Fan conventions, such as The Vampire Diaries 2014 Official Convention in Las Vegas September 12 – 14, are popular and a great chance to meet the stars who bring these shows to life. Like other conventions, the Star Trek Con earlier this year at the Rio Hotel and Casino and the Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con at South Point Hotel and Casino the conventions vary in size and popularity.
There are obviously differences between the “fan” conventions and the comic cons. From a noobs point of view it seems that the fan cons are bigger and more geared toward the actors and writers of the shows. Both feature a large amount of cosplay, although the comic con has a bigger range with figures from comic books, graphic novels, anime, manga and video games over and above pop culture figures from film and television.
Anyone looking on the internet can see that there are a plethora of fan conventions out there to choose from. Shows as old as Xena: Warrior Princess still have annual events that can be attended by loyal fans. Other television shows, including The Vampire Diaries and its spin off series The Originals, as well as the film franchise of the Twilight saga also hold annual get togethers across the world for their loyal following. In Las Vegas, September 12 – 14, 2014, Creation Entertainment will be putting on the official convention for fans of The Vampire Diaries.
The television show was adapted from the book franchise of the same name by L.J. Smith. Starring Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder, Steven R. McQueen amongst other young good looking actors and actresses to whom beauty is not their only talent, the show proved to be a success. Set in Mystic Falls, Virginia, the story is primarily of two brothers who are vampires and the young female protagonist who falls for both.
The show could be seen as a kissing cousin to both the Twilight series of films and to True Blood, also set in the South. It is very popular and has been on television since 2009, where the pilot had terrific nods and winks to past horror masters like Alfred Hitchcock that practically made it impossible not to like.
With The Vampire Diaries comes a certain mythos that was formerly found only in the Stephenie Meyer books where the undead can waltz around in the daylight, but in this world they do not glitter. There was also incest, at least in the pilot, and some pretty bleak violence also the first show explained where the series’ title came from, apart from the book that is. The program has a large fanbase.
Fans of the show can attend the three day event and meet, not just the above named actors, but also Daniel Gillies, Charles Michael Davis, Matthew Davis, Phoebe Tonkin, Zach Roerig, Kat Graham, Micah Parker,Rick Cosnett, Paul Telfer, Michael Trevino and Chase Colman. Sadly, host Arielle Kebbel will not be available as originally advertised due to her work schedule.
Nina Dobrev is not listed to attend The Vampire Diaries at the 2014 Las Vegas convention from September 12 – 14 and barring any official statements, this seems to prove that she is leaving the series as rumored. Regardless of Nina’s and Arielle’s absence the convention will be a must for fans of the show although there will be a “shortage” of female actors on hand. The Guardian Liberty Voice will be there to cover the events and pass on any lessons learned.
By Michael Smith