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Battle ‘Ships: The Vampire Diaries’ Klaroline vs. Steroline

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One day in the BookTrib offices, three of us almost came to blows over The 100’s “Bellarke” and “Clexa” relationships as we fought for who Clarke should ultimately end up with (Bellamy for the win with two against one!). That’s when we realized how passionate ‘shippers can be — including us. Which is why we’re presenting our own “Battle ‘Ships,” our latest column that pits some of the biggest television ‘ships against one another. We’ll weigh in our favorites and give you a chance to vote for yours. Not sure what a ‘ship is? Don’t worry: we’ve got you covered. This time we’re tackling one of the most complicated shows on television: The Vampire Diaries. As soon as The Vampire Diaries…

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Exclusive! The Secret Circle’s Andrew Miller Talks Heartbreaking Cancellation – and a Spinoff?!

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I can all too vividly remember when The Secret Circle was canceled by The CW—and I’m still bitter as hell about it. The show premiered in 2011 and was full of magic and drama. It not only kept me hooked but had a stellar cast (and executive producer) as well. When it came time for a renewal, the fans flocked to Twitter to wait for the network’s decision. That’s when the sh*t hit the fan. A media outlet falsely reported that the show had gotten picked up for a second season and joy turned to heartbreak when, minutes later, the announcement was corrected to say the show was axed from The CW’s lineup. Despite irate fans, and a robust “Save The Secret Circle” campaign, the teen…

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Failed it/Nailed it: The Vampire Diaries Edition

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In 2009, everyone was talking vampires. The Twilight series was crowding bookshelves everywhere, with the second movie coming out in November. True Blood had aired the year before, an instant hit for HBO. Blood suckers — especially cute ones — were everywhere. In the midst of all of this fervor, The CW created the teen vampire drama, The Vampire Diaries, and fans immediately fell in love. Based on a series written in the ‘90s by L.J. Smith, the books tell the story of Elena Gilbert, the golden girl of Mystic Falls high school. She falls hard for Stefan Salvatore, while he keeps a very big secret from her: he’s a vampire. In turn, his brother, Damon (also of the vampire persuasion), falls hard for her because…

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