Lunar Chronicles Fan Casting

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Behold: The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. I have to say that I wanted to read the first book for a long time. I saw that awesome cover in a Barnes & Noble and I wanted to buy it, but I was in college and broke. Cut to some years later, I’m working in the library and I see it on the Young Adult shelves, so excited, check it out and speed right on through it. Loved it. I tried to read Scarlet, but I got caught up in reading John Green’s novels so I took a break. Came back, reread Cinder and went right on through to Cress, as well as Fairest (the short story about the villain) and impatiently awaited Winter.
So, after reading the entire series, my friend and I were talking about whether we wanted a movie franchise or a television series. With books like these, a movie would be best considering the budget would allow for more but a television series would allow more character development that would be needed for these characters considering how interesting and rich they are. A movie would have the chance to butcher them if not done well. So, we’re going to cast our dream cast for the film/television series and who knows, we may even outline how a first season would work. I mean, we have it worked out ideally, but in order for it to be technical, I need to read the books again.
Cast and Characters.
Linh Cinder “Princess Selene”
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Species: Cyborg
Ethnicity: Lunar
Appearance:  Tanned skin, brown eyes, 5’8, straight, fine brown just below shoulder length hair.
Top Choice: Kelsey Asbille Chow
Honorable Mentions: Chloe Bennett, Shay Mitchell, Seychelle Gabriel (Second choice)
Notes: The important thing to note about Cinder, because she is technically Lunar, she still was able to pass in New Beijing (China) without anyone really questioning her other than being a cyborg. So she needs to have an Asian look about her, but also be ambiguous enough for the diverse people of Luna.
Prince/Emperor Kaito “Kai”
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 Age: 17
Species: Human
Ethnicity: Chinese
Appearance: Fair Skinned, copper brown eyes, 5’11, black straight and shaggy hair, grows past ears.
Top Choice: Jasper Liu
Honorable Mentions: Mario Maurer, Ryan Potter, Sung Joon
Scarlet Benoit
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Age: 18
Species: Human
Appearance: French, freckled skinned, green eyes, curly and unruly ginger red back length hair, 5’6.
Top Choice: Jane Levy
Honorable Mentions: Karen Gillan, Sophia Turner, Rachel Hurd-Wood, Megan West, Jenna Thiam
Ze’ev Kesley “Wolf”
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Age: 23
Species: Human
Ethnicity: Lunar
Appearance: Olive skinned, bright green eyes, messy brown hair sticks up in places, 6’4.
Top Choice: Luke Pasqualino
Honorable Mentions: This guy whose name I don’t know. mt2
Carswell Thorne “Captain”
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Age: 20
Species: Human
Ethnicity: American
Appearance: Light skin, bright blue eyes, dirty blond hair, 6’0.
Top Choice: Brant Daugherty (just need to get some blond in there)
Honorable Mentions: Chord Overstreet, Chace Crawford, Max Lloyd-Jones, Taron Egerton (if he goes blond), Brandon Flynn (if he goes blond), Elliot Knight (come on, he would be a perfect Thorne)
Crescent “Cress” Moon Darnell
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Age: 16
Species: Human
Ethnicity: Lunar
Appearance: Shell. Pale, freckled skin, honey-blonde wavy (starts off floor length), sky blue eyes, 5’0.
Top Choice: AnnaSophia Robb
Honorable Mentions: Elle Fanning, Emily Browning, Dove Cameron, Joey King
Princess Winter Hayle
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Age: 17
Species: Human
Ethnicity: Lunar
Appearance: Dark brown skin, black, tight corkscrew curls, just below shoulder-length, very thick, golden-brown eyes with flecks of gray around the pupils, 5’9. Three long scares on right cheek.
Top Choice: Yara Shahidi
Honorable Mentions: Zendaya Coleman, Amandla Stenberg, Alexandra Metz, Tiffany Boone, Kylie Bunbury (top second choice), Jaylen Barron
Jacin Clay
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Age: 19
Species: Human
Ethnicity: Lunar
Appearance:  Pale skinned, long white-blond hair, wears in a low ponytail, sharp features, ice blue-green eyes, 6’2.
Top Choice: Lucas Till
Honorable Mentions: Billy Magnussen, Drew Van Acker, Jamie Campbell Bower, Alexander Ludwig, Douglas Booth, Jake Abel
Queen Levana Blackburn
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Species: Human
Ethnicity: Lunar
Appearance: Glamored- Based her look on Solstice Hayle (Winter’s mother) same face structure and hair texture. Long, curly auburn hair, onyx eyes, extreme “vivid” red lips, ivory skin. Her waist would be a little trimmer with a fuller bust. No Glamor- Horrifically disfigured from her burns. Left eye is permanently sealed shut, scarred tissue looks like ridges and grooves. Half of her face was paralyzed, chucks of hair will never grow back. Scars down her neck and shoulder, half of her chest and upper ribs, all the way down to her hand.
Top Choice: Kate Beckinsale
Honorable Mentions: Rachel Weisz
Queen Channary Blackburn
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Age: 25 (dead)
Species: Human
Ethnicity: Lunar
Appearance: Remarkably beautiful, lovely tanned skin and dark chestnut-brown hair that was apparently not a glamour. Eyes that tilted up in the corners as though she was always smiling (might have been a glamour)
Top Choice: Jessica Parker Kennedy
Kohn Torin
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Age: 40s
Species: Human
Ethnicity: Chinese
Top Choice: Ian Anthony Dale
Iko
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Age: Unknown
Species: Android
Ethnicity: African
Appearance: Dark brown skin, different colored braids, “changeable with emotion” eyes.
Top Choice: Coco Jones
Honorable Mention: China Anne McClaine
Linh Adri (Stepmother)
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Age: Older
Species: Human
Ethnicity: Chinese
Top Choice: Michelle Yeoh
Linh Pearl (Mean Stepsister)
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Age: 19
Species: Human
Ethnicity: Chinese.
Top Choice: Arden Cho
Linh Peony (Nicer stepsister)
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Age: 16
Species: Human
Ethnicity: Chinese
Top Choice: Lana Condor
Thurmatage Sybil Mira
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Age: 40ish
Species: Human
Ethnicity: Lunar
Appearance: Olive skinned, waist length black hair, beautiful, statuesque and tall, cold grey eyes, 5’9.
Top Choice: Priyanka Chopra
Honorable Mention: Odette Annabel, Moran Atias
Thurmatage Aimery Park
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Age: 50ish
Species: Human
Ethnicity: Lunar.
Appearance: Dark skinned, piercing eyes.
Top Choice: Sinqua Walls
Honorable Mention: Blair Underwood, Brandon Fobbs, Jonathan Wesley, Djimon Hounsou
So this is the list of our fan casting. So, someone give me a call, I would be glad to help out. Cinder the first book could fill two seasons, or at least a season and a half. Each book could literally be 1 1/2 or two seasons.
What do you think of this fan casting? Let me know in the comments below! If you have a different idea for a character, definitely let me know! You may find someone better!
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Top 10 TV Characters I Dislike

This is a Top 10 list of characters on TV that I just do (did) not like. I may not have started off disliking them but I ended up hating them, or I just always hated them. If you agree or even disagree, please leave your likes and comments below. I would love to hear from you.
CharlotteH20 Just Add Water
Oh my goodness… I hate this girl. I do not understand why she was even added. To add some competition to Cleo with Lewis? So dumb because she is so unlikeable. She shows up, already starts to flirting with him when he obviously still has feelings for Cleo and she knows it, she can see it. There was an episode where Emma tries to call Lewis, while he’s on the beach with Charlotte because they need his help, and she turns his phone off because Emma was using Cleo’s phone. I mean… who gave you the right to touch his phone? You’re not even dating him. I guess they’re dating now, and she’s all insecure about him hanging out with Cleo, she’s his best friend, they were best friends before they started dating. GAH! THEN! Lewis was going to help Cleo study for biology but Charlotte decides to intervene to make sure Lewis doesn’t help Cleo at all, she gives her all of this study work to make sure she doesn’t get any free time, so Lewis doesn’t talk to her at all. THEN! It was a full moon, and since they’re dangerous to the girls, he goes with them on a camping trip, I understand that Charlotte was a bit put out because they were supposed to hang out that night, but chick, you’ve been forcing your way into everything he does anyway, you’ll be fine if he does something with his friends without you butting it. But she throws a fit and ends up going with them. She also invites herself as Lewis’ date to an awards event he was attending… I mean what? Makes no sense. THEN! She somehow becomes his girlfriend and he just… agrees to it. He didn’t even ask her, she just somehow became his girlfriend and there was no fight from him. I don’t even think he likes her, he and Cleo obviously belong together but they’re both being idiots. Not to mention, Cleo just lets Charlotte say ridiculous stuff to her, and gives her dirty looks! JUST SAY SOMETHING!!! ARGH! I hate her!
While I was watching, all I wanted was for Cleo to go all Hybrid on her tail and punch her in the face! I WANT TO PUNCH HER IN THE FACE AND SLAP ALL THAT RED HAIR DYE OUT OF HER HAIR! *releases breath* This is an issue. I’m sure I’m not the only person who hates this character. I’m not even going to continue talking about what happened later.

 

Elena GilbertThe Vampire Diaries
I have not read the books yet but I kind of plan too. I didn’t start off disliking her, I actually liked her relationship with Stefan. I am NOT a Delena fan and that will never change because it’s gross, toxic and there is no real substance or chemistry there at all. Anyways, she became such a victim, such a Mary Sue because literally everyone was doing everything they could to save her. ALWAYS. My favorite character Bonnie made so many sacrifices for Elena, she lost her magic many times, she lost her mother to vampirism, she’s lost her boyfriend, who mind you, was also Elena’s younger brother, many times. She also manipulates people around her into making them feel bad to help her even if they don’t want too, because ya know, people have a choice. I don’t particularly care how she is with Damon, I think they’re worse together, I already know Damon is a horrible person, but when they’re together, they’re even worse. It always seems she’s declaring her love for him, calling him her “epic love” but she was with Stefan first (his brother) who she said was her “true love”, that doesn’t make sense. Epics usually end in tragedy. She calls people because she needs them. She’ll make stupid emotionally charged decisions that puts people in danger and she has the nerve to cry about it. Girl… shut up. I was so glad she was gone this past season, though they couldn’t let her be gone. They just had to make sure Damon couldn’t live his life without thinking about what Elena would think of him. Dude you are your own man, you are not married to this girl… get a life, grow up and be with the woman who makes you face your problems instead of making you feel bad about them and think about how to make it better for her instead of making it better for you.
Ezra FitzPretty Little Liars
Okay, listen, probably in the minority here but I cannot stand Ezra. Sure, he’s cute I guess, but it never sat well with me that he met this girl in a bar, who looks really young already (I mean I know Lucy Hale is significantly older than Aria when they were teenagers but she looks like a child), and he actually believes she’s in college. Then when we find out he’s her English teacher, they try to let it go for a while but then it’s a head dive right in there. You’re her teacher man! You are dating a minor man! I don’t care if it’s true love, you could at least wait till she turned 18! She starts off at 16 years old. It makes no sense to me, I cannot get my head around it. I’m one episode behind in the new season but they’ve been together for so long that I just ignore them. You’re an adult, why can’t you be the adult and tell this little girl that WE CANNOT BE TOGETHER! IT’S WRONG ON DIFFERENT LEVELS! Later, he just came off creepy to me, his little creepy looks, that whole thing about him having a attraction/obsession with Allison (who looks younger than Aria… I mean come on man), him writing a book about it. He is my least favorite guy on the show. He wanted to give up everything for her but she hadn’t even graduated yet. He had the nerve to try and get custody of his son who he didn’t even know, like dude you don’t even know the kid yet. I just… ugh! Everything he does, annoys me. Don’t even breathe man.

 

CastielSupernatural
Okay, so let me be clear. There is no changing my mind on this one. I was pretty indifferent to Cas in the beginning. It was just like, hey there’s this new guy, he’s pretty cool I guess… but after season 5 when Lucifer made him explode, he should have stayed dead, I mean at least he got in a really cool line before it eh? “Hey! Assbutt!” or when he was basically the villain of season 7 and his death scene was great, it gave him his dignity back and that would have been good enough. However, I think a lot of my dislike for him came from the fans of him and of Destiel. Not all of them are horrible but I have come into contact with some horrible horrible fans of this pairing and character and it really put me off of him. You can’t force me to see what you see when I don’t. I don’t see a romantic possibility for Dean and Castiel at all, in my mind it goes completely against Dean’s character. You can’t make me love a useless character. Stop it. I’m not even going to mention that stupid trench coat scene… okay I’m going to mention it. Cas was gone for a long time and Dean brings him to the trunk of a STOLEN CAR and inside the trunk is Cas’s friggin trench coat, neatly folded and tied up with a bow. I mean… WHAT? WHY IN THE IMPALA’S NAME WOULD DEAN DO SUCH A THING!? IT’S NOT EVEN HIS CAR! I also don’t really care for the actor. That’s all I’m going to say otherwise this could get long and I don’t wanna.
Lana LangSmallville
I won’t say I despise her, that’s too strong but I did not like her. She was boring also a weak actress. The only time I actually liked her was when she was possessed by Isabelle the witch, turned into a vampire or the episode where she has to leave Clark for real because she was wearing a kryptonite suit that somehow seeped into her skin enough where if he was close to her he was affected. Sad scene but otherwise, I didn’t care about her, or any of her story lines. Her whole relationship with Lex Luthor was dumb… I didn’t understand why everyone was so enamored with her, she was pretty sure, but so boring and bland. She was always whining, always saying people were lying to her and keeping secrets but Lana was the secret master. She led Clark on FOREVER. She always said she was alone but I swear, everyone was in love with her. Chloe Sullivan was much cooler, albeit she could be annoying but much cooler.

