Vampire Diaries
Smells Like Teen Spirit

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Cindy McLennan: B | 1 USERS: A+
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Come On, Buffy
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Every time I think about Elena, I hear Angelus say, "To kill this girl, you have to love her. The Vampire Diaries isn't Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Elena Gilbert is not Buffy Summers, but I suspect those of you who watched BtVS see the connection forming in my mind (and please pardon the mess in there). For the sake of those who didn't watch BtVS, I'll keep this comparison brief. Elena may not have supernatural physical strength, but she loves with all her soul. "It's brighter than the fire." And? I've just deleted a four page rambling rant, because I realized I just told you I'd keep it brief, and besides -- I wasn't feeling the Elena and Buffy comparison. I kept trying to force a metaphor between those characters, when what I was really thinking about was The Vampire Diaries and Buffy the Vampire Slayer fandoms. Why? Well, the tenor of discussions I've been reading around the 'net grows ever more vitriolic. I'm too old for this. I always have been (although admittedly that didn't stop me when I was up to my neck in various shows). I'm just going to take a step up onto a very low soap box, gently murmur a little thing (three paragraphs, tops), hop right off, and get to the recap.

I learned something long ago and far away. If you are hooked on a show, but you find yourself hating real, live people (like, oh say, the writers) because they're not writing their characters the way you think they should, you have some rational options. The easiest? Stop watching, and the pain will go away. Selfishly speaking, I don't want you to stop watching, and not just because my readership will disappear. I don't want you to stop watching, because if you do, my show will disappear. I love this wild ride. I don't love it blindly, but love it I do.

If you don't want to stop watching, but find you're furious all the time, perhaps a little self-inventory is in order. Do you spoil yourself for upcoming episodes? I ask, because to a person, the angriest fans I've ever known -- in any fandom -- were those who read spoilers. Wait, the angriest fans I've ever known were those 'shippers who read spoilers. There's a significant crossover between spoiler-seekers and 'shippers. And I get that. I have lived it. A pairing captures your imagination and you get invested in them. The writers want that. The actors want that. On its face, investment in a fictional character or romance is a good thing. But when it gets to the point that you're angry all the time, wishing ill on non-fictional humans, and hating anyone who likes story elements you dislike, we're no longer talking investment. We're talking over-investment.

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