So, before Stephenie Meyer introduced the world to her sparkly and polite vampires, there was L.J. Smith. L.J. Smith is the writer of numerous series involving the supernatural for teens--Vampire Diaries, Night World, and The Secret Circle--all published in the 1990's. They've recently made a comeback and have been republished by HarperTeen and Simon Pulse with new looks. Now, the CW has made a show out The Vampire Diaries. Check out the trailer:
Looks cool, huh? As far as I can tell, this series doesn't premiere until the fall, so you've got all summer to pick up The Vampire Diaries (and perhaps Night World or The Secret Circle as well?) and get caught up. They really are great books!