Ramblings on TFA: The Most Expensive Adaptation of a Fanfiction Ever
I saw the movie at the midnight premiere on December 17 and I’ve been trying to process it ever since. Actually, I thought I would simply bottle up my feelings, but it’s useless and I need to get them out and rant. Overall, I’ve mixed feelings about TFA - they were moments and things I loved but overall I would call it a disappointment.
This hiatus is killing
me. I desperately need some PLL action and June just seems too far away. So, I
decided to make a list of the best 10 episodes so far. Unfortunately, I just couldn’t
narrow it down to 10, just to 18. PLL episodes are just TOO good to forget and
hate. So in my opinion, these are the top 18 episodes to re-watch for a good
Spoiler warning. Don’t
read if you haven’t caught up.
Pilot may not be action-packed. Or it may be pretty PG if you compare it to
recent episodes. But the Pilot started it all. It was the beginning of this
amazing ride. Anyone who watches it just wants more. Not only do we get a glimpse from THAT night, but we get to
meet all these amazing characters. Plus, that last scene still gives me the
Like all of us in this rabbit hole that is our lives of Ginny/Mike feels you want to shout out WHY from the rooftops. SO WHY DO YOU LOVE THEM SO MUCH? Please write as much as you want. (also am i the only one who finds it interesting MIKE LAWSON'S EX is apparently a prominent feminist (sports?) journalist??!)
before i do this, i just wanna say that i’ve seen some great posts speaking on this topic and, if i were you, i would head on over to those, because i am a mess when it comes to ginny/mike ( and in general ) and will not be able to form coherent sentences for you to understand, so be warned. there will be a lot of yelling, exaggeration and extra(ass)ness ( like this shit right here ^ i mean who cares?? move on! clearly i cannot, but ANYWAY ) < and brackets! Also this is v long and I MEAN VERY!
So i know i was late with this, but honestly after hearing what had happened and skimming over my timeline about the episode i had no desire to watch at all. This show has just gone down so much, but i stuck it out and watched because last week’s episode was actually good so i took a chance….welp.
Let’s just say i laughed ALOT during the whole time and not because anything was funny, but because of the amount of Damon apologists this show has made it was laughable. I have a dragging to do like my 6x02 review, because they’re trying so hard to make us forget Stelena but guess what you won’t. Julie again TRIED IT, but didn’t succeed. Here goes nothing!
Matt-Now i always complain that dear old Matty blue blue gets no storyline, but this episode might have sparked something new. Now i do think it was funny when Elena suggested that him and Jeremy patrol mystic falls for Sara knowing their track record with getting close to danger but with his connection to not only Tyler’s storyline, but Enzo’s i’m excited to see what his role in all this is. Should he be wary of Tripp? Hell yes, this man kills vampires and my guess is he knows Matt’s friends are vampires and would kill them with no hesitation. I just want to see Matt useful, he’s been pushed around since S1 its time for a change.
Jeremy-I’ve been hard on him these past few episodes and with good reason, because i think he should’ve been honoring Bonnie in a better way but he said something that gave me hope he’s not a lost cause. This whole time no one has said that Bonnie saved everyone else, but NOT herself until Jeremy said it and i respect him for that. They may have mourned her, but no one ever gives Bonnie the credit for what she does and how many sacrifices she makes. She sacrificed herself to give Jeremy back to Elena, to give Alaric back, Tyler, Stefan, and Elena herself and that’s no easy feat so for the show to acknowledge Bonnie like that i was surprised especially coming from Jeremy.
Alaric-Now this is where i think my laughing started, because when he told Jeremy that Damon killed his wife, but he “MISSED HIM!?”, i mean you know what Alaric may have had a bond over whisky a couple of times with him but friends i never called them. The one thing i liked about Alaric during S1-3 is that he tolerated Damon, but he never forgot who he was which was a cold, blooded-killer. There was a line there, but after S4 when he came back its like he forgot the kind of person Damon was and even encouraged him to go after Elena and that’s where i lost my respect for him. I’m still wondering why he’s here? He’s still trying to be that father figure to Elena and Jeremy but its not cute anymore and i don’t see it.
Tripp-I’m guessing he’s suppose to be the new “Alaric” van Helsing character now, and i don’t trust him or like him either. I trust he’s going to screw everyone over at some point but be killed soon after so i’ll tolerate him while he’s here. The only thing i liked was that he’s torturing Enzo, hope he kills him tbh.
