Book Review: The Awakening by L.J. Smith

The Awakening is the first book in The Vampire Dairies series. The main plot follows main character, Elena Gilbert, who is a doppelganger for a centuries old vampire who caused romantic havoc between a pair of brothers, Stefan and Damon; whilst she tries to readjust to normal life after losing both parents in an accident.

The subplot follows Elena and her encounters with a black crow, unaware it’s Stefan’s brother Damon. The crow appears at the most harrowing times, causing unease. The subplot is crucial to moving the story forward because it lays the foundation for Damon’s entrance, his fascination with Elena, and shows us that his character is darker and more dangerous than Stefan’s.

I applied an interwoven subplot to my story by the lingering strangers following Danielle, i.e. “standing at the edge of a darkened alleyway, was a man. His eyes were locked on me, even as the sea of people crossed his path continuously. I stared back at his eyes for what felt like a minute, he did not look away or falter…and as I looked back to the man, he was gone.” This intertwines with the main plot by letting the reader know everything is not as it seems, it adds to the external conflict when all is revealed to Danielle.

Smith, L.J. (2007). The vampire diaries: the awakening and the struggle (1st ed.). New York City: HarperCollins Publishers

Writing Analysis: Subplots – The Awakening by L.J. Smith (The Vampire Diaries series)

The Awakening is the first book in The Vampire Dairies series, and it follows the story of Elena Gilbert who is a doppelganger for a centuries old vampire who caused romantic havoc between a pair of brothers, Stefan and Damon. The book follows Elena’s readjustment to normal life after losing her parents in an accident, facing ex-boyfriends, navigating high-school, and her attraction to the mysterious hot new boy, Stefan.

What I liked about this was the subplot, see although the plot is as above, the subplot also follows Elena, and her encounters with a black crow, not knowing that it is Stefan’s brother Damon stalking her. The crow appears at the most harrowing times and causes unease in Elena. This leaves me as the reader, unsettled slightly, as I believe something wicked is lurking.

The subplot is crucial to moving the story forward because it lays the foundation for the entrance of Stefan’s brother Damon and shows us without knowing that his personality is darker, and more dangerous than that of Stefan’s. It also leads to Damon’s fascination with Elena.