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Posted by | August 10, 2011, 11:00 (EST) | 133 Comments
Category: The Vampire Diaries TV

Stefan: The Sacrifice (EP210)It’s the summer hiatus – and IT SUCKS. So to help wile away those lonely TVD-less hours as we await Vampire Diaries Season 3, we’ve rounded up a slew of guest bloggers (and huge Vampire Diaries fans) for a series called Ripping Open TVD. Each blogger will be focusing on one particular aspect of what we’ve just experienced in Vampire Diaries Season 2 and adding a hefty dose of Season 3 speculation. Remember: These are guest posts, so these are the opinions of the person writing them, not necessarily Vampire-Diaries.net. Cool? Cool. This week, Carrie Raisler, Vampire Diaries recapper/reviewer extraordinaire at The A.V. Club, takes issue with the “boring” label when it comes to the littlest Salvatore and explains why she thinks this complicated character is about to get even more interesting.

Before I started covering The Vampire Diaries for The A.V. Club last season, I didn’t have much of a gauge on what other people besides myself thought about the show. Sure, I vaguely knew there were Delena and Stelena shippers – as there are in any show featuring a love triangle – but beyond that most of the fandom was a blank slate, which, as a writer, was both a blessing and curse. Once the comments started rolling in on my reviews, however, I got quite a surprise when it comes to one Mr. Stefan Salvatore: a lot of people think he’s boring.

I was bewildered. How did everyone not see the strong and supportive yet slightly warped vamp I did? I do admit, when the show started I was more than skeptical. Having been an almost obsessive fan of Kevin Williamson’s Dawson’s Creek, the Stefan of the early episodes was a bit too close to an undead Dawson Leery for my Pacey-loving taste. But then, something amazing happened. Paul Wesley started to really bring it in his scenes. The writers began to emphasize his dark side a bit more. By the time the Katherine reveal was made in The Turning Point, it was pretty much cemented that Stefan Salvatore is not your run of the mill brooding, sulking vampire. Now, as a card carrying member of the Stefan Salvatore fan club I invented in my mind, I feel it is my duty to explain exactly why he can punch my dance card at a 1800s-themed Mystic Falls party any time.

CONTINUE READING “RIPPING OPEN TVD: STEFAN IS NOT BORING, UNLESS BORING MEANS AWESOME.”

Posted by | August 4, 2011, 11:33 (EST) | 16 Comments
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Katherine: Memory Lane (EP204)It’s the summer hiatus – and IT SUCKS. So to help wile away those lonely TVD-less hours as we await Vampire Diaries Season 3, we’ve rounded up a slew of guest bloggers (and huge Vampire Diaries fans) for a series called Ripping Open TVD. Each blogger will be focusing on one particular aspect of what we’ve just experienced in Vampire Diaries Season 2 and adding a hefty dose of Season 3 speculation. Remember: These are guest posts, so these are the opinions of the person writing them, not necessarily Vampire-Diaries.net. Cool? Cool. This week, Lucia of Heroine TV looks back on Season 2′s introduction of Katherine in the flesh and explains why she was such a breath of fresh air in Mystic Falls.

 
After Katherine’s dramatic entrance in Founder’s Day last year, a lot of Vampire Diaries fans could not wait to see more Katherine. “Hello John. Goodbye, John.” STAB! That was certainly a way to make a lasting impression. Previously we had only seen her in flashbacks, but now our Scarlett O’Vampire was ready to move on to mischief making in the present. Look out, 21st Century! With all the anticipation for her character over the summer months, one might assume that her depiction in Season 2 would be a disappointment. Nothing is ever as good as you hope it to be, right? Hype ruins everything, right? WRONG. In the penultimate episode of Season 2, Damon told Katherine, “Somehow you’re the only one who wins.” He asked, “How’d that happen?” Yeah, how did that happen? With Season 2 complete, many fans are even more fascinated by Katherine than before, and she ended up being one of the biggest reasons for my personal love of the show’s sophomore season. Yes, Katherine has fabulous hair and impenetrable eye makeup that can withstand violence and captivity, but there’s more to it. Katherine has really proved herself to be one of the best villains in recent pop-culture history. She has achieved this through a combination of three elements: she is motivated by self-preservation, always plans ahead, and brings a sense of fun to her scenes.

