version A: The original book versi This review was written for The Review Diaries: Version B: The TV series version which has the brothers born and raised in Mystic Falls. Version C: I mean these discrepancies are so irritating to those who are fans of the TV show, that it just makes me not want to bother anymore with this particular series of books.
My second biggest problem with them after the rant above… is that they are so tiny. The Salvatore brothers are fascinating, there is such a huge wealth of detail and depth of emotions and levels and facets that could be explored, and yet the books are just skimming the surface, going over the barest details that hold the plot together.
I want more. My third biggest problem relates back to my first. View 2 comments.
Oct 05, Tatiana rated it liked it Shelves: Ever since fleeing New Orleans, Stefan has been surviving on rodents and small animals while living apart from humans in a cave in Central Park. A dou Ever since fleeing New Orleans, Stefan has been surviving on rodents and small animals while living apart from humans in a cave in Central Park.
A double wedding, lots of blood, an appearance by Lexi! The plot played to the defining character traits of Damon and Stefan, casting them in perfect roles, for good and bad. More and more they are becoming the vampires we know and drool over on the show. As for the original characters, the Sutherland clan, who brought to mind an amalgamation of the Crawleys in Downton Abbey and the Bennets in Pride and Prejudice , was fleshed-out well.
He does not have luck with witches. I caught only one glaring inaccuracy in this book. On the show, Stefan and Damon acted like they were learning about Klaus for the first time, but the latter quarter of this prequel would beg to differ. We also know that Katherine is alive, so the only mystery is when, if at all, she is actually making appearances, or if Stefan is simply hallucinating.
So, before I read The Ripper , I am left to wonder about a few things: These things, I ponder. May 06, Ramie rated it it was amazing Shelves: Right so I love L. Smith when she's at the top of her game, really I do. I've read most of her books I think I missed one or two but I'd have to check - all of the big ones and even some not as well known, I've read.
So I'm having a really hard time here. I was in the middle of the last book she'd written The Vampire Diaries: The Return: Midnight and just couldn't get through it. I was really feeling like the Vampire Diaries as a book series was dead for me. I'd stopped, read other books, Right so I love L. I'd stopped, read other books, gone back to it, stopped again. Then I get the e-mail from site reminding me hey this is on your Kindle. Okay maybe this is what I need - those last two Stefan's diary books were pretty good.
And this is why I have such a problem with it. It's clearly not L. Her name does appear on the books - along with two others. I'm unclear on how much input she had in this arc of the series but given that she has now been fired from the books and how totally different the style is from her recent Vampire Diaries books I can only assume not very much.
This though is truly good. The Salvatore brothers both end up in New York. And as always they end up wondering if they are really each others biggest problems or if they need to play nice with each other -- if there are things out there so much bigger and badder they are, so maybe they at least need to pretend to be friends again if only long enough to figure out what in the heck is happening around them.
So long as these books keep going this route, I'm in - whoever has taken over has figured out what was missing. Hopefully now that L. Smith is free of them she can find whatever it is she was missing in her future books, which I am also in for. View all 8 comments. Apr 24, Kate rated it liked it Shelves: I didn't mean to take so long to read this book, it's just that I started it with the excerpt at the end of 2 and then it took a long time to process at the library, and then other books came up that I needed to finish reading first He's determined never to see Damon again.
While hunting in Central Park, he stumbles across a girl who's been stabbed and left for dead. He resists the temptation to feed on her, and saves her I didn't mean to take so long to read this book, it's just that I started it with the excerpt at the end of 2 and then it took a long time to process at the library, and then other books came up that I needed to finish reading first He resists the temptation to feed on her, and saves her life by giving her some vampire blood.
The girl's family is thrilled and accept Stefan into their wealthy lives. But when Stefan escorts one of the girls to a ball, he comes across Damon, who is masquerading as an Italian count. Damon tells Stefan that he'll kill the entire family unless he goes along with a double wedding. Stefan is once again forced into an unwanted marriage to the girl he rescued, while Damon marries her older sister in a ploy to get rich.
Damon's Powers have grown and he can pretty much compel everyone to do his bidding. However, there are stronger creatures out there What's a brooding vampire to do? This story just dragged a little bit for me. I felt little connection to the new characters, and Stefan basically couldn't do anything about his situation except whine.
I was glad when Lexi came along with some spunk. Damon is far more interesting Jul 16, Olivia rated it it was amazing Shelves: It has been a while since I have read one of the Stefan Diaries books, but once I start reading them I just never want to leave the world of Stefan, Damon, and Lexi!
They are all such fun characters to read from and I enjoy seeing more of Lexi since her fate was short on the show. I wish that the TV show never killed her off and that she became a series regular. I could tell that she would be one of my favorite characters. It is interesting to see all the different things that Stefan did before h It has been a while since I have read one of the Stefan Diaries books, but once I start reading them I just never want to leave the world of Stefan, Damon, and Lexi!
It is interesting to see all the different things that Stefan did before he met Elena. I can't believe some of the stuff he did! I would love to see this story as a flashback episode! Damon's character is laughable and funny with his usual charm. We also get to meet some new characters which are Lydia, Bridget, and Margret! There is a surprising twist revealed about Margret which was great! We also get to first hear about Klaus!
Finally glad that his character is starting to pop up! I love how this series is coming along and cannot wait to read what will happen to Stefan and Damon next! I also want to add that I love all the diary entries that are in these books! They sound so much like Stefan and so poetic! I love it! I know some people get that confused, so I thought that I would clarify that.
View all 6 comments. Feb 15, Melissa rated it liked it Recommends it for: Any vampire diaries fans. After reading the first two one after the other, i was eagerly waiting the release of this one. It was just that the first one was really good, the second was a bit better, but i throughly enjoyed reading both. When i found this book in my local bookstore, 5 days early i couldn't believe.
After downloading it, i rushed home and started to read it. It took me a long time to get through this book which is saying something as it is only a small book. But i found this book very slow. The storyline didn't After reading the first two one after the other, i was eagerly waiting the release of this one.
The storyline didn't grab me in the like previous ones and i was very unhappy with the outcome. I didn't realize this was the last book until i had finished it, but i found it was left at a stupid ending. Why not write books about the other years he spent before he meet Elena. I know that is what the books are about, but i wanted more. Why end it there when there is still so much to write about.
Surely he meet more people then just Lexi, and other. But to those who have read the other's then you might as well just read this one, even if it is that disappointing. Just to see it end, to tie up all the loose knots, but i know one thing.
I deffinatly won't be reading it again. Sep 29, Elena Gilbert rated it it was amazing Shelves: When their exploits end up on the society pages Blood brothers. Jan 07, Ana rated it did not like it. This book was absolutely terrible. First off, I can't believe they are getting away with pretending this terribly written book was done by LJ Smith, since it was actually written by a ghostwriter.
It was hastily written, crass, and made me want to burn it for ruining her original series. This book is not worth reading. On n'imagine vraiment bien personnages Un Damon comme j'aime! D Encore des cadavres, du sang, de la manipulation Jan 05, Stephanie rated it liked it. Entertaining but not great. I'm hoping the next one will be better.
Jan 22, Megan rated it liked it Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. You can really tell these things are aiming for tv-quality, at best; that really how it reads: That said, of the three of these prequels I've read so far, this has been the best; regrettably though, that's not saying much. This is more a detailed plot summary than a review.