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Nina Dobrev Criticized by 'Vampire Diaries' Fans for Not Being Blonde

February 3, 2010 (10:04 am) GMT
Tackling the role of Elena who is narrated as having blonde hair, Nina Dobrev has come under fire from 'The Vampire Diaries' devotees for not dying her hair with the same color.

Actress has incurred the wrath of "" fans - for sporting a different hair color to her character in the original book. The 21 year old plays lead Elena in the new U.S. series and was told by show executives to keep her hair brunette for the role.

But fans of the novels, penned by L. J. Smith, are in uproar - because Elena is a blonde in the books. Dobrev explains, "I couldn't go online because everyone was like, 'She's not a blonde, Elena's a blonde'. We had to change it because in the books Elena was a little bit more of a Queen Bee, the popular high school girl and it just didn't seem relatable to a lot of people."

"The creators just wanted to make her more of a girl-next-door, who you can root for. If you're not rooting for the main girl, then there's no point in watching. You need to love her, you can't hate her."

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