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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 & Elena05arabian on April 2nd, 2012 08:41 pm (UTC)
Part 3 of 4 --

For Elena, by this point in season three, not to have done a little soul-searching on the topic is just stupid, especially when you consider that literally every character besides Jeremy this season has talked to her about the state of their relationship. Beginning with Tyler, Caroline, then Alaric, Bonnie, Rebekah's taunts, even Stefan now has point blank asked her. She has no response? EVEN AFTER KISSING HIM?

But she HAS done soul-searching. We know that due to her comment to Matt. The problem is that she has NO ONE to talk to about this AT ALL. Ric is out, because that would be squicky. Matt is out, because he's her ex, and even then she talked to him a little about it. Stefan is out, because, well, duh, he's Stefan. Bonnie and Caroline are out, because of Caroline's history with him, and because neither girl particularly likes Damon. With Jenna gone, Elena has no one to talk to about him, really talk about him without automatic judgement of NO!BAD!WRONG!

Plus, she's scared, alone and confused. She's so confused. She's never felt anything like this before. She feels that she *shouldn't* feel anything for him, and yet she does. And she's soul-searched enough to know that she does. It was established in the Pilot and has been proven time and time again that Elena finds dealing with pain and confusion by heading into denial-land. And she's been handed SO MUCH pain and confusion that denial-land is the safest place for her right now. To open this Pandora's box of FEELINGS for Damon is terrifying.

Everything around her continues to fall apart, she is all alone in so many ways, and if she can just hold on to the "truths" she knows without opening up a whole messy can of worms and most likely making her life a gazillion times harder, she's going to. Elena is well aware that once she opens that door with him, that's it. Can you imagine how honestly terrifying it would be to be on the receiving end of Damon's love? Right now, her non-admitted-recriprocation is all that has kept it at bay. But a Damon who gets that love in return, oh boy! It's going to be beyond any kind of intense she could ever imagine. It's TERRIFYING. Wonderful, crazy, awesome, beautiful ... but terrifying, because there is NO line that he won't cross to keep her safe. None. And he's wild, and impetuous, and crazy, and passionate and this is a girl who's never really experienced passion. She's scared out of her mind to get into something with him.

This latter half of season three has been so disconnected from the first ten episodes that it seems like brand new writers are behind it.

I don't see it that way at all. It's all been a very clear, carefully mapped journey. In fact, why Elena is acting as she is with Damon is because of the first half of the season. He was there for her in every way possible, and then because she made one careless (albeit cruel) comment, which she tired to take back immediately Damon has seemingly turned his back on her. He's not there for her, he's offering no support, he's snarky, he's stand-offish, he's screwing other women, and he generally is acting like he doesn't care all that much. And THAT is why Elena is responding as she is. She doesn't know that he's doing it to make her hate him so that she has no conflict in finding what he believes is her destined happiness - reunited with Stefan. She just knows that the one she was depending on the most, who she had built this wonderful connection is suddenly, inexplicably completely gone.


Edited at 2012-04-02 08:50 pm (UTC)