 

KabutoNaruto
I haven’t even finished the show so I can’t say too much but if there’s anyone in this show I absolutely despise it’s this guy and his stupid glinting glasses! The last episode I saw, I need to catch back up, is when he reanimated a lot of dead bodies, one of them being my favorite character’s father (Neji’s dad) and all I could think about was the DISRESPECT!! SUCH A DISRESPECTFUL MOVE! DISHONOR! DISHONOR ON YOU! DISHONOR ON YOUR COW!
Thea QueenArrow
This has lessened at the end of the third season but Thea is so annoying. She complains about everything. First, she is trying to be all rebellious by doing drugs etc, gets attitudes with her mom and is just being an all around brat. It’s annoying. It’s not funny, it’s not endearing and the whole set up to make her all cool and give her redemption doesn’t work for me. Yeah, she becomes part of the Arrow team which in a way, helped me to hate her less, but I still am not a fan. One of the things that annoyed me the most is that she kept complaining that people weren’t telling her the full truth and I’m like, but you keep doing stupid stuff, they don’t have to tell you anything, especially considering you are such a brat. She was upset because Oliver didn’t tell her that Malcolm was her birth father and I kept yelling at the screen for Oliver to just tell her that he literally just found out himself. It wasn’t like he was keeping this secret for years, it’d probably been a week at the most. So SHUT UP! DANG!

 

Jenny HumphreyGossip Girl
I actually paid her no attention when the show first started. She was just another Humphrey but it wasn’t until that she started trying to be Blair that she started getting on my nerves. Of course teenagers try to find their “group” while in school but dude, you can’t try and plot against these people when they’ve been doing it since they were in the womb. When she tried to actually take on Blair,  I remember going girl, you are going to lose and it will be brutal. It was and it was glorious. Not to mention, I hated the relationship between her and Nate, for one, Chace Crawford was in his 20s and Taylor Momsen was a teenager, I knew this and it just weirded me out. I think this is also why it didn’t continue because he was uncomfortable with it. She had the nerve to even try to manipulate other people due to her “feelings” for Nate, girl you are 14 and he is 18, shut up. What was up with her style later? I mean, I see that’s Taylor’s actual style now but… I’m personally not a fan.
Dan HumphreyGossip Girl
So irrelevant and so obvious that he’s actually Gossip Girl. That wasn’t even a mystery. He acted like he was so much better than the others because they were horrible people (which they were) but dude, you are so terrible. You literally tried to make people feel bad for their wealthy lifestyle and their choices but you were trying so hard to be apart of it while spewing pretentious nonsense. What was that whole thing with him having a threesome with his actual girlfriend and his best friend who liked him too?? That was so cringeworthy and gross. I actually didn’t mind him dating Blair because he was tolerable with her but ya know. Whatever. I also did like his friendship with Nate, and I can’t remember exactly but I feel like he did something uber shady that turned even Nate off, and Nate was the most loyal out of everyone. I mean, you turn Nate against you, you are screwed. I feel like it had something to do with that book he wrote.
The whole Humphrey family I didn’t like, their dad was annoying too.

 

Jo MastersonTwisted
Ugh I can’t even. She’s another one I didn’t start off disliking but ended up hating her as the show progressed. As I said before on this show, I liked the show a lot, the premise was interesting and in the beginning the characters were cool. First of all, the show was marketed to be about these three teenagers who were best friends as kids, one of them allegedly is a murderer and now he’s trying to get his life back. I mean, that’s kind of cool, not the mention the dark aspect of it, the mystery, the diverse leading cast. Lacey Porter easily being the most interesting, Danny Desai being mysterious and Jo Masterson being the girl next door which was interesting but then everything started to shift. The once amazing chemistry between Lacey and Danny got kicked in the knees and suddenly Danny is “into” Jo. Now, Jo is getting all of these romantic storylines (seriously there’s like three guys supposedly in love with her for some reason), she’s so upset at Danny and Lacey for having the audacity to be romantically involved without telling her, she is upset with Lacey for not being her friend anymore as a preteen and teenager and almost refuses to even acknowledge her attempts now… Plus she gets to be emotional about everything, she gets to rest her head on her mother’s shoulders when she’s sad, she gets to play the victim, she gets to be on screen ALL OF THE TIME, she makes everyone around her feel guilty, she whines (the actress was fine), and we’re supposed to be on her side?? I don’t know how the writers missed this one. This is one of the few times where I wish the writers listen to the vocal fans because fans were upset and voiced it. It wasn’t right what they were doing to the other two PoC characters on the show who were also leads in favor of the blonde blue eyed girl. It wasn’t fair and it didn’t help that her character became so insufferable that I pretty much hate watched the show.
I mean, I could go on and on and I soo want too but for the sake of not making this long I won’t.
Dishonorable Mentions:
Aria MontgomeryPretty Little Liars
Emily WalthamFriends
Killian JonesOnce Upon A Time
Grant WardAgents of Shield
Kim SetorriH20: Just Add Water
Axl JohnsonThe Almighty Johnsons
Rebecca SutterHow To Get Away With Murder
Prue Halliwell/Phoebe Halliwell Charmed

 

Bonus Characters From My Best Friend:
Mariana FosterThe Fosters
Callie FosterThe Fosters
Mayor WestFamily Guy
RogerAmerican Dad
Henry MillsOnce Upon A Time
Nathan ScottOne Tree Hill
Barbara GordonGotham
Skye (Daisy Johnson)Agents of Shield
Princess MorbucksPowerpuff Girls
EveryoneSpongebob Squarepants
Michaela PrattHow To Get Away with Murder
Nick Miller New Girl

 

Who are YOUR most hated television characters? Please respond in the comments below.

Characters that should NOT be together

Characters that should NOT be together

This is a companion piece to “Characters who should be together” where I think these characters should not have gotten together. They either remained together or dated but broke up but their relationship just didn’t do it for me. No bonus here.
Joey Tribbani & Rachel GreenFriends
I mean, I get why they did it but it didn’t work for me. It was too strange. They were so different, sure Joey is cute and he ended up having feelings for Rachel and he matured a little, but I cannot imagine them ever working out which is probably why it didn’t. At first, he was pining after her, which was so weird as Joey never pined after anyone, it was so out of character. Then suddenly Rachel wants to be with him and ugh… just another obstacle for Ross and Rachel (which I also don’t understand the dislike for the couple or for Ross. I mean I get it but it’s really not that bad). Joey and Rachel were better off as friends; I know it didn’t last but thank goodness it didn’t because gross.
Damon Salvatore & Elena GilbertThe Vampire Diaries
Oh my goodness, probably the couple I hate the most on this list, also the couple I hate the most on the show. It makes no sense to me. She was legit afraid of him in the beginning AND he killed her brother, there was no natural progression to their romance. It was just decided for them. Damon doesn’t love her, in the beginning, he wanted her because she looked like Katherine and because he wanted to spite Stefan. You can’t tell me otherwise because that relationship makes no sense. Why would Damon be Elena’s “epic love” but Stefan is her “true love” but Damon and Elena belong together? That makes no sense. Epics end and they usually end in tragedy. All their relationship is arguing, declarations of love and sex. They don’t sit and have conversations, they don’t know each other, they don’t love each other, they love the idea of each other. I also don’t see any chemistry between Somerhalder in Dobrev in these roles, which is weird as they dated in real life, and I also think Damon had more chemistry with Katherine, who is also played by Nina Dobrev, so it’s just Elena and Damon. I know Elena is young but I’m sorry, the sympathy goes out the door when you continue to make stupid decisions or put people in danger. It could have worked if their relationship didn’t become so dramatic. I saw in an article that Delena is like “an epic kiss-in-the-rain, die-for-you, can’t-live-without-you kind of love,” and that gets annoying and it no longer seems real but fake and forced. Whereas Stelena and Bamon are more practical because they can just be themselves as people together, instead of this couple. Damon and Elena don’t know how to be Damon and Elena on their own anymore. From what I’ve seen from some Delena fans is more focused on them together than who they are when they’re apart. That’s why Delena is a fail and I want it to never come back.

 

Clark Kent & Lana Lang/ & Lex LuthorSmallville
Okay, this is one is a three couple because both relationships were horrible. First of all, I could not stand Lana, she was so uninteresting, a damsel and I thought Clark was too good for her. Sure, she was pretty and kind but boring and so bland. There was literally nothing special about her. Clark had a crush on her for years, they finally got together but the relationship was boring, all of his pining came to an end but Lana didn’t seem to care about Clark in the same way he cared for her. Even later, when she came back on the show, it didn’t make sense to try and even let them try to make it work. I will admit though, their last scene together was emotional, I did cry because it was sad but I also didn’t care because they didn’t need to be together anyway. Besides, he was always saving her from something and she didn’t start fighting for herself until much later. I didn’t there was any chemistry between them, she never looked at him the way he looked at her and I think that says a lot. Maybe it was because Kristen Kreuk wasn’t a very good actress but it was one-sided. If there was anyone in high school who would have been great for Clark was Chloe, now she looked at him the way he looked at Lana. I loved their friendship dynamic but a romance between them made more sense than “Clana”.
In terms of Lana and Lex… ooo boy. Not only were they like six years apart but again, he cared about her more than she cared about him and it seemed like he only liked her because he was jealous of Clark in general and wanted to at least take something away from him. Their relationship was destructive and gross. They started trying to destroy each other, or at least cause destruction in their own relationship. Just… so much unnecessary drama and more obstacles to keep Clark and Lana apart.

 

Killian Jones & Emma SwanOnce Upon a Time
I’m in the minority here but here me out… I don’t necessarily dislike them together; I don’t dislike Emma or Killian it’s just… I’m kind of over their relationship. In the beginning I was fine with it because Emma deserves happiness and I don’t really think Neal was the right move anymore. Maybe back in the day but at this point in her life, it wouldn’t have worked even if they shared a child together. But once they finally got together, the spark for me was over. Emma just kind of stopped being who she was now that she’s with him. Nothing stood between Emma and her son, no one but when she was the Dark One, she broke Henry’s heart in order to save Hook. I mean… what? Why would she do that? That was so horrible. She should have let him die. I also don’t like how she risked everyone’s life to go rescue him from the Underworld, especially with Henry being a preteen and her parents having a newborn. She didn’t even fight to make them stay when before this relationship she wouldn’t have let Henry come or probably even Snow since baby Neal would need her more. I think their relationship keeps Emma from considering other people the way she used too. When Hook was granted life by Zeus, they made out in front of Robin’s dead body, it hadn’t even been buried yet. I mean… what?? Maybe I wouldn’t mind as much if it wasn’t a focal point and was a sidelined thing because I am sick of their relationship being in the forefront for no reason. A good example, Snow and David are together but before these most recent seasons, it wasn’t the only thing that was important for them, it was their love for other people, for their daughter, them needing to make up their absence to her… love was still there but it wasn’t just them and no one else. I think Emma and Killian are just repetitive now, where else can they go that keeps them interesting, refreshing and relevant without it being slammed into our faces? I personally wouldn’t have minded an Emma/Jefferson thing, that would have been interesting or bring back Sheriff Graham because that probably would have been endgame (but that will never happen… thanks stupid 50 Shades of Grey).
Chuck Bass & Blair WaldorfGossip Girl
I’m in the minority here again but look… we all know that this relationship was toxic to the high heavens. I mean, it had some great passionate steamy moments but… let’s be real. Not only are they both kind of horrible people, but Blair deserved better than Chuck (I actually didn’t mind Blair and Dan together, I just didn’t like him at all). They weren’t stable together, they were always breaking up, there was always something blocking them from being together: that swarmy prince, the car accident, Fleur Delacour, Jack Bass, and this would result in Blair dating someone else and Chuck turning to alcohol, women and drugs. SO MUCH DRAMA. I love good drama but good lord, these two couldn’t even just be in a normal relationship without something happening… she witnesses Chuck basically killing his father and now it’s a secret thing, Chuck traded Blair for a friggin hotel, and they just couldn’t move on together. Their problems as a couple didn’t help them become a better couple, it just gave them more drama. Where was the substance? For this couple to become the “face” of the show, there wasn’t anything there but sex and drama which nope does not count as a relationship. Anytime Chuck did something wrong, he would try to fix it with grand gestures, I know they’re rich but I’m sure just apologizing would work just fine. It wasn’t all bad but I don’t think that’s enough.

 

Ezra Fitz & Aria MontgomeryPretty Little Liars
HE WAS HER TEACHER. I just can’t get past that. Plus, he was weird, and creepy and I never trusted him, still don’t trust him and she’s my least favorite “liar”. They meet in a bar that 15-year-old Aria had no business being in, they end up making out and later see each other again in school and I will give him credit for trying to not let it happen but she is so into it that he gives in. No, as the adult, as the teacher, he shouldn’t have let it go on for as long as it did. So, because of this… anytime they were intimate just creeped me out. It doesn’t matter if it started before she became his student, the fact is that he was an adult and she was a minor for most of their relationship…gross and it does not need to happen again. I don’t care if it was in the books, end it. Kill it with fire.

