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08 January 2011 @ 08:49 pm
30 Day Vampire Diaries-Meme, Day 18  
Day 18 - Your favorite TVD friendship?

Damon and Alaric (Ian Somerhalder and Matt Davis)

I genuinely went back and forth between these two and a mixture of the three girls (Elena, Caroline and Bonnie), and had even flat-out decided I was going with Elena/Caroline, but when I sat down to write this up, I couldn't not think of Damon and Alaric, so with Damon and Alaric I'm going. See while Elena and Caroline are good friends, it's quite obvious that Caroline annoys Elena still, and that she prefers Bonnie over Caroline. Likewise, when Bonnie's not mad at Elena, she clearly prefers her over Caroline, and besides, Bonnie was a *horrible* friend to Caroline after finding out she was a vampire, blaming her and making my poor Caroline feel even worse about herself. So that leaves us with Bonnie and Elena, right? Yeah, right, except for the fact that Bonnie was a pretty shitty friend to Elena at various points, and vice versa, so yeah, they just don't work well enough for me. Damon and Alaric on the other hand ...


Yes, technically, they're not supposedly friends and we haven't seen nearly enough of the two this season, but, I can't help but love them. Ian Somerhalder (Damon) and Matt Davis aka Ernesto Riley have outstanding chemistry and rhythm. They work so well together. In fact, I'd go as far to say that aside from Nina Dobrev, Somerhalder's chemistry with Davis is easily the best on the show, even above his chemistry with Paul Wesley (Stefan) and Wesley's chemistry with Candice Accola (Caroline). They are just so good together. The back and forth, the snark, the genuine emotion, man, these two actors just really have fantastic timing and connection.

And you know they may supposedly not be friends, but I don't buy it. Look at these two scenes, the first that was, in my opinion, the turning point in their relationship. They are opening up to each other (Alaric more than Damon, but there was a bit from Damon too), sharing their guy feelings, and in that conversation, we do see how these two have quite the bit in common.


Now, again, in season two we haven't seen as much of them, and most of their scenes have just been about dealing with the problems plaguing Mystic Falls, but I absolutely adored this small scene from "By the Light of the Moon" (seriously, the Tyler/Caroline scenes, the sole Damon/Elena (+ Jeremy) scene and Elijah's BAMF-ness, along with this snippet was all I really enjoyed about the episode). I loved it so because Alaric clearly was concerned for Damon's life. He was telling him to let it go out of genuine concern for Damon, but unlike Stefan (and others who occasionally try and get Damon to think and act responsibly), he wasn't lecturing him or talking down to him. He was simply being ... a friend. And, lo and behold, without arguing, Damon listened to him and did what he suggested!


So, yeah, they are friends, and my absolute favorite Vampire Diaries friendship.

Past days:

Day 01 - Your favorite character?
Day 02 - Your least favorite character?
Day 03 - Your favorite guest star?
Day 04 - Your least favorite guest star?
Day 05 - Your favorite episode?
Day 06 - Your least favorite episode?
Day 07 - Your favorite Damon scene?
Day 08 - Your favorite Stefan scene?
Day 09 - Your favorite Elena scene?
Day 10 - Your favorite Caroline Scene?
Day 11 - Your favorite Damon one-liner?
Day 12 - Your favorite quote?
Day 13 - Your favorite funny scene?
Day 14 - A scene that makes you sad/cry?
Day 15 - A scene that makes you happy?
Day 16 - A scene that makes you angry?
Day 17 - An episode that pissed you off?
 
 
 
Heather-Annlinsell_farm on January 9th, 2011 02:16 am (UTC)
Seems we are on the same page with this one ;o) I have to say that your post is visually nicer and verbally better expressed than mine was. I am making progress in improving my writing skills.

Ian and Matt's chemistry is certainly second only to Ian and Nina's and I am something of a junkie, when it comes to that.

You've sure been creative and efficient today catching up. Good on you. Thanks again for getting me into this.
Arabian: Damon&Alaric01arabian on January 9th, 2011 03:52 am (UTC)
I think you're doing a great job. I go overboard doing these types of things, trust me. I've seen a ton of different versions of these 30 day memes and no one else goes as far as I do, LOL!

Ian and Matt's chemistry is certainly second only to Ian and Nina's and I am something of a junkie, when it comes to that.

Me too!
eolivet on January 9th, 2011 02:46 pm (UTC)
I've seen a ton of different versions of these 30 day memes and no one else goes as far as I do, LOL!

Hey, now -- I routinely wrote 10 paragraphs for my 30 day memes! :p Just because you can express your thoughts more concisely and eloquently than the rest of us... ;)

(Though ITA with this choice, and thank you for explaining who Ernesto Riley is! I kept looking for him in the credits. ;p )
Arabian: Alaric01arabian on January 9th, 2011 03:14 pm (UTC)
Well, when I say as far I meant with the graphics and vids and formatting. I did actually think of how awesome your long essays were. You know I like the long essays!

