can you do an analysis of the 516 stelena scene u reblogged
Well it’s interesting because throughout the series we have seen men confess something to Elena and have Elena respond with her, as I like to call it, K-drama gape:
and the point of the K-drama gape is to be noncommittal, it’s to let the dudes say what they need to say without it seeming like she’s encouraging them or shutting them down so Elena is meant to be positioned in this place where she’s not leading them on but she’s also not being dismissive of their feelings, she’s just supposed to be stunned by what they’re saying, which is why I find 5x16 interesting because it’s not that.
She is clearly affected by the situation. It’s not an expressionless gape, I mean, she holds her breath, there’s a tension there that isn’t the tension she has with her other suitors where it’s her trying to think of saying the right thing or saying the hurtful thing and feeling bad, she just seems thrown.
And narratively speaking it’s a direct parallel to her situation with Damon in 2x01:
which adds another layer to her exhales because it’s as if she’s relieved that she can count on Stefan knowing who she is, something she couldn’t do with Damon
16: “You could have gotten yourself killed!” “But.. I didn’t?”
17: “He’s the opposite of friendly. He’s unfriendly. As in, don’t be friends with him.”
18: “What did I say?” “You told me to behave.” “What did you do?” “The exact opposite.”
19: “Honestly, I only ask for your help because it’s so cute when you try.”
20: “You know, you’re adorable when you’re mad.” “I can literally kill you.”
21: “Hey, I know being evil is kind of your thing and all, but do you think you could like, not, for just a few days. I’m exhausted. I havent slept in like three days because i’ve been kept up with your schemes. I have three assignments due and you’re not helping. Do you think you could give me a break, just this once?”
22: “That was a great ‘being a hero’ speech, why are you telling me, the bad guy, it?”
23: “Why do you have a basketball? What is a basketball going to do?!” “It’ll hit you!”
24: “You need to sleep.” “Fuck no!” “You can sleep willingly or I can choke you until you pass out. You’ll enjoy either.”
25: “This is the person that took everything from me and I can’t let them take you too.”