I started reading the books and then I found out that the author was fired and replaced by a ghost writer. I guess she was hired to write these books. One of the rumors is that she was fired because she ended the series with Elema choosing Damon. Anyway, from what I've read, the show is really different from the books. Also the books seem like they can't make up their mind whether to end or keep going. I gave up on the show and started watching The Originals. There is only so much whining from Elena I can take. Klaus's whining is more bearable.:|
You can find decent hardcovers a second hand. I suggest taking hardcover over paperback as hardcovers last you for years and years and paperbacks get ruined. Price difference of a couple of dollars between paperback and hardcover are negligible for what you get in return. I still have my first editions like new, running out of space to put them though.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2404181/ BELLE is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mabatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson), Belle's lineage affords her certain privileges, yet the color of her skin prevents her from fully participating in the traditions of her social standing. Left to wonder if she will ever find love, Belle falls for an idealistic young vicar's son bent on change who, with her help, shapes Lord Mansfield's role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in England.