We have mentioned before the diversity of members that we, here at FFA have. Today I take great pleasure in introducing Katie, AKA Freefallinginlove ; a reader and writer of Vampire Diaries Fics. She has kindly sat down with Mich Orson Brawl Mouse555 to tell us all about the TVD fandom!
So, New Year, new show! January’s The Vampire Diaries month, and I hear that a lot of you have questions that need to be answered. I’ll be the first to admit that I have a… minor obsession with both the show and the books, so I’m pretty pleased that I was handed the job of introducing TVD to y’all.
Not being entirely sure when to begin, I think I’ll start from… well, the beginning.
It’s 1864, and the Salvatore brothers – Damon and Stefan, are both enamoured with the same girl. She’s beautiful, manipulative… and, well… a Vampire. Playing the brothers off each other, she finally gets her own way, having them all to herself, with both of the brothers being changed, though it all goes wrong when the town turns against the vampires, shutting Katherine in a tomb, and setting Damon’s world on fire.
Skip forward a hundred and fifty-odd years, and we’re at our first episode. Stefan’s starting a new school in Mystic Falls, and he’s set his sights on Elena, a strange girl in more than one way. Her parents have recently died, and she’s living with her brother Jeremy and their Aunt Jenna, and today will be the first day she’s not feeling dead inside. Oh. Did I mention she’s Katherine’s Doppelganger?
Eerie. Very, very eerie.
Stefan knows it, but so does his brother, and after only a day at school, Damon comes a-knockin’, dropping panties with just a smile and getting right up Stefan’s nose. The addition of another pretty boy – this one downright bad, means that all of the town’s young ladies are going crazy over the untouchable boys.
But they’re only untouchable because of Elena.
And so begins the push and pull of brother against brother, Bad-ass against Miserable-Bastard, vying for Elena and her gorgeous, albeit skinny hand. Very typical, very teenaged, and yet very, very unpredictable.
Of course, there is far more than just the angry Stefan and the sarcastic Damon. Bonnie Bennett, Elena’s best friend, gets her fair share of knocks and scrapes, especially when she discovers more about her ancestor, Emily Bennett, who just happened to be the magical companion of Katherine. Matt, Elena’s ex, gets screwed over more times than even I can count, and I’ve watched the entire series more than four times... and Jeremy gets more than his fair share of older women. Throw in Caroline, the insecure frenemy, Tyler, douchebag jock, Alaric, the hottie-vampire-hunting-history teacher... and it starts to look more confusing than it did at the top of the page.
All of this goes on under the watchful gaze of Mayor Lockwood and his secret Council, all of whom are hell-bent on keeping the vampires out of Mystic Falls... and maybe-kinda-sorta being headed up by Damon Salvatore.
You know. The one that’s a vampire? Yeah. Clever, these idiots, aren’t they?
The Vampire diaries is the kind of TV show that both has you laughing - because damn, Damon is fucking hilarious, at all times, no matter what he’s saying or doing - and crying - because every episode ends on a cliffhanger, every episode ends with the perfect song, and pretty much every episode smacks on the heartstrings and makes me sob like nobody’s business.
Onto the good stuff: the pairings. Fanfiction, obviously, comes up with some of the crazier stuff, but in the show - and in the books, though those are totally different - there are probably three or four main pairings that get the publicity.
Stefan/Katherine/Damon: Katherine wants to mess with both of them. Damon wants Katherine, has done for a long time. He’s convinced he’s in love with her.... whilst Stefan... well, he didn’t necessarily fall on his own. Katherine was the inspiration for Jet’s song ‘Cold, hard Bitch.”
Stefan/Elena: The obvious pairing, these guys are the wonder couple, nothing can go wrong with them - even though it often does, and it usually requires Damon to save the day. Stefan is probably the weaker one here, constantly pulling an Edward Cullen and trying ‘not to hurt’ Elena, because he’s afraid of his strength. Elena, however, has been through shit, come through it stronger, and is actually unafraid of this kind of love... eventually. (pathetically cute, this relationship is too good to be true, all of the time. It couldn’t get any more sickening than this)
Damon/Elena: Brought about, most likely, by the fact that Elena just so happens to look a tad like Katherine... well, a lot like Katherine. Damon’s pined for his woman (well, Stefan’s too), for nigh on One hundred and Forty five years, and he really won’t stop until he gets her. Elena just so happens to fit the look and feel of Katherine, and for some, strange reason, she seems to like Damon - though not as much as she loves Stefan. The fans like this one - because Elena seems to bring out the humanity in Damon, and he seems to like letting her... (BLECH, I’m so not convinced by this ‘ship. Elena is all well and good as a substitute for Katherine, but the Books are my guide, and they. say. not so much.)
