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The Vampire Diaries Season 4 Finale Roundtable

We are officially into the awful time span known as The Vampire Diaries Hiatus. In order to keep from going to0 crazy, I enlisted some of my brilliant friends and  TVD aficionados to discuss the finale and what might be next for us in the Fall. Huge thanks to writer Melissa Leaman (her blog here), author Thomas Galvin (read his  TVD recaps here), Clarissa from TVOvermind.com, and Melissa Miller of Small Screen Scoop.com.

What was your favorite part of the Season 4 Finale? Least favorite part?

[Melissa L.]: Favorite part was easily everything involving Klaus/Caroline or Matt/Rebekah or Damon/Alaric. OTPS for life. I love Stefan/Lexi too but those others get more love.  A lot of the Bonnie stuff felt blah. But probably least favorite was the Silas/Stefan reveal. I don’t actually understand what’s going on there or how that works or what Silas’ goals are now that the cure is gone so I don’t have any interest or anticipation over what comes next. Without much to go on, it felt like a note that fell very flat. Alaric disappearing was also a very low point. I cried.

[Thomas]: I don’t have any one favorite moment, but I loved a lot of the little character stuff they did. I laughed out loud when we learned that Alaric wanted to spend his one day on earth eating greasy food in a cemetery with two high school students, I gasped when they revealed that he still has his Original vampire smashing powers, and I clapped when Stefan dealt with vaughn by ripping his heart out, no questions asked.

My least favorite moment was when the veil went back up and Alaric and Lexi disappeared. I love those two so much. Don’t get me wrong, it was a wonderfully written and acted moment, I just wish they got to stick around. And honestly, I don’t think we’re quite done with the veil yet, so there’s still a chance …

[Clarissa]: My favorite seems to be the same as what’s been stated above: the return of terrific characters like Alaric and Lexi. While I’m bummed that Cult turned out to be a dunce, I had hoped it might mean the return of Alaric in particular to the show, especially since TVD is losing two to four of its stars (depending on how you classify Elijah and Hayley with their limited number of appearances lately). I don’t ship anyone on the show, but I did like Rebekah and Matt’s growing “friendship” (or however you want to classify it). My least favorite part was the fact that the finale seemed to be very relationship-based. I got bored during a lot of it because I kept waiting for most of the action to begin and while I enjoyed the appearances of the ghosts, all of the romance stuff seemed to slow down the pacing and made it seem more like a normal episode than a finale. Beyond that, I didn’t really like the Silas revelation. I thought that what happened was cool with Stefan getting locked in the box, but I was unbelievably confused by the doppleganger reveal. I’m glad I’m not the only one, because I felt kind of stupid, as if I should understand what was happening, but it just seemed confusing. Because of that, I think the impact of that moment was lost. Going back to favorite parts for a moment, I loved seeing Katherine get the cure shoved down her throat, mostly for what it represents in terms of what could come next. That’s when the action really started (and, somewhat, ended) in the finale for me.

[Melissa Miller]: My favorite part was, hands down, the Klaus/Caroline scene. The one without a decapitation, as much as I love a good decapitation. I’m actually glad I’m answering this some time after watching the episode because it makes it clear that is my favorite scene. It is the one I can still picture clear as day and still think about. I’m excited for the Originals, but that scene made me a little sad for it because I so want more of these two. Runners up in favorite scenes: Lexi/Alaric in a room together! Alaric/Damon, the bromance continues. Matt gets to take a vacation! And have sex!

Least favorite scene: The headache inducing Silas/Stefan reveal. I just… I don’t think I even cared anymore by the time they were done explaining that to be honest. Besides, I was too mad that Lexi and Alaric were gone to want to hear it.

[Wine Stained Life]: The moments between Caroline and Klaus and between Matt & Rebekah were the most rewound on my Tivo. They are just so sweet and new and lovely. And I am saying this after previously wanting to send Klaus and Rebekah to the deepest depths of hell. We’re all allowed to change our minds. The Lexi & Stefan moments were also REALLY sweet and much needed, especially after all that Stefan has been through.  And, of course, the Blood and Beer moments. Let’s be honest, we should still be having those and I HATE that we aren’t. I am not always the biggest fan of Damon but he really does need his BFF.

Rebekah & Klaus are expected in New Orleans in the Fall. How do you think they should leave their Mystic Falls loves? (Matt and Caroline for the watching impaired).

[Melissa L.]: If I got my perfect wishes, Caroline & Klaus would realize the timing keeps sucking for them, there’d be a few crossovers, and then Candice Accola would join The Originals cast once TVD ends. (There’s long been a 6 seasons number floating around, so she wouldn’t be gone long). I honestly just want Matt and Rebekah to stay on the road forever and be happy together. Barring that beautiful fantasy (that I’m currently writing as fanfic because ugh, precious bbs) then I’d be so 110% down with Matt going to school in NOLA and being on The Originals and still dating Rebekah.

[Thomas]: I don’t think there’s room for Caroline in New Orleans just now. Klaus is a baby daddy, and I don’t want to see The Originals turn into the Muary Povich show. Let’s deal with the werepup hellspawn first, and then we can worry about where Klaus is burying his dagger. Also, I’m pretty sure Klaus is going to hook up with that bartender with a black belt sooner rather than later. Klaus may intend to be Caroline’s last love, but he’s not exactly putting himself on the shelf until that happens. I agree with Melissa: Caroline will have plenty of time to hang out in the swamps after TVD ends. I literally have no idea why Rebekah is even going to New Orleans, and since Carina Mackenzie just joined the Originals staff, I kind of expect Bex to show up with a side of mashed potatoes.

[Clarissa]: To be honest, I don’t really see Rebekah and Matt as a true pairing, because I think that while he’s happy to be friends with her, it’s more of a platonic thing (like Caroline and Stefan) than it is a true romance. He just doesn’t seem like the kind of guy to get heavily involved with a vampire after everything he’s seen. That’s just my opinion, but it doesn’t diminish my enjoyment of their less-than-defined relationship in any way. I think that Rebekah will feel compelled to go to New Orleans because of her family and I think Matt will be completely understanding. I thought that Klaus’ reappearance in Mystic Falls made perfect sense. He came to see Caroline and help out and it was completely understood that he would disappear when it was done, so I don’t see that separation being a stretch.

[Melissa Miller]: Like everyone else, I kind of feel like with a few crossovers here and there (because these shows are just like Grey’s and Private Practice) we can get our fill of Caroline/Klaus. But, hopefully, TVD ends long before The Originals and Candice can be one of the few to make the transition over. I think there is still a lot to be explored between the two – that’s basically been the basis of their entire shaky courtship. As for Matt/Rebekah… I’m actually totally good with this ending as a summer fling. Though, hopefully Matt can find someone eventually. That’s not April.

[Wine Stained Life]: I am honestly expecting some kind of horrible travel story when we return to Mystic Falls. The kind that breaks up an otherwise happy couple. Too many lost tickets, lost bags and bloodless bodies. It was all rainbows and unicorns until Matt spent too much time needing to eat real food and get real sleep. I still believe that Klaus and Caroline will have their time. It’s just that their time is not right now. She needs at least a few moments to break up with Tyler and all of that jazz.

What do you think about the Silas/Stefan situation? Is it a total ripoff of the Angel season 3 finale? Is he really the doppelganger of some long-lost immortal monster?