CONTINUE READING “RIPPING OPEN TVD: KATHERINE HAPPENED.”

Posted by | July 13, 2011, 11:53 (EST) | 22 Comments
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Bonnie & Damon: Plan B (EP206)It’s the summer hiatus – and IT SUCKS. So to help wile away those lonely TVD-less hours as we await Vampire Diaries Season 3, we’ve rounded up a slew of guest bloggers (and huge Vampire Diaries fans) for a series called Ripping Open TVD. Each blogger will be focusing on one particular aspect of what we’ve just experienced in Vampire Diaries Season 2 and adding a hefty dose of Season 3 speculation. Remember: These are guest posts, so these are the opinions of the person writing them, not necessarily Vampire-Diaries.net. Cool? Cool. This week, Tiffany Brown breaks down the power struggle between vampires, witches and werewolves, and how those dynamics could shift in the Season 3 age of the “werepire.”

Vampires, werewolves and witches, oh, my! Over the last two seasons, The Vampire Diaries has introduced us to a vampire society, and in Season 2 we got to see how our vampires mix and mingle with other supernatural races. The interactions between the different groups can have a lasting impact on our beloved characters and the town they inhabit. With the introduction of the Originals, we’re really beginning to get a sense of how the otherworldly pecking order works in the TVD world.

CONTINUE READING “RIPPING OPEN TVD: WHO’S ON TOP? – SUPERNATURAL HIERARCHY ON THE VAMPIRE DIARIES.”

Posted by | June 29, 2011, 12:27 (EST) | 36 Comments
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Vicki: Haunted (EP107)It’s the summer hiatus – and IT SUCKS. So to help wile away those lonely TVD-less hours as we await Vampire Diaries Season 3, we’ve rounded up a slew of guest bloggers (and huge Vampire Diaries fans) for a series called Ripping Open TVD. Each blogger will be focusing on one particular aspect of what we’ve just experienced in Vampire Diaries Season 2 and adding a hefty dose of Season 3 speculation. Remember: These are guest posts, so these are the opinions of the person writing them, not necessarily Vampire-Diaries.net. Cool? Cool. This week, Shira Rosenblatt makes the case for why death is no longer a “game changer” on The Vampire Diaries and why she hopes Season 3 will “reinvigorate” the stakes.

“There are more dead people than living. And their numbers are increasing. The living are getting rarer.” Eugene Ionesco, Rhinoceros

It is no surprise that death plays a major role on The Vampire Diaries. After all, two of the three main characters technically are dead. As much as we dread the killing of our favorite characters, whether we knew them a long time or fell in love with them at first guest starring sight, it is expected that on a supernatural show where the characters are in neverending life and death situations, we will inevitably say goodbye to some. In Season 1, Vampire Diaries excelled at killing characters at the right times for the right reasons, though I sometimes disagreed with the choice of character. In most cases, the major deaths last season moved the story forward or changed the story in ways that reverberated through to Season 2. When the show used the term “game changer” to describe a death, more often than not, the description was accurate.

SPOILERS! CONTINUE READING “RIPPING OPEN TVD: “DEATH” ON THE VAMPIRE DIARIES.

Posted by | June 1, 2011, 11:05 (EST) | 33 Comments
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Klaus: Klaus (EP219)It’s the summer hiatus – and IT SUCKS. So to help wile away those lonely TVD-less hours as we await Vampire Diaries Season 3, we’ve rounded up a slew of guest bloggers (and huge Vampire Diaries fans) for a series called Ripping Open TVD. Each blogger will be focusing on one particular aspect of what we’ve just experienced in Vampire Diaries Season 2 and adding a hefty dose of Season 3 speculation. Remember: These are guest posts, so these are the opinions of the person writing them, not necessarily Vampire-Diaries.net. Cool? Cool. First up, Salvatore Boarding House staffer Abby Graham dissects the new hybrid in town and makes the case for Ultimate Villainy in Mystic Falls.
 

