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20 December 2010 @ 10:29 am
30 Day Vampire Diaries-Meme, Day 01  
Since I have a few weeks off, I'm trying to post a bit more in my lj. This is one of two 30-day memes I'm going to attempt to do (the other is a couples meme), and I plan on doing a write-up of my tv-watching thoughts for the season so far sometime this week. :)

Day 01 - Your Favorite Character

Damon Salvatore

Damon is my favorite character on The Vampire Diaries, hands down, no other choice possible. Based on press and online commentary, I'd imagine this is the popular choice. For me, I do tend to gravitate towards the bad boys and Damon is definitely a bad boy. However, there is so much more to him than that, which we get courtesy of great acting and writing. Partly it is because of how well Ian Somerhalder &hearts plays the role, and upon my many rewatches, it's evident just how much the awesome of Damon is because of how fantastically Somerhalder plays him.

Delivery of those snarky lines reveal (often enough that it's clearly not a fluke) that as great as the dialogue for Damon is, a good number of his lines aren't actually brilliant bon mots of snark, but rather given that zing due to the style with which Somerhalder delivers them. And it's not just the vocal delivery, his body language, facial expressions, over-the-top eyebrow/wide eyes usage -- which is so deliberately Damon putting on a show* -- is just fantastic. And then he turns around and goes all subtle on us.

It didn't happen much in the first season, but as we've seen a Damon discovering his humanity this season, we've gotten scenes that show us the softer, more sensitive Damon, and those moments are just as real as the dastardly Damon at play. Heck, even in the midst of some of those over-the-top scenes, there are flashes and glimpses of the humanity and heart, the conflict and the confusion lying underneath the surface. That is due to both the actor, and the fantastic writing. Yup, as awesome as Somerhalder is, I don't want to discount the writing because the writers have managed to create a fully three-dimensional character, one who has gone through the gamut of every emotion, more than any other character on the show. We've literally seen every emotional side in this character, and -- back to the actor -- Somerhalder has brilliantly, and seamlessly, shown us every side with believability.

So how can I not adore this character? He's witty, emotional, bitter, bruising, hilarious, serious, snarky, sexy, caring, ambivalent, scary, in love, in lust, in like, filled with brotherly love and sibling rivalry (and partly why I love "The Return" so much is that we actually saw every single one of these on display in the episode). You name it, Damon is it and there is simply never a dull moment. Even with the woobier Damon that we see more now. Basically, Damon gives me every thing that I love about a character wrapped in the deliciously-shaped-Ian-Somerhalder package. What's not to love?


* Although, admittedly he's done the eyebrow/wide eyes thing a LOT more in the last batch of episodes, but I honestly think that's for two reasons:

1) Somerhalder was sick as a dog, and had walking pneumonia for two months. You can hear it in his voice in several episodes, as well as flat-out see it even under the make-up in an episode or two. I have to think that he was pushing through to put as much energy into the normally high-energy Damon as much as possible, and just put a bit too much. I totally get that.

2) Damon is freaking the heck out. He doesn't like brooding, or dealing with emotions and humanity and caring and all of that annoying crap, and yet it's falling on him like a ton of bricks. So he's overcompensating by putting on the 'I'm a crazy, vampire killer who doesn't give a shit' routine into full-drive.

Makes sense to me. Of course, I'm a Damon/Ian apologist and have no hesitation admitting that. :) See: Favorite character.
 
 
 
Vickie: Ian - Shocked w/Paulsarcasticcheese on December 20th, 2010 03:42 pm (UTC)
GET OUT OF TOWN!!!!!!! Color me shocked. ;)

I have nothing more to add other than I agree with pretty much everything you said. :)
Arabian: Elena02arabian on December 20th, 2010 03:48 pm (UTC)
GET OUT OF TOWN!!!!!!! Color me shocked.

I know. You were expecting Rose. (Hee, I just cracked myself up.)
Beccy: VD ~ Damon1epic_love on December 20th, 2010 04:22 pm (UTC)
Again, I'm shocked!

Basically, Damon gives me every thing that I love about a character wrapped in the deliciously-shaped-Ian-Somerhalder package.