[Melissa L.]: I can’t even talk about all the things that are ripping off Angel right now. But I will say that there is some serious gold in the #Stilas tag on tumblr. You gotta wade through the text posts of fans being typically obnoxious, but the gifs shipping the two of them together (because apparently the “only person good enough for Stefan is Stefan”) are hysterical. I can’t stop laughing.

[Thomas]: We are very, very close to reaching Critical Joss, the moment where you can point to literally any media property and say “Joss Whedon Did it Better.” The guy’s doing freaking Shakespeare now.

The whole “New Doppelganger” this is a jumble in my brain right now. I tried to suss out what it all means on my blog, but I don’t know how successful I was. It seems unnecessary to have Silas be Stefan’s twin but also able to make himself look like Stefan. On the other hand, if Steafan is the Doppelganger created by the spell that made Silas immortal, I’m pretty sure the rules say that Stefan’s blood can be used in a spell to make Silas mortal again.

#Stilas is full of pure win.

[Clarissa]: I’m still not 100% sure of what’s happening, so I’m less “this is an Angel rip-off!” than I am “what the heck is going on here?” The Angel connection didn’t actually occur to me until a day or two later and then it was so obvious that I wondered at how I missed it. It’s very, very difficult for anyone to touch the genius that is Joss Whedon. Even when Joss is at his worst, it’s still a lot better than many other things. I was rather disappointed in a lot of season 4 overall, so while I enjoyed the momentary action that the Silas reveal brought, I’m not convinced that it was a great way to end the season.

[Melissa Miller]: It’s just shaky ground to tread anywhere near the genius that is Joss. He is so big now I think my grandparents are aware of his existence. Like Thomas said – He is doing Shakespeare!! So when you start to head into a story that so much resembles a story line he did on his Broody Male Vampire show, well, it gets a little hard to watch. You wonder how/if they didn’t see it. I mean – our vampire sinking to the bottom of water while trapped? Helloooo.

That said, I don’t think it’s the “This is an Angel rip-off” that was really getting to me. I just didn’t care. There is good mythology, and then there is OMGthismythologyisgivingmeaheadache. That was what bothered me in that scene more than anything.

[Wine Stained Life]: I am so glad that I am not the only one who is a little bit (lot) confused by this story line. What happened to Angel in that season 3 finale was horrible and tragic and JAW DROPPING. What happened to Stefan is horrible but also REALLY confusing. AND, I was really hoping that we could finally be rid of Silas forever as he is kind of terrible as a big bad. He seems to have no rules or real motivation. I hate that. I need more structure.

Any bets on how long it will take his friends to figure out that it’s not the Real Stefan?

[Melissa L.]: There’s no way I’d take that bet. I want to think Caroline would figure it out first, probably by the 2nd episode, but I’m not sure.

[Thomas]: I have learned that trying to guess where the TVD writers are going is a waste of time. It seems like Stilas could be a season-long arc, but these guys burn through season-long arcs by the time they hit the second commercial break.

I hope, though, that he sticks around. Paul Wesley is a great actor and he loves playing the bad guy. He was at his absolute best as The Ripper, and I hope this turn gives him a chance to flex those same muscles.

[Clarissa]: Chances are he will stick around for a while, if only to give Wesley a chance to flex his bad boy skills, so I think it will be many episodes (maybe even mid-season) before anyone figures it out. But I agree with Melissa L, I think Caroline might figure it out. Damon and Elena might be too kissy-kissy to worry about it, especially if Stefan isn’t around as much because they might just chalk it up to him wanting to avoid them.

[Melissa Miller]: My hope – Caroline spends 5 minutes with him and realizes it is isn’t him. My actual guess – this will play out for awhile. They’ve hit home pretty hard that Silas has psychic abilities, so I’m sure he can hide as Stefan for awhile. Plus, he lost his One True Love to his boyfriend and just re-lost his BFF in a matter of about 90 minutes. If he’s extra nasty, is anyone going to question it?

[Wine Stained Life]: The dream, of course, would be that Elena speaks to him once and then knows right away. But who are we kidding? Even when Stefan & Elena were together, she never really knew him or really cared what was going on with him. Caroline would, of course, as the only real friend to Stefan, be the person to figure it out. I just have a feeling that she will be wrapped up in Tyler’s return and Klaus’ departure. It may take her a few episodes to  figure it out and then a few more for her to convince everyone else. Caroline is the best but isn’t always treated as such on the show.

What should be the first thing Katherine does as a human? And how do you feel about her getting taken down by Elena in that way?  Was that the best use for the Cure?

[Melissa L.]: Buy tampons. Girl’s about to sympathize with the female gender for the first time in 500 years. Or go make out with Elijah because he loved her since she was human and somebody needs to slowly strip him out of that suit on national television. What? I have needs.

I thought it was awesome of Elena to take Katherine down like that. The editing of the scene was dumb, we could have seen Elena get the cure back earlier in the episode & I doubt most of us would have remembered until she was shoving it down Katherine’s throat.

Ergh. I’ve never been a fan of the cure plot, even the white oak stake was more interesting–and less agency robbing–but I wasn’t mad about Katherine getting it. So I’ll say that’s good enough.

[Thomas]: I love Katherine, and I hated to see my girl go down like that. But it was kind of a no-win situation. I hated the entire idea of a cure, and I was never going to be happy, no matter who they gave it to.  As to what Katherine should do? Beg, borrow, and steal as much vampire blood as she can, chug it, and throw herself into traffic. Katherine is supposed to have fangs.  I would suggest that she do everything in her power to keep the knowledge of her humanity from Klaus, since he could use her as a Hybrid-making blood bag, but the reality of having Nina Dobrev on two shows means I don’t see this being a thing, anyway.

[Clarissa]: Katherine is going to flip her shit when she wakes up as a human. I would love for the first thing she does is go after Elena – vamp powers or not – for retribution. You know she’s going to be incredibly pissed off. I predict the second thing she does is actually try to become a vampire again, any way that is possible. I thought she might travel to New Orleans to see if Elijah can do it, but Thomas is right, going anywhere near Klaus as a human will be bad for her. I’m kind of disappointed in the cure on the one hand, because Katherine is the ultimate bad girl and is the vampire I had kind of hoped Elena would be but never turned into. So in that respect I think giving her the cure kind of sucks. At the same time, I feel like being bad is also part of Katherine’s personality now that might transcend her vampness, so I think we’ll still see glimpses of the old Katherine underneath.

[Melissa Miller]: This has been my problem with “the cure” plot the entire time – what is to stop a vampire that was given it without wanting it from getting some vamp blood in their system and then killing themselves? Especially given Katherine’s situation where being a human puts a big huge Doppelganger size target on her back when it comes to Klaus. That’s clearly the first thing Kat should do as a vamp. I can’t think of anything else she’d WANT to do, to be honest. After centuries of being a badass vamp, what fun would being a human be? I’m interested in how they are going to handle this without it seeming completely contrived.

[Wine Stained Life]: Honestly, she’s the very last character on this show that I thought would end up with the cure. I would really love to see her, for at least one episode, struggle with human needs. Food, water, getting from point A to point B using actual transportation. After that one episode, I am with all of the rest. She needs to re-vamp immediately. Katherine without her teeth is no fun at all.

Damon “Got the girl.” Assuming they stay together for a while, what do you think will be the next hurdle they’ll have to jump?

