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08 June 2012 @ 09:01 pm
TVD fanfic peeves, take two :)  
Some more TVD fanfic pet peeves .... I'm still not over my 'Lena thing, but there are a few other things that bug me. I know that I note these things because I'm ridiculously obsessed and watch the show like a zillion times, but man, it still bugs.

1.) When the boarding house is referred to as the plantation home that the Salvatores lived in 1864. Stefan took Elena to the ruins/bare-bones of that home in "Lost Girls." That plantation ain't around folks. The boarding house was built in the 50's or something. Different houses.

2.) Vampires have super-hearing ALL THE TIME. This one I do not get. The show has made it perfectly clear that vampires need to actually focus on something specific to super-hear. That's why we get the close-up of their ears. That's why new-vamp Caroline told Elena to be quiet in "Kill or Be Killed" and concentrated very specifically on listening for where the boys were. That's why Elena had to tell very, very new-vamp Jenna to concentrate and focus, direct her hearing to Stefan and Klaus to listen in on their conversation. If vampires had super-hearing all the time without focusing, they'd go insane from the non-stop cacophony of noise and conversations. In other words, unless Damon wanted to torture himself and thus focused on the noises specifically, he wouldn't hear every time Stefan and Elena have sex, and in future-fics, vice versa.

3.) Vampires have heartbeats on The Vampire Diaries. I wondered about that myself because Damon didn't realize that it wasn't Elena he was kissing in "Founder's Day" which should have been a dead giveaway if vampires didn't have heartbeats, so I figured they did. Obviously, this could have tied into the whole super-hearing thing, but considering what was going on, it just seemed like this would be an instance where Damon was super-focused on EVERYTHING about the girl he was kissing, LOL! Plus, why would Katherine even bother trying to impersonate Elena with the boys because all they'd have to do is listen for her heartbeat (or lack thereof). So, yeah, they had to have heartbeats, I figured.

Then in "By the Light of the Moon," Katherine specifically mentioned heartbeats. She described the vampire-dessication process to Stefan while in the tomb: "How long have you actually gone without blood? I know you get desiccated in theory, Stefan, but in reality, it's much worse. Your heart still beats, struggling to pump whatever blood remains. When it's gone, your veins rub together like sandpaper. It's excruciating." Yet, I've read countless fics that not only mention the lack of a heartbeat in the vamps, but also Damon knowing it's Katherine as opposed to Elena due to the lack of heartbeat -- which he obviously didn't on the show because he thought he was kissing Elena.

4.) Vampire-siring. I get that most vampire mythologies make siring a big-deal, there's a relationship, a bond, etc. between vampires and the "children" they sire. That is so beyond obviously NOT the case in The Vampire Diaries. Damon has absolutely zero interest in Caroline, who he sired, and Caroline clearly has absolutely no bond to Damon whatsoever. In fact, the show explicitly made it clear that there is no sire-bond by having Damon point out the strange sire-bond between Klaus and Tyler ... which he figured must be because of the werewolf aspect. Implying that, yeah, there is no such bond with regular vampires. I've read many a recent fic that has Elena having some sort of bond with whomever her sire is (it's generally either Damon, Elijah -- what? really? -- or Stefan) and she has some sire-bond with them, and she is their "child." Seriously. How can does anyone watch this show and not get that this is NOT a thing in this show's vampire mythology by now? I do not get it.

ETA: Thought of two more ---

5.) Misspelled obvious character names. The recurring/one-off characters bug too, but I can mostly deal with that if the story is well-written otherwise, but when Stefan is spelt "Stephan" (HAPPENS SO MUCH!) or Caroline is spelt "Carolyn," I'm like, really? You can't look up the proper spelling? And, hello, we've actually seen BOTH of those two names written out on the show (Stefan's in 1.04, and then shown again in 1.05, so pretty dang early on!), so no excuse. And it really, really sucks when the writing is actually good overall because I just get thrown with the mispelled name every time!

6.) Elena loving Damon ALL ALONG. It's clear that the story is taking place canonically and then the writers throw in Elena realizing that she's loved Damon all along, you know even back when he was awful to Caroline and Stefan, and pretty much a jerk. Heck, at any point of season 01 when, yeah, she cared, but girl was SO NOT IN LOVE WITH HIM YET! But, nope, you see, she's secretly loved him from the moment she knew they met, but had just denied it. And that doesn't work for me because it's not canon.

So, what fanfic peeves do you all have? The last thread was so much fun!
swirlsofblueswirlsofblue on June 10th, 2012 05:07 pm (UTC)
The Heartbeat thing so much. It's like, are you watching the same show?

Ok, I have a feeling my pet peeves will be unpopular but here goes:

One thing that consistantly annoys me is treating a character badly/unrealistically because the author feels that the characters should react to situations like tv show characters. For example with Bonnie, the portrayal of her as horrible and exceedingly judgemental, far more so than she is on the show. The idea that she should be nicer to Damon in seasons 1 & 2 requires her to have the audience mentality; we (the audience) love Damon because he's wonderful, and it's only tv, but for Bonnie he's the guy who ripped her throat out a few months ago, and then caused her grandmother to be killed during a spell; for her it's real life, and she has every right to remain pissed for as long as she chooses to do so, this is one of the best things about TVD and it annoys me when she's portrayed as a complete bitch because of it. But I agree her judgemental nature does come to the fore with Caroline turning, that doesn't reduce the validity of her anger towards Damon. I would also mention Caroline's perfectly valid anger for the traumatic abuse she suffered at Damon's hands, but at this point her indifference to it seems practically canon, especially if that's what she and Elena were referring to when they mention her bias towards Stefan, and I have to pause and retcon at Elena laughing, because did Elena really just laugh at a reference to Caroline being abused by Damon (actually she has before), I'm willing to believe they're just talking about her friendship with Stefan, or maybe I'm just in denial about how freaky dark Elena has gotten.

The Stephan thing did bother me. And then I realised I had written an entire Grey's fic with Lexie spelt Lexi. It comes from writing fic when you're not really in the fandom, just watching the show. I know it has been shown on screen, but a lot of people haven't seen every episode, especially in the first season when just getting into the show.

This isn't specific to TVD but general lack of substance is always annoying in fic.

I was thinking about the eye colour thing mentioned in these comments, it is hard in TVD, Stefan's eyes always seem to be different colours to me, colours not even nearby on the colour spectrum, like brown or green or grey, at one point I thought Paul was wearing coloured contacts for some reason.