The last two weeks have been among the busiest of the year for me and with Book Blogger Appreciation Week firmly in the rear view mirror I find that I can breathe again and get back to the business of Linus’s Blanket.
I haven’t touched a book in weeks. I have about 80 pages left in Come Sunday, by Isla Morley but I just haven’t had the energy to finish it up no matter that I am so curious about the end of a story that I have enjoyed very much. I have slowly been branching out and sharing some of my other security blankets on the blog, which in include movies and movie trailers.
Last week I needed a break, and was just way too fatigued to read so I picked up the first season of The Vampire Diaries, and after a couple of episodes, I was hooked. In a marathon few days I watched the entire season just in time to catch the premiere of Season 2. I have been very impressed by the quality of the storyline, the pacing of the show, and the development of some of the characters kept me intrigued. Watching so many episodes of a show in such a short period of time can glaringly expose its flaws , but The Vampire Diaries holds up surprisingly well.
The opener of Season 2 last week brought the arrival of Katherine, Elena’s deliciously bad and long dead ancestor, which was a relief to me. As much as I have been enjoying the show I have mixed feelings about the character of Elena. She is just a little too goody-goody for my liking and CLEARLY hooked up with the wrong brother. It will be very exciting to see Katherine shake things up, but I am puzzled by every one’s worship of Stefan over Damon. Even with Ian Somerhalder being no slouch in the looks department, the writing of the show favors Damon in every way. He gets the snappy one liners, and the conflicted and tortured soul and most of what he has suffered is at the instigation of events initiated by Stefan, who eternally bores me. That none of the females on the show have had any real interest in Damon is baffling. I need to vicariously live through someone. Get this man a love interest, stat!
The Vampire Diaries excels at having some kind of game changer in each episode. I don’t know how they accomplish this, but it is done in such an organic way that it always appears to be a natural progression of the story as opposed to being blatantly gimmicky. In Brave New World, Caroline’s transformation into a vampire definitely leveled the playing field in ways that I love, and was emotionally compelling to boot. I felt for Caroline as she coped with with all of the changes that she experienced all by herself, and I loved the she got to tell Damon off for his emotional manipulation and abuse of her last season. Damon got quite a few beat-downs this episode, poor thing.
Bonnie continues to be a problematic character for me because we never got to fully explore the journey she took in becoming a witch, and the full effects that the death of her grandmother had on her. They just packed her off and she came back fully in control of her powers and mean as hell. There is no gray to her bad and she comes off as rather one note most times, though I believe the actress, Katerina Graham, is capable of much more. In typical Bonnie fashion she took no responsibility for her actions in making Caroline a vampire, and nearly burnt Damon to a crisp in her righteous anger. I have to admit that I can understand her being upset over the loss of Carter (can we say hottie?), but I also regret that they missed the opportunity for Bonnie to have some one to talk to and share her POV. However she and Elena equally share the blame for Carter becoming Caroline’s dinner.
Stefan and Elena are way too much peas of a pod for my taste for them to be in a relationship, even though I understand that probably works for their relationship. Together they bore me to tears and I get a little sick of Elena always calling his name, “Stefan”. Stefan has complete faith that he can handle Caroline and that everything will be okay when he already failed last year with Vicky. That is both so naive and incredibly arrogant. Elena only cares to save her friend, and never mind the fact that Caroline is a baby vampire, not in control of her urges, and already dead – probably would have died in the car accident, gets to live so others can die. I was very happy that Damon laid responsibility at her feet. I am glad that the show is not shying away from consequences for their naivete, and I like the developing tension between them and how they aren’t treating each other with kid gloves.
The werewolf story is shaping up and I am a bit conflicted on its development. On the one hand Tyler isn’t really strongly connected to anyone on the canvas and has always seemed to be a peripheral character, but we do know who he is. That works in the sense that if he goes over to the dark side and become a nemesis, it will add to the drama. Right now that storyline hasn’t become compelling enough for me to care about it that much, so I guess Amy is right that they need to move it along. Jeremy is a little lost right now and seems at his best when a girl is involved. I am very curious about the way he will go and which side he will ultimately choose.
Stefan and Caroline had a moment that was totally hot. I love Matt and his relationship with Caroline, but I can easily see them together. But when is Matt going to find out about his girlfriend (ex and current), his sister and their vampy connections? They had him suspicious of Stefan early in Season 1, but now he just seems that he will stay happily oblivious.
What else? Damon being the head of the council and a tea drinker amuses me to no end.