 

Wes & RebeccaHow To Get Away With Murder
Um… hated her so much. Wes is definitely the good guy, with a hero complex, and he seems like he would be a great boyfriend but he needs someone who is similar to him. So why he ever thought Rebecca was a good match for him was stupid. First of all, I hated her too. She was so annoying, the way she talked was not cute and endearing, it was grating. They had no chemistry and their first intimate moment was edited alongside an autopsy scene… I wonder if that was a metaphor for their relationship but regardless, no. She lied to him too much, kept secrets, when all he was trying to do was prevent secrecy. A lot of their problems, or future problems, could have been prevented if she had just been honest with him from the get go. Plus, in the flashbacks, it kind of seemed like she had a thing for Laila and I didn’t mind the idea of Wes and Laurel but I know that will never happen and I’m okay with that too. Wes has enough tragedy in his life that all that nonsense with Rebecca was unneeded.
Aristotle & DanteAristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
It was implied at the end of the book, but if you’ve read my review you get why I have a problem with this. I knew that Dante was gay and in love with his best friend which was fine but the problem came when Aristotle wasn’t given the choice himself to be gay or love his best friend. He was told by his parents and doctor how he felt even though he himself never indicated those thoughts and/or feelings. I wouldn’t have minded if it was natural, or he thought about it himself but he never did. He was told and it was just… a happy ending. Nope. Not acceptable. Relationships are natural and when it’s birthed through friendship it’s even better but this one wasn’t. It was pushed.

 

Sam Winchester & RubySupernatural
Ugh. I can’t say I liked any of Sam’s relationships except maybe Jess and Sarah (but I guess she doesn’t count) but not only did they not have any chemistry on screen, but the fact that he couldn’t see past his nose with her was so irritating. It had always been Sam and Dean against the world but he would not listen to his brother about her, she had been playing them from the beginning but Sam could not peep it because he was caught up in what she could do for him. It was destructive, it almost destroyed him and it just about destroyed the world. How he could have thought drinking demon blood to amplify his powers was okay and acceptable blew my mind, yeah it had its perks but you’re drinking blood like a damn vampire man… that’s red flags right there. I also didn’t like this version of Ruby, Katie Cassidy was cool but Genevieve didn’t fit into the role, so the chemistry was off, which is strange since they’re married in real life, and it wasn’t sexy, it was gross.
Jenny Humphrey &Nate Archibald/ & Vanessa Abrams and all the other random ridiculous womenGossip Girl
Long title but so true. I did not like Jenny, I didn’t like the fact that Nate liked her, there wasn’t anything interesting about her. She was a wannabe and a poser and too young for both Nate and Chace Crawford. She does eventually become her own person but she still allows herself to get sucked up into the world that he wasn’t really involved in like that and she became the same type of women he was always with. Jenny could have been something if she wasn’t annoying and didn’t turn into everyone else. Nate has always been consistent and has matured throughout but in her seasons, she lost her mind and became the very people she started trying to be different from. Vanessa and Nate could have worked, but their undoing was that Nate was in love with Serena and Vanessa was in love with Dan, not to mention, she was a stalker and pretended that she didn’t care about that world but once again, another girl gets caught up in the drama. Then there are all of the other women he was with, none of them great, but the next one who stood out the most was Sage. Nate was an adult and she was in high school… not cool and she was horrible. Worse than Jenny, just ugh, she was such a brat and for some reason he was enamored with her.
Then of course there was the slew of other women, Bree Buckley was fine but everyone else, wow… cougars, women who gave him money to sleep with them (albeit he was doing that to help his family), con artists (Ivy), boring girls (Lola), I mean I just didn’t understand what the deal was. Poor Nate was a romantic, he was always optimistic to find love but the worst women came his way and between Nate, Chuck and Dan, Nate was the most honest, loyal and best catch out of them all. It’s such a shame he ended up alone but I guess that was for the best at that point in his life.
Professor Bhaer & Jo MarchLittle Women
No… Laurie. That is all. I liked Bhaer, it was nice but man… Laurie.
Aragorn & ArwenLord of the Rings
I haven’t read the books and while I adore Arwen and their romance is beautiful… I kind of wanted him to get with Eowyn. She seemed more his equal. I’m sure Arwen was awesome, but in the films, after she saves Frodo in Fellowship of the Ring, she kind of doesn’t do anything else whereas Eowyn “I am NO MAN!” killed the witch king! I mean BAMF! They should have gotten together.

Characters that should be together

Characters that should have gotten together

This piece is just opinion. This features characters that I believe should have been romantically together by the end of their television show, movie or book. They might have been romantically involved at some point but it didn’t last because of stupid writing reasons, or they remained friends (but could have been so much more) or they never got together even though they had more chemistry but the writers forced them with another person. So this list is about 17 I think with some bonus at the bottom. If you agree, please feel free to comment why, if you disagree please comment why not. Enjoy!
Alec & MaxDark Angel
When I was watching this show on a binge, it was so awesome and it sucks that season 3 never happened because it definitely needed and deserved one. I genuinely liked all of the main characters on the show, minus a few here and there and Logan was one of the ones I disliked the most. Man, what a tool. In the first season, Max and Logan’s “thing” was fine because they liked each other, and Alec didn’t exist yet but when Jensen Ackles returned as Smart-Aleck, oh I loved his character. Sure, he was arrogant and had his moments but he was honest in who he was, and I didn’t think Logan held a candle, he was too whiny and I could not imagine him and Max actually working in the long time. Now, Alec was her match in every way, they were both Transgenics, so they both were enhanced, both knew how to fight and were badass. They also understood each other more than Logan ever could. There were a few times in the show where it seemed like the two would get together, they had a lot of “tender” moments when it was just them. The episode when Max opened up to Alec about Ben (his “twin clone” brother), it was beautiful. Then the writers tried to get Alec to date that Asha girl, made no sense, that he would stop being such a “womanizer” for some random girl. I believe he would have matured with Max because she helped him grow up over the course of the season.

 

Joey Tribbiani & Phoebe BuffayFriends
I don’t think this is a secret anymore since both Matt Leblanc and Lisa Kudrow stated they wanted it to be revealed that Joey and Phoebe had a secret love affair and I agree with them.  They were the “kooky” ones of the group and I think they had a mutual understanding each other that worked for a nice relationship. They had a few moments in the show that could have been a nice start to a romantic relationship with them, like the episode where Phoebe finds out her birthday is not the day she thought it was, and she says she’s never had the “best kiss ever” or “never met a person from the Philippines” and she leaves emotional and Joey follows her out, passionately kisses her and tells her he’s 1/18 Pilipino. It was so cute. Don’t get me wrong, Mike was great and I’m happy Phoebe found someone she loved enough to marry but it would have made more sense for her to be with Joey, not to mention, that whole thing with Rachel was just weird. I mean, what? I think they were closest and made the most sense to date out of all of the friends.

 

