An Argument Against Steroline

Rehab isn’t as glamorous as the movies make it out to be. There’s no massage room or fluffy pillows on every surface. Instead, you’re force-feeding yourself six times a day, using boxes upon boxes of tissues to wipe your weary eyes, and spilling your innermost secrets to a near stranger. Any free time is spent writing about everything you’ve kept so expertly over the years or sleeping. Because being emotionally vulnerable 24/7 is freaking exhausting. Things are different within the walls of Castlewood. When you say, “I’m fine,” everyone immediately knows you’re not. When you break down during a meal, no one bats an eye. Everyone is so simultaneously afraid of rejection that making friends is difficult at first, but once you break down the walls, you know you’ve found an ally for life. I’ve been so thankful for the friendships I’ve been able to accrue inside and outside of Castlewood. I can honestly say that for maybe once in my life, I have a solid support system. And that’s such a relief to say.

Because there’s hardly any time to breathe, my Hulu queue has been left hideously unattended. There are currently 31 lovely beauties waiting to be watched. This is also why I’m only now completely caught up with The Vampire Diaries and I have some things to say. This is isn’t just relevant to TVD, but I’ve never understood why so many television shows use the “incestuous friend group” tactic. Take it from experience; if you’ve slept with every single member of the opposite sex in your friend group, it does not end well. It is awkward. Parties are horrible. Girls talk. Boys talk. I don’t need to know that so-and-so “knows what they’re doing” or other intimate details. And your fellow friends suffer from the sexual tension. I wouldn’t wish that on anybody, not even the fictional lives I’m privy to onscreen.

Save for Jeremy, Miss Forbes will have been with all of the male leads. No slut shaming or whatever, but really? Her and Damon will definitely never happen again. The door seems, at least, temporarily closed with Matt. Klaus ain’t coming back (thank God). And I don’t think I have my Forwood blinders on when I say that their relationship is far from over and I’m still convinced the Stelena will be endgame. I understand that you bounce around a lot during your high school/college years, but surely there’s someone viable outside of your immediate group. Like I’m positive that there’s people outside the walls of the Grey-Sloan Memorial Hospital. We already have the main triangle to deal with. We don’t need the extra drama between Caroline/Elena and Stefan/Tyler that’s bound to come from this. This also applies to Bamon because that would make absolutely zero sense giving the current story. 

There’s not enough male-female friendships and strictly friendships on television these days. And Stefan and Caroline have a perfect example of one. Not every friendship needs to turn romantic and there is such a thing as intersex platonic relationships. I’m not going to argue that them becoming a couple would ruin their friendship, because it potentially wouldn’t, but in the TVD universe it would cause more harm than good.

Watching 90210 and how Silver was basically passed from guy to guy made me sick. She was originally presented as far too independent to even think about relying on her significant others. Her poor character suffered a character assassination I’m afraid that is what is going to happen with Caroline. Caroline is my favorite character on TVD. Ever since becoming kick-ass vampire Barbie and lost the dumb blonde trope, she’s often the voice of reason on the show. I understand that bringing in new characters for love interests doesn’t often it well with the viewers, but it doesn’t sit right with me that she has such little awareness of their group dynamic. 

Don’t get my wrong, I am a massive fan of the best friends-turned-lovers trope, but I also truly appreciate the dynamic of close male/female friendships. Juliette and Avery, George and Izzie, Liam and Silver, (to name a few), all had well-written, deep friendships until they threw in the love card. Then it’s zero to 60. They’re best friends, then they’re in love. Because there’s no middle ground.  And if adding Stefan into the mix is going to be an opportunity to add another love triangle, please just cancel the show now. I appreciate a good love triangle, (completely guilty) but even I can admit when you’ve gone completely love triangle crazy. 

Dear TVD writers, you have such a great platform with the Steroline friendship. Please do not take it to “the next step” for the sake of ratings or the sake of fans. Deal with the current relationships you have brewing before taking on any new ones. 

