The Vampire Diaries book series came 14 years before Twilight. Twilight ripped it off, not the other way around. They only seem new because L.J. Smith took a decade hiatus from writing and they are only new being REPRINTED. While the TV show may come on the heels of Twilight's success, Twilight would not exist if The Vampire Diaries had not come first. So pay some respect to the pioneers.