Ah, Ernesto!
Alisha: UNDO IT UNDO ITkalishaka on January 9th, 2011 03:23 am (UTC)
Oh Alaric. I miss you. Why are you not being used to your full awesome potential? Why is Season 2 being so mean to you? I mean it went and made me love Bonnie again...the least it could do is give you some flirty/bonding time with Damon.
Arabian: Damon&Alaric02arabian on January 9th, 2011 03:51 am (UTC)
Williamson and Plec have admitted that they didn't know what to do with him (why, I have no clue -- DO SOMETHING WITH DAMON AND ALARIC!!), and I believe that personal stuffs with Matt Davis made him less available to use, but still, yeah. More Alaric please.
ThroughAnAmberFocus: Vampire Diaries Damon Thinkingamberfocus on January 9th, 2011 03:45 am (UTC)
You know what my favorite friendship is on that show? Damon and Liz Forbes (Caroline's mom). It feels like such a real friendship, more so than Damon and Alaric's actually, at least to me, because I feel it from both sides. It's a friendship ship for me (like the Doctor and Donna). I adore it, but don't wanna see romance there. They just genuinely like and respect each other, which is saying a lot because there is so little Damon actually respects.
Arabian: Damon&Liz01arabian on January 9th, 2011 03:48 am (UTC)
Damon and Liz were definitely in consideration, but sadly the events of "Kill or Be Killed" well, killed that idea for me. As much as I do believe that Damon considers her a friend, and I do believe that Liz cares for him, she obviously doesn't care enough to put past her hatred of vampires. I get why they did it, but I would have loved to see anguish and conflict in Liz regarding Damon after the reveal. There was just the one sad look, and that was it.

Still, I do love them. Obviously, I do. I may be the only person on LJ that actually has a Damon/Liz icon.

Edited at 2011-01-09 03:49 am (UTC)
Myramidnightblack07 on January 9th, 2011 04:09 am (UTC)
great choice!!! I enjoy the friendships between Damon & Alaric and Stefan & Caroline the most on this show. If Elena and Bonnie had maintained the strong sense of friendship they had in early season 1 I would have picked them but, alas, for the reasons you stated they are no longer a first choice =(

I adored that scene from "By the Light of the Moon," and the fact that Damon actually listened was just <3
Arabian: Damon&Alaric01arabian on January 9th, 2011 04:13 am (UTC)
Ah, see I don't think of Stefan and Caroline as a friendship, but rather a prelude to a forever-spanning-love story full of giddiness and awesomeness! :)

But yeah, re: Damon/Alaric (obviously) and Elena/Bonnie.

I adored that scene from "By the Light of the Moon," and the fact that Damon actually listened was just <3

I KNOW! He listened to him! AWWW!
sassy, classy, and a bit smart-assy: TVD: Alaric couldn't carebadboy_fangirl on January 10th, 2011 05:08 am (UTC)
This is my answer for this day, no hesitation, and I really realized how much I ♥ their friendship after Damon DID what Alaric said in 2x11. I was surprised Damon just went home (and locked the door LOL, doesn't he know wolves don't have opposable thumbs?), but then I realized what you did. Alaric had said what he said out of concern, not out a desire to boss Damon around or lecture him about anything. He just cares because while Damon's a dick, there's something human there. :D
Arabian: Damon&Alaric03arabian on January 10th, 2011 08:58 pm (UTC)
I've been on the DA train since "Let the Right One In," and it's just flourished with every subsequent bit of interaction. I love them so!

Alaric had said what he said out of concern, not out a desire to boss Damon around or lecture him about anything. He just cares because while Damon's a dick, there's something human there. :D

Yuppers! :D
lacrimadraconis: TVD Damon Alaric ringslacrimadraconis on January 10th, 2011 03:12 pm (UTC)
I LOVE these two so much!

It's so amazing to see who much they care about and like each other. Of course without admitting to it. Their banter is hilarious and Alaric didn't even mention the neck-snapping incident and lately Damon even listens to Alaric.

Kindred spirits indeed and Team Badass FTW ♥
Arabian: Damon&Alaric01arabian on January 10th, 2011 08:56 pm (UTC)
lately Damon even listens to Alaric

That's what I loved so much about that scene; the fact that Damon listened, and he listened because Alaric said all he did out of genuine concern. *sigh*
crowandfog: TVD: Damon Alaric we see the samecrowandfog on January 12th, 2011 05:13 am (UTC)
My love for Damon and Alaric runs very, very deep.

They have a mutual respect for each other that I honestly don't see in the other friendships. For one thing, they don't lie or keep secrets. They don't manipulate each other. They don't patronize each other. Alaric may not agree with everything that Damon says or does, but he just rolls with the punches. He doesn't lecture him. It's so refreshing. And, yeah, the chemistry between Matt and Ian is fantastic.
Arabian: Damon&Alaric03arabian on January 14th, 2011 01:04 am (UTC)
I agree completely.

Obviously.