I am very pleased that today is the day I can post the cover for Love You to Death: The Unofficial Companion to The Vampire Diaries — Season 2. The photo, as some of you will recognize immediately, comes from Chris Nicholls’ amazing shoot for Flare‘s February issue of the one and only Nina Dobrev. What I love about this photo — besides the fact that she redefines fierceness — is that it puts Elena + Katherine/Katerina + the Original Petrova we haven’t yet met + any other doppelganger we may or may not ever meet front and center. Season 2 has had its fair share of doppelganger hijinks, and Ms. Nina Dobrev has blown me away this season with all the kinds of awesome she gives us, from Bulgarian birthing scenes to bourbon-fueled dance parties to speeches about not wanting to become a vampire and everything in between. So as much as I love the Salvatore brothers and the actors who bring them to (after)life, for season 2 it just feels perfect to me to have only Nina on the cover.
I’m not usually prone to civic pride, but I think it’s also kind of cool that it’s a photo of a Toronto-raised actress by a Toronto-based photographer originally shot for a T.O. mag being used on the cover of a book published by an independent T.O. company and written by yours truly, someone who’s only ever lived in the greater Toronto area.
I hope you love it as much as I do! Or, like, 20% as much as I like it. Cuz I like it a lot a lot.