What is it about teen lit or the shows inspired by them that make us gush? Is it we never grow tired of the feelings and emotions stirred by young love and lust? Buying in freely to a time when it we were free of our learned inhibitions. Now add the element of the paranormal – vampires to be precise. In this case I am talking about the sultry vampire brothers Damon and Stefane. I have followed this world for a while and now they have dropped in on Immortal Monday for your opinion. Book or television? Daman or Stefane? What say you?
Okay, yes, I have read these books. Because I like to stay up with what is out in the YA market. I had more time and was much better at this before the blogging began. Nevertheless, it is something I strive to do. Having read these books (all but the latest) I can honestly say I am extremely happy the show has not followed the storyline, but taken its own path. The writers took the bones and characters and drafted out a much more believable and enticing storyline. Am I wrong? Raise your hand if you’ve read the book. Please don’t tell me I’m standing here alone.
Both the book and show start with Stefan arriving in Mystic Falls and connecting with Elena. We later learn that he knew Elena was there and she was his whole reason for coming. Elena is the doppelganger to one Catherine, the vampire that turned both Salvatore brothers many years before. In both cases (book and show), Catherine is a bad, bad girl, but she professes to have an interest in both men. She likes to toy with them is more like it. Like cats play with their prey before the kill. And of course there is the bad brother, Damon. Poor tortured Damon, who makes you feel for him in the show. But is that the case when reading the books? I claim it is not so, at least not in my case.
But, the books totally lost me when they asked us to stretch our limit on believability far beyond the norm. With the ghost of Elena tied and floating behind Stefane in the midst of my last read I found myself completely turned off. Because of my personality type I pushed myself forward to finish the book, but would never pick up the next. I have heard it actually turned around and is fairly good. I wouldn’t know. Have you been reading The Vampire Diaries?
It’s been established that the show took its own path. Thankfully, a storyline I am unfamiliar with. Elena is alive, neither a ghost nor a vampire, and the much awaited Damon and Elena storyline has begun to play out. But is it all that we had hoped for? And why were we hoping for it? In the book I was a Stefane fan all the way. Damon was a user, plain and simple. His use of Elena was transparent. Yes, he is a monster, but a monster who fights his true nature is sexy. Not one who gives into it and treats the object of his interest like an “object!” Are we blinded by his good looks so much that we overlook his faults? Chalking them up to the dark and mysterious sexy that we so love to adore. Did you swoon when he finally kissed her or did it lack in luster because Elena failed to kiss him back with equal passion?
And Stefane, what of him? I pictured one very sexy vampire when I picked up the book for the first time, but the show delivered us Paul Wesley. I have to admit he has come a long way since the start of the show. His overdone hair and bushy eye brows were too much for me to bear at the start. He has tamed these things down in more recent episodes, but Ian Somerhalder is still the favored treat for the eyes. Now, consider how each of them has treated Elena, Stefane must be found the champion by leaps and bounds. He has a heart of gold and even in the show Damon’s use of Elena is apparent.
Does Damon love her? Possibly. It’s also possible he has never learned how to properly love another. Until recently, Stefane has made every move with Elena in mind, always treating her with the utmost respect. I believe what he does even now he does with her safety at heart. Treating her with hatred and becoming the monster he has denied for so long, that better villain – he is trying to push her away. To put her in a slightly safer position (at least in his mind). If I might go there, he reminds me of Angel when he walked away from Buffy, sacrificing his love for the greater good. What did you feel when Stefane and Elena kissed? Did they hold a spark?
Men. You can’t live with them, you can’t stake them. Damon has been showing a softer side thanks to Elena, but the manipulation still seeps through the cracks in his personality if you are wise enough to watch for it. But some women like a man who takes charge in such a manner and is always the ultimate bad boy.
Compare these two boys to what you like to see when you read the swoon-worthy leading man in your current read. What do you look for and what do you want to see? Is it along the lines of a Damon Salvatore? Or do you gravitate to a more true and trustworthy heartthrob – one similar to Stefane? Are they off, both missing the mark and you’d rather see something somewhere in between? Throw all of their qualities into a blender and turn that puppy on! Choose your man wisely. Remember, he just might turn you and you’d be stuck together for all eternity.
In parting, let me leave you with some Salvatore features to ponder…
And real quick, before you do go-
For more great posts on Damon and the Salvatore brothers check out these fun locations:
TV Time: The Vampire Diaries: Team Stefan or Team Damon? by Emma Meade
It’s a Bad Boy Thing by Kristy K. James
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