The Twilight Saga vs. The Vampire Diaries: Bella vs. Elena

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As we've chronicled in two other investigative specials this week, the upcoming CW series The Vampire Diaries shares many similarities with the Twilight Saga.

While both franchises focus on vampires and love triangles, however, there are also significant differences. Compare and contrast Jacob Black with Damon Salvatore to see what we mean.

Now, in the third part of this series, we take a look at the two high school hotties that are in such demand: it's Bella Swan vs. Elena Gilbert!

SIMILARITIES:

  • Both are crushed on by a vampire; (spoiler alert!) eventually become more than human; have dark hair; are 17 years old when their respective franchises begin.

DIFFERENCES:

  • Bella lives with her father, Elena's parents are dead; Bella has a private mind (so Edward cannot read her thoughts), Elena pours everything out into a journal; Bella is an only child, Elena has a younger brother.
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