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Exclusive: 'The Vampire Diaries' Writer-Producer Julie Plec Gives Her Top 5 Vampire Sagas

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Now entering its third season, The Vampire Diaries has grown an enormous audience since it arrived two autumns ago. In so doing it's converted many a skeptic who swore they'd never watch another vampire love story. Much of the show's success can be attributed to Kevin Williamson and his photogenic cast. But the series' most underrated champion is co-creator Julie Plec, who's worked with Williamson since his Scream 2 days, and has now taken on an even greater part in running the show since Williamson began producing The Secret Circle. I recently caught up with Plec during a rare break from her work day, and she shared with me her five favorite vampire sagas. Check out her choices after the jump.

"Interestingly enough, I'm equal parts a fan of 1.) Bram Stoker's Dracula and 2.) The Lost Boys. [Laughs.] Two Completely different tonal points of view on the same mythology. And I love both for their own reasons. Those would be two. 3.) I was a tremendous fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I think that that showed how you can have genre and mythology and thematic core and heart and emotion all rolled up into one package. I look to that show constantly as an example of how to do it right. 4.) I am actually a big fan of a young adult book series called The Vampire Academy. Which is a four book series I believe, by Richelle Mead. That's a really cool, different vampire mythology. Something that's great fun to read and offers a lot of different points of view on the origin of the species and different kinds of vampires and the roles that they play in each other's lives. 5.) Then I gotta give a shout out to Twilight. I think the Twilight books were thrilling and awesome and fun, and a great world and love story with great characters. They give a very successful love triangle when all is said and done. To the point where I was Team Jacob until halfway through the end of Breaking Dawn. [Laughs.]"

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