Stelena. Delena. Melena. Elejah. Forwood. Klaroline. Klefan. Steroline. Bamon. Beremy. Kennett. Dabekah. Mabekah. Dalaric. Jalaric. Jeranna. Maroline. Mapril. Japril. Jicki.
Wait..let me stop myself. I could go on but unfortunately I want to write something worthwhile. The Vampire Diaries is no stranger to love triangles, squares, octagons, and spider webs. A new ‘ship’ (for those new to the TV lingo world: a ‘ship’ is short for relationship. Two characters combined in an intense love/friendly interaction is often referred to as a ‘ship.’ For example: The TVD fandom loves to ship Elena/Damon or Elena/Stefan) can be created with just one simple interaction or even NON interaction between characters.
Unfortunately, The Vampire Diaries fandom has become entangled in an all out social media brawl when it comes to ‘shipping.’ Fans of the Elena/Damon (Delena) relationship will often get into heated and sometimes nasty arguments with the Elena/Stefan (Stelena) fandom and so on with all other character pairings. What fans sometimes forget is that within the confines of these relationships lies an actual show. A show full of character dynamics, history, mythology, and even humor. Sometimes fans forget that The Vampire Diaries is not solely about Elena and her love between two brothers. Sometimes fans need to step back and look at the bigger picture of the show.
Underneath all the pairings is a show that has taken us from a world full of only humans to a world full of vampires, werewolves, witches, hybrids, and other mystical creatures that are bound to be running around in the TVD universe. That’s the part of the show I love. When the ‘Originals’ were introduced I relished in every storyline they were involved in because they weren’t part of the central love triangle and the other teenage love angst. I love flashback episodes because it gives us a new piece of mythology and often furthers the supernatural storyline forward (and who doesn’t love some gorgeous men and women in period costume?). If we take a step back and stop worrying about who Elena is going to kiss every episode or if Caroline really does like Klaus we will find a fast-paced and invigorating show. One that pushes new boundaries and one not only for the teenage population of the world.
If you’re so inclined to hardcore ‘ship’ a couple don’t get mad when you don’t get your way. Don’t threaten the actors, writers, creators, and fans of the show. Engage in conversation. Nothing lasts forever in the TV world and just because your ‘ship’ didn’t have screen time this week doesn’t mean something won’t happen next week. Take time to watch the show for what it is and ENJOY it. Who wants to spend time being angry at a television?
And if you have to ask the question of who do I ‘ship’? Well, that’s easy. I ‘ship’ The Vampire Diaries/My TV.