“He’s real! And he doesn’t give up. If he wants something, he gets it. If you’re not afraid of Klaus then you’re an idiot.” - Rose, “Katerina”

Klaus. We first heard his name at the very end of Rose (EP208), and since that time our friends in Mystic Falls have been concerned with little else. His shadow has been looming over half of Season 2, yet the writers waited until the very last minute before showing us his true face. I’ve always been a big fan of villain characters and what they bring to stories, but Klaus is shaping up to be one of my favorite bad guys of all time. Today we’re going to take a deeper look at this year’s biggest bad, and give a little thought to what might be in store for everyone next season. This discussion will only cover Klaus as he is presented in the show, but lucky for us, on-screen Klaus gives us plenty to talk about. The fact and fiction of Klaus can be a little confusing, so I’m starting things off by going over what we already know.

SPOILERS! CONTINUE READING “RIPPING OPEN TVD: KLAUS – DECONSTRUCTING THE DESTRUCTIVE.”

Posted by | January 16, 2011, 13:53 (EST) | 28 Comments
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IMG DESCIf you have been a viewer of this series from the start, you’ll know what I mean when I say that if you fast forward from that first glimpse we had of Mystic Falls all those months ago to the Mystic Falls of 2011, you’d be forgiven for thinking that your mental Dorothy wasn’t exactly in Kansas anymore. So much has changed. Or died. Or been cursed by somebody. Indeed, gone are the days when this was the mere story of Stefan (the lone good guy with a bad past), Elena (the girl he had to know), and Damon (the quintessential badass shaped spanner in the works that no love story is complete without). Instead, we now find ourselves immersed in a storyline brimming with champions of one kind or another, no longer in a black and white world; a place where who you are and where you stand is everything but clear.

As we’ve already seen with Jeremy and Bonnie, the creative team behind The Vampire Diaries has decided to throw their plot nets a little wider this season, choosing to go beyond the core story of Elena, Damon, and Stefan. This has taken the form of a number of plot twists, but most notably it has been seen in the intricate and deliberate romantic tanglings of other characters, the most intriguing of which has to be the developing love triangle between Matt, Caroline and Tyler.

That said, as individuals these three also have a lot to offer on their own, too.

CONTINUE READING “BY EVOLUTION OR REVOLUTION: MATT, CAROLINE & TYLER”…

Posted by | January 11, 2011, 12:00 (EST) | 45 Comments
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IMG DESCIn 1849, a wise man named Henri Amiel was quoted as describing heroism like this: “[it] is the brilliant triumph of the soul over flesh – that is to say, over fear. Heroism is the dazzling and glorious concentration of courage.”

Triumph over fear, courage, dazzling, glorious…well let’s just say that they weren’t exactly words I’d attach to the supporting characters of The Vampire Diaries (unless you count “dazzling” and “glorious” when describing Caroline’s hair). But in the course of the last season and a half, and especially in Season 2, a number of (what used to be) sub-characters have become integral parts of a broader tale slowly being brought to light, piece by tantalising piece, by Kevin and Julie (like Madonna, surnames are now a bit unnecessary here) and the rest of the creative team. As such, they indicate a fairly seismic shift in plot focus; unlike Season 1, the intricate evolutions and revolutions of all the characters in Season 2 are proof that – whether they are part of the core love triangle tangle or not – everyone can now be viewed in one way or another as a core element in the greater story, so much so that to tell the story without any of them seems almost unimaginable now.