[Melissa L.]: I really hope that assumption’s right. You know I’m a bigger fan of Stefan/Elena but I’ve thought for a long time that Damon/Elena needs a fair shot and all this sire bond bs didn’t give them that this season. In the grand scheme of things, I’m sick to death of the triangle, but I do think it’d be more realistic to see Damon & Elena having to get over a hurdle of her choosing college and a continuation of a normal life, when he thinks she should see all life has to offer, and what will she actually choose. Oh who am I kidding, Elena will never be given the agency to make her own decisions.

[Thomas]: Elena is going to fall for Stilas. She loves a bad boy. Girl can’t help it. Also, it would enrage the True Stelena fans, and Julie Plec stays young by bathing in their misery, so … yeah, that’s happening.

[Clarissa]: Romance in shows typically bore me, but the love triangle in THIS show is getting to be a bit much. If Damon got the girl, then he should keep her so that we can stop with the back-and-forth/will-they-won’t-they for at least an entire season. To be honest, I think the next hurdle will come from Damon, because for as long as he’s wanted both Katherine and Elena, he’s never really had them in any true sense for an extended period of time and so I think he simply won’t be used to having what he wants and might make some missteps. Other than that, I like Thomas’ comment about Elena being attracted to bad boy Stefan/Silas.

[Melissa Miller]: My feeling on any show with a love triangle – both scenarios need to be given a fair shot, both for the viewers and for the characters. So I hope that indeed they will be able to be together for awhile. And if Damon and Elena do get that shot, I think their hurdle would simply be just being together without all the “oh the drama!” of it all. No sire bond. No Stefan. No humanity switch. Just, be together. Their relationship has been so shadows and darkness and secrets. If they are really together, what is that for them? There is plenty of drama to be found there. But, I kind of feel like Thomas may be onto something – the triangle will be back on in full force when Elena meets Stefan/Silas.

[Wine Stained Life]: Part of me doesn’t care at all what Damon and Elena do. Part of me hopes that Thomas is RIGHT ON. And part of me hopes that Damon will become as fed up with Elena as I have and will go back to his sorority drinking ways. Balls intact. However, if they do make a real go for it, I hope that Katherine does her damnedest to drive a wedge. That could be a lot of fun. Especially if she plays the vulnerability card. Fangs or not, Katherine has a lot of weapons in her arsenal.

If you could have any of the Finale’s Ghosts back as real people FOREVER, which two would you choose? Keep in mind that Bonnie is now among them.

[Melissa L.]: Alaric & Lexi. Done and done and done. I don’t even know how anyone could bother wanting anyone else back.

[Thomas]: This is the correct answer.

[Clarissa]: 100% agree with Melissa, although I think the appeal of Lexi is also the fact that she’s NOT a regular. So I guess we can keep her as a guest star and Bonnie can come back. While Bonnie’s story has been a bit boring lately (mostly for lack of the writers giving her anything worthy to do), I still think they need a witch in their corner.

[Melissa Miller]: Obviously, what Melissa said. Alaric and Lexi, absolutely. Not Bonnie. I giggled, no, I full on laughed out loud, when Bonnie realized she died at the end of the penultimate episode. I was never a Bonnie fan, even less so as of late. But I miss Alaric with a passion. And Lexi. If I had to choose one, Alaric.

[Wine Stained Life]: I love that we are all in agreement. Alaric and Lexi need to be full time. Getting rid of them was a HUGE mistake, if you ask me. Both of them bring so much to the show. Strength and fun and insight into both of the Salvatore Brothers. I really believe that those brothers need each other. But I think they need their BFFs even more.

Speaking of Bonnie… How do you feel about her death? Are you glad that there are no more witches in Mystic Falls? What will this mean for all of the magic that seems to be needed on a daily basis?

[Melissa L]: Meh. Her death accomplished jack shit. And as a viewer, I never even bothered to shed a tear (not that I would) because it was established before the finale aired that Kat would be back for S5. I just don’t see the point of why Bonnie died in the first place. Especially if it has no impact on anyone but Jeremy. I figure she’ll either come back from the other side by fall sweeps or Lucy or some other witch will come to town.

[Thomas]: I’m pissed because I wanted to make one of my characters a ghost in the next novel I write, and now it’ll seem derivative. Other than that, it’s established that Witches on the Other Side have the same powers as their mortal counterparts, and Bonnie seems to be able to interact with everyone, so … nothing’s changed?  Though if Bonnie being “trapped” on the Other Side means there’s an all-out effort to rend the veil, allowing Alaric and Lexi to come back, I will gladly accept this development.

[Clarissa]: Considering no one else knows about her death, it felt kind of empty. I think Bonnie has been tragically under-utilized for a long time now and so her death didn’t really register that much. I enjoyed her scenes with Jeremy, but beyond that I felt like they cheated the audience out of a larger emotional impact because they kept it a secret from all of the other characters. I do hope she returns, but I also hope that they give her more to do.

[Melissa Miller]: I kind of answered that already, huh? I was totally fine she died. Her magic only worked some of the time, so it will be nice if maybe we weren’t as heavily reliant on it. That said, only Bonnie is dead, not all witches. I’m sure there will still be magic. Probably from Bonnie since we’ve clearly established all those ghosts beyond the veil are just hanging around Mystic Falls stalking their friends and judging their life choices. While Bonnie will, obviously, be in full judgemental mode on Elena and Damon, she’ll probably find time to resurrect herself. (And Alaric and Lexi, please, witch girl!)

[Wine Stained Life]: I was pretty emotional about Bonnie’s death at only one point: when she was trying to get all of her friends together for graduation. For some reason, that really moved me. Otherwise, I am not sure I could care less whether she returns as a human, a ghost or a t-rex. I just really do not care. Unless Grams is involved. More Grams, please.

Time for The Originals! What are you most excited to see in the actual Pilot of the series? What are you most hoping for from the series overall?

[Melissa L.]: If you’d asked me this before it aired, I would have had so many different answers. As it is, the baby plot has thrown me for a loop and knocked away a lot of my interest. So I’m hoping maybe that gets dropped in the fall version of the pilot. Maybe enough feedback will come in to realize that just doesn’t work with viewers.  I would like to see crossovers within the series. Not so much from a bring the Originals into Mystic Falls pov, but more to see some of the MF characters growing up and fitting in an adult supernatural world. I’d also love something edgier, darker, with more emphasis on power in this world.

[Thomas]: Marcel is fantastic, and his relationship with Klaus is complicated enough that it actually makes sense that the pilot script didn’t just read:

INT. MARCEL’S BAR – NIGHT

KLAUS MIKAELSON, immortal, murders everyone while listening to Jingle Bells. He’s the new King of New Orleans.

THE END

I was loving the episode right up until the Baby Plot of Irrelevant Doom got dropped on us, and just wasn’t able to get back into it after that. I’m kind of big on continuity, though, so I don’t want to see them just drop that plot altogether. Maybe they could do something where Haley is trying to abort it, but Klaus wants his heir? No, nevermind, that’s disgusting. Fuck. God damn it, Plec!

[Clarissa]: I loved 90% of the Originals episode. I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED Marcel. I thought he was a fantastic addition to the cast and that he’s a character/actor with a great deal of charisma. It feel like he could stand toe-to-toe with Klaus and Elijah, which is hard to do because Gillies and Morgan both play their respective characters well and it’s difficult to bring in a third leading man who can match them. But the baby thing….ugh. Seriously? The moment it happened it almost washed away every good thing about the episode. So I wasn’t thinking “how great would it be to have Elijah back full-time” because I had switched to “Twilight rip-off…are they kidding?!”

