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14 May 2011 @ 11:59 pm
Quick TVD finale comment  
I am feeling better now. I'm hoping that a night's rest will finish the icky.

Posting before bed because I couldn't get this out of my head. I read this review of The Vampire Diaries finale from the LA Times this morning and just couldn't get over one statement contained in it. I finally just hopped back over to the review and responded because I found the sentiment truly mind-boggling. Behind the cut is the quote, and my response. If anyone agrees (or, heck, disagrees) feel free to go on over and leave your two cents. Honestly, I read stuff like this and I'm like why the hell are idiot people like this allowed to write TV reviews for legitimate sources and I'm stuck. It just sucks.

"... he said she should have met him when he was human because she would have liked him. An interesting thought. Human Damon was very sweet and innocent and love-struck, but he was also quite naïve and easily swayed. Would Elena have gone for him?

“I like you now. Just the way you are,” she replied before kissing him. Really? There's nothing you'd change about him? Yes, it's Damon who loves and protects her, but he's also done some pretty horrible things to her."

And here's my response:

I had to come back here and respond to this bit hours later because I honestly am mind-boggled that this was actually written and could not get it out of my head. Yes, the guy's done lousy things, but there is a time and a place to point out a person's flaws. ON THEIR DEATH BED IS NOT ONE OF THOSE TIMES. Honestly, what did you expect Elena to say? "Well, gee, Damon, I like certain things about you, but these are points that I really wish you'd improve upon. Oh wait, you can't ... because you are DYING!"

For all that he has done for her, for how much she does care about him in spite of his flaws, she wanted him to know before his end that despite all of that, someone out there does care and accept him as he is ... flaws and all. Cuz, you know, he was dying and all.

I mean, come on, REALLY!?!??!
Mitten: dramasugarsyringe on May 15th, 2011 04:35 am (UTC)
WORD! Really, everything you said.

I've actually seen that comment more than once and couldn't help but to roll my eyes. In spite of everything, Damon is her friend and he happened to be into terrible pain. I don't see why she should have just crossed her arms and tell him she'd have to think about forgiving him or not. She showed exactly how much Damon's behavior had hurt her at the beginning of the episode and I don't expect her to jump in his arms right at the beginning of season 3 but this scene was all about comforting him as he agonized and granting him forgiveness so he could "leave in peace". Personal improvement wasn't really a good topic at that time :p

oh and I'm very glad that you're doing better :)

Edited at 2011-05-15 04:35 am (UTC)
Sarpaceisthetrick on May 15th, 2011 05:41 am (UTC)
Yes! You rule!
You don't point out flaws on someone's death bed.
Shane: [TVD] Damon/Elena sweethavemy_heart on May 15th, 2011 05:53 am (UTC)
I couldn't agree more. She does care for him and she wanted to give him peace on his deathbed. Reviewers can be so stupid.
youcallitwinter: if you steal my sunshineyoucallitwinter on May 15th, 2011 07:06 am (UTC)
OH MY GOD, YES, THAT'S JUST WHAT I'VE BEEN SAYING. It's so stupid that the fandom is having an argument about how 'easily' Damon's been forgiven for all the shit he's pulled. If it had occurred suddenly- if Elena'd kissed him out of nowhere after telling him every single episode that she's in love with Stefan and that she's finding it hard to forgive him, then it would've just been bad scriptwriting. BUT HE'S DYING. The whole scene was entirely natural and so quiet and sad because he's freaking not going to live long enough to hear her forgive him with clauses attached. And this is psychologically very sound, not just something they pushed to get Delena to happen. OBVIOUSLY if someone you love is dying, you're going to want them to feel better in every possible way and Damon was going through this intense self-hate and he needed to hear that. And I'm not even saying this as a Delena shipper but as someone who understands the full import of death. Jeez, what an idiot.
Beccy1epic_love on May 15th, 2011 09:15 am (UTC)
Oh wait, you can't ... because you are DYING!"

LOL, awesome! But you're totally right, there's a time and a place to be nitpicky, that time is not on someones deathbed. Stupid people are stupid!
vanimy: D/Evanimy on May 15th, 2011 03:44 pm (UTC)
I'm glad to hear you're better.

Mmh... people can be so nitpicky sometimes. you're right, Elena of all people knows how much hurt Damon can inflict and she's always pushed him to become a better man (the whole season with them has been about that jeez). but now wasn't the time and place to say something like that because hey Damon's dying and there's no time left for improvement...

I think some people dislike D/E and disliked these scenes no matter what. it sure seems to divide the fandom anyway...
distant_autumn: Damon - shadowed by imaginary_livesdistant_autumn on May 15th, 2011 05:38 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you are feeling better and I love you for making that comment. Sometimes it feels like people are being wilfully obtuse.

"Well, gee, Damon, I like certain things about you, but these are points that I really wish you'd improve upon. Oh wait, you can't ... because you are DYING!"

Hee, yes. Do you think the same people are also puzzled by her not agreeing with an about-to-be-sacrificed Jenna that she was a crappy guardian?