I like this series better than Twilight and t is copyrighted 1991, before the Twilight craze. I think the plot is better, the characters richer, and the suspense more intense. My favorite interactions are between Damon and Stefan, the vampire brothers. My only complaint is that the new editions have the cover to match the CW television series. On these covers the protagonist is dark hair and dark eyed. In the book, Elena is blond and blue eyed. I found it a minor detail, but distracting. Still, this book lives up to what I expected it to be. Love it!