Changing gears a little….time to talk TVD. TVD is going into its 6th season. Any TV show that’s on the air that long is going to have issues keeping the plot fresh & exciting. Especially one that revolves around a love triangle.
I’m not going to lie, Season 5 was rough for me. I’m not talking specifically as a Stelena shipper - although I will admit that is a source of some pain. I respect the fact that in the course of a TV show, based on a love triangle, each side of the triangle needs its time in the sun. It’s Delena’s time in the sun. I don’t have an issue with Elena being with Damon if it makes sense narrative wise. I remember when Elena died in the S3 finale, after I picked myself up from the puddle of tears, I was really excited. I said to my husband, “They figured out a way to do it - how to split Elena in half. Stefan will have human Elena’s love and Damon will have vampire Elena’s love.” I knew the moment Elena said “I never unfell for him” that S4 would be about Elena “unfalling” for Stefan. I accepted that becoming a vampire would create darker tendencies in Elena. Logically, that would make her more compatible with Damon. I was also interested to see Damon & Elena try to make a go of it. See? I’m a reasonable Stelena shipper. I can share.
However, after Season 4 and Season 5, I’ve decided that my issues with TVD are so much bigger than Stelena vs. Delena. And from the drop in ratings, it looks like I’m not the only one. Its left me wondering if TVD has jumped the shark.
Maybe yes, maybe no. However, I do believe the problem with TVD, in my humble opinion, can be boiled down to two main issues: Mythology and Elena (side note - this is NOT an Elena hate anthology so just bear with me).
No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.
We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.
(Dead Poets Society, 1989)
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Apologize for mistakes. Apologize for unintentionally hurting someone — profusely. But don’t apologize for being who you are.