Vampire Diaries
Monster’s Ball

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Cindy McLennan: B | 105 USERS: B+
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Before I dive into "Monster's Ball," I have to take a moment. If that's not your thing, and you're already thinking, "Sheesh, Cin, just recap the fricking show," here's what you do -- do a control + F search on these words: "The recap starts now," and you'll jump to where it starts (I may go on long enough that TWoP's page breaks mean that you'll have to start your search on page 2 or 3, or 7; I'm not sure). The thing is, I'm having a bit of an existential crisis covering this show, because while I don't love it, I don't hate it, either. I like and enjoy it.

For me, The Vampire Diaries (TVD) is that guy who asks you out, and you say yes, because why not. Your forever crush has another girlfriend anyhow. You're not in love with this new guy, but you sure like him, and have fun with him. He cleans up well and you get along. When you're not with him, you're not preoccupied with thoughts of him. It's not going to last, and when it ends, your heart won't even be bruised, but you are only 16, so why the hell do you have to be in love anyhow? As long as you don't pretend you are, it's fine to go to the dance with him and have a good time.

I first became aware of my feelings (or lack of intense ones) when I updated my TWoP Staff Page bio, and couldn't list TVD as a favorite show. If you'd asked me in the first two seasons, TVD probably would have made the list, but seasons 3 and 4 changed that.

This only matters, because I'm me and I over-think stuff like this. You see, most TV shows are not made for obsessives, which is fine. But recapping a show, even when you're not obsessed with it, requires you to engage in obsessive fannish behavior. You watch a single episode a few times in one week, and you pause and rewind and spend hours thinking and talking about it. When you don't feel passionately about it, you start to find fault for fault's sake and that's not right. I'm starting to feel guilty about covering TVD, because while I'm fine with snarking on shows I hate (because they deserve it), or shows I love (because I deserve it), with entertaining shows I simply like, sometimes I feel like I'm giving them grief they don't deserve, because all they were doing was taking me out for an ice cream, you know? What kind of person picks on that?

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