As its name states, The Originals is a TV show about the Original vampires, who are the progenitors of the vampires that can be found on The Vampire Diaries. For the most part, it is focused on Klaus Mikaelson, who was one of the most important villains on its source, but it is important to note that it features the rest of the Mikaelson siblings in a new setting as well. As a result, The Originals combines politicking with volatile family dynamics as well as supernatural shenanigans, which is enough to make it better than The Vampire Diaries.
Here are some of the reasons that The Originals is better than The Vampire Diaries:
It Is More Mature
The Vampire Diaries suffers from the fact that its main characters are students during the earlier seasons. This meant that there were serious restrictions on the sort of stories that could be told when the characters would have to stay in school for most of the time. In contrast, the Mikaelson siblings need no such pretense, meaning that The Originals is free to focus on more mature stories such as the struggle to reclaim New Orleans.
Less Focus on Love Triangles
Romance is one of the main reasons that people watch The Vampire Diaries and its spin-off, but there is a limit to how much interest viewers can maintain in a love triangle that has persisted for eight seasons. As a result, The Originals‘s increased focus on other matters can make for a refreshing contrast for those who are bored with watching Elena vacillate between Stefan and Damon, though it still retains enough romance for people who are interested in that sort of thing as well.
Doppelgangers started out as an interesting idea, but for a lot of people, they have outstayed their welcome. After all, their presence on The Vampire Diaries made it much more complicated and convoluted than it needed to be once they started appearing at around the same times, which wasn’t helped by the frequent use of possession over the course of the TV show.
More Entertaining Protagonist
For a lot of people, Klaus makes for a much better protagonist than Elena. Yes, Elena had excellent reasons to have mixed feelings about the supernatural, but someone who has mixed feelings about supernatural elements is nonetheless no fun in a TV show that is all about the supernatural. Furthermore, Klaus is an entertaining combination of both a hero and a villain in The Originals who also happens to take a much more proactive role than a lot of heroes in other media. As a result, it is no wonder that so many people think that he makes for better TV than his counterpart from The Vampire Diaries.
The Mikaelsons are one big, messed-up family. As a result, there is no shortage of family drama on The Originals, which becomes all the better because it is tied to all of the other things that are going on in the TV show. Simply put, the Mikaelsons were one of the better parts of The Vampire Diaries, which makes it no coincidence that a TV show centered around them makes for much more entertaining stories than its source.