After three episodes, I feel that I like this show a lot; And, I have read all of the books of the series so far. I do tend to enjoy shows more than try to find fault with them. However, I am very grateful for the new way the story is being told. Though, I do hope that they delve more into witchcraft, and Bonnie, than the books. I also prefer Elena in the mansion from a rich family.
I like how Elena seems to actually be the reincarnation of Katherine. I always imagined that as I read the books despite the overtones to the contrary in the books. Of course, this might make the first arch villain very interesting. Though I hope they skip Elena's second death because of this fundamental chain. I also like how Vicky is Matt's brother and the changes that may bring.
Bonnie held a big role in the story the books tell but it is kinda cliche and short. What I crave is a rich sub-story where Bonnie embraces her heritage as a witch. I also hope for a male witch to enter the picture... or maybe Damon picked up witchcraft in his travels.
Yes, I hope they go farther with changing how the story is told. For instance, I wish the vampires to be more 'alive' in a Buddhist way. While obviously non-human I think the option of their bodies still "functioning" in normal animal ways. That is one thing I liked about Twilight in that the story adds a genetic idea though it is very limited. I think just adding an entire helix into a Triple Helix might be fun.
Elena having a deeper tie to Fel's Church through blood, is another element I would like. Thus, her having the big mansion still as she has in the story would have been better. Which, seems to be tied into why Damon and Stephan are a full four centuries younger than they were in the book. I really wish they kept their older ages because it left so much for the imagination.
Unlike Twilight, the live-action version seems to be going on an entirely different path but the same direction as the books. So I abundantly, and absolutely, recommend watching this television show to everyone. Naturally, I hope the writers, producers, etc are listening and agree with me.