[Melissa Miller]: We’ve fully established that the baby plot is ridiculous. I wasn’t as angry as everyone else. I was just… indifferent. I rolled my eyes. I love Phoebe Tonkin, so I’m great with having her around, but a better way would have been nice. I’m very curious which characters will fade into the night after feedback from this backdoor pilot is received and notes are taken. Regardless of miracle babies, I’m excited for some Klaus/Elijah, Klaus/Marcel and a reason to want to make beignets on the regular. There is a lot of potential here. Including finding a way to try to make Klaus the hero of a show, so that when TVD ends, Caroline will want to come find him.

[Wine Stained Life]: See my thoughts on this here. Mostly, I want more of Klaus being the killer we all know he can be, a lot more of Marcel and very little about the ridiculous, unnecessary plot device, baby. I feel like its entire conception was unwisely contrived for the sole purpose of Haley having a reason to be in New Orleans. And since I don’t give a crap about Haley…

What are your feelings on the were-baby? Big mistake or great plot driver? How do we feel about Klaus as a dad? Who is your favorite NEW character from The Originals backdoor pilot? Who would you ditch?

[Melissa L.]: Feelings on the were-baby are a big fat NO NO NO. Here’s my thing, yes, there are shows who have done the supernatural miracle/loophole baby and it hasn’t ruined the show. (Battlestar Galactica is the one that comes to mind). But there are a lot where it has royally screwed up shows *cough*Angel*cough* and I can’t think of a single show where a baby has made things better. Even people I know to be diehard Originals fans are second guessing their interest, so if feels like a big mistake to me. I’d rather have seen some sort of way for the witches in NOLA to bring Kol & Finn back to reunite the family over a baby. And what a waste of Phoebe Tonkin to relegate her to a pregnancy storyline.

Klaus as a dad makes me want to rant and throw things and scream about total out of character writing.

Favorite new character was Marcel. Hands down, thumbs up, whatever. Marcel won me over even faster than Elijah did and I was sold on Elijah pretty fast. I just hope he can be a worthy foe for Klaus. I don’t know that I’d ditch anyone so far–hard to really get to know them–but I’d change some of the characterization of Camille. Having a blonde with a “C” name who psychoanalyzes Klaus through art? We have one of those girls and Klaus is very much in love with her. If Camille is supposed to be a romantic rival, or even a friend, she deserves to be her own person not the NOLA version of Caroline Forbes.

[Thomas]: I was all set for The Originals to be my favorite show of next season, right up until the Tragic Mistake of Horrible Plot Decisions and Diapers happened. There is nothing I like about the baby plot line, at all.  Klaus is not a dad. He’s not dad material. He has more daddy issues than a bus filled with strippers, he’s whiney, self-centered, irrational, and short tempered. And he doesn’t need an heir, because he’s never going to die. He doesn’t need to teach someone to take over New Orleans when he’s gone. That’s what he did with Marcel, and now Klaus’ to-do list reads:

1. Fuck with Marcel in every way possible

2. Probably bang that blond chick

3. Fuck with Marcel some more

Phoebe Tonkin is not a MILF, and I hate having her cast as one. She should be having sex and battling witches and fighting with vampires and eating tourists, not buying baby wipes in bulk from Costco. Marcel won me over from his very first scene. How ya like me now? Very well indeed, sir.

[Clarissa]: I didn’t watch Battlestar Galactica, so I can’t comment on an instance where a magical, supernatural baby didn’t ruin a show. As far as I’m concerned, it’s always ruined shows. Or, like Melissa L said, I can’t think of an instance where it’s been done in a way that it added anything. It feels so unbelievably unnecessary. I think Klaus would have remained in New Orleans solely to amass his power and didn’t need a baby to convince him to stick around. I think Hayley could have stuck around because of her connection to werewolves there. How are they going to make this baby story work? Will they bring out the youngin’ every other episode to remind us that he/she is alive? Will they magically age-up the baby like in Twilight or Angel, which is just completely laughable? I can’t think of a single scenario where the baby storyline doesn’t anger me to the point where everything else good about the show just seems silly by association. As for favorite new character: Marcel.  Hail to the king, baby!

[Melissa Miller]: There really isn’t much more to say as far as the baby is concerned. I think as avid TV viewers, we are all a little weary of a baby storyline that isn’t part of a family sitcom. It rarely leads to anything good. Especially when that baby is a “miracle baby,” even more when that miracle baby is created under supernatural circumstances. No one wants to see Klaus changing diapers and complaining about midnight feedings. That’s just… not fun.

Favorite new character is Marcel, obviously. Anyone who is first scene singing like a badass is going to be a favorite character. Plus, I’m just glad he’s not on Grey’s trying to ruin Karev’s shot at happiness anymore.

Final question: If TVD and The Originals were on at the same time (which is NOT happening) and you had to pick only one to watch live, which would it be?

[Melissa L]: The Originals would definitely win. As the actual schedule stands though, I’ll be watching SHIELD live over The Originals. Coulson > Elijah.

[Thomas]: Before the Unplanned Abomination of 2013, I would have said The Originals, hands down. Now it’s very much wait and see.

[Clarissa]: I probably would have stuck with watching Vampire Diaries live, which is what I do now. Love triangle nonsense is still not as bad as supernatural baby nonsense.

[Melissa Miller]: I’m… unsure, to be honest. I think Originals has a lot of potential, but I’m still invested in TVD. Either way – I’m going to be watching SHIELD live on Tuesdays, like Melissa. Coulson is a bigger badass than the rest of these guys.

[Wine Stained Life]: I am with The Melissas. VERY excited for SHIELD and will be watching that one live for sure. Thank goodness for Tivo. The Originals will be recording while I watch Coulson and hope for mentions of my favorite Tony Stark.

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10 Random Questions with Jayne Balke

Jayne Balke is not only one of the biggest fans of The Vampire Diaries that I know, she’s also one of my personal favorite TV fans in general. And not just because she has a sexy Australian accent. It does help that she loves Joseph Morgan just as much as I do. Read her answers to my silly questions below and be sure to check out her blog and definitely follow her on twitter: @Jayneymoo.

Last episode of television that made you cry

Scandal 2×20 “A Woman Scorned” [Olitzzzzz]

The name of your secret spy identity

Jayney McJaynerson

Last movie you saw in the theater and did you like it?

Les Mis, and yes, it was incredible.

If you were forced to be on a reality show, which would it be?

Farmer Wants A Wife (Aussie dating show lol)

The movie you can recite the most lines from

A Walk To Remember

Ferris wheel, Roller Coaster or Arcade?

Roller Coaster!

You’re a groupie. Who’s the band?

Maroon 5 (cheesy yes, but Adam Levine = yum)

Best book you’ve ever read

Blink by Ted Dekker

Favorite smell

horse feed :)

Waffles, Pancakes or French Toast?

Um, is there any competition? Pancakes!

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“The Vampire Diaries’ Recap: Graduation

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I’ve been pretty excited about this finale. Season 4 has had its ups and downs but last week’s episode was especially exciting and emotional. How much longer are we going to have our return guests? Can we keep the ones we love and send back the ones we don’t? (Goodbye Alexander. Hello Lexi FOREVER.)  More importantly, is Bonnie really dead? REALLY?

