Yes, this is a show with vampires (it's in the title, kind of a given!). But it is not just a vampire show per say (though there is some awesome vampire action), there's also so much more involved! From the fantastic writing by Kevin Williamson, Julie Plec, and their team, to the wonderful acting and chemistry from the cast, especially Ian Somerhalder, Katerina Graham, and best of all Nina Dobrev, this show will keep you on the edge of your seat from the VERY FIRST EPISODE. Season 1 of the Vampire Diaries was good, Season 2 was BETTER!
This is a fantastic show that stands on its own (don't compare it with other vampire stories, i.e. True Blood, Twilight).
My one and only complaint about the DVDs was the bonus features were a little lacking. I could have used more. The gag reel was good, but only about 2 and a half minutes long. I did really enjoy the feature on Nina Dobrev talking about playing Elena and Katherine.
I don't like writing (or reading) reviews that tell you the entire plot. But if you like vampires (or just sci-fi/supernatural) stories, check out the Vampire Diaries Season 2 (there's also lots of werewolf and witch action!)