Yep, that's why he's my fave too.
Arabian: Damon01arabian on December 20th, 2010 04:41 pm (UTC)
He's just so awesome.

Man, all you people being shocked. Have I not made my love clear before now?

:Ponders if I haven't shown Damon enough love...:
eolivet on December 20th, 2010 04:51 pm (UTC)
Heck, even in the midst of some of those over-the-top scenes, there are flashes and glimpses of the humanity and heart, the conflict and the confusion lying underneath the surface.

Ian Somerhalder's portrayal of Damon (not Damon himself, but the actor's portrayal) was the first thing that drew me to TVD. I love the zeal he puts into the character, how he portrays all of Damon's bad deeds with a sort of slyly snarky wink to the audience. It's one of the reasons I can't buy into the "Damon is eeeeevil," because the actor is just having too much fun with the character. He's (almost) impossible not to like. :D

And of course, the layers he adds make the character a more dynamic and interesting one, but he seems to put 110% into every scene, but never feels like he's chewing scenery. To me, that takes talent. ;)
Arabian: Ian Somerhalder04arabian on December 20th, 2010 10:42 pm (UTC)
Ian's really done a fantastic job and it's great as a fan of his to see the accolades and recognition that has been thrown his way.

And of course, the layers he adds make the character a more dynamic and interesting one, but he seems to put 110% into every scene, but never feels like he's chewing scenery. To me, that takes talent. ;)

I agree completely. Even when it seems like Damon is over the top, it's clearly DAMON and not Ian. (Much like Jason never overacted, it was LOGAN who was overacting.)
sassy, classy, and a bit smart-assy: TVD: Damon MF psychobadboy_fangirl on December 20th, 2010 05:31 pm (UTC)
I'm so planning on doing a version of this meme after Christmas. Yay you for beating me to it (and possibly stealing all my answers!).

I so agree with everything you say here, so let me just say: Amen, sistah!
Arabian: Damon07arabian on December 20th, 2010 10:43 pm (UTC)
I'm hoping I can actually finish it! I look forward to seeing your take on it, but I imagine a few of our answers will definitely be similar, LOL!
vamplover85vamplover85 on December 20th, 2010 06:56 pm (UTC)
Hey, do you have the whole thing of this!? So I can do it too!? <3 Love Damon. <3
Arabian: Damon03arabian on December 20th, 2010 10:43 pm (UTC)
I got this through a random search and threw out the questions I didn't like and added my own ...

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
Day 18 - Your favorite TVD friendship
Day 19 - Your favorite TVD romance
Day 20 - Your favorite TVD song
Day 21 - A wacky ship that you would love
Day 22 - Your favorite character entrance
Day 23 - Your favorite minor character
Day 24 - Your favorite onset picture
Day 25 - Your favorite recurring character
Day 26 - Your least favorite recurring character
Day 27 - Something that you wish happened but didn’t
Day 28 - Your favorite TVD fanvid
Day 29 - Most irritating character
Day 30 - Anything TVD related

Love Damon. <3

He's so dreamy!
vamplover85vamplover85 on December 21st, 2010 12:37 am (UTC)
WOhoo! Thanks sweetie gonna do this meme right after I do my Merlin meme! <3
tams71tams71 on December 20th, 2010 09:03 pm (UTC)
OMG! I am stunned, shocked and absolutely blown away by this revelation. He He.

Damon is my favorite character on TVD as well and for every reason that you listed in your post. I love the snarkiness, biting (pun intended) sarcasm, the fact that he can a bastard one minute and a sweetheart the next, and the fact that even though he tries to damper it at every turn, that he loves like no other person loves on the show.

As much as I love Damon, it is his creator, Ian Somerhalder (with props to Julie and Kevin for their superb writing for the character) that I simply adore. NO ONE else could have brought Damon to life like he has. From his smoldering blue eyes, badass body language, the eye thing that he does so, so well, to the way he delivers a line, Ian Somerhalder nails it. The man deserves some recognition from the acting community because as much fun as it is to play a bad boy, when he digs deep to bring out Damon's humanity, he truly shines.
Arabian: Damon05arabian on December 20th, 2010 10:46 pm (UTC)
I clearly have not made my love for Damon known enough, hehe!

