I don’t really hate her. I don’t know her, so I can’t hate someone that I don’t know.
There are times when I actually WANT to like Carina, or at least like what she says on certain topics. Sometimes she says things about media and culture that I agree with and that I find incredibly insightful.
My issues with Carina exist on two fronts. On the one front, I simply don’t care for her writing and to be fair, I don’t care for most of the writing on TO (aside from DAJ). It feels detached from the audience and since everything is so plot-driven, characters sometimes come across as wooden or superfluous in their scenes/dialogue. I’m just not a fan of any sort of storytelling that relies so heavily on exposition for plot purposes as opposed to character development, which leads me back to why I feel like TO isn’t really written with the audience in mind. If an audience can’t connect with characters on a meaningful level and the things that are going on AROUND the characters seems more important, then it’s hard for an audience to really love those characters and stick with them even when they’re not feeling certain story arcs. I still don’t really understand Hayley or Cami or Marcel as characters, just their roles in the breakneck plot (and even then, I don’t understand Cami AT ALL because I don’t feel like she serves any meaningful narrative purpose). So basically, I’m just not a fan of the way they tell stories because I don’t think there’s any real or long-lasting impact in the way they choose to do it and I think that their narrative relationship with the audience is very weak as a result.
My second issue with Carina has more to do with how she’s handled certain factions of TO and TVD’s audience. Genre and nerd culture are very, very intertwined. That’s partly because genre became over time a haven for people who felt like they didn’t belong, and that’s really where the modern concept of fandom as we understand it comes from. People don’t like to be called “weird” or “angry” or have it implied that they’re losers or jerks because they have vocal or dissenting opinions about what a storyteller is doing. That’s why the Arrow, SPN, etc. writers don’t really DO that, even though I’m sure they get annoyed with fans sometimes. They show a forbearance with the fans because I think they get the genre audience and they understand what the audience is and what their role is in creating and sustaining fandom (and thus helping to support the show). Frankly, I felt like a complete misunderstanding and lack of empathy is what happened with the Klaroline fans and I still feel badly for those fans to this day. I understand not “getting” someone’s passion for something. There’s a lot of shit that I don’t “get” and sometimes I get annoyed with what I perceive as a super vocal expression of that passion , but I’m just not a fan of deliberately antagonizing someone or a group of someones because of it. Genre is here to embrace the wild and wonderful parts of storytelling (cornerstones of fantasy and sci-fi) and it SUCKS to be passionate about something, even a ship, and then have people who have some validation (like a TO writer) treat you like you have the plague or that you’re unreasonable or entitled for wanting some kind of explanation for why a story is going in another direction. TO/TVD provided that with Klaroline, but not very strongly and with an air of “OMG YOU GUYS ARE ASSHOLES FOR NOT LETTING GO OF THIS AND LOVING WHAT WE ARE FOCUSING ON” and Carina was a big part of that with the snide comments and very clear derision towards those shippers and that contributed to ruining the fandom experience for a lot of folks who didn’t deserve it.
So that’s my issue with Carina. I don’t hate her, I think she’s a smart and saavy girl, I’m just not a fan of TO’s writing and I’m not a fan of how the Klaroline thing was handled. Hope that answers your question.