RECAP: The Vampire Diaries, The Return

When I tuned in to The Vampire Diaries’ pilot last year, I was expecting a flop, or at least a few good laughs. When the end credits rolled I was shocked. I liked it. A lot. Ever since then I have been a devoted fan and have never missed an episode.

This day has been marked on my calendar for at least a month. The Vampire Diaries season premiere: September 9 at 7 p.m.  At 6:45 I started trolling the Internet for a new cookie recipe to try. I found one for peanut butter triple chocolate chunk cookies. Needless to say, I got a bit distracted. I randomly glanced at the top right hand corner of my lovely MacBook Pro…it’s 7:07. Crap.

Luckily, I don’t think I missed a lot in those first seven minutes. I tuned in just in time to see Damon confront Elena about their supposed kiss – a scene that I am ashamed to say; I had to replay on YouTube. Elena is confused, Damon gets defensive, Aunt Jenna actually has a few lines and then Damon starts to piece it all together. Katherine’s back.

Oh Damon, I’ve definitely missed you on my television screen. I’m glad the famous eyebrow raise and smart-ass comments are back in my life.

There’s some exchanges between characters I don’t particularly care about: Caroline’s all right, Matt is relieved, Uncle John is paranoid that Katherine’s back, Tyler’s substantially hotter uncle shows up, Jeremy is moping around as usual, Bonnie is off being a witch.

Stefan and Katherine have a talk. He drops the bomb that he never loved her. Ouch. Katherine whips a dagger out of nowhere and rams it into Stefan’s side. Bitch is pissed.

Melancholy music plays as Damon laments. Katherine appears. Halfway through the discarding of clothes, Damon poses the inevitable question.  He has a heart, ladies and gentlemen and it’s been shattered for over 140ish years. And the truth is: she never loved him. She loved Stefan. It was always Stefan. *cue the most heartbreaking expression ever* Man, the guy just can’t win.

A drunken Damon shows up in Elena’s room. What is it with vampires and bedrooms? He tries to get Elena to admit that there is something between them. In a complete déjà-vu Elena tells Damon that she loves Stefan. It’s always going to be Stefan. A double-whamy in one night. Can I just give him a hug now?

Tyler’s confused why he gets so hot and bothered easily. Hot Uncle tells him that it’s in his blood. It’s a curse. I think it’s safe to say he’s a werewolf. Can we get some original vampire storylines here?

Jeremy is resurrected after being seemingly killed by Damon. Katherine smothers Caroline to “death.” Never liked her, I’m okay with this.

I think it’s safe to say The Vampire Diaries is off to a good sophomore season. As long as Damon and Stefan don’t start sparkling in the sun, it’s all good. I think the world can only handle one glittery vampire.

RECAP: The Vampire Diaries, Fool Me Once

Tonight’s episode of The Vampire Diaries was easily the best of the season. As much as I love good-guy Stefan, there’s something about bad-boy Damon that is so damn appealing. Tonight we got to see a bit of Damon with his defenses completely down: heartbroken that the love of his life, Katherine, was not in the tomb that he tirelessly worked to open. From his break down in the tomb to his lingering gaze into the fire in the last moments of the episode, Damon aka Ian Somerhalder stole the episode for me. Ian is steadily becoming one of my favorite actors on television. I loved his work on Lost and his performance in The Vampire Diaries is wonderfully creepy, comedic, and powerful.

Okay, so the things that were awesome in this episode (other than Damon Salvatore): 1. SEAN FARIS. I haven’t seen him in anything since the short-lived Reunion, which I loved. 2. Grams dying. Call me a bitch, but I found that old lady extremely irritating. 3. The interaction between Damon and Elena. I get that Stefan and Elena are soul mates…yadda yadda yadda. But there’s no denying the sexual tension between Damon and Elena. When he fastened the necklace back on her neck…yeah, that was hot.

Things that weren’t so great: 1. Sean Faris dying. Really, CW? Only two episodes? Lame. 2. Jeremy and Anna getting it on. He could do so much better. 3. Ben getting so jealous when Jeremy kissed Anna. He could do so much better, too.

Hurry up March 25. I need my vampire fix.

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