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01 April 2012 @ 10:19 pm
Oh, I dunno ...  
I'm back to being pessimistic about The Vampire Diaries.

Apparently previous spoilers are wrong, and not only do S/E dance (which, yeah I did already know) in 3.20, it's apparently not a big D/E episode, but rather a BIG S/E episode. And I just -- I can't wrap my brain around Elena being with this guy after what he did on the bridge. I know, I know, what Damon did to Jeremy -- but that wasn't personal, that wasn't after she'd fallen in love with Damon, that wasn't after they'd been together. It was PERSONAL what Stefan did. And she and Stefan are going to dance, and have sweet, wonderful moments and get all close and intimate. Sure whatever happens with D/E in 3.19 is supposed to count, but when have Damon/Elena EVER gotten balance on this show? Uhm, never. So I'm not holding my breath here.

And now I'm back to thinking that Elena's going to either choose Stefan or choose neither one of them at the end of the season, kicking Damon (and the D/E shippers in the gut YET AGAIN!). I don't know how much more I can take of this ripping apart my shipper heart and I ADORE this show. There are so many D/E fans out there who don't even like the show anymore. No wonder the ratings are tanking. I'm sorry, but they were hitting the mid-to-higher two million viewers in the second half of season 02. Then the finale promised Damon/Elena. The first half of season two started to rise from those mid-to-higher two million to between three and mid-three million again. And other than 3.10 (where Damon/Elena kissed), there's been nothing but crumbs with them this second half and the ratings are falling back into the mid-to-higher two millions, with the last episode actually dipping below 2.5 (a 2.44). What is it going to take to wake them up to the fact that lack of Damon/Elena is HURTING the ratings.

There is no way you're not going to tell me there isn't some sort of connection here. Especially when Damon/Elena sweep every couple poll over Stefan/Elena, not to mention all of the buzz, talk, everywhere about them. The fandom is NOT evenly split, not by a long shot and because of that I can't honestly even understand the show being so determined to give both couples a fair shake more or less this season. And even if I could for that reason, it still wouldn't mesh because the first two seasons were NON-STOP STEFAN/ELENA! We're at the end of season 03 and Damon/Elena have YET to have even remotely as much good stuff as S/E.

And I'm whining, but I can't help it. IT'S NOT FAIR!

And damnit! One more rant. I'm fucking sick and tired of the lack of Damon-love on the show. Everyone treats him like crap. And he doesn't deserve it. Not now. Not when everyone else gets sunshine blown up their ass and forgiveness with a bouquet for any bad thing they do or it's flat-out ignored (paging Stefan!). But Damon?! He's still gets treated like crap for stuff he did in the first season and first episode of season 02, never mind EVERY SINGLE SOLITARY THING he's done good since then. What? Because he's snarky? Why shouldn't he be? Everyone treats him like crap.

Arabian: Damon & Elena(PR)04arabian on April 2nd, 2012 08:40 pm (UTC)
Part 2 of 4 (probably) --

the very next episode has her dancing w/Stefan and sharing a big moment that will 'reward the SE fans for their patience' just makes me want to back off shipping this show

To be fair she didn't say they are sharing a big moment that will reward S/E fans for their patience. She just said that stuff happens in the episode, which I think is the dance, and the almost-kiss. Hopefully, it's 'almost' because Elena pulls away. And remember, the last time that Julie said there was a HUGE episode for Stefan/Elena, she was talking about episode 11 -- which was when Stefan force-fed her his blood and threatened to kill her where her parents died. She also said there was a Stefan scene that made her cry every time. So, for all we know, the dance and almost-kiss could be the reward and then they break up officially. It's possible.

Because JP and Co could not have fucked up this triangle more this season.

I do disagree with that completely, sorry.

They had to change Damon's character to even make him a palatable, viable, realistic option for Elena.

They had to change Damon's character to make him a palatable, viable, realistic CHARACTER to stay on the show. His change has NOT been about Elena. Damon wanted to be the better person but was (a) never given the guide, and (b) was desperately afraid of getting hurt, and (c) didn't think it was possible. His love for Elena helped him to see that it was possible and his friendship with Ric (going back to "Ghost World," one of the things I loved is that Damon as a "better person" had nothing to do with Elena, but was all about Stefan and Ric) and Liz, and his renewed bond with Stefan, have shown him that it is possible to not be the EVIL guy. Damon needed this to be a happier individual. The Damon we met in season 01 had his switch turned off, once he turned it on, he was MISERABLE! Now, he's not really. And he's not evil either, or the villain.

He's grown and changed and developed lightening fast, considering it's only been a year and a half or so TVD time. And then to not actually put him with Elena, only get close, after all the buildup? The hell, man.

Because it wasn't about changing FOR Elena or to BE WITH Elena; it was about what was best for Damon the character. And, there are results on the Elena front. She did kiss him, she is in love with him. She's just taking her completely-in-character in-denial slow method of travel to fully acknowledge what she feels.

To me, the biggest failure is not taking the fanbase seriously.

This I agree with. While I don't think they should write for any fanbase because I think the show is excellent overall and I like their direction, they do tend to cater (at least in press) to the S/E fanbase to a ridiculous degree while barely acknowledging the Damon/Elena one. And it makes no sense. All I can imagine is that THEY know the long game and THEY know that it's Damon/Elena -- sooner rather than later -- and that therefore they don't have to appease that fanbase because to them the writing is on the wall. What is happening on the show should suffice. The problem is that they don't seem to realize that just because THEY know what's happening, people have been burned too often to see that logical, narrative flow.

Julie has mentioned in the past, and I believe Ian has as well, that the shippers see the DE relationship as far more than it actually is onscreen.

I've read most of their interviews, and I don't recall them EVER saying anything like that. Other than Ian saying that people talked about this passionate kiss in the finale, which he didn't get because it was gross and sweaty. And I did agree with him. But yeah, I've never heard either say that the Damon/Elena fans see what isn't there. Especially when you have much of the D/E fanbase (in my experience) actually seeing LESS THAN is there. For instance, other than 3.17-3.18 -- and that at least had the one scene showing Elena's concern -- I've DEFINITELY seen the continued build-up of Damon/Elena, while many other fans have been complaining about the lack non-stop. It hasn't been all bed and roses, but I've definitely seen a D/E narrative minus 3.17 (where they were involved in other stories).


Edited at 2012-04-02 08:47 pm (UTC)