L.J. Smith has been writing books for Young Adults since the 1980s. She started writing the The Vampire Diaries in 1991.Due to various personal reasons, L.J. Smith disappeared from the writing world back in 1998, leaving the last book in the Night World series, Strange Fate, unfinished. Happily, she returned at the beginning of 2008 with a new website, some short stories, and Strange Fate in the works, along with a new Vampire Diaries trilogy. Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec picked up the rights to turn the Vampire Diaries into a television show. The show is loosely based on the books. Stefan's diaries the ripper takes up 20 years after the last book. Stefan went to England to escape his brother Damon after the situation in New York. He has been building up an okay life on a farm helping out when he hears about Jack the Ripper being active in London. Convinced it is Damon murdering innocent people he feels that it is his responsibility to save London from this monster. The book is a short entertaining story. It gives you the feeling you learn something about the background of both Salvatore brothers though it has more connection with the television series than the original book series.