  • What is Kol blithering on about? Do we care?
  • Second best use of a Bon Jovi song EVER. I think my SPN friends know the first.
  • Is there a way to keep Stefan wasted for the rest of time. Because YES. He is hilarious. Referencing his “Hero Hair,” calling Damon, “Mom.” I am all about this Stefan.
  • More Gilbert Family picnics, please. The smiles from the three of them are incredibly moving. I can’t believe how much I have missed this unit. 
  • Where is Caroline’s Uncle Bob? I was really looking forward to meeting him.
  • SNEAKY STEFAN HEART SNATCH.
  • “This is my bar, pal. No one’s gonna blow it up.” Alaric, you guys. I need him. NEED. Desperately.
  • Matty & Rebekah are OOZING unicorns and rainbows. I would totally watch the show where the two of them see the world and constantly suck face.
  • “I don’t think red’s really your color, Bon Bon.” I absolutely adore the way Katherine and Bonnie speak to each other. It’s one snarky remark after another.
  • Stefan thinks that Damon and Elena’s relationship discussion is the MOST IMPORTANT THING. I guess saving the world is 2nd? Fifth, maybe?
  • So Damon is dying of a werewolf bite. Again. I am not worried because Damon will never die and also because Vampire Barbie can just ring Klaus and make him come back to Mystic Falls. Duh.
  • I think we can all agree that Damon is hilarious when mouthing off to bad guys. It’s his best quality.
  • That’s it. Rebekah is not allowed to go to New Orleans while Matt Donovan is still alive. Because they are so much more than I ever thought they could be. And now I want to go back and watch the time he lent her his jacket.
  • Stefan is making decisions and not stressing about everything and seems to be sans the usual stick where the sun don’t shine. This is why we need Lexi all of the time.
  • I have been making a lot of jokes about these kids who never go to school, actually graduating. Especially Stefan, the century & a half old, in a graduation cap and gown. HOWEVER, I am incredibly moved. By Caroline’s enthusiastic speech, by Elena’s smile. By the fact that everyone but Matt is technically dead. Bonnie is actually dead. And no one knows. It’s really quite sad.
  • Bonnie has been fun and awesome and totally self-sacrificing. We can’t really lose her now!! Not right when I love her and want her to stay!!
  • Alaric to Damon’s rescue, almost. The man is perfection. And the two of them are obviously in love. It’s just precious.
  • Klaus shows up, just in time. TOLD YOU. And the guy is really handy with a hat. Have I expressed to you all how much I love that guy, now? Because I really do. And I am going to watch the hell out of his new show. Even if it means less glances at Caroline LIKE THAT. Because: hot. They really would make a beautiful couple, despite his evil nature. Do you think Caroline would enjoy being a step-mom?
  • Stefan’s self-deprecating smile is my weakness. But it’s so hard to see him look at Elena like that, wanting to hear only one thing. Also, I really can’t decide if I want him human. It would be very interesting.
  • Excuse you, Klaus. You are perfect but you are wrong. Tyler is not Caroline’s first love. It was Matt. I’ll forgive you, though because you kissed her like a gentleman and gave Caroline the only thing she really wanted.
  • I actually love it when Damon is not sorry. Damon is at his best when he is not sorry. And just so you know, I’m not sorry that Elena loves him, either. I’m sorry for Stefan but he really does deserve better. MUCH better. And I want him to learn that.
  • There is ONE thing that Damon should be really and truly sorry for: killing Lexi. On a long list of Damon’s sins, that is #1, THE WORST.
  • BROTHER MOMENT. I love it when they love each other and it really took a lot for Stefan to share that with Damon. I’m proud of him.
  • Jeremy is very sweet to not want to say goodbye to Elena, but wasn’t it her inability to do that, that made her lose herself in the first place? Harsh. But I get it.
  • And Damon gets to have his goodbye. Kind of. Why can’t he and Alaric just be together forever?
  • Lexi is saying to Stefan, everything that I want to say to Stefan. It is time to let go. And the best way to get over someone, it to get under someone else. Right? I’m glad she got to give him that advice before she disappeared. I wish she could stay. I really, really wish she would.
  • Where has Katherine been this whole time? She talked to Bonnie like, 12 hours ago.
  • JEREMY IS BACK! OH MY GOD. BONNIE ACTUALLY DID IT. Of course she is leaving. Because I actually like her now. And the things I love on this show are always taken away. She’s sacrificed everything for the ones she loves. At least Jer can still see her. WOW. OUCH.
  • Please do not ask me how many times I rewound and watched Matt & Rebekah. The answer is really embarrassing. Perfect from start to finish. He let her believe that he wasn’t going to go with her. And then he BLEW MY MIND. There are so many damn unicorns up in here, I barely have room to type. PLEASE tell me that we’ll get to see some of their trip. And PLEASE tell me that Matt will hold to his word and his goal to stay human. He’s amazing, just the way he is.
  • Katherine is really going to town on Elena. Mostly. Elena is not bad, though. And this fight is pretty fun to watch.
  • “I’m glad that you’re okay, with who you are now. But every single thing I did to get this, I did for you. So that the choice of whether you wanted to be a vampire or not, would always be yours.” This is why Stefan is the greatest. GREATEST. But Katherine a human? I don’t know about that.
  • Y’all, I am confused. Stefan has a doppelgänger, also? And Silas is sticking around and he’s actually the witch that cast the immortality spell? MY STEFAN IS IN THE FALLS. Not okay.  And instead of all that nature talk, wouldn’t “the witch died so I am back,” be enough of an explanation? I may be a bit lost.

Well. THAT was a surprise ending if ever there was one. And I am not quite sure how I feel about it, to be honest. I do, however, love that this finale really slowed things down for the most part, just enough for us to be able to savor each moment. Because there were a lot of incredible and emotional moments. It also set up some really great stuff for Season 5. Will anyone figure out that it’s not really Stefan? How will Katherine fare as a human? Will Delena last? How quickly will Tyler return? And, of course, the most important question: will Matt and Rebekah invite everyone to their wedding in Italy? When we meet again in the fall, it will be double the vampires, double the fun. It’s gonna be a long summer. Which means you have plenty of time to tell me what you loved about the TVD Season 4 finale. Go nuts!

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‘The Vampire Diaries’ Recap: The Walking Dead

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It’s the penultimate episode of The Vampire Diaries, season 4!!!! (“Who says ‘penultimate’?” I know. Sorry) There’s a lot going on in Mystic Falls and I know that we’re waiting on a lot of answers before next week’s Graduation. Will Bonnie drop the veil? Will Elena get her revenge? Will Klaus & Elijah return to the Grill, one last time? And, most importantly, will Matt get the passing grades he needs?