Damon/Bonnie: Bamon. In the TV series, very, very hate-hate. Bonnie’s the witch that feels cheated by vampires, Damon’s her punch-bag of choice. They’re angry, they’re dangerous, and they’re all out to hate each other. The Vampire Diaries book series takes this a lot lighter than the TV series, with Bonnie and Damon looking REALLY set to happen in the final book. (This is my... favourite ship with regards to the books. Damon is Bonnie’s foil, and they know and play off it all. In the TV show, I’m less than impressed, but because I like the snarky, angry comments, I’m in on this one.)
Jeremy/Anna: In the first series, this is heartbreaking. Jeremy learns a lot about life, and death, and what to expect from it all... and the choices he’d have to make. Anna learns a lot about heartache and being used. It doesn’t end well. (Poor things).
Onto the Recs, Right?
Okay, so, for my personal favourite, more because of the content than the actual couple here, we have Georgia on my mind, by Meredith Girl. It’s Damon/Elena, really well written, and shows a non-canon, developing relationship after Damon takes Elena on a road trip to Georgia in one of the mid-season episodes.
It may be non-canon, but it’s definitely in character, very well written, and I’m not going to lie, it genuinely excited me to read it. I’m not one for Delena, but I don’t know... something about the name, the good writing, and the fact that with a penname like “meredith_girl” you know the author definitely knows about the books and the TV show (Meredith is a character in the books, sorely neglected in the show.)
PS - Loads of smut, if you’re in for that!
For me being a total Bonnie/Damon geek, I can’t pass up the chance to put in a really sweet, very neatly written drabble-fic - In the blink of ones eye, because … well, just awwh. HoplesslyConfused gets the characterisation nearly perfect, and doesn’t overface us with fluff or angst. It just is what it is, and though I think the chapters are kinda short, (even though they’re drabbles), I think it’s just lovely.
Now... I know my lack of fic-recs could come across as a little bit... worrying to the lot of you that came for loads of stories that are finished, well written and ready to be reviewed, but unfortunately, there aren't as many fics in the fandom as (at least I think) there should be. TVD is only just coming into its own in fanfiction - see the fact that there aren’t many “All human” fics, that very few fics have a ‘ton’ of reviews, and that there aren’t necessarily millions of fics out there... but to be honest, I think that will change pretty damn soon. I mean... c’mon, look at the lads and ladies in there - all gorgeous, and all really, really good actors and actresses!
I’ve only recently ventured over to TVD from Twilight, and due to RL, haven’t really been able to write too much, or too regularly, but I like to think that I’m adding to the TVD fandom with my fics. Feel free to have a mosey on over:
Thank you to Katie, for the fantastic write up and recs. Dont forget to check out some of her work on fanfiction.net and check out the interview below by Mich Orson Brawl (Mouse55)
M: So, Katie. (I feel so powerful!) introduce yourself!
K: I’m Katie, feel free to call me Kate. I’m 19, have a minor obsession with Cricket (I missed about 6-7 hours of the recent Ashes series, which has made me pretty nocturnal. If anyone’s interested, that’s about... 168/175 hours of cricket that I both watched and listened to on the radio.) and a MASSIVE obsession with 100 Monkeys, and The Vampire Diaries...
I can take on a DVD box set, and win - easily addicted to things (M: Could be dangerous!) - in less than 48 hours, live with a bunch of crazy lunatics, one of whom has no idea of privacy, and a massive idea of how much weight our kitchen table can take... in the middle of the night... with an as-yet-still-unnamed girl, and I’m prime at making Bolognaise sauce.
Oh, also... I love Ian Somerhalder and Ben Graupner. Just sayin’.
M: I guess we better get this show on the road. What made you want to write TVD fanfiction?
K: You trying to say I talk a lot? *narrows eyes*. Fine. I got into TVD fanfiction because I really, really, really loved the books, and the way LJ Smith wrote them... and then I was initially really disappointed by the TV series. I mean, alright, I appreciate that you can’t make some extreme changes to characters magically happen on TV, because, yaknow, you have a budget... but... Cutting Meredith, and leaving out her level-headedness? Making Bonnie bloody insane? No. No. Some things you just don’t mess with.
Also, Nina Dobrev? Not. Elena. - at least, not in my eyes.
M: Who are you favourite characters to write? (Like I don’t know *rolls eyes*)
K: *Silent Rave* This is my favourite question EVER! … Sorry, Uhm, yeah, so I’m really overexcited when I write Book!Bonnie, because she’s just a neverending talent. She’s funny, and smart, but she’s also a character weakened by what goes on around her, and she’s affected by it. She’s also REALLY in love with Damon, which makes it just so much easier for me to write her... I kinda am too.