Damon Salvatore & Bonnie Bennett- The Vampire Diaries
I’m not going to spend a lot of time on this one, otherwise the post will be huge but I didn’t see it after first but in season 6 when Bonnie and Damon were stuck in the spirit world for most of the first half of the season, it was amazing. The chemistry between the actors were so strong that I could not believe I didn’t see it sooner. I went back to watch old episodes and old interactions between the two and yeah, it was always there, just in a different way. They hated each other in the beginning, due to Damon’s ways and him being a vampire (let’s be real, Damon is a horrible person) and Bonnie for being judgmental but she always helped him and everyone else because that’s who she was.  In season 6, they were forced to be together, got to know each other in a different way and they became best friends, to the point where he even chose Bonnie’s life over waking Elena up. Yeah yeah yeah, the writers wouldn’t stop forcing Elena into the picture enough to just let Bonnie and Damon’s relationship develop naturally. The actors even want the two characters to be together, it’s more beautiful than that toxic nonsense that is Damon and Elena. It’s interesting to see how Damon is when he’s around Bonnie, he doesn’t give speeches about “Elena makes me a better person” or how he needs her in order to make good choices, that’s so stupid. He should want to be his own person, a better person at his own volition, not because Elena guilt him into feeling bad for his choices. Bonnie doesn’t do that, she doesn’t take his crap, she tells him to face it himself because at the end of the day, it’s his choice and he must own up to his actions. He can’t do it for someone else. It just seems so much more honest with Bonnie then it ever has with Elena. Bonnie loves Damon and she knows it, and he loves her more than he realizes he does. The relationship Bonnie currently has with Enzo is just a cop out for not allowing “Bamon” to happen as Enzo is like a “diet Damon”.
Stefan Salvatore & Elena GilbertThe Vampire Diaries
In the beginning when I liked Elena, when her character was consistent, she was with Stefan. They were passionate and honest. They didn’t need to declare their love all of the time, they just knew, everyone just knew. She called Stefan her “true love” which beats out “epic love” and that showed. Stefan treated her like her own person instead of yanking her around, lying to her or trying to make her do things she didn’t choose her own (see the problem with Damon and Elena), sure he has his own issues too, but Stefan always fought for Elena and not because her love “makes him better” (which is stupid) but because they actually love each other. I don’t mind Stefan and Caroline but the passion that Stefan and Elena shared is gone. They were able to just talk, to sit and watch sunsets, to hang out in cabins and have conversations, even when they weren’t together, they could just talk with each other. Whereas when she’s with Damon, they just argue and have sex. That’s not a relationship.
Nathaniel Archibald & Juliet LewisGossip Girl
You’re probably going who? Lol well Juliet was played by Katie Cassidy, if you read my “Diminished Characters” post, I mentioned her in it. She shows up in season 4, and while her intentions were not to actually fall for him, but to instead take down Serena. They had a meet-cute and it grew from there, they were good for each other, he actually settled down and dated her, he wasn’t cheating, or flirting with other women. She was smart, and not from his world so it seemed honest and not with people wanting to destroy everyone, Juliet did seem to worry about fitting into his world, but Nate never cared about that so if she would have just allowed herself to be herself, even if she wasn’t rich like them, it would have worked out fine because they were so cute and he actually liked her. He was so hurt when he found out that she used him. It just had to be ruined all because she wanted to get back at Serena, so stupid. Nate would have finally found a good woman and finally would have stopped falling for stupid women who didn’t make sense for him to be in a relationship with but with Juliet, it could have worked.
Dean Winchester & Jo Harvelle- Supernatural
Jo was only around for a little bit of time but she was so amazing. In the beginning, it was obvious she had a crush on him, I mean he’s cute! Lol but Dean is Dean, not particularly “dating” material, however, I think he not only knew she liked him, but I think he liked her back but never got around till admitting it until it was too late. Although anytime he flirted, she would blow him off, it wasn’t because she didn’t like him but because she was trying not to get involved if he didn’t feel the same way in a legitimate manner. Dean flirts, so it’s understandable for her to want to make sure he wasn’t just doing it to flirt. In her last episode, before she dies, the look they would give each other, even though it could be the end of the world, showed that they both wished they would have taken the leap before getting to this moment. Before she died, he actually kissed her and rests his forehead against hers and it’s a tender moment, he waited too long because now she was about to die. Jo comes back later as a ghost and before she was “forced” to kill him, there’s another tender moment and it was so beautiful. She doesn’t kill him of course but it’s for the moment. I know the show is about Sam and Dean and their brotherhood and them saving the world, but it would have been nice for Dean to find someone who is his equal in every way, someone who could even tame him, not change him but get him to settle. But of course, the writers kill all the women lol so I hope Dean finds a woman who becomes his equal later on.
Harry Potter & Hermione Granger- Harry Potter
Hear me out, I have absolutely no problem with Hermione and Ron getting together in the end. I was just one of those people who read the first three books and thought that it made more sense for Harry and Hermione to date. After reading Goblet of Fire it was easy to see that it was gonna be a Romione thing which is fine, I’ve made my peace and come to love it on its own. However, I still believe it could have gone another way. Harry and Hermione fell into an easy relationship where their interactions with each other was smooth and it matured into something where they knew they could count on each other. He was always emotionally there for her, she was emotionally there for him, they understood each other, their limits and their strengths. It was even stronger during Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, when they were by themselves but of course she was emotionally distraught over Ron so I wasn’t still hoping that Harry would swoop in there lol but if Ron and Hermione didn’t become a thing, I would have loved for Harmony to happen.
Neville Longbottom & Luna Lovegood- Harry Potter
I thought this was a no brainer! At first I thought it was gonna be a Ginny/Neville thing but when it showed that Harry and Ginny were probably gonna be a thing, I thought it made sense for Neville and Luna to get together in the end. She was so weird, and he was so… Neville lol. I don’t know, it just seemed to make sense to me. I was bummed when they did the epilogue and they weren’t together.
Jason DiLaurentis & Aria MontgomeryPretty Little Liars
This one won’t be long at all, but I am not a fan of Ezra at all, and I definitely don’t like Ezra and Aria together, the worst couple on the show. I cannot believe it lasted so long. But anyway, there was a brief moment when Jason and Aria seemed to have a connection, he seemed to like her and she seemed to like him. They almost shared a kiss, then I seem to remember some drama with Ezra and his brother and then all of a sudden it was like nothing ever happened between them. Maybe it was just me, but I like him more anyway. Ezra is my least favorite guy on the show.
Danny Desai & Lacey PorterTwisted
I already talked a bit this one in Lacey’s “Diminished Character” post but this relationship barely got the chance to mature and move forward. The chemistry between the actors was amazing! So amazing that Avan Jogia and Kylie Bunbury got to be in a miniseries on Spike called “Tut” where they played lovers, it unfortunately didn’t last either but it at least happened! But Danny returned home from being in juvie and Lacey did not allow him to sweet talk his way back into her life as easily as he did Jo, she made him work for it and work he did. Any chance he got, he would seek her out, try to talk to her, when they were alone they would talk about their childhood, and all of the emotion in the eyes, especially rolling off Danny was extreme. She eventually decides to let him in and their first kiss, wow! They would talk in secret and they’d actually have conversations, they grew up together so outside of her being afraid of what people might say, they had an ease about them that showed not only were they comfortable with each other but it was natural. She liked him so much, that when someone wrongfully taped them being intimate (we never actually knew if they had sex or not, it was implied I guess) she was willing to just let it happen because she was no longer ashamed to be with him. To be seen with him. It of course went all downhill when the writers started trying to make Danny and Jo be a thing when it was never a thing, it wasn’t even believable, not to mention, they began to make Jo the lead of the show when it was ultimately about Danny so Danny and Lacey’s relationship just fell apart in order to make Jo look better. It was so dumb because the show and the relationship had so much potential.
Neal Caffrey & Sara EllisWhite Collar
I was indifferent towards Kate, I did not like Alex and Sara was the best thing ever! Her and Elizabeth were just the ultimate S.O for the main heroes in the show. Sara was sassy, she was smart, independent and took no crap, especially not from Neal. For a while they played a cat and mouse game. They flirted constantly and the sexual tension was extreme that when they finally got together I said “finally!” Unfortunately, secrets were kept and they broke up. I can’t say there was anyone else who showed up to romantically involved with Neal who measured up to Sara. She showed up again a few more times and they still obviously had feelings for each other but in the end, they did not get together, unfortunately. Too bad, she would have been good for him too as it was obvious she still loved him and cared about him, vice versa with him.
Kurt Wagner & Kitty PrydeX-men: Evolution
Okay, so I know that they don’t get together in the comics or anything, but I remember watching this show as a kid and wanting these two to date. They were such good friends. Rogue and Kurt crossed my mind too but I like her with Gambit and once we find out Mystique was their mother, Kurt viewed her as a sister so it wouldn’t have worked out anyway. Regardless, Kitty and Kurt were really good friends, they confided in each other, they worked together and anytime the team went out together, Kurt and Kitty were always paired up together. They complimented each other very well and even though I think she was freaked out by his appearance in the beginning, she accepted him. The show was about them as teenagers, but if they would have continued down the road and didn’t end, I bet Kitty and Kurt would have dated at some point. Now, I never got the chance to finish the show, it stopped airing on Kids WB so maybe the writers let them attempt a relationship that didn’t work… I don’t know, when I rewatch the show due to my nostalgia I’ll see and I’ll probably edit this part.
Jordan Catalano & Angela ChaseMy So Called Life
Teen angst!! Angela had a crush on Jordan Catalano for the longest time, he was pretty much untouchable in her mind. There’s this great scene where Sharon’s (one of her old friends) father has a heart attack, Angel knows about it and finds Jordan Catalano smoking under the bleachers, she’s crying (she’s not sure why she’s actually crying) and she walks up behind him and he turns towards her and lets her hug him to cry on his shoulder. It was so cute because it was their first “moment”. Of course his cockblocking friend (played by his older brother no less lol) showed up but still! So memorable. They only actually date for one episode but the lead up was quite good and entertaining as Jordan, who knew of her feelings towards him, just couldn’t seem to get it together to get her on board even though she already liked him. When they break up, they remain close friends, she encouraged him to do well in school and he tried, Angela suspected he suffered from dyslexia which is why he checked out during classes and didn’t want to be involved in it. After talking with Rayanne about Angela and some other boy, they drunken have sex which causes Angela to cut ties with both of them. Jordan tries to win her back by getting Angela’s friend Brian to write a love letter for him, in which he does but it was more of a personal letter. So the show ends with the implication that Angela and Jordan do get back together but it’s never said it’s so irritating! I understand why they had to break up during the season because while he realizes he’s in love with her, after listening to a sonnet in class, he pressures her to have sex but she isn’t like the girls he normally would go for which surprises him. It was all very realistic and I think it would have worked as they got older because he was already mature in his own way. He had an abusive childhood, he pretty much did his own thing, but he managed to get by. I think they would have worked out. I know people think Angela and Brian should have gotten together but I don’t think that would have worked out, Jordan has his issues but I think he and Angela would have worked things out together.
Gordo & Lizzie MaguireLizzie Maguire
Oh Lizzie, Lizzie, Lizzie… Ethan Kraft is an idiot. Gordo has always been your voice of reason, he always had your back, he made sure that you calmed down when you freaked out over teenage girl stuff and he never made you feel stupid or that you should be stupid to be with a stupid guy. Gordo has always been right there!! Thank goodness they kissed in the movie, they never actually got together but by George they should have!!
Hakeem Campbell & Moesha MitchellMoesha
It always made sense to me. Q was cool and all but I always preferred Hakeem and I know they dated for a little while but it didn’t last and when Hakeem showed up on The Parkers he and Moesha were no longer together. They were friends for a long time, really close to the point he was always in their house, she could talk to him. Sure, he could be annoying, but he just fit right in there. It made sense.
Roy Mustang & Riza Hawkeye- Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Oooo boy, I have no idea why they did not become official. They knew each other for years, she became a “personal bodyguard” of sorts to him, the opposite of him as she was strong and silent, they were both badass in their own rights. She could also be seen as a babysitter towards him as well as his conscious. I seem to remember them flirting a little but nothing to the point where it became official when it should have!
Hyuuga Neji & TentenNaruto
Now! I have not finished watching the show yet, or reading the manga but I know of Neji’s fate (thanks internet) but from where I stopped to that point, I don’t know what happens with him but I know he’s a sidelined character (who is my favorite on the show) who should get more storylines and because he doesn’t, I read really awesome fan fiction. Neji and Tenten seem like a good couple to me. I’ve seen something about her and Lee but I cannot imagine Lee actually seriously being in a relationship with someone. Neji trusts her, he trains with her knowing that she will not only try her best to beat him but she will also be testing herself as he is the best. I like the mutual respect and understanding of each other and when they’re on missions together, how he always tries to make sure she’s okay. She’s seen him at his worst arrogant self and at his more matured state after his humbling battle with Naruto. I don’t know if he gets romantic with anyone before his death cries but I wish would be her if so. She seems like the only one who can take him at his worst and his best in stride and he seems like he would allow himself to relax and let go a bit around her.
Bonus couples.
Elliot & AngelaMr. Robot
Logan Echols & Veronica MarsVeronica Mars
Jimmy Olson & Chloe Sullivan- Smallville
Nate Archibald & Serena Van der WoodsenGossip Girl (I wouldn’t have minded them together either as she was tolerable with him)
Duckie & AndiePretty in Pink
Sam & Katherine BarlowHoles
Cloud Strife & Tifa LockhartFinal Fantasy VII
Zack Fair & Aerith Gainsborough (I think that’s her last name lol)- Final Fantasy VII

 

Hope you enjoyed this list! Stay tuned, there might be a companion piece to this for couples who SHOULD NOT have been together, or be together. Should be fun.

Diminished TV Characters Bonus

Okay, this is the very last part of the “Diminished Characters” segment. Now, this character is not a television character but I feel very strongly about his lack of screen time in the three respective movies so he’s a “bonus” post.