Bamon-These last couple episodes i’ve been really liking the dynamic between these two and was almost on my way to being apart of the Bamily, but after this episode my train got halted in mid stride. First off let me say that Damon calling ANYONE a damn “man-child” is laughable in itself. He’s the fucking king of man-childs and got the nerve to call Kai that? No sir.Then, he again called Bonnie’s magic useless again which can I please remind you that her “useless magic” has saved your ass many times so please kill that noise because its getting very tired. I was also tired of Kai’s ass too because we find out he’s more like Damon than we thought.
Not only do these two sound alike, but he’s a damn psychotic warlock! Is it any surprise Damon and Kai got stuck in the same hell together? I have a separate review for what Damon revealed this episode but let me just say i see Kai’s purpose not being so easy. He wants to get out, but he’s also evil. He showed that he could control Bonnie’s magic and kill Damon so if he has to take them out to save himself he’ll do it.
On a sidenote I still like Bamon, but he’s not good enough for her in my eyes. Bonnie deserves much better and that may be the stan in me, but its how i feel.
There was no Caroline in this episode, and sad to say but i’m glad she wasn’t. She’s been disappointing me this season and after last week I needed a break from her. Get it together, Care.
Stelena-Aww my babies! I like that they’re starting their beginning in a friend zone, because they’re not at a place to be back together yet. There’s still so much that needs to happen and repair between them that has to occur and its not there yet but they will find their way back to each other. That little proposal scene was adorable, and Elena encouraging Stefan throughout was so great because no matter what happens between them they’ll always be there for each other and its always been that way. I have hope we’ll see them again and if you think its the end for them then you haven’t been paying attention.
Sara Salvatore-SHE’S A SALVATORE! I REPEAT A BLACK SALVATORE! Not only is she black, but she’s what i like to call Damon’s karma and now i can’t wait for him to find out about her! Does this mean she’s Damon and Stefan’s great niece? Whatever, i’m just glad she’s here.
Now onto the dragging.
Elena-Wow, what a change being away from Damon makes! If this doesn’t convince certain people cough*DE fans*cough that Damon was the worst thing to happen to her then i don’t know what will because she acted like the Elena we’ve known since S1, there’s nothing “new” about her. THIS is the girl that fell off the bridge and died in the quarry, and i’m so glad she’s back. Not only is she now focused on the people around her, but she’s tuned into other emotions than her own. She immediately sensed something was wrong with Stefan and wanted to make sure he was okay, she’s mourning for Bonnie, for Caroline, wanted to hang out with Tyler and Matt, and worried about Jeremy for the first time since S4 and its so good to see because that’s the true person she is. This is how she should’ve acted after her change to a vampire. Caroline said a very important line that “being a vampire doesn’t change who you are, it only amplifies who you were”, and Elena never had that chance because of the sire bond but now she does.
I thought the last part combining with Alaric and Stefan was very important, she could’ve easily told Alaric to give her back the memories he erased but she didn’t and when she asked Stefan about how could she love Damon? that question really made me see that the sire bond did a lot more damage than I thought.
She’s right too, when she went off that bridge things did change. Now the sire bond didn’t kick in fully until 4x07 but the influence Damon had over her was different. In S3, she had feelings for him sure but other than that her heart was with Stefan and she chose him, that was FINAL. Once she embraced the darkness of Damon, the girl we knew was gone.
From mid S4, and all of S5 she was co-dependent on him and was so blind that she excused all of his wrongdoings even taking him back knowing he killed not only her best friend, but countless families. She was different with Damon in the worst way, and got CONSUMED in him literally. That’s NOT romantic, i said this in a previous post but, an all consuming love eats away at you until nothing nothing is left and that’s just tragic. When Elena heard what Damon said, looked at those pictures, and read that journal I think some realization came over her to know she didn’t want to go back to that life. Now they say “start over”, but how i see it its Elena starting back as who she was and that’s a good start.
Damon-HE.KILLED.A.PREGNANT.WOMAN. If any of you little Damon/DE stans still love this man after seeing the fuckery that was displayed then you need more help than i can give you. I don’t care if he’s making pancakes because of guilt or that he killed Zach and tried to kill Lexi because of guilt and you know why?
THAT RIGHT THERE. That sentence, and this was recent like S5 recent. Now the “refuse to change you” is BS, because he DID change Elena and for the worst. The point is that he will never change, he says all this shit about wanting to get back to Stefan but he’s done nothing but treat him like crap. He stole every little bit of happiness from him and has never once said he’s sorry. Stefan has sacrficed countless times for him, been there for him when he didn’t deserve it, and loved him unconditionally but Damon will never acknowledge that. This is why Defan is one-sided, because Stefan is the only one who i believe loves his brother. Everything Stefan told him in that flashback when he took his ring was true, and that the only thing he was good at was “existing”. He doesn’t even deserve Elena, he fucked up her life and treated her friends like toys to torture so he needs to stay the hell away from her. The most disgusting thing i saw was him flirting with Caroline’s mother, and years later as we know he rapes her daughter wtf? Am i suppose to feel sympathy for this man? I don’t at all. He’s selfish, abusive, and deserves his own eternity of misery.