NO ONE else could have brought Damon to life like he has. From his smoldering blue eyes, badass body language, the eye thing that he does so, so well, to the way he delivers a line, Ian Somerhalder nails it.

The line deliveries just kill me dead. Seriously, there are so many lines that shouldn't be so memorable, but are because of his delivery. For instance, I can never hear that "I don't deserve you" without my heart breaking because of how he stretches out both "deserve" and "you" just a bit and then there's the slight head tilt alongside it. GAH!

The man deserves some recognition from the acting community because as much fun as it is to play a bad boy, when he digs deep to bring out Damon's humanity, he truly shines.

I agree absolutely. I do think that if the non-public-voting committees ever get their heads out of their asses and recognize TVD, it will be through Ian first.

Edited at 2010-12-20 10:46 pm (UTC)
crowandfog: TVD: Damon no sparkles here tyvmcrowandfog on December 20th, 2010 10:13 pm (UTC)
*starts a slow clap that turns into a full-blown standing ovation, accompanied by loud cheers and tears of love, joy, and admiration*

I need more posts like this in my life. I agree with EVERYTHING you said.

"The Return" is my favorite episode of the series thus far because it was just so brilliant Damon-wise, and I really believe that Ian seriously deserves some accolades for that. Seriously. No one else could do for this character what he has done.

Mind sharing the meme plan with me? I might be interested in doing it myself. I will never be done expressing my love for this show.
Arabian: Damon07arabian on December 20th, 2010 10:50 pm (UTC)
*starts a slow clap that turns into a full-blown standing ovation, accompanied by loud cheers and tears of love, joy, and admiration*

I need more posts like this in my life. I agree with EVERYTHING you said.


Aww, thank you! (Squees!)

"The Return" is my favorite episode of the series thus far because it was just so brilliant Damon-wise, and I really believe that Ian seriously deserves some accolades for that. Seriously. No one else could do for this character what he has done.

I was really hoping for a strong, similar type episode for right before the hiatus break to keep him in mind, but alas, they went with, well, what they went with. Hopefully we'll get another episode that is so completely Damon-centrically-kick ass in the second half of the season. Because beyond "The Return" there were really no solid Damon episodes, scenes, yes, but all-out Damon episodes? Nada. Sigh. (It really sucks being a Damon and Damon/Elena fan the majority of this season thus far ... good thing I just love the show so dang much overall and can deal with the angst.)

Mind sharing the meme plan with me? I might be interested in doing it myself. I will never be done expressing my love for this show.

Sure, but as I said above, this is one I found through an internet search and replaced certain questions with mine own. I'll be interested to see your answers (and expect ours to match up more than once or twice, LOL!)

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
Day 18 - Your favorite TVD friendship
Day 19 - Your favorite TVD romance
Day 20 - Your favorite TVD song
Day 21 - A wacky ship that you would love
Day 22 - Your favorite character entrance
Day 23 - Your favorite minor character
Day 24 - Your favorite onset picture
Day 25 - Your favorite recurring character
Day 26 - Your least favorite recurring character
Day 27 - Something that you wish happened but didn’t
Day 28 - Your favorite TVD fanvid
Day 29 - Most irritating character
Day 30 - Anything TVD related
crowandfogcrowandfog on December 21st, 2010 12:53 am (UTC)
Yay! I'll get started so that we're on the same day. Fun times!
Myra: Carolinemidnightblack07 on December 21st, 2010 03:44 am (UTC)
So I came across yout journal through crowandfog and, I just had to comment on this: I HEART this post!! I love Damon's characters for all the above reasons, and my fondness for him has only escalated this season with all the layers we're being introduced to.

