Love You to Death – Season 5: The Unofficial Companion to The Vampire Diaries has been out in the world for a month now – have you bought your copy yet? – and we have a round-up of interviews and reviews to share!
Alloy Entertainment‘s official Vampire Diaries blog featured us in a super-lengthy and fun interview; epic thanks to Theo Guliadis for her kind words about us and our book!
You know how some people would do anything to chat with the cast and creators of their favorite television shows? Well, as fun and exciting as it is to interact with the very stars who bring beloved characters to life, there’s nothing quite as titillating as conversing with fellow fans. Better yet? Fans who know your favorite fictional worlds inside and out. Fans who make us laugh with their cheeky banter and inside jokes. Fans who are not only respected by other viewers, but also by the actors, directors, and producers of the very shows they root for. Fans who refuse to take entertainment at face value — who probe every episode, quote, and twist in search of deeper meaning, and raise thought-provoking questions about underlying themes about love, morality, and human nature. And for us, these two “fans” (basically, we fangirl over them so they’re more like community fixtures in a sense) are none other than Heather Vee and Crissy Calhoun, co-authors of the intricate Vampire Diaries companion guides titled Love You to Death.
Erin Perry of The Dinglehopper calls Love You to Death 5 “fanaticism in a bottle”:
A book like this is especially useful to a show like The Vampire Diaries. Reading through the episodes, I was reminded that season 5 had the equivalent of three big bads. VD‘s plotlines move fast and furious. One major plot arc can start and end in a handful of episodes. Unlike a show that mixes mythology episodes with “monster of the week” episodes (think Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Supernatural, or The X-Files), Vampire Diaries doesn’t have one-offs. It’s all mythology. Or as Williamson mentions in the intro to Love You to Death: it’s all epic.
So if you’re a fan of The Vampire Diaries and haven’t had the time to indulge in deep fanaticism but have had moments of wanting to, this is a book for you.
Nicole at Quality Fangirls says Love You to Death 5 is just what you need to remember what went down in a “crazy” season:
The detail that went into each episode guide is very impressive. Not only do we get a recap of each episode, but also fun extras like what questions we still need to get answered, inconsistencies that were apparent in the episode, history and pop culture references, the rules of the world of TVD, and even some off camera moments! All that information is very insightful while looking back on all the things that happened in the season. Also it is a good way to keep track of everything since it is so easy for forget a lot of things we should already know! (Seriously, TVD is just way to vast and complicated to remember all this stuff.) I also think it was awesome to read the foreword by Kevin Williamson, one of the creators of the show. It just shows that this book means business!
Tiffany at Angelized First had this to say about Love You to Death’s fifth outing:
Since the show’s 100th episode aired in its fifth season, Calhoun and Vee provided an in-depth look at the monumental milestone with a bunch of interviews, antidotes, and behind-the-scenes information. The music list is always a welcome addition. Especially since The Vampire Diaries has some of the best music in network television. Lastly, the timeline in the book is a great resource for viewers to help keep all the crazy shenanigans the gang gets into straight. Complete with a foreword by Kevin Williamson, 17 exclusive interviews, photos, quotes, and much, much more, Love You to Death – Season 5 makes for a great reference book. Why try to remember every little thing when Calhoun and Vee have compiled all that info in a nice guide? Whether you’re a die-hard fan of the series, or someone interested in checking it out, this guide is a must-have!