Vampire Diaries

Or, Meeting Ian Somerhalder

I can’t stop smiling after The Vampire Diaries convention in Burbank last weekend! I not only got to hear panels from stars of TVD and The Originals, but I actually got to meet and talk with Ian Somerhalder, Damon Salvatore himself! It was a dream come true.

Back when Buffy the Vampire Slayer was still on the air, I went to my first fan convention in Pasadena, CA and had my photo taken with Buffy’s bad boy vampire, James Marsters (Spike).

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Anna and James snapped back before cell phones were banned from the photo op room. 😉 Don’t you love his leather jacket?

Sunday, I ran into Damon and Stefan Salvatore (or their cardboard lookalikes). I wonder if they’re actually that tall?

 

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Before the show, Ian was spotted looking amazing. The photo caught him in the middle of a friendly, “Hello guys.”

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First up, Michael Malarkey (Enzo) and Chris Wood (Kai). They spent the entire panel making jokes, singing, and beatboxing. It’s too bad their characters never shared a scene on The Vampire Diaries because they were hilarious together.

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Finally, Paul Wesley (Stefan) and Ian Somerhalder (Damon) took the stage at the end of the day. Though they must have been exhausted, they remained upbeat as they answered fan questions they’ve probably answered a hundred times already (“Which season of the show was your favorite?” Ian => season 1, Paul => season 3, “What is your favorite ship on the show?” Ian & Paul => Stamon LOL, and “If you could only eat one food the rest of your life what would it be?” Ian => dark chocolate, Paul => vegan cookies.)

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Then, the highlight of the day (maybe the year)–cozying up to Mr. Somerhalder. He was so charming and polite, giving each lady in line (and there were hundreds) personal attention. He gave me a high five for being a writer and made us all, in the ten seconds or so we stood next to him, feel special.

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Afterwards, I was slightly euphoric.

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Attending the convention was so much fun. I’ve been a huge fan of The Vampire Diaries from the very beginning (I watched the pilot at Comic Con before it aired and attended the panel when Ian Somerhalder was famous for playing Boone on Lost and I didn’t really know who Paul Wesley or Nina Dobrev were. I adored the pilot, though, and immediately started reading the books in preparation for the TV premiere that fall.)

Here are my two bad boy vampires. I feel so lucky to have met them both. Their characters and storylines have definitely influenced my writing, including the Beasts of Vegas Series, and my career.

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Anna with Damon Salvatore and William the Bloody–the original bad boy vampires.

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Or, I Haven’t Stopped Smiling Since March

Comic-Con 2016

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I’m so excited! It’s been a couple years since I last attended Comic-Con (the cast of Twilight was one of the panels, it was so long ago), and I’m silently screaming with glee at the chance to go back. I’ve been lucky enough to see all of my favorite casts in person (from Vampire Diaries to Teen Wolf) and I can’t wait to wade through the crowds and enjoy being a pop culture nerd for a weekend.

In preparation for my return trip, I put together a slide show of past cons.

Enjoy!

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Comic-Con 2010–The Lost Boys panel with Corey Feldman and cast.

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Comic-Con 2011–The Vampire Diaries panel. I loved this fan’s tee.

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Comic-Con 2011–The Breaking Dawn panel.  Julia Jones played werewolf, Leah.

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Comic-Con 2011–The Breaking Dawn panel. Booboo Stewart played the werewolf, Seth.

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Or, I’m Sharing My Fave Romantic Montages With You!

I’m devoting July to my guilty pleasure The Vampire Diaries. I adore the new Caroline + Stefan love story. Enjoy!

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Or, I’m Sharing My Fave Romantic Montages With You!

I’m devoting July to my guilty pleasure The Vampire Diaries. This Delena video gave me chills and then actually made me cry. Enjoy!

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Or, I’m Sharing My Favorite Romantic Video Montages

Enjoy three minutes of nothing but Stefan and Caroline from The Vampire Diaries!

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Or, I’m Sharing My Favorite Romantic Video Montages

I’m really starting to love Caroline and Stafan’s relationship right now on The Vampire Diaries. Enjoy!

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Or, I’m Sharing My Favorite Romantic Video Montages

The relationship between Klaus and Caroline has a lot of room to grow (and he is still in need of redemption), but I’m hooked. Enjoy this fan video dedicated to the Vampire Diaries’ bad boy + good girl romance.

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Or, I’m Sharing My Favorite Romantic Video Montages

If you’re obsessed with Damon Salvatore and Elena Gilbert from The Vampire Diaries the way I am, then you’ll love this!

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Or, I’m Sharing My Favorite Romantic Video Montages

For my inaugural Flirty Friday I’m sharing a Damon + Elena video from one of my favorite series The Vampire Diaries. Enjoy!

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