Which brings me onto Damon. Ah, Damon. I adore him. Like, I’m actually in love with him a ridiculous amount. But it’s more than that. I love his sarcasm, I love his bravery, and I kinda maybe sorta love his cruelty. He’ll do anything as long as he can gain from it, but he’s not as inhuman as The CW and/or LJ.Smith would have us believe. He’s learning humanity, at 145(+) or 500(+), depending on the Show or the Book canon - and for that, he’s my favourite character...
Oh, and I like Matt as well. He’s cool.
M: I kinda think you answered this, but I’ll ask it anyway! Do you write from the tv show characters or more the book characters?
K: I’m an addict for the books. If I had the choice, and me and my friend do plan to do this someday (under massively assumed names), we want to write a proper TVD script based on the books. Because I’m not unimpressed with the TV show, I appreciate that it’s not really... supposed to be the books... but some things - as I said before, you’re just not allowed to change.
So, I’d rather write Bonnie with fiery curls, Damon sniffing flowers he shouldn’t (M: but Ian pulls it off soooo well. J/S), Elena being Ice Blonde, and Stefan being pathetic. And for that matter - I know Ian pulls it off so well - but seriously? You see a shell of Damon n the series - he really hasn’t developed much in the heart department - I know, I know, he loves Elena, blah blah don’t care. He actually loves the idea of her... which LJ Smith writes so eloquently, and... well... I don’t think they’ve got it right on the show.
But no lie, Ian’s a fuckawesome actor. (M: Totes!)
M: Who is your favourite character on the tv show? (ooh, I know my answer!!!)
K: Right. I really, really REALLY want to say that it’s obvious how much I adore Ian’s Damon, and his hilarity, and danger and all of that... and yeah, okay, Damon is my favourite character, because, well... he’s Damon. Doesn’t need any more explanation than that.
Can I go with my second favourite? … eh, I will anyway. I really can’t explain why, because I didn’t exactly like him in the books - I thought he was a bit of a douche, and kind of... unnecessary, but I really like Alaric. He’s really interesting, and the Bromance he has with Damon is half-touching, half-turn-on, and half a little creepy. Plus, I think they gave Matt Davis the best lines, after Ian.
M: Can i just say, i know he’s not in the books (sacrilege if you ask me!) but I love Jeremy! (and it helps that he’s a cutie)
He’s supposed to be fifteen. Seriously? You’re gonna perve on that?! That’s maaaaah job =P
K: Hush! I can look, and I KNOW in RL he’s legal and stuff... Anyway, next 2 questions are similar so I’ll put tem together (then run to take le mutt for a walk!)
Where do you get inspiration for your stories? and...
How long does it take you to think of an idea and then get it on paper?
Ooh, okay. Right... well, inspiration is definitely one thing I don’t lack. I try to be as observant as possible, and will write down snippets of conversations I hear if they amuse me (get me sounding like some kind of super villain), or if I think the conversation could take a different turn. Either that, or I’ll take scenes from the show that I didn’t like, twist them and rewrite them, make the characters the way I want them... or just stare mindlessly at the screen and seriously hope they come. FAGE has been pretty difficult for me - my prompts haven’t given me much yet, but I’ve written some things down which I’ll sleep on...
Although, saying that... I think that’s how I get a lot of inspiration too - I dream a lot, and the things I remember, I do my damndest to really remember. Like, the other night - dream in a park. I don’t remember much else, but I can remember the scene perfectly.
… and, how long does it take for me to get it onto paper? I have a serious case of wordvomit. I will literally just write everything down as soon as I have a pen and paper - makes for some seriously interesting rubbish bins, trust me, I’m sure there’s a lemon on a receipt somewhere... I’ll write for as long as the words come - it doesn’t bother me, I just do it. And then, when they stop, I’ll type it up, and hope it’s not as dire as it usually turns out to be. (M: And it very rarely is, I should know I perform Le Pen Rouge!)
M: Do you write from the tv show characters or more the book characters? (Again, I know the answer, but peeps want to know!)
K: Hmm... this is another thing where I’m wanting to scream “IT’S THE BOOKS! IT’S THE BOOKS!” Because, really, it is. I mean, okay, yeah, I like to use a bit of Damon’s sarcasm, and I like Matt’s nature in the show, and yeah, okay, maybe if I were to write a bit of Alaric, I’d throw Matt Davis’ one in there... but I don’t think I could write them right if I was working from the TV series.
The Books offer just... well, just well rounded amazingness, and I know it’s silly, but the Book Elena is a lot more of a shitty person than dear, sweet, charming and beautiful Elena-in-the-show. And don’t even get me started on Bonnie. Bonnie in the show is just... wrong. She’d never turn her back on Elena, she’d do anything for her. There’s this thing in the books called the Velociraptor sisterhood, which is basically where the girls - Elena, Bonnie and Meredith, can look at each other, and in the words (ish) of LJ Smith, ‘Accuse, try and acquit’ Damon of something with just a well coordinated series of movements and looks. That’s not Bonnie-off-the-show.
