Ya'all are going to have to help me out here. Damon was nominated through blog comments, and I haven't read the books. Or watched the loosely based on the books television series. So I am basically writing in the dark, but I'm okay with that.
After a little research, however, I do think I am going to have to get myself some episodes of The Vampire diaries, because Damon is mmm... yummy!
Here's what wikipedia has to say about Damon:
And about Elena, wiki says:
• Elena Marie Gilbert: (born July 4, 1974). She is the main character of the books. Elena is 17 and the most popular girl at Robert E. Lee High School. Elena is every boy's dream with pale golden hair so fair it almost seems to shimmer and creamy skin. Elena sees herself as a beauty, and is a little shocked and hurt that Stefan does not look her way in the beginning. Elena's best friends are Bonnie and Meredith. Caroline is a former friend turned enemy. Elena has a boyfriend, Matt, but breaks up with him because she mainly feels friendship for him. Elena has a little sister, Margaret, and lives with her Aunt Judith. When Elena and Stefan start to date, she realizes that their love may not last. She later also falls in love with Damon, Stefan's older brother.
And about Stephen, wiki says:
Yes, I do have a point in copying/pasting from wiki in my blog entry.
And my point is this: I already like Damon better than Stefan. I automatically like the vampire that drinks human blood better than the one who survives on the blood of animals. I like a dark and scary vampire, one who is really okay with being a vampire, or even, perhaps (omg, blasphemy alert) LIKES being a vampire. It's just one of my little things.
Sort similar to how I just don't care for vampires that go to high school. This is almost an immediate dislike for me. I mean, high school is like Hell. And that's coming from a person who didn't have a particularly difficult time in high school. I just straight up think that life without school is about a million per cent more enjoyable than life with school.
College was somewhat more pleasant, so I would be less inclined to pass on a book where the characters were in college. The high school bit, though, is almost an automatic pass for me. High school is an artificial environment. I mean, where else in life to you meet not just one person hiding who they really are, but three to eight HUNDRED people faking it, each and every agonizing day.
Again, I didn't have any particular trouble in high school. I wasn't "popular" but I wasn't bullied. The mean girls didn't bother me - probably because I didn't care about them all that much. I was a "Red Liner" (smoker), but I wasn't a "burner." I was briefly in the band, and then briefly on the speech team. In 10th grade I hung out with some seniors, and was a little at loose ends in 11th grade because my favorite people (for people, read "boys") had graduated. In 11th grade, one of my favorite people (read "boy") - committed suicide - and honestly, beyond that I hardly remember the rest of my time at that school, except for brief visits of one of those favorite "people" when he came to town to provide us with some drama and excitement. And now he's dead, too.
I guess what I'm trying to get across is that I wouldn't choose to re-live that time of my life, so for a vampire to spend eternity in high school is not a choice that I can understand or believe in. A vampire - man, a vampire can live anywhere and do anything that he wants to - he doesn't even necessarily need to embrace human morality.
So what makes writers set Vampire novels in high school, anyway? Well, I suppose to capture the YA readers, because high school is typically their reality. But isn't a 107 year old vampire stalking a nubile young high school virgin technically a pedophile? Food for thought, that.
And back to the subject at hand - Vampire Diaries. Damon. Yeah.
I'm YouTubing this Damon guy, and thinking, "Damn, high school setting or not, I just might have to catch up with the television version of Vampire Diaries, because this Damon is hot hot HOT. But please note: NONE of these people actually look or act like teenagers - because 25 is the new 16, didn't you know?
Check out this vid: Damon and Elena kiss The subtitles are in Italian, but the scene is in English. (Spoiler alert: apparently it wasn't *really* Elena but a doppleganger).
More Damon/Elena vid clip links: (links because embedding was disabled on these - sorry!)
Talking about the kiss
So tell me more about Damon! Or tell me what you think about vampires spending eternity in high school. And feel free to nominate a vamp for Bloody Monday next week - you'll win your choice of one of my ebooks if I write about your nominated vamp.