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Pharaoh Ahkmenrah-Night at the Museum Trilogy
When I first saw Night at the Museum, it was fun and cute and the mysterious Pharaoh Ahkmenrah was built up throughout the film as being terrifying. The night guard referenced it, when everyone woke up, Larry experienced the sarcophagus shaking and screams erupting from it. Even Teddy Roosevelt yelled at him “You haven’t been out in 50 years we’re not gonna let you out now!” or something to that effect and when we meet him, this cutie comes out of those mummy wrappings. I remember going “Omg! that dude is cute! Who is that!” Rami Malek… dude you’re not really in anything but omg you’re so cute. I hope they do more movies for your character lol. But in actuality, I think they didn’t do his character right, because in all honesty, after his introduction in the first film, he should have been the next leading character alongside Larry and Teddy.
Night at the Museum
What they did: So in the first film, Ahkmenrah is locked in his sarcophagus and when his tablet brings everything to life, he remains stuck and screams every night because he wants to be let out. When the old night guards steal it, Larry and his son Nicky have no choice but to let Ahkmenrah out. His introduction is a really cool scene. When the locks are undone, he throws the lid off, slowly sits up while growling at them in Egyptian, being all menacing and stuff and then he takes his face wrappings off and he is a young adult lol (my head canon is that he’s between 19-21 just because I think he ruled for a year or two before he died). He unfortunately doesn’t talk much, a few lines about his tablet here and there but nothing that is important which it should be. If anything, he should be the one explaining the magic behind it, or at least what he knows about it, it is HIS tablet after all. Then he’s playing around with the other exhibits the rest of the movie. It was nice to see but it happened a little too easily.
What they should have done: So for the first movie, it’s okay to have him be shrouded in mystery with everyone being so scared of him. That makes sense. But after he is freed, and he gives his little introduction and explains why he can speak English “He was on display in the Egyptology department at Cambridge University”, in which he probably could hear them talking around him and maybe he was able to roam around as his tablet brought him to life every night and he read books and what not, after he was freed, there should have been more centered around him instead of him just running around after Larry.
Anyway, he goes to help them and I don’t know, maybe instead of highlighting Sacagawea and Teddy’s “romance” (especially as she is pretty underdeveloped too but I’m not going to talk about her because her character is bogged down with actual history) and showing us Octavius and Jedidiah facing the gale winds from the tire they were flattening (I mean it was funny but come on), they could have spent a little extra time allowing us to understand the tablet and why the old night guards taking it would be such a bad idea instead of just allowing Larry to assume these things (or have the knowledge because Ahk told him off screen but for real, we should have seen it) and explain it himself. It would allow Ahk to not only have more screen talking time, but for the viewers to understand just why this tablet is so important outside of it bringing everyone to life at night. It would also allow everyone to make amends for leaving Ahk in that tomb for 54 years. I don’t remember anyone apologizing to him. So Teddy should have apologized on behalf of the museum and Ahkmenrah thanks them and someone sheepishly approaches him with a soccer ball (or something) to engage him with everyone else.
Conclusion: I think if they would have just allowed him a bit of time to actually feel welcomed into the community instead of just throwing him in there like 54 years wouldn’t have scarred him, then it would have added much more to his character. I know it’s a kid’s movie but kids aren’t stupid. Plus, he is legit an interesting character, so it would have been worth it.
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
What they did: He’s not even in this one!! At least not much. We learn that Larry left the position as night guard and is failing at his own company or something and a lot of exhibits are being shipped to the Smithsonian museum in D.C. but not Ahkmenrah so now it’s all sad because Atilla the Hun, Dexter, the miniatures (Octavius and Jed included) and Sacagawea among others are going and won’t be among those who wake up every night (which means that Sacagawea and Teddy are apart too). Dexter however steals the tablet and takes it with them to D.C so now Larry has to go there to get it back and shenanigans ensue. An important note is that they meet Kahmunrah, Ahk’s older brother (who is played by Hank Azaria and is friggin hilarious) who tries to get the tablet because he wasn’t to unite it with the “Gate of Kahmunrah” or something, which would allow the dead to come back or something. Basically Ahkmenrah is not there. We don’t see him again until the end where Larry has talked the curator into having a “night tour” where people can visit during the night hours when the exhibits are awake and Ahkmenrah is seen giving tours and talking about his tablet. He tries to tell two little girls what it does but they naturally don’t believe him.
What they should have done: I read the original script of the movie and Ahkmenrah was so much more involved. He was one of the exhibits moving to the Smithsonian so when they got there, Kahmunrah wakes up and he would know his little brother and his tablet are nearby and goes in search of it. So when Larry comes, he finds Kahmunrah and his guards posted outside the crate (which would indicate that this Kahmunrah is a wax figure and not the actual mummy otherwise he wouldn’t have frozen but decayed as he is real but no one mentioned that in the movie so they would in my version). There are some funny exchanges between Kahumrah and Larry, with Ahkmenrah interjecting every now and then because Kah was jealous of his favoritism and Ahk just wants him to get over it already.
Hijinks happen with Larry and Amelia Earhart and when they captured, Kah not only has the tablet now, but it’s revealed that he managed to pull Ahkmenrah out of the crate where the other Natural History exhibits were locked inside of and hold him prisoner, and that he killed Ahkmenrah in his sleep. All of this happens in the original script. That’s definitely important to the overall story, especially for Ahk’s character. He was a young king obviously, kinder than his older brother, probably the reason why he wasn’t coronated and Kah was jealous and killed him. All of that is very interesting stuff.
Kah tries to unleash his dead army, but the combination won’t work so he demands Ahk to tell him, they speak about their parents, giving a little more insight into their relationship with each other, and both their relationships with their parents, not to mention about the tablet. More interesting and important stuff!
There’s a scene (in the original script) where Ahkmenrah (after being beat up a bit by his brother’s guards) is showing the Natural History exhibits a battle plan, very elaborate that confuses everyone but shows that he obviously was a good tactician. Another hint at his history! Anyway, later when Kah tries to open the gate, the other exhibits come to fight, just as Kah and Larry square off, Ahkmenrah intervenes and ends up fighting his brother (you know that would have been awesome to see) and then he’s the one who kicks Kah through his “death” gate effectively sealing it and ending Kahmunrah.
There should have also been a scene, maybe a mid credits scene or something where Larry and Ahkmenrah talk about Kah and how it wasn’t really his brother as unlike Ahk (who did not freeze in the crate like the script says as he is an actual mummy figure and not wax) he froze. Meaning, the real Kah is probably still in his tomb in Egypt. Ahk could get emotional about it, knowing that maybe someday he would actually have to face his brother.
Conclusion: All of that actually works, it should have been kept. Ahkmenrah is one of the more interesting characters, where they are not actually locked in by history being that he is not a real pharaoh. There is plenty they could have done with him but they didn’t because… why? Every that happened in the movie is pretty much the same just with some added Ahkmenrah scenes. There would have been insight to his life, to his relationships with his family, about the tablet and more on what it can actually do and it would have been amazing. Plus, with Ahkmenrah being the one to finally subdue Kah and kick him through the death gate, it’s some kind of vindication. But to later find out it wasn’t the real one has to have some kind of… emotional something. The movie is already big, fun and hilarious, his scenes would have added to that but also given us more about him and his tablet and they would have added some drama.
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
What they did: Okay so Ahkmenrah is a bit more involved in this film, but he is still wrongfully a secondary character. The film starts out with the Museum of Natural History doing a benefit to raise more money but Ahkmenrah notices something is wrong with the tablet. It’s corroding causing everyone in the museum to act crazy, except Ahkmenrah who begins to fall out/over/weaken etc. Because of this, they go to the British Museum where his parents are in order to find out why the tablet is dying. While there, they meet Tilly (who is a bit extra if you ask me), bring along Laa (who really didn’t need to be in the movie at all), Lancelot (who is funny) and finally Ahkmenrah’s parents. He learns why the tablet was created (though Kahmunrah isn’t mentioned at all), that he was clearly the favorite and why the tablet is dying. It was created with the light of the moon, so it needs moonlight. We see Ahkmenrah continue to weaken and Larry tries to get the tablet into the moonlight but Lancelot takes it, thinking it’s the Holy Grail completing his quest. There’s a battle for it, and a chase scene (a funny scene with Hugh Jackman and Alice Eve) and everyone ends up on the rooftop. Teddy is turning back to wax, Sacagawea freezes, Attila the Hun is falling over also freezing, Ahkmenrah is literally decaying (though no one is worried about him back there) and the monkey falls over. Now look, I don’t mind the monkey but his shenanigans got old in the first movie, so I had a problem with the fact that Larry and his son run over to the dang monkey when the actual human person, whose tablet is the reason why everyone is alive in the first place, is back there dying… AGAIN. I mean after asking his father to tell the secrets of the tablet, he doesn’t talk again until the rooftop scene where he tells Larry they’re too late because he’s visibly starting to decay now. Lancelot sees the error of his ways, give the tablet back and Larry is able to allow the moonlight to fix it making everyone right as rain. Ahkmenrah stays in the British Museum with his parents, everyone else goes home. He doesn’t say anything again until he says goodbye to Larry but NO ONE ELSE says goodbye to him, I mean it’s not like it was his tablet that brought ya’ll to life all of those years, and ya’ll didn’t leave him locked up in his sarcophagus for 54 years, some of ya’ll probably antagonizing him through his screams… but he doesn’t deserve ya’ll goodbyes. Yep.
Larry explains everything to Tilly since she’ll be the night guard with the tablet.  The exhibits visit the Natural History museum sometimes and finally Tilly tells McPhee (the Natural Museum of History’s curator) about the tablet.
What they should have done: I’m glad that Ahkmenrah was more involved in this film, for him not to know why the tablet was corroding means there’s a lot about it he didn’t learn. Throughout the film he grows weaker and weaker, as does everyone else but he literally should have been crumpling to the ground and I feel like he should have been reliving his death. Or is constantly in pain (but probably hides it) because maybe his reanimated organs are disappearing or he’s going through process like he’s losing them. He falls over in two scenes, where Larry catches him from falling, which is fine, but depending on how Kahmunrah killed him, it should have been us seeing that this is truly horrific and the stakes are high because without Ahkmenrah, the tablet will never work again as it is rightfully tied to his life, that’s never actually said but it would be interesting if that was true. So if Kah strangled him (which in my head canon he does), he should be struggling to breathe; in the second scene where he falls over, he does seem to be gasping for breath but outside of asking if he’s alright, it’s never actually talked about. If Kah had stabbed him, which is a popular opinion, not that kids have to see him bleeding (though I mean they watch worse stuff, and this movie could have been PG-13 without a problem), he could be grasping his chest or whatever… drama people! It works especially for a fan favorite character! Instead of all of those stupid scenes devoted to that Larry look-alike caveman they should have developed Ahkmenrah more.
When he sees his parents again, it’s a touching moment but it’s highjacked so quickly that he doesn’t even talk to his own parents for a time. The tablet starts to corrode more while he’s with them, if he’s decaying and dying again, he should have fallen. He also should have mentioned his brother and asked if his parents knew about him and what happened, at least to link the second movie to the third one. From this moment on, we can visibly see he’s weaker as he’s doubled over but everyone gets to comment on how they’re turning to wax, or how Atilla is not a punk and stop screaming everywhere due to his personality becoming faulty or that Sacagawea keeps freezing but no one actually mentions Ahkmenrah being in physical pain.
During the scene where they’re riding a bus, Ahk was sitting there trying to hold himself together and that should have been a moment where Larry and Teddy (or even Sacagawea) speak to him at least. He’s young and is probably scared, ask him how he’s doing, he could answer that he’s terrified of dying again. He died young the first time, how he spent years captive in his own tomb in Egypt, left by himself until his father joined him in death, then his mother (or maybe his father died first, he could still be coronated as king with his father alive so it would depend), later his brother who would be in the same tomb but separate only to be separated again by being split up him going to Cambridge and them going to the British Museum. Then being left in his “cage” at his new home for 54 years (allowing them to learn that even though he’s forgiven them he hasn’t necessarily gotten over it) only to be going through the motions again but this time… he’ll never wake up if they don’t fix this because if he dies in death, then the tablet will be rendered useless. HELLO! I mean why ignore that?? Again, they gloss over some good stuff for humor and a dumb romance between Tilly and Laa.
The scene on the rooftop, he has his two lines, he is visibly decaying and collapses holding onto the railing was handled pretty well, as Larry is trying to convince Lancelot to give them the tablet (though they could have cut that scene with him accidentally melting his nose by like 5 jokes), Sacagawea freezes, Teddy is half frozen and falls over, Atilla collapses, Jed and Octavius also are freezing up, and when the monkey falls over, yes give him a moment to mourn the monkey, then Ahkmenrah could have said something to Larry. Thank him for freeing him, and something should have been said or he should have gotten some sort of emotional send off as he’s about to die. Everyone else isn’t real. They’re all cool and stuff but still were never truly alive. I guess Dexter is a stuffed monkey, but Nicky could have at least been with Ahkmenrah if they wanted Larry to have a moment with the monkey. I would have preferred for Nicky to be with Ahkmenrah as my head canon is that Nicky views Ahk as a cool older brother, especially since Ahkmenrah also views Larry as a father or mentor.
Everyone is saved, Ahk can breathe again and when everyone is saying their goodbyes because they’re okay with him staying and he can make his rounds of goodbyes. However, I would think that since his display was only on “loan” to the British Museum, he couldn’t really stay as the Museum of Natural History owned his tomb. So technically, he should have gone back, Larry could have worked with McPhee to get it straightened out and then send him back to the British Museum. Anyway, Ahk would have had his moment with everyone because Larry can be emotional with the others later, they’ll be awake until dawn if we stick to the laws of the films. Ahk can thank Sac for being a wonderful friend and teacher (they should have had more scenes together, I feel they would have been best friends), thank Atilla for his wonderful stories as Ahk would translate for him, thank Jed and Octavius for including him in their adventures, hug Dexter, thank Nicky for introducing him to modern music and his love for Djaying and for being such a great little brother because it’s been so long since he’s had such a great brother (another hint at his and Kah’s relationship), thank and hug Teddy for being a great mentor and teaching him many things and lastly thank Larry for all that he’s done, being such a great friend, father and “Guardian of Brooklyn”.
Conclusion: Basically, in this movie, he’s there but not really. Sometimes it seems as if Rami Malek is waiting for direction in the background when he should be an established supporting character. He should not be secondary at all though. It is his tablet that brings everyone to life, he is the one with the most knowledge of the object and his history is a mystery. Being that this movie is about his tablet, features his parents and even the title is about him in a way, he should have been more involved and more important. Also, thanks to the greatness of Rami Malek, every time someone falls over because of the dying tablet, he does a little something to show that Ahk is also being affected, he shrinks over more, or visibly shows he’s in pain, or he struggles to remain upright and walk properly… and all of that is in the background.
Overall, the character of Ahkmenrah (who is played by someone of actual Egyptian descent by the way) is treated like a secondary background character when everything that happens in these movies is because of him. The first movie gets half a pass due to his character being a mystery and scary, but once he’s introduced, he should be cemented as being important. Second movie, he should have been throughout the movie as it was his older brother who was the villain, it would up the stakes and make things a bit emotionally dramatic as well as having sibling rivalry. That would have been funny and cool to see. For the third film, he was there but not really. As it’s his tablet, it should have been thoroughly explained if his after life “life” is directly connected to the tablet and what would happen to it if they failed to reignite the tablet with the moonlight. He should have been cared for due to him actually dying.
His character was cute, smart, regal, sassy, kind of morbid (that old Egyptian humor) and important! He deserved better in these movies. I should have been involved lol, I would have made sure he was given a proper storyline and character arc.
Let’s be real though and just give him his own movie. Rami Malek can do it, he doesn’t look as young as he did in the first film (I mean that was 10 years ago) but he is still pretty fresh faced! Give it to us!

Diminished TV Characters Part III

Diminished TV Characters Part III
Read Part II here

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Bonnie Bennett- The Vampire Diaries

