Sunday, March 31, 2013

Elena's Revenge: The Vampire Diaries continues in unexpected twists

Marc Kane points out Elena hasn’t turned off all emotions---just “good ones”! Violence and anger still work with her vampire nature---just no conscience. What do you think? Storywise she was less interesting, she says, for only being defined by her men and those who died. Elena the victim’s becoming the villain, and the villain always moves the story. Do you think what is left is a pissed-off drive for revenge? (It’s a bit like Satanism: still a response to another system, even while attempting to assert independence.) After all, why, do you think, is she motivated to prove anything to Damon and Stefan? She doesn’t have to take the cure, really---it would not remove what she’s been through, like losing her last family member. So what does killing the waitress---or anyone---prove? The thrill of the story continues---but what sort of life is Elena motivated to have now? Also, she is more like Damon was, when he first appeared---how do you think he has been changed by her love? Do you think he’s better now, developed and changed? No one has a chance to love her now as she is. Does it seem Damon was close to accepting her as she was, taking the chance she might love him? We think he would rather lose her to his brother than to a lack of remorse or feeling. Is that his insight? We think it remains to be seen, what light her love may have shed into his inner life. Do you think emotions are necessary to make decisions? Without emotions, she can only make calculated moves (revenge for the ways she’s been changed?).

Katherine’s responding to Elijah’s love (which seems to inspire love, even in Rebecca); his lines brought me a tear, as great art does. Her move with the cure says she desires his trust; do you think his belief in her has inspired a desire for his love? Then there’s Klaus. What do you think for him? What can Karoline say, now that she’s killed thirteen people, just trying to save her best friend? Tyler’s been known to screw up as a boyfriend; isn’t it interesting to see Klaus decide to try to build something to get what he wants, instead of destroying to get what he wants? Without a doubt, nothing on the playing field seems to mean more than Karoline. It’s interesting to see someone so comfortable with his remorseless evil attempting to be …friendly. And friendly, for an uncertain outcome; not a calculation, but out of hopes for a good relationship. The only key to her heart is to give her a chance at the person she thinks she loves instead of him---and to see that he is not such a horrible person filled with evil, as she told him. What has she learned of their world and its nature---and perhaps, her understanding of Klaus, too?

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