As its name goes, The Originals is a TV show revolving around the Original vampires, the original family of vampires. The Originals is a spin-off of CW‘s The Vampire Diaries. For the most of the part, it is focused on the Hybrid Klaus Mikaelson, who was one of the most important villains on The Vampire Diaries, other Mikaelson siblings are shown in different ways, layers and settings on the show.
They’re good and bad, sweet and toxic, everything! The Originals is more of family than just drama and romance, or love triangles. It’s not that no love triangles or romance is there in the originals, but, the moonstone for them is family. The Originals family would die saving each other, or killing. Elijah seeks for his brother’s redemption, and years pass. It is quite a fact that The Originals is way better than The Vampire Diaries, but, let’s just list some points.
Here we go!
5. Better Protagonist
Yes, Elena had excellent reasons to have mixed feelings about the supernatural, but someone who has mixed feelings about supernatural elements is nonetheless no fun in a TV show that is all about the supernatural. Whereas, Klaus Mikaelson made a much more interesting and better protagonist than Elena Gilbert. Furthermore, Klaus is an entertaining combination of both a hero and a villain in The Originals, who also happens to take a much more proactive role than a lot of heroes in other media. As a result, it is no wonder that so many people think that he makes for better TV than his counterpart from The Vampire Diaries.
4 . Fewer Dopplegangers
Unlike The Vampire Diaries, The Originals is not bogged by doppelgängers. I mean, If you blink while watching The Vampire Diaries, you may miss that Elena’s (Nina Dobrev) doppelgänger Katherine is pretending to be Elena. Or be it actual Stefan Salvatore(Paul Wesley), not Silas, growing closer to crazytown Tessa (Janina Gavankar). And now then there’s Amara! Whereas, on The Originals, the only doppelgänger we get to see is Nina Dobrev’s Tatia. Well, even Tatia is there Elijah Mikaelson’s flashbacks and dark memories of killing her. So, Yeah! What you see on The Originals, is what is there.
3. Less Focus on Love Triangles
Now, it is a fact that romance is one of the main reasons that people watch The Vampire Diaries and probably The Originals, but there is always a limit to how much interest viewers can maintain in a love triangle that has persisted for eight seasons. As a result, The Originals‘s increased focus on other matters can make for a refreshing contrast for those who are bored with watching Elena vacillate between the two brothers, Stefan and Damon. Though it still retains enough romance for people who are interested in that sort of thing as well. In the Originals, Elijah, Hayley and Jackson’s triangle is shown for a while. And the other one’s Camille, Klaus and Marcel. There’s enough romance on The Originals, but, family first.
2. More Mature
The Vampire Diaries suffers from the fact that some of its main characters are students and still in college during the initial seasons. This means that there were some serious restrictions on the sort of stories that could be told when the characters would have to stay in school for most of the time of their lives. However, the Mikaelson siblings do not go to school or college. I mean, they’re the oldest vampires in all creation. This simply means that The Originals is free to focus on more mature stories such as the struggle to reclaim New Orleans or fight greater threats.
1. A Great Villain
A villain is always more interesting to watch. Yup, The Originals has a great villain. Well, Marcel is technically the villain of The Originals, but in actuality, Klaus is the ultimate villain and has been the big bad wolf since he first appeared on The Vampire Diaries. But, unlike on The Vampire Diaries, where original villain Damon Salvatore(Ian Somerhalder) has now become toothless, so to speak — Klaus is actually both the villain and the hero of the story, hero with Elijah, villain with his sharp mind. With viewers slowly coming to the realization that they’re rooting for the Original hybrid they once hated so much. I mean, who would’ve thought that they’re going to love Klaus as a hero in future? Well, I didn’t.
Now, There’s no doubt that there wouldn’t be The Originals without the parent show, The Vampire Diaries. The Mikaelsons being brought on the show to stir things up was a total game changer and it led to the spin-off series. Believe me, The Vampire Diaries got way more better when the Originals were on the show. However, it’s time for both of the fandoms to acknowledge that the spin-off is better than the original.
Thank you for reading, that’s all from my side! The Vampire Diaries or The Originals? Let me know in the comment section below.
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