  • AWOLNation’s “Sail” is an incredible jam. It goes nicely with Elena’s rage. 
  • Why exactly does Stefan want to get Elena off of the “kill Katherine” path. Just worry? Do you think maybe he could get another project at some point?
  • So the veil will only be dropped within the expression triangle? What does that mean? Will the OTHERS be trapped inside of that space?
  • “I have no idea what that means.” For once, Sheriff Forbes’ cluelessness isn’t just funny. It’s really helpful.
  • I like this Rebekah. The one who is a part of the group. The one who has a big ol’ crush on Matt. The one trying to be less of a bitch. Don’t get me wrong, I love bitches. But this one is fun, too. Sweet.
  • Poor Caroline. She’s so worried about Elena’s true feelings. I kinda think she used her emotionless state to tell truths she never had the balls to tell before. She’s kind of a mean girl.
  • Husband: “Can’t vampires see in the dark?” He has a point. Why do Stefan & Caroline need a flashlight? Is Maglite a sponser?
  • “Every season the rocks get bigger.” My husband is full of his usual TVD love tonight.
  • ALARIC!!! AAAAHHH!!! Did we know we were going to see his magnificent face? And he’s back with his BEST FRIEND!!! Tears. Also, how much booze did he have stashed at school?
  • (BTW, hope you all got to see the commercial for The Originals. That title card is SLAMMIN. So rad. I am very excited.)
  • “This wind is weird.” Oh Matt. You’re adorable.
  • KOL! I don’t care. He better not hurt Matt.
  • Hahaha!! Bonnie has Katherine on a leash.
  • OH NO!! The link is more than a leash. It’s like the Katherine/Elena thing from season 2!! And now Bonnie has an ouchie.
  • Stefan to the rescue!! “Really? I’m your biggest problem right now?” Katherine is fabulous.
  • How darling and heartbreaking is it that Matt won’t accept Rebekah’s blood? He really wants to cling to that last human standing, thing he has going on. He’s so precious.
  • I cannot believe they actually showed Caroline cutting her wrists. BRUTAL. Which means…
  • It’s actually Silas who’s with Bonnie. That guy is so creepy. But why, if you could wear any face, would you choose that gross one? Eww. And I’m sure it has been said before, but he totally reminds me of The First from Buffy’s last season.
  • ELENA IS JEALOUS!! Hahahahahaha!!!! Love it.
  • Stefan will never give up, will he? He will love her and worry about her and try to help her for the rest of his life. It’s both very sad and very lovely.
  • “Stefan? Isn’t she your girlfriend?” “Who knows?” Not me, Damon. Not me.
  • “Look, Caroline. You’re graduating. And Uncle Bob and Aunt Mary really want you to graduate with both your hands.” I am sorry. I cannot stop laughing. Because I am SURE it’s something Uncle Bob & Aunt Mary have worried about, extensively.
  • Aaaaaaand here come the water works. I think maybe Elena should be helping with the whole end of the world shimsham goin down, but this is important, too. And heart crushing. She never got to say goodbye.
  • GRAMS!!! She must be back to make me cry more because that is what she is best at.
  • So, Bonnie can do anything? ANYTHING? Hook me up with a winning lotto ticket, girl!!
  • Does Alaric hold the record for most times dying on TVD? He must. Either as himself or someone else. It is a lot of times.
  • JEREMY SAVES THE DAY!!! So great to see that kid.
  • Stefan is in all the right places, lately. Saving AND making jokes. Heart that guy so much.
  • Bonnie did good work. Kinda stoked about her at the moment.
  • “Welcome back.” Why do those two words make me cry so much? I mean, the other Elena was kind of awful. And it is nice to see her look at Stefan that way. To see Stefan look that way at her.
  • LEXI!!! LEXI!!! LEXI!!! Full on hysterical sobbing now, FYI. His bestie came for him. And she thanked Caroline. And I love her. LOVE HER.
  • EVERYONE IS WITH THEIR PERSON!!!! And it’s too amazing for words. They all needed this. Not just Elena. Only, where is Jenna?
  • Damon has the cure. What will he do with it? Doesn’t he want Elena to stay a vampire? I can’t remember. Too hard to keep track.
  • Whoa. Lots of hunters. That seems not great.
  • DID BONNIE FREAKING DIE? WHAT IN THE HELL??? RIGHT WHEN SHE GETS COOL?? WHAT?? NO! That can’t be what happened. Who will put the veil back up?

Holy cow. This episode didn’t really move at the breakneck speed I was anticipating but that doesn’t mean that it was slow by any means. A lot happened withing that 42 minutes and it will be interesting to see what becomes of all the new stuff in the season finale. Also, how will they kick start season 5? Is Bonnie really dead? Is it too much to ask Klaus to give Caroline a proper goodbye? Will the veil ever go back up? I kinda hope it stays down for a while longer. I love to see (most of) those old familiar faces. What do you guys think? Are you ready for the last minutes of season 4?

 

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10 Random Questions with Melissa Leaman

If you don’t know my friend Melissa Leaman, you should. Melissa is a great author with passionate opinions, impeccable taste in television  and so much more. Mel is always happy to discuss The Vampire DiariesOne Tree Hill, Teen Wolf, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer with me and I always love to hear her thoughts.  We also share detest for shipper wars, political atrocities and chips with calories. Be sure to follow Melissa on Twitter, on her personal blog and on her tumblr. Right after you read her brilliant, (more than) 10 random answers.

Favorite Color:

Blue. Yankee blue to be exact.

Do you read fanfic?:

Obsessively. And I kind of wish more people did. There’s a lot of really awful fanfic out there and that’s usually what gets referenced in media as a joke. Plus for every one good story there’s ten “what the hell is this and why can’t you spell anything and holy wow that is not how shotgunning works” terrible stories. But the good ones are impressive. A lot of aspiring writers seem to be working out their style through fanfic these days and if you’re willing to ask people for recommendations, you can find 50,000 word epics that are better than a lot of books & don’t require an indepth understanding of a show.

And of course, if you just want some good porn, that’s there too. Just not 50 Shades.

Person you’d most like to have dinner with tonight

Joss Whedon.

Last episode of television that made you cry

It feels like it’s been way too long since I’ve cried at a newly aired episode of TV. But probably something from Grey’s Anatomy.

The drink you order when someone else is buying

Assuming it’s not a cheap happy hour…some variation on a martini. Huckleberry ones preferably but that tends to be a Northwest thing.

Song you will never get enough of

“Behind Blue Eyes” by The Who. “Livin’ in the Future” by Bruce Springsteen. “Cocaine Blues” by Johnny Cash. “Train in Vain” by The Clash.

The name of your secret spy identity

If I told you, I’d have to kill you.

Tumblr. Yes or no?

YES. A thousand times yes. The more I’ve gotten into tumblr, the more my own blog falls by the wayside. It’s just so accessible and easy to use and definitely easier to engage followers than standard blogs. I’m just sorry for any non-Teen Wolf fans lately. I’m a wee bit obsessed.

Last movie you saw in the theater and did you like it?

Technically Argo–which was a thoroughly amazing movie, but it was a repeat viewing. The last new to me movie was Amour. I enjoyed it even more than I expected.

Favorite musical instrument

Drums. Specifically guys who play the drums. That still counts right?

If you were forced to be on a reality show, which would it be?

I’d create a new one. “Survival of the Fittest”. Family and friends nominate the most moronic people they know who then fight to the death Hunger Games style. Then I’d cheat my way on and machete my way to victory.

The movie you can recite the most lines from

Oh gosh. Probably Mean Girls, Newsies, and Empire Strikes Back.

Ferris wheel, Roller Coaster or Arcade?

Roller coaster. Always. Just not the ones with giant hills. I’ll take pitch-dark, spins, & twists any day.

Holiday you’d most like to abolish

Columbus Day. It’s such a bullshit holiday and celebrates genocide and prejudice. Nice one USA.

You’re a groupie. Who’s the band?

McFly

Your favorite food to make for yourself

Mashed potatoes. Ultimate comfort food and I make damn good mashed potatoes.

Best book you’ve ever read

This is a stupid unfair question. But I probably reread “Dealing with Dragons” by Patricia Wrede, “The Emily Trilogy” by LM Montgomery, “The Chronicles of Narnia”, and “Rainbow Six” by Tom Clancy the most.

