Have you ever wondered where the books would have gone if Miss Smith didn't sign that pesky contract back in the 90's? Now thanks to some pretty amazing people, Miss Smith has finally found a loop hole to how she can continue the series!!! They are considered "Fan Fiction" are not part of the "official series".
"I’m very pleased to finally be able to make this announcement. As some of you probably know, Amazon has launched a new area called Kindle Worlds. This is a place where people can write fan fictions based on certain books, movies, shows, games, and music. The Vampire Diaries is one of the series that Amazon has obtained the license to include in their Worlds. This means that I can continue to write my version of The Vampire Diaries. (Remember, these books are written as fan fiction and are not part of the official series." L.J. Smith 1/15/2014 sou