It’s a battle of the fandoms! And it couldn’t come on a more appropriate day. Tonight, March 10, “The Vampire Diaries” ends its eight-season run on the CW network. But the day also marks the 20th anniversary of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” the series that relaunched vampire romance for a new generation and made “The Vampire Diaries” possible. So which one is better? Vote in our poll at the bottom of this post, and continue the battle in the comments below.
Okay, so it’s true: “The Vampire Diaries” actually does predate “Buffy” by a few years — it got its start as a series of young adult novels that were first published back in 1991. But the popularity of “Buffy,” about the title teenage vampire hunter (Sarah Michelle Gellar) who fell in love with vampire Angel (David Boreanaz), and then another vampire, Spike (James Marsters), undoubtedly had an influence on the TV success of “Diaries,” which is also about a teenage girl, Elena (Nina Dobrev), who falls in love with vampire Stefan (Paul Wesley), and then another vampire, Damon (Ian Somerhalder).
“Buffy” and “The Vampire Diaries” have in common that neither show got its due at the Emmys — come on, even “True Blood” was nominated for Best Drama Series! “Buffy” earned 14 nominations mostly in Creative Arts categories and two wins for its makeup and score. “Diaries” hasn’t earned any nominations at all, though it has one more chance this year and has nevertheless been a favorite at the People’s Choice and Teen Choice Awards over the years. So which show should win this fight? Make sure you vote below, and discuss this and more with your fellow TV fans in our forums.
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