Stefan-I saved my baby for last, because my heart broke for him this whole episode. He’s trying so hard to dull the pain of his life so much and i hate seeing him once again suffer its like Stefan can’t catch a break. The one scene i focused on was when he let that man beat him to a pulp,and enjoyed it. He can’t handle losing his brother and wanted to to fill that void with a fake reality which has just been ruined too so he’s beginning to crack. Stefan’s my favorite character because he’s real, he’s compassionate, and has such a big heart but he’s got his flaws. Now we see him and he’s filled with guilt, sorrow, and anger so much has happened to him and he’s lost so much i can’t blame him at all. Now for everyone saying Stefan ships Delena, i have to disagree because did you really think he was going to bad mouth Damon to Elena? In his mind he’s lost Elena and wants her to be happy and sees that to be with his brother so he’s doing what’s in his nature and that’s being a gentleman and stepping back. He’s still in love with her and always will be, which is why i hate what the writers had him say in this episode about DE.
First off, again he brought up how he saw how she “embraced the darkness” with Damon? Now when was this, because him and Caroline in 4x07 realized Elena had been sired so the next episode he told Damon about it only to find out later on Damon didn’t break the bond and kept Elena sired only to take away her humanity? Nope don’t buy it at all.
In 4x04 Elena came to him after her trip with Damon and Bonnie to Whitmore where she went on a feeding frenzy and told him that she was ‘becoming someone she didn’t want to be’, and he told her to 'hold on’, so how exactly was that her 'embracing darkness’ if anything she wanted nothing to do with it.
How did Damon make Elena happy in death was another question i had because i got a different vibe from what was shown.
Next, Stefan told her that “when damon died, a part of you died with him”, now how i saw it Damon and her got blown the hell up and when she couldn’t cope she started using drugs, and biting people to deal with her issues so what about that is romantic? None of it.
Now when he says “he inspired you” that’s where i had to stop watching and really understand what he said because let me show y'all something.
Now tell me is Damon doing anything inspiring here? NO, he’s the one who put Elena in this situation but i'l tell you who is inspiring and that’s STEFAN. He’s always known her better than anyone else, always her rock and listening ear whenever she needed it.
Damon didn’t inspire Elena to do anything but become the complete worst opposite of herself and that’s not something to be proud of. He’s always been on the outside looking in just like this scene above, a third party, which was his role all along.
Stefan’s not perfect, but he let Elena make her own decisions, loved her unconditional, there for her always and her friends, and cared about her family. He never held her back and brought out her best qualities as a person and was her choice when she was the best version of herself. You can sell Delena anyway you want to it doesn’t mean we have to believe it. They’re not soulmates and never will be, its always going to be Stefan even if it doesn’t look like it now it will be.
Whew! I know that was long, but i wanted to get my point across and say my peace even though its really late lol! Well that’s my review and see y'all next week!
7. rival superheros who are trying to protect the same small city oh hey we make a pretty good team AU. requested by literatiruinedme.
word count: ~ 1,800
rating: t. (implied violence, fires, etc.)
a/n: just altered small city to small town.
Storybrooke is a small
town, but the crime never stops (dark crimes, too). What frustrates her though,
is that there’s another person stealing the spotlight of saving people and
enforcing justice. She’s not the only superhero anymore, and damn, does that
make her blood boil in a way.
But it’s weird,
to have these powers that no one else has, or would you rarely meet someone who
has powers. Emma has the ability of duplication and enhanced hearing, and she’s
always been quite talented at using her duplicated selves to listen closely to
her enemies. It’s a benefit, but sometimes she may accidentally listen in on less
than pleasant conversations around her.
Back to the point,
however, is that Emma does not appreciate the other man or woman in her
town stealing away the crime with the justice he or she provides. This is her
town. Rival superhero be damned, she’ll encounter him or her soon enough.
When the biggest house
fire strikes, and she hears the beginning of it all, well, it’s her to the
(Savior of Storybrooke,
She duplicates herself
and heads into the building before David and the others can see (David knows,
he’s the only one that does), trying to hear for herself for anyone that hasn’t
escaped. There’s one person outside, but she reckons there must be more. But
the sound of the sirens and the creaking of burning wood is disrupting her
ability to listen intently.
Each version of her is
looking around, climbing up the stairs, in every possible room and portion of
the house. Her leather attire doesn’t do too well against fire and she’s
sweating like a madman who’s completed his crossfit training.