Awesome, awesome post, and I am off to read more of your TVD related goodness!! :)

p.s. would you mind if I friended you?? I'm in desperate need of more TVD loving people in my life lol :(
Arabian: Caroline03arabian on December 21st, 2010 05:03 am (UTC)
I saw your name in the comments to her post. Glad you agreed with my thoughts on Damon here. (And if you're interested, much of this (without the s2 commentary) is in my post made during the summer about my five favorite characters -- Caroline was #5 then, she's since moved up to #3.)

p.s. would you mind if I friended you?? I'm in desperate need of more TVD loving people in my life lol :(

Not at all; I'm always on the lookout for more TVD, Damon, Damon/Elena loving people on my flist.

And feel free to comment on any older TVD entries -- I've written A LOT about this show, LOL!
Heather-Annlinsell_farm on December 21st, 2010 03:57 am (UTC)
*joins the slow clap that turns into a full-blown standing ovation, accompanied by loud cheers and tears of love, joy, and admiration*

Great idea to do a 30 day TVD meme. This may just give me the inspiration to start writing in my LJ again.

Damon and Ian were why I started watching TVD to begin with and are responsible for my current obsession with it. Ian does deserve many more accolades from his fellow actors. There is not a single person out there who could bring Damon to life as he does.

Damon's complexity and layers and endless different character traits would be lost without Ian's ability to bring them out both seamlessly and tactfully.

I totally agree that The Return showcased the diversity of Damon's character along with Ian's phenomenal skill in his profession. I sincerely hope there is another "Damon" episode in the second half of season two.

Damon's character has had such an arc so far this season, and Ian has stepped up to the plate and hit it out of the park each and every time, IMHO.

Those are 2 perfectly good reasons for Damon's more frequent use of "crazy eyes". It fits the character to go back into that "safe" mode with so much emotional crap hitting him at the moment.

Arabian: Ian & Nina07arabian on December 21st, 2010 05:07 am (UTC)
Great idea to do a 30 day TVD meme. This may just give me the inspiration to start writing in my LJ again.

Go for it. I've already figured out the answer to most of the days, I just have to do write-ups for them. I'll absolutely friend you back then; the only reason I haven't is because I noticed that you never post in your lj. But on the chance that you do do this, I'll friend you now. :)

an does deserve many more accolades from his fellow actors. There is not a single person out there who could bring Damon to life as he does.

You know I agree completely!

I totally agree that The Return showcased the diversity of Damon's character along with Ian's phenomenal skill in his profession. I sincerely hope there is another "Damon" episode in the second half of season two.

Yes, yes, yes about "The Return," and I'm so with you in hoping that we get another (if not more) strong Damon episodes in the second half of the season.

Those are 2 perfectly good reasons for Damon's more frequent use of "crazy eyes". It fits the character to go back into that "safe" mode with so much emotional crap hitting him at the moment.

Exactly!

waltzmatildah: tvd: damon is too sexy for his shirtwaltzmatildah on December 21st, 2010 04:33 am (UTC)
I made my way here from crowandfog's journal... I may well have to 'borrow' this meme as well, if you don't mind!

I agree with all your points about Damon/Ian here... Your thoughts have been brilliantly articulated and well thought out and while I toss up Damon, Caroline, Damon, Caroline, Damon, Caroline on a very regular basis... you certainly do paint a persuasive pro-Damon argument that is VERY difficult to rebut!!!

Also, he does things like this... *points to icons* which is persuasive in its own way...!

ETA: don't suppose you're in the market for some new TVD friends?!

Edited at 2010-12-21 04:35 am (UTC)
Arabian: Damon01arabian on December 21st, 2010 05:05 am (UTC)
I may well have to 'borrow' this meme as well, if you don't mind!

Oh, go for it. It definitely seems like it will be a fun one. :)

I toss up Damon, Caroline, Damon, Caroline, Damon, Caroline on a very regular basis... you certainly do paint a persuasive pro-Damon argument that is VERY difficult to rebut!!!

LOL! I have much love for Caroline, so I can understand. Oh, and if you're interested, much of this (without the s2 commentary) is in my post made during the summer about my five favorite characters -- Caroline was #5 then, she's since moved up to #3.

don't suppose you're in the market for some new TVD friends?!

Absolutely; I'm always on the lookout for more TVD, Damon, Damon/Elena loving people on my flist.

And feel free to comment on any older TVD entries -- I've written A LOT about this show, LOL!