The Vampire Diaries is entering into it’s 8th season. Eight seasons and the treatment of the only black female character on the show has been annoying. The reason why I think Bonnie is diminished (or to be honest, never really given the proper treatment she deserves) is because she has “heroine tendencies” in which she literally saves everyone in the show. Why would that mean she is diminished? It’s because she’s compassionate, empathetic, helpful, extremely selfless almost a martyr, and very self-sacrificing that makes her a diminished character. I cannot even begin to think of how many time she has lost her magic, sacrificed everything or died for the idiots in this show. She started off being very bubbly, bright and optimistic but as things continued to happen to her, with the things she’s seen, had to do or had done to her, she became a more serious person. I’ve been trying to keep this one from being uber long so please bear with me.
In Season 1, Bonnie’s character starts off already interesting. She learns her family is descendent from a long line of witches and they were considered very powerful. When she first uses them in front of her best friend Elena Gilbert, there is a nice moment where she makes feathers float in the air and also has a tendency to light every candle in a room. There’s a lot that happens with her great great great great grandmother Emily Bennett, where she’s possessed and tries to prevent Damon Salvatore from releasing a bunch of “dead” vampires from a cave. While trying to help Stefan Salvatore save Elena, Bonnie and her Grams perform magic to help them escape the cave that prevents vampires from leaving. It takes a toll on her Grams and she dies causing Bonnie’s dislike and distrust of vampires to grow. So even though Bonnie does not like or trust vampires, especially the Salvatores, she decides to help them because Elena is her best friend and apparently she would do anything for her friends. This starts the cycle for Bonnie Bennett. Always doing what she can to help everyone even if she doesn’t agree at first.
Season 2
Caroline Forbes, Bonnie’s other best friend was turned into a vampire, which Bonnie has a hard time accepting. She struggles with agreeing to make a daylight ring but because she is her friend, she does. Bonnie also begins to learn the inner workings of magic and if a witch uses too much magic then it will “push back” which could explain her Grams’ death.  An Original vampire Klaus wants to use Elena’s blood to make hybrids (vampire werewolf mix) because she is a doppleganger but Bonnie is willing to die for Elena to prevent this from happening. Damon and Bonnie work together to formulate a plan to save Elena and prevent Klaus from succeeding. Bonnie dies in front of everyone to fool Klaus. Elena is emotional because she witnessed her friend’s death as it was a sacrifice for her which it was. 
  • Her death is to trick Klaus into thinking she’s dead in order for her to surprise him later and ruin his ritual. When she shows up to ruin the ritual, the scene is so awesome that the audience can truly see just how powerful she is. Such a boss witch.
Even though the plan is foiled, she’s willing to die to prevent the death of Elena and Jeremy’s Aunt Jenna. Look, I know she wants them to be happy and save them, but that’s stupid. Why does Bonnie need to die for their aunt? Sure, if she wants to save her sure, but I don’t think her life needed to be exchanged for someone else’s. Especially someone she doesn’t even have an emotional connection with. That’s two times she’s willing to die to save someone else but who’s willing to die for Bonnie? Jenna still dies though.
  • Again, she’s willing to die to kill Klaus because using that amount of magic would kill her. I mean… that’s three times to be willing to die.
  • She loses her magic due to expending so much but once she gets it back, the Salvatore brothers make her keep it a secret she would be their “secret weapon”.
  • Jeremy (Elena’s younger brother and Bonnie’s love interest) dies, so Bonnie takes him to a mansion where witches were massacred in order to channel their magic and revive him. She loves this kid for some reason now and begs her witch ancestors to help her save him and their magic helps revive him. Bonnie is such a BOSS.
Overall, this season shows us that Bonnie is powerful and very much wiling to die for those she loves. It’s quite amazing actually just how many situations they are in where it seems to require Bonnie’s death. Also, I guess it’s sweet that she and Jeremy start having a thing but it definitely seemed like she liked him more than he liked her. Bonnie does have a tendency to be harsh and judgmental towards her friends due to their company, choices and unwanted circumstances (mainly Caroline) but in the end Bonnie shows true loyalty by always having everyone’s back. I cannot even remember in this season anyone else willing to die to save everyone else.
Season 3
In this season, the veil between the “other side” and the living has fallen and certain people are able to communicate with dead loves one. Jeremy is seeing his ex-vampire-girlfriend who he definitely loved which is why I don’t believe he loved Bonnie in the way she loved him, Jeremy even kisses Anna when they’re reunited even though she’s dead.  Matt Donovan is seeing his sister Vicki (vampire) who was killed by Damon. Bonnie magically sends Vicki away to prevent her from killing Matt “to be with him”. Through a dream she finds out that Klaus is magically keeping coffins hidden and where they’re located. Along with Stefan, they find the location and discover a fourth which she tries to open but it’s magically sealed. Bonnie is reunited with her mother, she learned why she left them, and why she lost her magic. Bonnie also loses her magic  (AGAIN) temporarily. So, again, Bonnie and her mother try to help everyone by performing magic in order to help her friends, but Elena is still in danger. So Stefan and Damon reveal that either Bonnie or her mother has to die in order to save Elena, to break the witch connection that Klaus’s resurrected mother formed to murder her vampire children. Since Bonnie refuses, Damon forces her mother to turn into a vampire ending the connection.
In the midst of her mother’s transition into a vampire, Elena calls asking Bonnie to cast a spell to keep Alaric (Jenna’s exboyfriend) violent tendencies inside as he was magically turned into a vampire hunter. Bonnie is kidnapped by Klaus to remove the linking spell his mother created. She refuses at first but complies because Jeremy was being threatened. When she is allowed to leave, she calls Elena to apologize for ruining their plan, and also for leaving Damon behind as he was captured by Klaus’ sister Rebekkah. I was still trying to figure out why she was reacting that way. Shouldn’t everyone understand that she had to do what she had to in order to save Jeremy, the boy she claims she loves? I mean, he’s Elena’s brother… wouldn’t she want Bonnie to save him? She also had every right to be pissed at Damon as he didn’t even allow her to make the choice of saving her mom instead he just made it by turning her. As much as I like the idea of Bonnie and Damon together, if we’re being real, at this point in their lives, it wouldn’t have worked as he was obsessed with Elena, which we’re not even going to talk about in this thing, and she couldn’t stand him. When Damon is saved later, he tries to apologize to Bonnie but there wasn’t a choice he just had to save Elena. Bonnie says there’s always a choice. Which there is. Everyone just always chooses Elena over Bonnie. The writers choose Elena, the fans choose Elena… no one chooses Bonnie.
She ends having to do a spell that requires the stopping of a human heart in order to stop a vampire’s heart. Jeremy is the human as she casts the spell to stop Klaus’ heart. Yup, once again Bonnie is doing something that potentially could kill another person she loves just to save someone else. 
Bonnie makes a ton of sacrifices this season in order to save Elena who is becoming a damsel in distress more often. Bonnie finally reconnects with her mother personally and magically but her human/witch life is stolen for Elena and Bonnie didn’t even have a say. It’s not fair. Elena even manages to call Bonnie for a favor while she’s trying to support her mom through her transition. I mean… what?? Really?? Her mother leaves to protect Bonnie as she thinks she can’t control her new vampire tendencies, thanks Abby for actually caring about Bonnie. She is constantly threatened/forced into doing magic because someone is threatening Jeremy. I mean… can the girl just live without everyone calling her up to save them? You’d think that the show would center around Bonnie Bennett considering all of the stuff she does for everyone but nope, everyone cares about Elena, even Caroline has dramatic storylines.
Season 4
Elena is transitioning into a vampire so Bonnie drives herself crazy trying to prevent that and bring Elena back to life. She even hatches a plan to go to the “other side” to bring back her soul. Why do all this for Elena? I mean… she’s annoying at this point. Just let her be an annoying vampire too, which she definitely was. But this spell requires dark magic so when she goes through with the plan, her Grams’ spirit stops her saying that Nature will punish her if she continues to dabble in dark magic. Klaus (magically trapped in Tyler’s body) demands she restore him, threatening to kill Tyler if she refused so she relents. The spell requires Bonnie to tap into dark forces and she was once again confronted by her Grams. However, Nature decided to punish her Grams instead, leaving Bonnie distraught and guilt-ridden. Once again she lost a loved one because people want to make her do things she probably shouldn’t.
She loses her magic again because of this, Professor Shane takes advantage of her vulnerability and starts to manipulate her into using a form of dark magic “Expression”. She tries to bring her best friends together as they don’t have friend time much anymore as Elena is busy bouncing between the Salvatore brothers and Caroline is being the best vampire ever also with love triangle issues. Due to a magic ring that revives those killed by the supernatural, Jeremy is turned into a vampire hunter; he has urges to kill Elena. Bonnie helps him keep those impulses under control through the teachings of Shane. She learns “Expression” is dark magic and tries to stop but Shane continues to manipulate her. Now, Bonnie has proven in the past that she is incredibly bright and wise for her age, I know she has been through a lot but I would think that would make her even more distrustful of strange people who claim to know magic but can’t use it themselves. That’s fishy and the fact that Shane successfully manipulates her so much this season is out of character for her. It seemed like the writers just didn’t care about continuity with her personality unless it was her being willing to be the sacrificial lamb. 
She learns that Shane is connected to the Town Council massacre and she asks her father the details as he is the one who had Shane arrested. She learns Shane is responsible for manipulating Pastor Young to kill himself and eleven other people. Shane admits this to Bonnie as it was a ritual and not a massacre because they would all be revived. Bonnie freaks out but Shane tells her she can see her Grams again. Being all emotional, she starts to use “Expression” which allows Shane to manipulate the situation saying he’s the only one who can help her control it. He says Bonnie could become the most powerful witch in the world. We already know she’s awesome and powerful, she has proven that many times, so I don’t understand why anyone would fall for this rubbish. She is threatened by Kol, an Original, and uses “Expression” to escape. Her parents try to prevent her from leaving to protect her but Jeremy comes and says this matter isn’t important. Pause, I know you’re the boyfriend and everything but… can she have this moment with her parents? I mean this will be the only time we see them together again. Her parents drug her and try to wipe her memory of the Expression but she wakes up and fights back. She swears no one can control her anymore but we know that’s not true as Shane still is. 
Using Jeremy’s Hunter tattoo as a map, the group goes to an island to find the cure for vampirism. Shane accompanies to keep Bonnie from using “Expression” until she needs it. She learns Shane’s wife was a witch, who died trying to use “Expression” making her mad. Shane tells her it’s okay because he knows the warning signs and can help her better, but Damon overhears and says that Shane has manipulated the situation by being the only person who can help Bonnie if she loses control so now Bonnie can’t let Shane die. Jeremy and Bonnie go into the cave to find a stone encased Silas, the first immortal in the world, who is mind manipulating Bonnie to make her think her Grams is there. Before they can attempt to kill Silas, another vampire hunter shows up and stabs Bonnie and she watches as Jeremy’s neck is snapped in front of her. I mean, why can’t the girl just succeed for once without someone trying to kill her or someone she loves?? Bonnie is emotionally devastated and is easily tricked into helping Shane, who is a revived Silas in disguise. He wants her to commit another massacre to complete the final step in the ritual. However, she quickly deduces that Silas is posing as Shane which is why I said her being manipulated is out of character because she figured this out quickly but she is tricked into almost killing 12 witches to complete the sacrifice. Caroline tries to stop the ritual but accidentally kills the witches instead. I think this the first time someone does something in order to save Bonnie from doing something she doesn’t want to, or doing something in general. 
Jeremy dies and Elena turns off her humanity off, blames Bonnie and tries to kill her but Bonnie fights back making Damon having to stop Bonnie from killing Elena. Bonnie wants to stop Silas, so she lowers the veil to speak with the witch who imprisoned him the first time. Silas tries to stop her, Damon saves her and helps subdue him while Bonnie turns him to stone. With the veil being down, she wants to bring Jeremy back but her Grams warns her not to do it but because Bonnie loves Jeremy, she does it anyway and ends up trading her life for his. Graduation comes and Bonnie doesn’t tell anyone she’s dead, she says it’s too much for everyone but I mean… you’re dead Bonnie, and you keep worrying about everyone else. Amazing. She suggests to Caroline about cancelling graduation so she can try to accumulate power to raise the veil. But Caroline refuses. Grams tells her to say her goodbyes. Bonnie gets her diploma and sneaks away with a dead Kol, who wants the veil to remain down as he wants to live in the living world. Bonnie tricks him and traps him in the room with her lifeless body. When she is finally able to lower the veil Jeremy is able to live and Bonnie being dead is solidified.
Ultimately!! BONNIE DIES IN THIS SEASON AND NO ONE NOTICES! I don’t even have anything else to say! That one was long, sorry, but a lot of stuff happened this season. 
Season 5
As a ghost, Bonnie remains to keep an eye on her friends even though they think she’s staying with her mother. Only Jeremy and Matt can see her thanks to their previous abilities to see ghosts but Matt doesn’t know she’s dead, he finds out later. The spell she cast against Silas is broken and Bonnie is powerless as she watches Silas kill her father yep so that’s two family members killed, three if you count her mother being turned. Jeremy ends up telling Damon because everyone needs her help again. He explains there has to be a balance, people can’t be brought back without a consequence so Bonnie died so Jeremy could live. Damon tells Elena who mourns Bonnie I give her points for this because there are some nice times when Elena and Bonnie have moments. They hold an extremely emotional memorial for Bonnie and the one time the show honored her character. I sobbed it was so beautiful. Though I think it’s funny that the note she leaves for Elena pertains more to Bonnie than it does to Elena “You think you have to be there for everyone but you don’t… you can live your life” buuuut Bonnie herself couldn’t do that and she died for it.
Bonnie meets Amara (another Petrova doppleganger… not important) who is the anchor to the other side, which means dead people have to pass through her in order to move on. So Bonnie discovers in order to live again, she must become the anchor. Especially as the “other side” is going to be destroyed. As a result of a ritual, Bonnie becomes the anchor and is brought back to life though being the anchor means that every time someone dies, they must pass through her and it causes extreme pain because she feels all of the supernatural deaths. Yay. She also has, once again, lost her magic. This is also the first time she and Jeremy are intimate. Bonnie is probably the only character in the show who had a “decent” relationship with someone, where she did not flip flop between two men, and didn’t sleep with him after like two days but ya know, I still don’t think Jeremy loved her to the extent that she loved him. Besides, he basically cheated on her with his dead girlfriend so, it’s almost kind of weird. She and Jeremy have a moment but Damon kidnaps Jeremy forcing Bonnie to do a locator spell for a witch or Jeremy dies. Bonnie discovers a classmate is a witch but she seems to not control it well. She hopes to teach her so she could help her friends magically while Bonnie cannot. Bonnie continues trying to teach Liv magic but it’s all a front. Liv is very experienced.
A group of Travelers, annoying witches, sacrifice themselves for a ritual to revive Markos, their powerful leader. They have to pass through Bonnie to get to the other side, they all do at the same time causing pain and she passes out. Markos is revived unknown to Bonnie. The “other side” is dying which means as the anchor, Bonnie would also die which means, she’s preparing for her impending death… again. After talking to Liv, Bonnie says she is okay with dying, just as long as her friends are safe and whoever is on the other side that she cares about, makes it back alive. According to Liv, there is no hope and Bonnie should (once again) say her goodbyes. Later, Grams appears, angry with Bonnie about all of the lying and false hope about the life she will never have because of the death of the other side. Grams accidentally knocks over a lamp and Bonnie realizes the other side is worsening… death is close. During a bunch of traveler nonsense, Bonnie is the first one to figure out what their plans are by connecting the dots see? She is smart, which is why I don’t understand the inconsistency the writers do with her being easily manipulated by other people. Bonnie has always been perceptive. Bonnie and her friends believe there is a chance to save the other side, but instead they’re forced out of Mystic Falls and if they return, they’ll be turned human and die their original deaths. Stefan is killed and Bonnie is emotionally affected when he passes through her.
Silas, who is Stefan’s doppleganger, begins teaching Bonnie and Liv the spell to help the other side but it starts to crumble quickly. Liv begins a spell to lower the veil so ghosts can pass through Bonnie (anchor).  Silas dies and is sucked into oblivion. Elena and Damon blow themselves up killing all of the Travelers to prevent Markos from returning again. All of her friends who died pass through her: Luke (Liv’s twin), Enzo (Damon’s best friend from the 40s I think), Tyler, Stefan forces Elena through who was trying to wait on Damon. Stefan also tried to wait but accidentally goes through himself. Markos tries to pass through again but Stefan’s best friend Lexi fights him off, he disappears and she finds peace. The spell ends and Damon and Bonnie are stuck on the other side. It was actually a beautiful scene, Damon comes but he’s too late and the darkness approaches the two. They hold hands and admits that they are ready to face whatever happens together.
Bonnie obviously goes through a lot and does a lot. She went from being a witch, to not having magic, to faking her death, to practicing Expression, to actually dying and not having magic, to being the anchor to the other side only to die again. Through all of these roles, she continues to help her friends without any complaint or thought of what she wants and what is taken away from her. Yes, she grieves but it’s almost like she doesn’t truly get the chance too as someone always needs her just when she gets the chance to grieve. It doesn’t seem like her friends realize how great of a friend Bonnie is. The memorial was the only time everyone realized that she was… great.
Season 6
Bonnie and Damon survived, they are in Mystic Falls reliving May 10, 1994 repeatedly. There always an eclipse. They decide to use magic to get back home but Bonnie is still without magic. Bonnie and Damon bond and playfully bicker with each other the two actors have always had chemistry but it became more noticeable and fully realized in this season. Damon makes pancakes, Bonnie tries to finish a crossword puzzle every day. She’s frustrated about not solving a certain word and Damon is frustrated because she hasn’t regained her magic. He calls her useless and she storms off. Later, Bonnie makes dinner, she comforts Damon and they make peace, Bonnie explaining she misses their friends and family too. They discover, thanks to the solved crossword that someone else is stuck too.
It’s been a couple of months, they’re shopping and they hear a store front ride turn on. Bonnie thinks someone did it while Damon tries to be reasonable. Just because someone else may be there, doesn’t mean they’ll escape. They argue about hope and Bonnie tells Damon “Hope is the only thing that keeps me going, Damon. So if you’re really done, if you have none, then BE done …” and leaves Damon alone. Damon goes back in the store and meets Kai, who tells him his “bickering” with Bonnie’s boring and that’s witnessed Damon push Bonnie away 13 times in an argument. After a few threats and sarcasm, Damon drinks a bourbon laced with vervain. Kai tries to kill Damon but Bonnie arrives. Kai teases her a bit and Bonnie, tries once more to magically light a candle. She does. She tells Damon to run and  chants a spell casting a fire circle around Kai. Damon returns to knock Kai out and apologizes to Bonnie for calling her “the most annoying person because Kai is”. Kai wakes up, says he’s on their side but Bonnie doubts it as he tried to kill Damon. He says since Bonnie has come back she always does, like for real thirteen times, he knew she would come back to Damon and save him which would give her the proper motivation to reactive her powers because her magic is the key. Bonnie gathers items needed for a locator spell to find an item called the “Ascendent” that would help them get home. They learn that Kai’s had it all along and that he was trapped for killing his entire family. He is a witch who siphons, meaning he drains magic from others. He proves it by touching Bonnie and hurting Damon. When they get to their destination for the spell, Bonnie refuses to perform unless Kai actually teaches it to her. He never knew it and explains that since a Bennett witch created his prison, only a Bennett witch can destroy/escape it.
Due to his crime, Bonnie attempt to kill Kai to prevent him from coming, he shoots her with an arrow and Damon tries to heal her but Kai stops him and they fight for the Ascendent. She uses her magic to separate the two and forces Damon home leaving her stuck in the dimension with Kai once again, even though at this point, she and Damon have gotten really close, which I loved, she sacrifices herself for someone else. She cries, happy that Damon’s gone but sad that she didn’t make it and could be dying from her wound. Kai brought her back to the Salvatore house, he threatens her to fix the broken Ascendent. She tries to escape in Damon’s car but Kai shows up in the backseat and they go to the cave to cast the spell again. She puts her magic in her bear and sends it through time leaving them once again stuck. Bonnie is such a boss!! Kai drugs and kidnaps Bonnie and takes them to his childhood home, they have Thanksgiving dinner and agree to go their separate ways. He finds the knife his twin sister hid her magic in, absorbs it and stabs Bonnie, revealing that he’s watched her perform the spell twice, he only needs her blood. She passes out only to wake up alone.
Damon and Elena go to the dimension to bring her home but the spell was ended early and when Bonnie finally makes it back to Mystic Falls in the other dimension, they’re gone and she’s alone again. She tries to make the best of the situation and starts to decorate for Christmas but after reminiscing, she sets the tree on fire. Kai, sort of a changed man, casts a spell in the real word in order for some of the others to see Bonnie but they cannot interact with her. She makes herself breakfast, watch videos she and Damon recorded and she starts to drink a bottle a bourbon. Damon reveals it to be their “suicide bourbon” stating they made a pact where when they can’t take being stuck anymore, they’d open the oldest bottle of bourbon, drink it, and then kill themselves, which is what Bonnie is doing. She starts to commit suicide via carbon monoxide poisoning but Kai was able to send Jeremy through and while unknown to Bonnie, he tries to encourage her. After remembering the words of wisdom and strength from Grams, she wants to live but collapses. Jeremy manages to become physical and saves her, he also leaves a map marked for Silas’ magic touched headstone. She remembers Damon creating the route and drives to Nova Scotia. Before she sends herself home, she meets a mysterious woman but goes home. She and Damon have a great and emotional reunion. He recognizes the woman to be his dead mother.
Bonnie tries to adjust being back. At a rave, a man pulls her to dance with him but she burns his hand after he got to grabby. Leaving, she calls Damon “just wanting to hear his voice” *dies*and tell him what happened. He asks her if she could listen to Kai’s apology about everything but she refuses to ever forgive him. Damon comes to the rave, Bonnie is happy to see him until she sees that Kai is with him. She is upset and leaves. Damon comes to her room and tries to apologize for bringing Kai. Bonnie makes him magically feel everything Kai did to her by inflicting all her wounds but she can’t make him feel the worst one: being left alone. Elena, Damon, Bonnie and Kai go back to the spirit world. Elena and Damon go for Damon’s mom while Kai and Bonnie try to find that world’s Ascendent. Kai tries to apologize by saying he’s changed but Bonnie gets revenge and leaves him, magically traveling back to Damon and Elena with the Ascendant. She and Damon have an argument about Lily (his mother) getting her friends (who are still stuck in the spirit world but are vampires who can also do magic) out. Bonnie does not want to help but Damon already gave his mother the Ascendant. She and Damon have another argument when Bonnie tries to destroy the Ascendant she snuck away from Lily. She tells him that if he really wanted to be human with Elena (who took the cure and is now human) then he would have told Elena about the second cure by now. He leaves without taking the Ascendant. Lily confronts Bonnie about getting her friends out of the spirit world, Bonnie refuses causing Lily to attack her and get something embedded in Bonnie’s neck. Jo takes her to the hospital but Damon heals her with his blood. Kai manages to return to the real world and crashes his twin sister’s wedding (Jo and Alaric) and he kills everyone. Elena was injured but is ultimately fine, in a “coma”. Kai explains he’s linked Bonnie and Elena’s lives meaning they can’t be alive at the same time. Matt tells Bonnie to leave town but she refuses, Matt is sure that since Damon only cares about Elena *rolls eyes* he’ll kill Bonnie to get Elena back. Bonnie confronts Kai, he insults her about her friends caring more about Elena than her he’s not wrong due to the evidence in the past.
Bonnie tries to her magic and face Kai, but he siphons magic and slams her against the wall, collapsing her lung. Damon arrives, she cries out to him as she’s about to die. Kai tells Damon he can either let Bonnie die so Elena can wake up, or save Bonnie. Damon apologizes to Bonnie, kisses her forehead and leaves. Bonnie starts to cry and Kai is angry that his plan didn’t work. Damon decapitates Kai and saves Bonnie by giving her his blood. He asks her if she really thought he would leave her alone, and that he hasn’t run out of nicknames for her yet. He carries her out. Later everyone goes to the Salvatore house to mentally say goodbye to Elena. Bonnie tells Elena that she’s sorry. They talk and Elena asks Bonnie if she could do her trick one last time by levitating the feathers.
Season 6 is my favorite season for various reasons: Kai was a great addition and a great villain, I’m glad Damon killed him but I also kind of wish he was able to stick around for a bit. I loved the Bonnie and Damon dynamic and how much it’s grown and matured over the years. They started off hating each other, mostly Bonnie hated him for the things he did but over the years they warmed up to each other and learned how to respect the other. They got to spend more time around each other and care for each other in a way they hadn’t before. They became best friends on their own, no one was in the way to make them be friends, they didn’t help and care for each other because of Elena, it just happened. Bonnie continued to have hope of returning home even though it seemed like she wouldn’t ever get that chance was amazing. It showed me how much I actually love her character, her strength is one of her stronger aspects and throughout everything, she’s never lost that. I was so glad that Damon chose to save her over Elena because it shows his growth as a character. Before, he would have chosen Elena without hesitation but the fact he chose Bonnie, especially for her to live out her human life shows his growth because he knew that while he “loves” Elena he also can’t live without Bonnie. 
Season 7 (last season until season 8)
I actually enjoyed season 7 because for one: Elena was gone and I have been over her character for many seasons now. But to see Bonnie and Damon team up and their friendship carry over from season 6 was great, their chemistry is very palpable. They’re “stuck with each other” as they say. The story was also pretty interesting.
Bonnie is with Damon and Ric in Amsterdam. She checks out this mysterious stone Ric finds, with the hopes that it will resurrect his dead wife but Bonnie has a vision of people being killed and tortured and asks him to destroy it as it’s dark magic. She later finds out that while he told her he destroyed it he didn’t. I get that Ric and Bonnie haven’t been super good friends in the past but she has helped him a lot in the past too, I couldn’t believe he was so willing to look her in the face, knowing that it was painful for her with that stone around, but kept it anyway. No matter how Bonnie explains that the other side is gone, there is no veil, Jo has probably moved on, he will take any chance regardless. All I heard was “I don’t care if this affects you Bonnie, I don’t care if you don’t want to use your magic to bring her back because it may hurt/kill you… I just want my wife” which I understand being devastated and the pain but it’s just not right. But being the person she is, Bonnie is willing to endure the painful visions and tapping into dark magic for him because she cares for him and wants him to be happy.
Then flash forward, Bonnie is angry and hurt towards Damon for choosing to leave her, again. She even says while in a psych ward that she “I loved someone but they hurt her and she couldn’t handle it at first but eventually decided to live with it” or something along those lines but he had to choose someone who’s basically dead. Elena has been gone for some episodes now but the writers just couldn’t seem to let her be asleep. The actress left the show but they continued to find ways to keep her relevant when she legit no longer is. Bonnie is right there, literally right at Damon’s side, not behind him but beside him, as they are pretty much equals. They season starts off with them being in a different country together, and they’re teaming up to save their town… I mean she’s right there. Stop ghosting over Bonnie for a character who hasn’t been interesting since season 3. They are forced to work together because Bonnie is dying, due to taking magic blocking pills, they are hiding her from the organization called “The Armory” as they want her to open a magically sealed vault in order for the leader to find her sister, who is likely dead. Damon sees that Bonnie and Enzo are together and visibly is uncomfortable with it.
  • In terms of the Bonnie/Enzo relationship, when they showed it in the flash forward, I was like “Meh, I don’t like it” but then they later showed how it progressed to that point, I don’t dislike it but I’m also not shipping it. The actors do have chemistry but my main problem with that “ship” is that Enzo hasn’t been an interesting character for a long time. He was Damon’s best friend after they were captured, tortured and experimented on in Whitmore but felt betrayed because Damon was able to escape and he left Enzo after he failed to rescue him. I think the writers kept him around with the intent of making him a “less interesting” Damon as they are very similar. It’s almost like their way of giving fans who want “Bamon” in the show a “Bamon- like” relationship. It’s a cop out and a slap. If Enzo was more developed then maybe I’d be more open to it but as Enzo is kind of useless, I can’t feel emotionally attached to them at all. I don’t see any growth in Bonnie as a character with Enzo, I see her being “happy” with him and she does say to him “I’ve always wanted someone to love me the way you do” but no matter how much everyone wants to ride the Delena train, I think Damon already does. Maybe it’s Ian Somerhalder and Kat Graham’s fault for having such great chemistry and them wanting their characters to be together in the show but it looks to me, quite often, that Damon does love Bonnie more than a best friend and vice versa.
Bonnie is slowly dying from the magic blocking pills so Damon and Enzo are trying to figure out how to save her. Damon finds and capture Rayna, a vampire Huntress and bargains with her to give up her last life to Bonnie (She had 7 lifetimes due to an ancient ritual), she agrees if they hunt down the vampire souls who escape her Phoenix Stone prison. They all become awesome vampire reject hunters and as Bonnie gets weaker, Damon makes a deal with the armory that if they kill the remaining 100 vamps, he’ll hand Bonnie over to them. Of course everyone is upset with him because of this deal but The Armory follows through and kills the remaining vampires. Bonnie goes to them and opens the vault, but after getting all of her friends out of the building she seals the entire building so no one could get out, including the mysterious Creature. Bonnie is still a boss witch.  Rayna tricks them just as the ritual is being completed to give Bonnie her life and she has her shaman give Bonnie her life as the Huntress too. So now, if Bonnie wakes up, she’ll want to hunt all of her friends. She doesn’t want to wake up as her new life will be to kill them all. Especially the two people who she cares about the most and who seem to care about her the most: Damon and Enzo.
  • This is the first time Bonnie is actually an antagonist in the show.
  • Caroline tries to appeal to her friendship with Bonnie in her dreams, though the writers have not really allowed them to have any screen time together this season; it was almost as if they were no longer friends. Bonnie dream kills her and marks Caroline who Stefan takes on the run.
  • Enzo tries to appeal to their love for each other, shows her the times they spent together. With her learning the guitar, him cooking for her etc but she kills him with the guitar marking Enzo, to his surprise and dismay because he couldn’t reach her.
  • Damon is the last resort to wake Bonnie, but instead of trying to appeal to her kindness, he appeals to her anger knowing it would wake her. He uses Elena as a tool to make Bonnie angry and she kills him in her dream marking him. She goes after him to kill him, she chases him to her “In memory” tree stump from when she died and Damon tells her “You’re so strong Bonnie Bennett, you have been many things: a witch, a ghost, a corpse, the anchor and you’ve stronger because of it”, he tells her that he envies her strength, admires her, believes in her and that he loves her. He eventually says the wrong thing and it reignites her anger and she almost kills him but Matt knocks her out.
    • Now, when he says all of this it seemed to help her want to try and stop. But then… he tacks on “I love you… the way Elena loves you” and I say stop right there! Why does Damon have to love anyone the way Elena loves them? Why can’t he just love Bonnie because he actually loves her? 
  • So now Damon and everyone else is trying to find out how to break this curse on Bonnie as she is actively chasing Caroline. They discover if they can burn the last body that represents Rayna’s last life, then it would sever the link between that body and Bonnie’s releasing her of the curse. They are able to do this just as Bonnie catches up to Enzo and almost kills him even as he’s prepared to die because if he dies, then at least he’ll die still loving her and with her.
    • That scene first of all, mirrored the Bamon scene before so I wasn’t truly able to feel the emotions they were trying to put forth because it just an “instead of”. The writers seemed like they were definitely trying to say ‘well here’s the next best thing to a romantic Bamon’.
  • Damon kills the last remaining body, breaking the link between the two and Bonnie stops just in time. Bonnie calls Damon to thank him and forgive him for saving her and just as he tries to leave, he hears Elena’s voice *rolls eyes* and is attacked by the mysterious creature that was supposed to remain locked in the vault and it does something to him. Bonnie and Enzo go to find out what’s happening, Enzo goes to find Damon and is also attacked by the mysterious creature. Now they’re both gone.
    • So now Bonnie loses both Enzo and Damon, Oh! She also doesn’t have her magic anymore either.