Favorite smell

The Pacific Northwest coastline. A stormy night on an Oregon beach is full of good, bad, and haunting smells. Also old books.

Waffles, Pancakes or French Toast?

In the morning, I’m making waffles.

Best GIF you’ve ever seen

Travel and/or flight ritual?

Unless making sure I have books to read is a ritual, not really any. But I do try to bring coloring books, crayons, and a couple toys with me. I color anyway because it’s fun but it’s been a life saver if small kids are on a plane when I travel. Parents get treated like shit by other passengers and being able to help them out a little makes everyone happier. And it’s gotten me free booze from the flight attendants later.

Your favorite thing to do alone

Well there is one thing…

hahaha! Appropriate answer would be read or sing and dance around the house to cheesy pop songs.

First concert

Newsboys. The first one I paid for was I think OzzFest in 2001. That and the co-headlining Green Day/Blink 182 are the ones that stand out.

Cake or Bacon?

Maple bacon cake.

Pajamas in public. Yes or no?

That’s why drive-thrus were invented.

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‘The Vampire Diaries’ Recap: She’s Come Undone

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Here is your friendly reminder that after this episode, there are only 2 left in the 4th season of The Vampire Diaries. And despite a few reservations/questions, I loved The Originals (review here) and am really excited that it got a full season pick-up for next year. It will be interesting to see how they use these last few episodes to phase our Original family out of the Mystic Falls picture. Can’t wait to see what happens. Also, Salvatores. Need more Salvatores (I may have really missed them last week).

  •  It’s not that I don’t think Caroline deserves valedictorian. Caroline deserves ALL of the prizes. But when has she had time to get good grades? When was the last time she was even at school for something other than a doomed dance?
  • Is that a new cell door in the Salvatore basement? Have they upgraded their vampire jail? Are there contractors for that? Are they in the yellow pages? I’m asking for a friend.
  • Why is Stefan so reluctant to let Caroline try and help? Aren’t they willing to try ANYTHING at this point?
  • A.) Katherine is great and I love her but NoEmo Elena is a bitch and I am sick of her shit. B.) Caroline Forbes is perfect in every way. She even snaps necks perfectly.
  • You know who else is perfect? Matt Donovan, you guys. And I love that Rebekah actually seems to care what he thinks about her. She should.
  • “Bad girls don’t get nice jewelry.” I disagree Damon but you’re still funny.
  • I get what the boys are trying to do and I am behind it 100% but I still can’t believe they are torturing her. LIKE, REALLY CANNOT BELIEVE IT.
  • “I ordered you a cap and gown.” SERIOUSLY, C. Forbes. BEST.
  • At least Matt is willing to admit that he never goes to class. Like we didn’t already know.
  • Is it me or did Caroline look relieved/glad to see Klaus? I didn’t hate that.
  • So, only Bonnie can see Silas’ true face. Is there an option to buy Bonnie glasses for everyone else?
  • JFC, Elena. I understand forgetting to put on sunscreen but that fire act was pretty risky.
  • I should have known that Klaroline walk in the woods was too good to be true. And to think I almost cried. This show is mean.
  • How has this show nearly convinced me that Matt SHOULD take Rebekah up on her offer? That he SHOULD be with her. HOW??? She nearly killed him and she’s the reason Elena is in the predicament everyone is working so hard on. Just… HOW??
  • Haven’t I said a BILLION TIMES that I do not appreciate Caroline being tortured in any way? No one freaking listens. Wicked annoying.
  • Okay so the boys are genius. Katherine was exactly the right call and all of the awards for Nina Dobrev.
  • Or not. Oops.
  • Oh Matty!! You tried!! Bless your heart!!
  • GOOD GOD!! This is kinda scary!! Silas is SCARY!!! EEEEEKKKK!!! I have not good chills.
  • “Mommy!” Caroline!! STOP!! I am going to cry!! WAKE UP LIZ!!!
  • OH. MY. GOD. Matty had a ring on or something. RIGHT??? BECAUSE OH. MY. GOD. Damon. Seriously. He better be okay. I am all in favor of neck snaps but NEVER that one. NEVER.
  • I KNEW IT!! Thank you show. It would have not been fun to stop watching.
  • Okie dokie. Crying for reals now. Good job, boys. I think. “I’m not okay. But I’ll get better.” If only some of us could say that to ourselves more often. Right?
  • CAROLINE JUST STABBED A MOTHER EFFING NEEDLE INTO HER OWN NECK TO SAVE HER MOM. (trying not to concentrate on wanting to know where she got that). I’m not sure what I would have done if that hadn’t worked.
  • Come on Matty. How do you deny Rebekah, now? I’m not sure I could. Or that he should. Again, I ask, HOW???
  • Whoa, buddy. How do we feel about the possibility of Katherine being truly immortal? I already got Elena’s big-fat-no of a vote. What say you?

I’m having a really hard time deciding who gets this week’s MVP award. It would have to be Ms. Caroline Forbes OR, possibly Mr. Matt Donovan. In my opinion. What do you guys think? Did you cry along with me? Are we happy to have the old Elena back with an extra side of rage? I’m looking forward to the conclusion of this Silas mess. Will the veil be dropped? Do we want it to be, just so we can see dearly departed friends? I’m a little bit scared. Isn’t it great? Be sure to answer all of my questions in the comments. I love it when you guys help me figure out what to think.

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10 Random Questions with Heather Vee

If you are in any way, shape or form a part of the Vampire Diaries fandom, you know Heather Vee. Not only is she the co-founder and site runner for our favorite TVD fansite, Vampire-Diaries.net, she is also co-editor of A Visitor’s Guide to Mystic Falls and co-authoring Love You To Death Season 4 with another of my favorites, Crissy Calhoun. And because she is one of the coolest ladies I’ve ever had the peasure of meeting, she agreed to answer my silly questions.

Favorite Color

Green, all varying shades, all the time.

Do you read fanfic?

I used to, but not anymore. That’s not a commentary on quality, as I have read fic better than a lot of published novels, I’ve just drifted away from that aspect of fandom.

Last episode of television that made you cry

I very rarely cry over television, but when Alaric appeared to Jeremy in the Vampire Diaries Season 3 finale, I lost it.

The drink you order when someone else is buying

Either a bourbon, neat, or a Black Velvet, which is half hard cider and half Guinness. Though I have only recently discovered the beauty of a Kentucky Blizzard, so I might have a new go-to.

Song you will never get enough of

This is an impossible question and, frankly, I think you might be a sadist, Erin. How about this: The song I cannot get enough of right now is Jack White’s cover of U2’s “Love is Blindness.”

Tumblr. Yes or no?

I’ve actually had a Tumblr (not the one I use now) since the site was started. It’s very, very different now that it has exploded in popularity. Whether that’s a good or bad thing, who’s to say, but I find myself enjoying it more when I only visit once a week or so. I think Tumblr can facilitate fascinating discussions and I think it’s interesting that fandom seems to have migrated from LiveJournal to Tumblr; Tumblr gives talented fan artists a bigger platform to show off their wares, so that’s a definite positive. In any case, I think it’s good, but not my preferred means of interacting with folks. TWITTER 4EVA.

