We’ve got a few more great Julie Plec interviews from the ATX Festival for you! At E!Online, she talks about changes from the books, whether Damon will ever hear “I love you,” and how Elena’s big transition will reboot things for season four:
“In a way when we start over again, we’re starting over—we’re starting a new story. Same world, same characters, same feelings, same everything but for our ingénue, and our heroine, we are beginning. It is a beginning for her and what was exciting about it is we knew we were going to do it and so everything we did all year long was leading up to this. This is a girl who misses her parents, this is a girl who regrets the person that she has become and wonders if her parents would be ashamed of her. This is a girl who is trying desperately to hold onto a friendship that reminds her of when she was human. And all that stuff, the Wickery Bridge stuff, everything was all leading knowing that at the end we were going to her driving off the bridge again. And then when we started breaking the fourth season, it makes everything feel so new and so fresh and so, in that way, it takes us back to that great feeling of the beginning of that first season where it’s about a girl with a secret and it’s a becoming, it’s a transition; it makes it all so grounded in character and more interpersonal suspense than big bold epic mythology.”
And over at Forever YA, Julie discusses some more specific changes from the books, fan culture, and the evolution of characters, as well as some of her favorite characters and interactions to write. On the tone of the show:
“We have a rule that we remind ourselves of all the time and that we try to follow at all costs. I mean, obviously some rules are made to broken, but when you set out to follow it it really gives a good foundation, and that is: These are real people. These are real young people in a real world — a world of science, a world of history — and that everything we do has to somehow emanate from a real world point of view. Even our magic, we try to always keep it grounded into the earth, into the elements. You know, of course we break that rule all the time out of desperation. But if we always connect everything back to love, to family, to loss, to loyalty, to friendship, then we’ve found that we’ve been able to keep it tonally in check.”
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