I really tried to do this one without making it long but I just couldn’t and I hope you’ve made it through this post. This one needs the information to understand my point. Considering there are so many fans who dislike Bonnie, or who did hate before, or want her off the show (which I really don’t understand), I had to do it this way to show that Bonnie Bennett is amazing character whose potential is not realized.
I understand Elena Gilbert was the main character and the show revolved around her, which would have been fine, if Bonnie’s character hadn’t gotten smaller and smaller over the seasons. You would think with everything I’ve outlined here she would have a larger role but this is literally all she does. Outside of dying and sacrificing over and over, what else has happened to her? Nothing. Matt Donovan who is the most useless person ever on this show is still around and he even gets more storylines than Bonnie does. Caroline, who is also one of my favorites became a large focal point in a lot with the show when she started off being the most annoying girl. She had the storyline in being Damon’s toy (which she has ever right to hate him and never forgive him), of being turned into a vampire against her will, the choosing between Matt and Tyler, the choosing between Klaus and Tyler, her mother’s death, being the last vampire to turn off her emotions, having a relationship with Stefan, having to carry Alaric’s magical twins because Jo died… I mean there’s variety for her but Bonnie keeps getting the same story retold over and over again and her life and happiness is always at stake.
The “relationship” she had with Jeremy seemed one sided for a very long time, the relationship she has with Enzo currently seems like a carbon copy of what she could have Damon Salvatore and it did seem like Kai started to have romantic feelings for her and that could have been okay if handled properly, but he was killed. Even the friendship between Caroline, Bonnie and Elena weakened over the course of the show, it started off strong but due to Elena’s back and forth between the brothers, anyone else who wasn’t involved in some sort of ridiculous romantic plot, got sidelined and Bonnie is the biggest victim of that.
We know she’s powerful because she has taken on the Original vampires who are considered to be the strongest vampires, she took down Silas, she suffered through being the anchor where those killed by the supernatural have to pass through her, her family has died in one way or another, she’s watched Jeremy die many times, only for them to not even end up together. It’s just a cycle. No one seems to be grateful for everything Bonnie does for them.
I continue to watch this show for Bonnie’s character (among Damon, Caroline and Stefan) and with these past two seasons, she was able to grow in different ways. Her strength remained and will always be there, but she was able to push past her dislike for Damon and allowed herself to really care for him when before they hated each other. He grew as a character on his own while in her presence. He didn’t grow for anyone but himself and Bonnie continues to be who she is.
I just hope the writers quit messing around and with this last season, treat her well. If Nina Dobrev (Elena) indeed returns, I hope there is a way around this curse preventing Elena and Bonnie from being alive at the same time because if Bonnie dies prematurely just so Elena can live… I will throw my TV at the wall. She deserves to actually be happy. Not in the ‘she can’t have Damon so here’s Enzo’ way, or a false sense of security, or hopelessly hopeful… she deserves to be rewarded for everything she’s done and gone through by having the best send off a character should have.
Bonnie Bennett deserves the world from this show and so much more.
P.S. I will probably do a companion piece directly to this about Bonnie and Damon because I need to talk about that too.

