The Vampire Diaries Debate: Should Elena and Damon Stay Together?
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After years of lingering glances (and a few stolen kisses), The Vampire Diaries' Elena and Damon are finally together. But is this a good thing?
While fans have been divided since Day One over whether Elena should be with Damon or his brother Stefan, we here at TVGuide.com have also been divided. There's no denying our love for both Salvatores, but while some of us (aka Robyn) are thrilled Team Delena has finally come to fruition, others (aka Sadie) believe Damon is better off alone. Here are our arguments for both sides of the equation.
Sadie Says: Damon deserves better
Though Elena's feelings for Damon might be real, there's no denying part of her still loves Stefan. A love that strong doesn't just disappear overnight (and remember, it wasn't too long ago that Elena broke Damon's heart after choosing Stefan over him). Damon would give anything for Elena, but can you really say she'd do the same for him? Damon deserves someone that loves him only and doesn't waver in her affections — something Elena can never provide. When it comes right down to it, Damon's just too good for her.
Robyn Says: Their chemistry can't be denied!
Damon hasn't been a saint and in many ways intentionally or subconsciously drove Elena away from him because he felt she was too good for him. For a guy who jumps in and out of women's beds, he needs a girl to provide him with stability and show him that he's worthy of love. And while she has often chosen Stefan over him, there's a reason she keeps coming back despite Damon not being the safe choice
Sadie Says: Elena needs to live for herself
Elena is constantly the pawn in someone else's game, so she, more than anyone, deserves the autonomy vampirism can bring. But instead of discovering her independence, Elena found herself sired to Damon. I had hoped becoming a vampire would be Elena's breakout opportunity to go after what she truly wants, but now she can't separate her desires from Damon's will. Destiny's Child was right when they said, "Ladies, it ain't easy bein' independent," but Elena at least deserves a chance to try!
Robyn Says: Damon's support makes Elena stronger ... and cooler!
Damon was the only one urging her to let herself give into vampirism — good, bad and ugly. It's not his fault that her wants and desires lead her back to him. In fact, Damon might be the first person to truly allow Elena to be herself whereas everyone else is constantly judging her actions. With him by her side, she's as independent as we've ever seen her. Besides, have you ever seen her have as much fun as she's had in the last two episodes?
Sadie Says: Damon's driving a wedge between Elena and Caroline
Caroline hasn't always been my favorite character, but over the seasons she's grown into the most sensible and sweet of Mystic Fall's supernatural squad. That's why it breaks my heart to see Damon come between Elena and her best friend (and ruin a completely pleasant girls night!). While Caroline can be a little harsh, she's just trying to protect Elena from the same pain and heartache Damon put her through years ago. Plus, isn't there a rule in the girl code about ho's before bros (not to mention, against dating your BFF's ex)?
Robyn Says: Damon is not responsible for maintaining Elena's friendships
I'll be the first to say how much I love Caroline, but the girl has a grudge against Damon that she'll never let go of. Besides, Elena and Damon's relationship has led Caroline and Stefan to become even closer, which is a friendship I'm so happy to see be explored. And rules about dating friends' exes certainly don't apply to Vampire Diaries, especially Caroline since she's dated the most guys in the group.
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