So, I haven't been posting much about this season of the vampire diaries, largely because it hasn't been leaving me with a lot I want to say. I can see the way the plot arcs have to flow, but this show is really really good about taking unexpected routes, so almost all my reactions have incorporated too much, "well, I guess I'll have to wait and see if I understand what they're doing with this" for it to seem worth talking about it much.

However! After last nights brou-ha-ha, there are a couple of things I want to comment on, most specifically: my feelings about the general emotional landscape this season.

Cut for those on my flist who don't care about all my Vampire Diaries thoughts )
So, I apologize in advance to anyone on my f-list who is entirely uninterested in my nerdish mix cds; I'm going to be uploading a few that I never got around to posting before this weekend. There may or may not be a post about what I think is the root cause of Alaric's issue with Damon flirting with Elena to break it up (hint: I don't think it's the vampirism or the murdering that's principally bothering him), but that depends on if my thoughts arrange themselves into some kind of coherency.

Meantime! This mix is kind of a do-over. I was never very happy with the mix I made for the "Historical Figures" challenge (for which I drew Nicolai Tesla). I tried too hard to shoehorn in songs about mad science, and too many of them didn't have nearly enough to do with Tesla. As a result, the mix always sounded disjointed and incoherent. Since it was bothering me, I went back, stripped out everything I thought wasn't working, and retooled the mix along new lines based on the little from version one that I thought was on the right track.

Conclusion: This is now an Edison/Tesla slash mix. I don't know whether to blame my brain or my mp3 collection, but I was clearly sabotaged by *something*. Fair warning: this is bittersweet at best. Their relationship didn't end well in real life, and the slash musical version is no different.

Read more... )
So, I apologize in advance to anyone on my f-list who is entirely uninterested in my nerdish mix cds; I'm going to be uploading a few that I never got around to posting before this weekend. There may or may not be a post about what I think is the root cause of Alaric's issue with Damon flirting with Elena to break it up (hint: I don't think it's the vampirism or the murdering that's principally bothering him), but that depends on if my thoughts arrange themselves into some kind of coherency.

Meantime! This mix is kind of a do-over. I was never very happy with the mix I made for the "Historical Figures" challenge (for which I drew Nicolai Tesla). I tried too hard to shoehorn in songs about mad science, and too many of them didn't have nearly enough to do with Tesla. As a result, the mix always sounded disjointed and incoherent. Since it was bothering me, I went back, stripped out everything I thought wasn't working, and retooled the mix along new lines based on the little from version one that I thought was on the right track.

Conclusion: This is now an Edison/Tesla slash mix. I don't know whether to blame my brain or my mp3 collection, but I was clearly sabotaged by *something*. Fair warning: this is bittersweet at best. Their relationship didn't end well in real life, and the slash musical version is no different.

Read more... )
Well, that was a really excellent episode. Thoughts I had, in no particular order:

Is it me, or did we get a story arc about Damon coming to terms with his humanity, now to be followed by a story arc about Stefan coming to terms with his vampire-ness?

Read more... )
Well, that was a really excellent episode. Thoughts I had, in no particular order:

Is it me, or did we get a story arc about Damon coming to terms with his humanity, now to be followed by a story arc about Stefan coming to terms with his vampire-ness?

Read more... )
So, we know that Damon's default response to encountering a new hostile person/thing is to preemptively kill it. And we know that Stefan and Elena both seem to have the default instinct to try to talk, and reach some accomodation with it. We see this work for Elena fairly often, I think, but my question is:

Do we *ever* see that work for Stefan? Or is he just not really as good a negotiator as he thinks he is?

I may need to have a summer rewatch.
So, we know that Damon's default response to encountering a new hostile person/thing is to preemptively kill it. And we know that Stefan and Elena both seem to have the default instinct to try to talk, and reach some accomodation with it. We see this work for Elena fairly often, I think, but my question is:

Do we *ever* see that work for Stefan? Or is he just not really as good a negotiator as he thinks he is?

I may need to have a summer rewatch.
...I don't think it does what they say it does.