And I don’t like that.
M: Tis a long un (plus, I’m tryna think a few of my own!)What is next? Is there a new story up and coming? Do you like any other fandoms? Have you considered writing for those fandoms? What do you think of FFA?
K:Oooh! I like this one! Right, well, what’s next is that I start looking for new inspiration. On here somewhere is a half-written, Bonnie/Jeremy which I think is cute but don’t think will garner much in the way of my attention, because there’s something about it that I don’t like (The plot, not the pairing). Hmm, There might be a finish-up of all of my Bamon stories, and I don’t doubt that there will be more of those on the way - in fact, as I speak, Hey Jealousy by the Gin Blossoms has just come on... and I’m thinking Post-Shadow Souls, Bonnie/Damon... which could be interesting. Might need some work, though. Nothing I’ve written has impressed me so much as No Good Deed, unfortunately, and I’m working on trying to find that same mojo at some point. That was definitely one of my highlights so far - and it’s the only non-oneshot I’ve written that has some wonderful outtakes, some wonderful reviewers and some wonderful Damon action =P
I like lots of fandoms, to be honest, I mean, I’m addicted to a lot of shows and books, and I don’t doubt there’s fanfiction out there for all of them, but I might try my hand at some Harry Potter, or maybe go back to the Twilight stories I’ve started but never really felt the need to finish. Which is bad, I know, but at the same time... the inspiration just buggered off and left me a little... eh about them all. (M: I know there are a couple of Twi Collabs that need attending to...J/S)
Now, FFA has never really been explained to me, but I really do like the idea that the brilliant people there are bringing the love of a fandom about and pushing good fic - though at the moment, all I seem to see is Twific... hopefully, as this goes on, it’ll get more awesome with more fandoms! *nudgenudge!* and bringing people together. So yeah, me like. That’s what I think.
M: Ok, I’m trying to think of extremely intellectual questions of my own....but yeah, not happening! So...If you had to do a Fanfic crossover, which fandoms would you use and which characters would you pair up? (Actually, that’s not a half bad question! *buffs nails*)
K: Ahahaha! You want me to say Bonnie/Jasper!! (M: Not necessarily, i think Damon/Hermione could be...er..interesting lol) Okay, for everyone reading this, no I would never put Damon or Hermione together! It would be Bonnie/Ron :P... Nah, I think if I ever did something as mental as cross them over, I might actually try Book Elena with Edward Cullen, more because she’d destroy him, than anything.
Or maybe something simple, like a Harry Potter one... maybe Matt/Katie Bell (M: Ooh! That would be awesome!), or something like that - I think he’d like to get with a witch, and I don’t think he’s gonna get the chance with Bonnie, unfortunately. Hmm... this is quite interesting actually... Maybe someone from... OOH I KNOW! I’d definitely write a Book!Bonnie/Show!Jeremy. That would be really cute. And I think he’d like to knot his fingers into her fiery curls, tugging her hair to make her look up at him... Ooh, slightly distracted there...
M: I do think we need to wrap this up (booo!) but I am having a bit of a mindblank! Oh, wait! If you could read a storyline that you would be, not too scared per say, but reluctant to write, what would it be?
I couldn’t watch Damon die. I’ve ripped his heart out more than once, and I think I did it quite well, but I definitely couldn’t force myself to see him staked. And I couldn’t see him staked by Bonnie. They’re my One True Pairing... and yeah, I guess that’s kinda why I couldn’t do it. They’d never kill each other. They’re perfect for each other.
M: What is one pairing you refuse to read, just on the basis that it’s just sooo wrong?
K: Excluding the obvious Brocest, There are two. Stefan/Bonnie, because... ugh. And Jeremy/Damon. just... No. He’s fifteen/Sixteen, and Damon is way out of his league.
M: Just thought of one more. Write a summary for a TVD AH fic. Just off the top of your head!
K: Couches are hard to sleep on. Bed’s are warmer when they’re shared. Expect a little less, and maybe you’ll find a little more. A/H, Bamon, M for Lemons and smashed plates. (M: This soo has to be written now. Would make an awesome OS)
M: I just want to thank Indie TLC Cullen for letting us do this, I have rather enjoyed it! And I’m rather surprised it didn’t end up as our usual debauchery. Maybe that just for when we’re on MSN or writing together. Random character convos that get saved and used eventually! (Rock star penis envy anyone?)
K:Yeah! Uhm, thanks to Indie TLC Cullen for giving me a shot at the writing thing, and for the unintentional inspiration. Check back in, like, a week or so, and I might have actually written that AH fic up there. :) And Mich - that Penis Envy’s aaaall over the internet now! :)