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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: Damon15arabian on April 3rd, 2012 01:22 am (UTC)
I'm right there with you with the puzzlement and I've been hanging around shippers of varying stripes for years.

It just goes down to the fact that some people are more couple-based when they watch a show, and if they find themselves enjoying nothing about the show BUT that couple, why bother watching if they aren't getting enjoyment from watching their couple anymore? Life is short, why spend it on something you don't enjoy?

People might want to watch for only one element of the show and they are welcome to do that (and I do it myself sometimes even though I'm not a shipper, I did mainly watch Buffy for Spike and my main interest in TVD is Damon by far but that doesn't stop me enjoying the rest of the show)

That's my point, though, if they aren't enjoying the rest of the show, that's when it does become JUST about the couple (or character). For instance, I watch True Blood and sorta enjoyed the show overall the first few seasons, but shortly after that I began to think the whole show was crap, but I still like Eric/Sookie so I watch their scenes, but I find the rest of the show practically unwatchable, so I don't watch that part of it.

I think that's path to madness personally because the story will rarely turn out the way they want it (and in a lot of cases, a good thing too).

Very much agreed. I ship wildly, but I *try* to keep an even head about it and realize that they are telling their story and I'm just along for the ride. I fall into depressing bouts of shipper-depression (see this post), but I generally snap out of them pretty quickly. And when I find that I really don't like the direction they're going or that I read the intention wrong (and I'm happy to say that I've actually only been wrong once in television viewing about what direction I saw, even if it was bumpy and painful at points along the way because I DO try and pay attention to the bigger picture), I do stop watching because ...

Shipping imo often just seems to lead to feelings of entitlement, shipper wars and emnity for years to come.

Yup, and I do not want any part of that. I think D/E should happen because of the narrative flow that logically appears to go that way, but I certainly don't think it's owed to me. I do think that a writer should tell their story, however, they DO have to think of their audience and when the majority feels a certain way, they should acknowledge that and see if they can fit into the story. And if I'm not a part of that majority, I either deal -- if I enjoy the show overall -- or step away. Cuz it's just not worth getting upset over.

That's not to say there aren't loads of rational shippers.

There are, and I'm happy to say that I think I have quite a few on my flist because I try and make friends with people who care about the whole project, or are going to walk away if they don't without non-stop bitching (I say in a post that's filled with me bitching, but you know that's not my normal mode of operation!). :)