CONTINUE READING KNOW THYSELF, BE THYSELF: THE CASE FOR JEREMY GILBERT & BONNIE BENNETT…

Posted by | October 16, 2010, 9:03 (EST) | 10 Comments
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Zach Roerig, Kevin Williamson and Sara Canning at New York Comic Con
Photo by Sheryl DaSilva – Copyright © 2010 TheTelevixen.com


Melissa Girimonte, aka The Televixen, is a long-time friend of Vampire-Diaries.net and Vee is a regular participant in The Televixen’s Vampire Diaries Podcast. You can find her on the web at TheTelevixen.com.

I’ll go ahead and admit it. I’ve been very vocal in wanting the Vampire Diaries love fest, whether it be some type of panel or cast appearance or autograph signing, to make its way north of the US border to my home and native land. I still haven’t given up hope that something will eventually happen in Canada, but for now, my TVD thirst has been quenched. How excited was I to learn that a Vampire Diaries panel had been added to New York Comic Con? VERY, especially considering that I was already heading down to the Con with my significant other and my friend Sheryl, who just happens to be the person who introduced me to The Vampire Diaries series.

The weekend in NYC was great, but it wasn’t without its challenges. First, the hotel had no water for 24 hours. I nearly became a convention hygiene cliche! Second, the Javits Convention Center is a black hole encased in solid concrete. And third, purchasing wifi access in the convention center proved to be fruitless. Those obstacles aside, I decided nothing was going to keep me from savoring every moment of the moment I’d waited all weekend for … The Vampire Diaries Panel!

READ MORE ABOUT THE VAMPIRE DIARIES PANEL AT NEW YORK COMIC CON.

Posted by | September 8, 2010, 10:40 (EST) | 5 Comments
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The Vampire Diaries TV SeriesCountdown to The Return is a series of guest posts by Vampire Diaries fans on topics they’re pondering as we head into Season 2. Lucia of Heroine TV caps the series with a look at Katherine, fashion, and the ultimate in wish fulfilment.

What am I most excited about for season two of The Vampire Diaries? Katherine, Katherine, and more Katherine. And did I mention Katherine? Blog post over. Oh, wait, you want more? Why am I excited about Katherine? Is it her amazing wardrobe? Her killer hair? The way she twists those Salvatore brothers around her little finger? All the trouble that she causes? Or the way that she wields a knife? (Sorry, Uncle John.) Yes, those are definitely factors, but I think there is more to it.

Elena’s evil doppelgänger provides a startling contrast to our heroine. Nina Dobrev has voiced a lot of satisfaction in getting to play the “bad girl,” and it is no surprise. During press at Comic Con, Nina stated, “One of the main things is that Elena’s a flared jeans girl, and Katherine is a skinny jeans and heels girl.” Totally. And what girl doesn’t want to wear both? We all like some variety on occasion. While I tend to wear jeans, Converse, and a cotton tee every day, à la “the girl next door,” I also find the part of the “femme fatale” appealing.

CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING “I’M THE ONE WHO GETS TO MAKE ALL THE RULES.”

Posted by | September 6, 2010, 9:47 (EST) | 14 Comments
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The Vampire Diaries TV  SeriesCountdown to The Return is a series of guest posts by Vampire Diaries fans on topics they’re pondering as we head into Season 2. Blogger Katherine Welsh makes the case for why the show’s central love triangle is necessary for Elena to truly come into her own as an individual.

In a memorable scene near the end of the first season of The Vampire Diaries, Elena Gilbert’s birth mother Isobel tells her that “as long as [she] has a Salvatore on each arm, [she’s] doomed.” Isobel is, of course, referring to Stefan and Damon Salvatore, the vampire brothers who vie for the affections of Elena – and the viewers. At the end of the season, Elena has clearly told both brothers that she wants to be with Stefan, but she hasn’t exactly cut off her strong connection with Damon, either. So is Isobel right? Is Elena doomed?

I wouldn’t condemn her so quickly. What makes this love triangle so compelling is the fact that, while Elena has deep connections with both vampire brothers, she relates to them in very different ways. And while they both love Elena, they fill different emotional and psychological needs for her.

CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING “WHAT’S WRONG WITH A SALVATORE ON EACH ARM?”

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