It may be ending soon but The Vampire Diaries has been on our screens now for eight seasons over nearly eight years, which makes it the longest running vampire show in TV history – beating even Buffy the Vampire Slayer by one year and, thanks to Buffy’s short first season, some thirty episodes. In terms of YA paranormal shows in general, only Supernatural, which appears to have been on our screens since before time began, has The Vampire Diaries beat in the longevity game.
Being around for this long and with so dedicated a fan base, it’s not exactly surprising that the Vampire Diaries has spawned countless media tie-ins. From the Warner’s-owned CW making use of their sister company, DC Comics, to put out in-continuity comics by some of industry’s biggest names to the original novels that formed the basis of the TV show to all sorts of toys, video games and branded merchandise, fans have plenty more opportunity for their Vampire Diary kicks if the eight seasons of the TV show aren’t enough for them. There’s even a slot machine based on the show that can be played at online-slots.ca/immortal-romance/ as part of their “immortal romance” sub-site.
Interesting, that despite much of the show’s target audience (13-18 year olds) are too young to actually play slot-machines.ca/games/valley-of-the-scarabs/, it’s still one of the most popular slots around. That says a lot about both the TV show itself that has reached far beyond its obvious audience and just how well made the slot game is. Drawing heavily from the show itself in terms of graphics, music, sound effects, bonus games and its general aesthetic and mixing it with top-notch gameplay, it’s no surprise that it’s such a big draw.
It’s not just slot games that have been surprising tie-ins to the show. Working, more or less, in the opposite direction, the Vampire Diaries has always had a pretty killer soundtrack with some of the best indie (and not so indie) bands and artists contributing to the show. Just check out this list vampirediariesonline.com/music-downloads/ to get a good example of the wealth of music tied to the show which, have the uncanny ability to conjure your favourite episodes from memory alone.
If you really, really can’t get enough of your fave Vampire Diaries, you can even sleep with them – or, at least, their images – with official Vampire Diaries pillow cases, embroidered with a portrait shot of your favourite characters like this Ian Somerhalder pillow case that you can buy right now at amazon.ca/Vampire-Diaries-Salvatore-Somerhalder-Zippered. Because that’s not creepy at all!
If, however, you’re not all that interested in merchandise and just want the TV show itself, you have loads of options on that front too. Whether it’s watching older episodes on Netflix or through DVD/ Bluray boxsets or checking out the very latest episodes at ctv.ca/TheVampireDiaries, you’re more than covered.
It’s been a hell of an eight-year run and whether you’re just a fan of the show, a fan of the show and the various reading materials released to tie in to (or to have based on) the show or one of those superfans who can’t get enough of the Vampire Diaries in even the most arbitrary merchandise, just because the show is ending doesn’t mean that your love affair with it has to. Not by a long shot.