Anyway, has everyone else here read the SC books? I haven't read them yet, but might take them up this summer as we're going on a road trip. I think they'll make for some good cheesy summer reading.
I grew up reading these LJ Smith series and can testify that "good cheesy summer reading" is exactly what it is. I didn't like BookCassie but I imagine the show will reshape her to make her more appealing to the modern audience. And as for the "no strong love story" business, in the books there's a triangle between Cassie, Diana and Adam. (Nick makes it a big of a quadrangle but LJ Smith loves her love triangles and that's what it really was essentially.) They'd probably want to distinguish this series as something different and separate from The Vampire Diaries and move away from the triangle... but who knows. Oh, and count me in as someone who doesn't like the cutting out of Deborah and Suzanne and the downsizing of the coven. If not them, who's going to be giving Faye the time of day?
I'll be keeping an eye on it out of curiosity and maintain the same arm's length distance I maintained with TVD at the beginning of its run.