Diminished TV Characters II

Part II of Diminished TV show Characters.

Read Introduction Here

Read Part I here.

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Lacey Porter- Twisted

This one was actually a major sore spot for me because it was ridiculously blatant. The writers of this show could not even try to act like they didn’t sabotage her character. Please bear with me on this one because while this show only lasted one season, the information provided is essential to why Lacey Porter’s character was diminished.
Twisted was marketed as this mystery/thriller drama on ABC Family with three leads, two being people of color! Twisted centered on Danny Desai, a 16-year-old alleged sociopath and murderer who reconnects with his two childhood best friends, Jo Masterson and Lacey Porter when he returns to his hometown to attend high school.
This show had promise. Lacey starts the show as the popular girl, she’s dating the most popular boy in school and as they hear news of Danny’s return, Jo and Lacey speak to each other after drifting apart. Danny immediately finds the girls in the hallway and speaks to them like old times even though Lacey coined the phrase “socio” for Danny while being interviewed. But Danny is drawn to her first (He looks her right in her eyes, it was beautiful), he and Jo manage to become friendly again quickly but Danny has to work for Lacey’s friendship. While things are still rocky between them, they always managed to be alone with intense and reminiscent conversations. They almost kissed in the pilot! I was down for the cause.
The problem comes when Lacey and Danny finally get together, it takes a while for Lacey to admit her feelings but she does. She goes to reconcile with Danny and spends the night with him, both ignorant to the fact that someone records them. The recorder shows his friends the video, Jo’s best friend Rico confronts them, Lacey decides not to fight it because she figures her friends will forgive her and Jo will understand. However, Rico tells Lacey that Jo is “in love” with Danny (lol whatever). So she can’t know about the video because it would devastate her.
At that moment, I knew it was bull because there were no indications that Jo liked him romantically, at least enough that everyone is worried about her feelings. Lacey already felt bad for keeping her relationship with Danny a secret but felt like she needed to because people would react negatively due to his past, so this wasn’t fair to put on her as well. She’s a 16-year-old girl! I mean come on. Lacey goes out of her way to get that video deleted so Jo wouldn’t see it, but it was sent out anyway.
After an extremely awkward public romantic confession from Jo (at a public hearing discussing expulsion for an incident Danny didn’t cause), Lacey and Jo talk. Jo tells her of her feelings about Danny and proceeds to say “I should have told you” Lacey says she would understand because it would have been weird with the three of them and their friendship and Jo says “plus, I know he doesn’t feel the same way about me… but even if he did, I hope you know I never would have dated him without talking to you first. I care about you so much Lacey, about us” and right there I called FOUL because why would they do that?? It makes Lacey look like this horrible person because she didn’t tell Jo (the show would have hashtags every episode but most of them would be: #JoisinlovewithDanny, #PoorJo) whereas now suddenly Jo is saying she would have told Lacey. It wasn’t right. Once Jo sees the video, she gives both Danny (who didn’t know about the video because he had more pressing matters to deal with like being expelled!!) and Lacey the cold shoulder and the two of them GO OUT OF THEIR WAY to apologize to her. I’m sorry (not sorry), I find that absolutely ridiculous. A private moment between them was spread around the school, why are we worried about Jo’s feelings? What about their parents? Why hasn’t someone done something about this?
They wanted to make Lacey look like the bad guy from the beginning. When they were younger, Lacey shut Jo out due to her being constantly depressed and bringing up Danny when Lacey just wanted to move on. I mean, imagine being 12 and dealing with the fallout of your best friend allegedly killing his aunt while you’re at his house. She also convinced a friend when they were 13, not to invite Jo to her sleepover due to her depressing behavior. I’m not giving Lacey a pass for being mean towards the only other person who might understand her feelings but I can imagine being a pre-teen, feeling betrayed by your best friend, having your life bombarded by reporters and therapists and just trying to be normal. That’s a lot for a kid. But none of that mattered because Lacey was set up as this snooty popular black girl and Jo set up to be the blonde haired, blue eyed damsel who should be with Danny and is the most important.
What makes matters worse is that Lacey began to get less and less screen time now that Jo’s random feelings for Danny is out in the open. Even DANNY, the main lead of the show was getting less screen time because we’re all supposed to be #Team Jo. Danny never shows any romantic interest in her at all but they wanted their viewers to believe he suddenly had feelings for her. #TeamJo. No. I was never Team Jo because there was no Team Jo. They were friends and it just so happened that Danny and Lacey discovered they could be more. I don’t think that makes them bad people, nor did they have to tell Jo.
Another example: Jo comes to Lacey’s invisible younger sister’s birthday party. She and Lacey I guess got back on good terms and a big secret is revealed about Lacey’s father. He’s gay. Who discovers this? Jo Masterson. Why? Why did she have to be the one to walk in on Lacey’s dad making out with another man? Why couldn’t Lacey discover them? Or I don’t know… the man’s ex-wife? Then for some reason, Jo was present during this family discussion. Um… why? I also did not appreciate how Jo’s Caucasian parents and Danny’s Caucasian mother got to be regulars but Lacey’s African American parents were only present maybe three times in total throughout the season. I would have loved to know Mrs. Porter’s reaction to finding out her 16-year-old daughter had a “sex-tape” spread throughout her school.
Last example: In the second half of the season, Danny’s cellmate Charlie was introduced. He seemed to show interest in Lacey when they first meet, which I was not for because he was weird and she and Danny were not over. Later he switches his romantic manipulative interest to Jo (who at the time was sort of kind of dating some other boy) and turns her against Danny with a bunch of obvious lies. So, overall Jo Masterson became many things in one season.
  1. Damsel in Distress (Somehow she got involved in drama with Danny and his supposedly dead father, and ended up being the reason why Danny kind of killed his dad. I mean, that would have been a great plot if it only dealt with Danny and his father.)
  2. The Angel and everyone should be #Team Jo because #Jo Is the One
  3. Irresistible to different guys but continues to have feelings for Danny who now suddenly has romantic interest in her. It looked like Avan Jogia couldn’t even fake being romantically interested in her.
  4. Stupid and Naïve. She was always kind of naïve but dang, Charlie turned her against Danny so quickly it was amazing she called herself his best friend.
Jo became all of these things whereas Lacey Porter just continued to become less than what she was. She had her confidence issues but she was a character with a lot of inner strength that SHOULD have been explored more.
  • We should have gotten to know Lacey’s family, including her sister (they didn’t even cast her). We should have known what happened in the Porter household when Danny was arrested those years ago. Clara was turning 14, did she have a hard time in school too? When did Mr. Porter start sleeping with the gym teacher? Or whatever he was.
  • Lacey and her parents should have talked about what happened between her and Danny, with the video and it being set out to everyone. There were no serious repercussions of it.
  • When Charlie came into town and showed interest in Lacey, he should have stuck with that, since Danny and Lacey were actually together and actually had unresolved feelings. Him trying to get close to Jo to hurt Danny didn’t hold as much weight. It would have taken a lot of time and lies for him to turn Lacey against Danny unlike how quickly he did it with Jo. It would have made a more interesting story.
  • Danny and Lacey should have been able to reconcile what was going on between them. Danny started to get broody because he was being haunted by what he did to his father, there should have been a moment where they should have talked. I think there was something after/during a dance but it wasn’t enough.
I’m sure there is more, but it’s been a long time I’ve watched this show. If I ever decide to watch the season again, I could probably add to this. Outside of what the writers did to Lacey’s character and even to Danny’s character all for the sake of putting Jo on a pedestal, she didn’t deserve, there were a lot of story lines that should have been explored, fleshed out differently, built up more. I don’t know how it looks now, but Twisted fanfiction featured a lot of Lacey Porter, fans on the Facebook page, IMdB page were upset, including myself, by this however the writers did not listen to us. Instead they listened to the small portion of fans who for some reason wanted Jo to be in the forefront, or they just ignored us and continued their own agenda. It didn’t work obviously as the show never made it to the second season.
Lacey Porter deserved better.
The next part will hopefully come faster then this one did lol. It will be the last part of this segment for now.