In addition to having the best ballgowns around, Mystic Falls also had one of the best period costume shops. Elena and Co. loved to dress up for Caro's crazy dances.
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Aside from her 18th birthday party and that time she took a shot and then almost DIED, Elena was a pretty good party girl.
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Many fans loved Nina Dobrev as Katherine Pierce more than they loved Nina Dobrev as Elena Gilbert. Take a look at these doppelgangers and decide for yourself.
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Remember when Elena first began to discover that the supernatural existed? We have Bon-bon and her floating feathers to thank for that.
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Elena is totally good at being a shoulder to cry on when her friends need it.
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How could we forget Elena's existential crisis? She learned this "lay in the middle of the road and play dead so I can eat whoever stops to help" trick from Damon.
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We haven't seen it much this season, but Elena's vamp face is pretty epic.
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When Damon teaches her the art of "catch, eat, erase," Elena Gilbert realizes she definitely has a taste for human blood. That whole sire-bond thing totally had nothing to do with it.
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Vampire Diaries Quotes

You want a love that consumes you. You want passion and adventure, and even a little danger... I want you to get everything you're looking for. But for right now, I want you to forget that this happened. Can't have people knowing I'm in town yet. Goodnight, Elena.

Damon

Damon: You know what they are? Children. Like lighting a candle's going to make everything OK, or even saying a prayer. Or pretending Elena's not going to end up just like the rest of us murdering vampires. Stupid, delusional, exasperating little children. And I know what you're going to say: 'It makes them feel better, Damon.' So what? For how long? A minute, a day? What difference does it make? Because in the end, when you lose somebody, every candle, every prayer is not going to make up for the fact that the only thing you have left is hole in your life where that somebody that you cared about used to be. And a rock with a birthday carved into it that I'm pretty sure is wrong. So thanks, friend. Thanks for leaving me here to babysit. Because I should be long gone by now. I didn't get the girl, remember? I'm just stuck here fighting my brother and taking care of the kids. You owe me big.
Alaric: I miss you too, buddy.