This tidbit is actually five days old but it’s a great nugget, so I’m blogging it now. In the May 17th edition of TV Guide Magazine’s Ask Matt column, a reader asks Matt Roush to address what she perceives as two glaring flaws in The Vampire Diaries: the “lack of kick-ass women” (she specifies that while many of the main female characters are strong emotionally, she wishes they were more physical, “ala Buffy”), and the glossing over of slavery and other social issues in the 1864 flashbacks.
I never expected the show to delve deeply into issues of race and sexuality as True Blood does so well, but it would be nice if the show at least acknowledged that there were other things going on besides vampire vs. human Mystic Falls conflicts.
Here’s part of Roush’s response:
I’m afraid I don’t take the show seriously enough to lament its lack of social/historical context. Where would they fit a lecture on the evils of slavery in a show churning this much juicy melodrama this busily? I suppose it would be interesting if some of the vampire revolt had to do with seeking vengeance against the mores and masters of the antebellum past, but it’s intriguing to me that characters like Bonnie and her grandmother (and their ancestors) nurture a supernatural power that seems to render them pretty “kick-ass.”
Both of these topics have come up in our forums before, but on the heels of the season finale (oh, hey, Uncle John – you need an ice pack for that?) I thought I could bring it up in the blog. I have my own thoughts on both points (for starters, the idea that a “kick-ass woman” must be defined by her physical bravery, no matter how smart, savvy, or emotionally well-adjusted she is), but I’ll turn it over to you guys. Have your own thoughts on both issues? Agree/disagree with Roush’s reply?
Vampire Diaries Web have the official stills and synopsis for episode 20 of the Vampire Diaries, which bears the rather awesome title of “Blood Brothers”. Check out the synopsis below (highlight to read) or check it out in the Episode Index.
[spoiler]ELENA LEARNS WHAT REALLY HAPPENED WHEN DAMON AND STEFAN WERE TURNED — While Stefan struggles to come to terms with his past, both he and Damon reveal parts of their history to Elena, until she finally learns the truth about how they became vampires. Pearl has an ugly confrontation with Jonathan Gilbert. Damon and Alaric try to find a mysterious invention before Jonathan does. The friendship and flirtation between Jeremy and Anna continues to grow.[/spoiler]
Liz Friedlander directed the episode, written by Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec.
Check out the episode stills below or in the Gallery:
Nina Dobrev has been confirmed as the first member of the Vampire Diaries team to be attending the Insurgence: Bloodlines convention in the UK. The con takes place on the 19-21 March and is for the Vampire Diaries along with two more of the CW’s shows, Supernatural and Smallville. No news yet on other members of the cast and crew attending, but we’ll post as soon as we hear anything.
Most of us had already worked out that this was a given due to threads in the story that need tying up, but we’ve got official information now. Fancast have heard from Julie Plec that [spoiler]Bianca Lawson will be returning as Emily Bennett in flashbacks[/spoiler] during episode 13, “Children of the Damned”. The episode in question will be airing on February 4.
Thanks to Max for getting in touch to update us on the Vampire Diaries airing in Germany. We’ve previously mentioned that the series premieres in Germany on January 20 on the ProSieben channel, but we’ve been told that Austria and Switzerland also get the ProSieben channel and will be getting the series at the same time as Germany. As we understand it, the series has been dubbed into German, and if you’re curious about what Elena, Stefan and Damon sound like, you can watch a trailer for it below.
And finally, a book curiosity. We have no idea what it’s about, but it certainly piqued our interest. @Guinevere09 was poking around on the Harper Teen website and found… ‘Stefan’s Diaries‘. Given that Stefan doesn’t keep diaries in the books (though you never know, he might have one hidden in his sock drawer), we’re wondering if this is possibly some kind of TV series tie-in. Whatever it’s about, it’s due for release at the end of June and we’ll certainly be keeping an eye on it.