Favorite musical instrument

Anyone who knows me understands that I have a deep banjo fixation. I often joke that I’m in need of a BANJOS MAKE ME HOT t-shirt. I’m not sure when my love started but it is an enduring love. If you ever want to know the mood you can build with a banjo, stick Neko Case’s “Things That Scare Me” or “Deep Red Bells” on the player and marvel.

The movie you can recite the most lines from

The Princess Bride. I could actually sit in front of you and quote the film in its entirety from start to finish.

Holiday you’d most like to abolish

I loathe New Year’s. I have always loathed it. I crawl into bed well before midnight and sleep through it every year.

Your favorite food to make for yourself

I’m very big on roasted asparagus right now. Throw it in a pan, drizzle with extra virgin olive oil, add minced garlic and salt, roast. Easy comfort food is remarkably easy.

Best book you’ve ever read

One book?! GO HOME, ERIN, YOU’RE DRUNK. All kidding aside – wow. I have a few books that are very close to my heart, ones I turn to again and again and again. I’m not sure I would trust anyone who had one favorite book. I think I’d just assume that’s the only book they had ever read and then I’d be sad about it.

Favorite smell

I love the smell of ballpoint ink on paper and, tragedy of tragedy, it’s something I don’t smell too often nowadays.

Your favorite thing to do alone

*raises eyebrow*

First concert

My first real concert was Tori Amos. She was touring for Under the Pink at the time, so I’m sure I’ve just dated the hell out of myself there but I can’t overstate what a huge impression she made on me in my pre-teen/teenage years. My first club show was Oasis on their first U.S. tour. I was 15 and my 18+ friends smuggled my Britpop-obsessed self in. I lost a large portion of my hearing in my left ear at that show! I’m partially deaf in that ear to this day. It was absolutely worth it.

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‘The Vampire Diaries’ – The Originals: Review

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This isn’t my usual recap/review but I wanted to share a few thoughts on “The Originals” since it’s not just another episode, but a Pilot for a possible new show. I have said several times that I feel that the only show that would be successful after TVD on Thursdays would be another TVD. Because when we are all finished watching The Vampire Diaries at 8:00, all we want to do is talk about The Vampire Diaries and watch more of it. A spinoff about the oldest vampire family seemed like the very best option. I guess we’ll see. In the mean time, I have some things I want to talk about:

  • Marcel is hot. Like, REALLY hot. I am all in favor of Marcel. Is it too early to buy an “I love Marcel” t-shirt?
  • I still get chills every time Elijah shows his magnificent face on screen. Good chills. And maybe frightened chills as well. No one heart rips like our beautiful Elijah. People in the TVD world need to show him some more damned respect. And home boy rocks a three-piece-suit like no one else. Lord have mercy.
  • Joseph Morgan continues to delight me. Klaus has been such a great edition to TVD and if The Originals is picked up, he will be sorely missed in Mystic Falls. If anyone has earned their own show though, it’s this guy.
  • I may get burned at the stake for this, but I am NOT a Haley fan. I have nothing against Phoebe Tonkin, she’s fine, I suppose, I just do not care much, one way or the other. AND:
  • The way that they have pulled Haley into The Originals is pretty much the stupidest thing to have ever occurred on TVD and this is a show where precious stones are “hidden” in soap dishes. This pregnancy IS soap. I can’t even really discuss it without rolling my eyes. I have nothing against babies but I do not believe that they belong on my vampire shows. There were rumors about possible puppies on TVD ages ago and I threatened to stop watching if they became true. I’m not sure I can follow through with that, in this case, but I want to. Just. Wow. I don’t even know.
  • What’s up with all of these rules? Are we going to get a copy of them? I feel that without knowing, I could possibly break one or 10 of them and endanger my own life, completely by accident.
  • I like Camille. A lot. We will get more of her, yes?
  • What are the chances we could just trade Elena for Katherine, full time? Katherine is the best of the best and I want her always.
  • The downiest of the downsides of this episode going to show is the possible loss of the Klaus/Caroline stuff. Love me some Klaroline. That message he left her? How could she deny him?

Without the THING THAT SHALL NOT BE NAMED, I am not sure what the other options were for pulling the Original family out of Mystic Falls and into this new world, but certainly there WERE other options? I am just really unsure about it and that’s unfortunate because I actually loved every other thing about this episode/pilot. The new characters are wonderful and we always need more time with the original vamps. Before watching this episode,  I was having day dreams of all kinds of cross-over episodes in the vein of Buffy season 4/Angel season 1. That was some killer television. Can the TVD world pull it off? Or will the entire possibility reek like a dirty diaper?

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10 Random Questions with Author Dianne Sylvan

My friend Dianne Sylvan is a well known author, blogger and tweeter. She has incredible insight on television, movies, and life in general. You will increase the value of your life by following her on twitter and by reading her blog. You can purchase all of her wonderful books on Amazon.com, including the novels in her “Shadow World” series. For the 2nd time, she was kind enough to take a time out from writing her next novel to answer some very important questions for me. VERY important.

1. Favorite color: 

Red.

2. Do you read fanfic? 

I used to, but I never had as much fun reading it as I did writing it. The last fic I wrote was, well, porn, set in the Supernatural universe.

3. Last episode of television that made you cry: 

The Vampire Diaries, “Memorial.”  The scene at the very end with Alaric’s ghost just killed me.

4. Song you will never get enough of:

Adam Lambert, “Fever.”

5. Favorite musical instrument:

I’ve always wanted to learn piano, which is part of why the heroine of my books plays piano; but I also love the violin.  Violinists are inherently hot. (I’ve actually got one of those planned for the series too.)

6. The movie you can recite the most lines from:

A tie between Jurassic Park and Ghostbusters.  I have both memorized from start to finish.

7. Your favorite food to make for yourself:

Plain old yellow cake with chocolate chips in.

8. Waffles, pancakes, or French toast?

Waffles all the way.

9. First concert:

Here’s where I show how old/dorky I am – New Kids on the Block.  I need an app for my phone that, every time I mutter about “kids these days and their awful music,” just texts me in big letters:  HANGIN’ TOUGH.

10. Cake or bacon?

Well, I’m a vegetarian, so I’m gonna go with cake.  The whole bacon obsession thing going on right now really freaks me out.

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10 Random Questions with Crissy Calhoun

Not only does Crissy Calhoun (@crissycalhoun on Twitter) write one of our favorite Vampire Diaries recaps (which can be read at Vampire-Diaries.net) but she also writes our favorite unofficial companion (if you have not done so already, you can purchase all three books in the Love You to Death series on Amazon. ) You can read more about her and her passions on her blog: The Calhoun Tribune.

Favorite Color

I wish I knew. This one always stumps me when I have to answer security questions. Definitely not yellow. Sorry, yellow.

Do you read fanfic?

Not even once. Sad life I lead.

Last episode of television that made you cry

Usually it’s Parenthood. But the last episode of TV that made me cry made me weep and it was The Vampire Diaries‘ “Stand By Me.”

The drink you order when someone else is buying

Wait, am I supposed to order something different than I’d buy myself? Uh, bourbon on the rocks please and thanks.

Song you will never get enough of

“Break the Ice” by the one and only Ms. Britney Spears.

The name of your secret spy identity

Georgia tot Sint Jans.

Last movie you saw in the theater and did you like it?

Les Mis, and um… Didn’t dislike it.

Your favorite food to make for yourself

Cheese melt!

Favorite smell

Lavender

Waffles, Pancakes or French Toast?

Cheese melt!

First concert

That I choose to go to? Paula Abdul.

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