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@BN, I appreciate a good selfish main character when they are written right eg. Buffy, Emily Thorne, Emma Swan, The Charmed Ones, not when they're overdone or all the selfishness stems from some teenage love affair that supposedly "epic" eg. Elena, Bella, Cassie from Secret Circle,
to me at least it seems like nothing drives these characters except hormones, which granted is what drives most teenagers, but I swear it's like teenagers have no other problems, whenever it's too soap opera-ish it reminds me of shows like 90210 and GG, which is not a good thing.
Characters based entirely on their selfishness, egoism and flaws can still be great, if writing is great and if writers manage to balance them out through the time of their existence.
Emily Thorne, while the whole plot IS moving her towards the role of a darker, more traditional Anti-Hero is still pretty much justified in her decisions. Buffy, while while making mistakes, not being justified in most of her actions and ruled by her human nature, still ends up doing stuff for greater good even if with selfish intentions, Emma is still a normal, even if flawed, reluctant hero
But you such a balance is not necessary for a great character. It is entirely possibly to create a character who can do actions that NO ONE in audience would agree with and yet still make him likeable and interesting. You can have a complete monsters like in Decter (Dexter), or completely immoral morally conflicted psychologically unstable antiheroes in the midst of identity crisis like in Dollhouse(Adelle, Claire, Caroline or hell any character in that show, since you can't get more morally unsettling than those characters) or you can just make them for the lack of better word, be complete unfeeling manipulative dicks(like majority of characters in original La Femme Nikita, where, hell, even idealist main character was a Machiavelian survivalist). Hell, even game of thrones is good example, where idealism and good intentions gets you dead and being an unfeeling jerk ensures your survival. Hell, SHIELD(the cop drama, nto Joss Whedon's upcoming show) ran on that idea
You can create an emo teenager, an unfeeling sociopath, an immoral scientist or whatever - as long as you succeed in balancing the character traits, making the character relatable and actually creating a narrative that makes sense, you will still have a character.
The thing is, being an "emo teenager" or "selfish" or "selfless" is not the problem with characters like Elena Gilbert.
The problem with Bella Swan, cassie and Bella Gilbert quite frankly is that they are not characters, but objects in a show around which something happens. They are props and extras in the shows where they are supposed to be the lead characters. Elena going bitch-mode over Damon would make sense and be interesting if there was a character build-up and viewers would be able to see where each side is coming from. Being able to relate to each side. That's the problem.
Elena is not a character. She is a pretty trinket two brothers are fighting to posess.
The 12 hybrids obviously has a connection with the spell requirering 12 humans. . . And that was to clip the ties of a sire bond. Maybe to take control of a vampire or a Klaus? I dno. . .
^I predicted few days ago.
Original Original will be Jasmine - someone who is sired to every vampire alive, except those who are already sired tosomeone, making Elena a plot-device AGAIN.
@Heather, thats becoz they wasted way to many episodes on Elena and the triangle than that Silas sl - think about it two episodes were spent on the cure that a) was a stupid secret to keep to begin with and b) it did not affect Elena in any way...same story with the sire bond - two episodes on keeping it a secret only for Elena to find out later and her not giving two fucks about that....in a sense everything was triangle related and if you ask me, we have been going in circles with all of that because every time it coes back to DE. LOL, nobody cares about Shane and finds him suspicious or anything - everyone is only worried about the triangle - so yeah, yawn!