I'm not here asserting that the writers are lying/trying to deceive us by describing the effects of the switch as "shutting off all emotions"; I think they reached for a short, pithy way to explain the phenomenon, and I think some accuracy was sacrificed.

Consider: Damon clearly spent more than a hundred years living with his switch flicked, and he still loved Katherine. When Stefan was going through his libertine period, he still wanted Damon in his life badly enough to beg. And consider, too: every vampire we've seen in an "emotionless" state (Damon, Stefan, Isobel) has displayed a pretty profound tendency towards blood-soaked orgies and the like, which doesn't strike me as emotionless behavior per se.

That said, "switched" behavior does seem to be reasonably consistent across vampires, so whatever is going on, one should be able to define its parameters. I, being an enormous nerd who's overly invested in a tv show, and who is twitching with irritation over having to wait for the end of season, am interested in trying to work out exactly how vampire psychology/physiology are working here.

If for some reason you're interested in my long, rambling thoughts on vampire emotional capacity... )
...I don't think it does what they say it does.

I'm not here asserting that the writers are lying/trying to deceive us by describing the effects of the switch as "shutting off all emotions"; I think they reached for a short, pithy way to explain the phenomenon, and I think some accuracy was sacrificed.

Consider: Damon clearly spent more than a hundred years living with his switch flicked, and he still loved Katherine. When Stefan was going through his libertine period, he still wanted Damon in his life badly enough to beg. And consider, too: every vampire we've seen in an "emotionless" state (Damon, Stefan, Isobel) has displayed a pretty profound tendency towards blood-soaked orgies and the like, which doesn't strike me as emotionless behavior per se.

That said, "switched" behavior does seem to be reasonably consistent across vampires, so whatever is going on, one should be able to define its parameters. I, being an enormous nerd who's overly invested in a tv show, and who is twitching with irritation over having to wait for the end of season, am interested in trying to work out exactly how vampire psychology/physiology are working here.

If for some reason you're interested in my long, rambling thoughts on vampire emotional capacity... )
01) Something from your very first fandom
02) Something from your current favorite fandom


I actually have a very difficult time evaluating things like "favorite" so I am going to reinterpret that as "current strongest obsession". That would be Vampire Diaries, then. (A show, by the way, that is much better than either the title or first few episodes would suggest.)  Despite which, this is actually kind of challenging, for lo: I have a hard time finding fic I really like in this fandom, probably at least partially because its so new, and the rest because I'm really kind of picky about characterization of some of these characters.

That said. Pretty Lies and Dirty Truth by ThreeJays is probably my pick for favorite of what I've read. It's a divergent-style AU that spins off mid season 2, featuring a rather different take on Klaus (and, for that matter, Katherine) than I suspect we'll end up getting, but really, that is not the point of this fic. The point of this fic is the same as the point of most of the fic I read for this fandom: getting Damon and Elena to hook up already. This manages to accomplish it while keeping everyone pretty well in character and really, what more can one ask?



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Star Trek1
The Vampire Diaries1
01) Something from your very first fandom
02) Something from your current favorite fandom


I actually have a very difficult time evaluating things like "favorite" so I am going to reinterpret that as "current strongest obsession". That would be Vampire Diaries, then. (A show, by the way, that is much better than either the title or first few episodes would suggest.)  Despite which, this is actually kind of challenging, for lo: I have a hard time finding fic I really like in this fandom, probably at least partially because its so new, and the rest because I'm really kind of picky about characterization of some of these characters.

That said. Pretty Lies and Dirty Truth by ThreeJays is probably my pick for favorite of what I've read. It's a divergent-style AU that spins off mid season 2, featuring a rather different take on Klaus (and, for that matter, Katherine) than I suspect we'll end up getting, but really, that is not the point of this fic. The point of this fic is the same as the point of most of the fic I read for this fandom: getting Damon and Elena to hook up already. This manages to accomplish it while keeping everyone pretty well in character and really, what more can one ask?



Deathmatch totals: 

 
Star Trek1
The Vampire Diaries1

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