Hi, I'm new to TVD fandom and I noticed a lot of on-going hate and disagreements towards Julie Plec. I know she's one of the writers, but I was wondering if you could direct me to some forums or summarize a list of reasons why fans don't like her specifically compared to all the other writers. (If you volunteer to explain, have fun with it and make it as beautifully nasty as you please! You can also answer privately or publish. Just super curious and you seemed like the person to ask) Thanks!
I certainly don’t claim to speak for everyone, but I’d be happy to give you my thoughts and feelings on the subject.
In the eyes of the TVD fandom, Julie Plec is public enemy number 1 Go directly to jail. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200. Her job as a writer and executive producer is to tell a story and bring L.J Smith’s characters to life on the TV screen, not to bastardise a book series, completely dismantle it’s characters, then turn it into a plot device that helps bring about her own fame and fortune.
The main problem I have with Julie is that her storytelling doesn’t seem to hold any sustainable amount of logic. The only conclusion I can draw is that her idea of ‘logic’ is pretending past seasons haven’t happened. Either that or she goes to work everyday completely hammered.
Here are a few of my favourite examples:
THE SIRE BOND - While I have never been a Damon/Elena shipper I understand that Damon & Elena’s relationship is a big part of the overall storyline. However using a sire bond as a reason to bring these two together seems like a pretty ridiculous plot device. We spent three seasons falling in love with Stefan and Elena’s relationship and their promises of being together ‘forever’ only for her to suddenly realize she’s actually in love with his brother as soon as she becomes a vampire?
If you expect us viewers to suddenly get on board with this ship, why use a plot device that basically forces Elena to choose Damon? Why can’t Elena just admit to herself that she has feelings for Damon? Why can’t she just be pissed off with Damon for lying to her about Stefan without Silas’ compulsion being the driving force? Why does there have to be a plot device behind every choice these characters make?
SHE’S A HYPOCRITE
Replace Bonnie with Elena and Kol with Damon, and you now see what every Stefan/Elena fan has been wondering for the past six months. Damon snapped her brothers neck, physically and verbally abused her best friend and slept with her mother and we’re supposed to believe she’s suddenly in love with him?
CHARACTER ASSASSINATION - Over the course of the entire series we’ve seen Elena go from a teenager grieving over the loss of her parents to a strong, compassionate heroine to what has now become a shadow of her former personality. Obviously Julie and the writers have a reason behind Elena’s sudden change in personality, but are refusing to give us any answers, leaving us all to wonder what the fuck is really wrong with Elena Gilbert?
TOO MANY STORYLINES, TOO LITTLE LOGIC - In any tv show there are several plots and storylines overlapping at any one point. In The Vampire Diaries there are 565 plot lines fighting for screen time at any one point in time which never seem to come to any sort of resolution and leave us wondering what the fuck just happened?
WTF MOMENTS - Julie is a big fan of these. The moments that make us want to bang our heads against the wall and wonder why we’re watching this show in the first place?
- Stefan, who’s never gone more than a few days without speaking to Elena suddenly disappears for 3 months without so much as a phone call. We get it, she broke his heart and got together with his brother all in the same night, he probably wants some alone time - but at some point in time you’d think she or Damon would have at least called or sent a text message to check up on the poor guy? Now they’re suddenly surprised and feeling guilty when it’s revealed he’s actually been drowning in a safe all summer. WTF JULIE?
- Elena spent the majority of season 1 hating Damon for abusing and compelling Caroline, but suddenly wonders why Caroline doesn’t like her dating him? WTF JULIE?
- Damon’s sudden concern for Jeremy. He’s spent the last four seasons snapping the kid’s neck and tormenting him on a weekly basis. Suddenly we’re supposed to believe he’s overwhelmingly concerned with his safety. Excuse us if we don’t believe this. WTF JULIE?
- Stefan’s PTSD. Damon and Elena’s idea of therapy is to invite him to be their third wheel at a college party. WTF JULIE?
- Elena’s need to cockblock Stefan at every available opportunity. If she’s no longer in love with the guy why does it seem like she has a GPS tracker permanently attached to his dick. WTF JULIE?
DOPPELGANGERS - This one’s fairly simple. Whenever something unexplainable happens Julie’s logic is to bring in another doppelganger in the hopes we forget what was originally going on and not realize what a terrible fucking writer she is.
DID I MENTION SHE’S A HYPOCRITE?
Ho ho ho! Doppelgangers for everybody. Two for you, Stefan Salvatore! Three for you, Elena Gilbert! You go Elena Gilbert! and none for Damon Salvatore, bye.
BONNIE & JEREMY - Julie said that the relationship had “had it’s closure” and she had no plans to bring Jeremy back from the dead. Surprise, surprise a few episodes later Jeremy is back in the land of the living (I personally wouldn’t have had a problem with this) except for her ‘logic’ - "It wouldn’t have been believable that Elena had a good summer if Jeremy was dead" - further proof that Jeremy is just another prop in Elena’s story. It’s both amazing and fucking appalling how the writers continuously seem to make Bonnie and Jeremy a non factor even when entire episodes are centered around them.
JENNA - “She found peace” - She was turned into a vampire against her will and then killed by a deranged original hybrid all in the space of about forty minutes. I don’t know about you, but that sure doesn’t sound fucking peaceful to me.
SILAS & QETSIYAH - This is a gem I found while lurking the anti Julie tag.
These are just a few examples but hopefully they give you some kind of insight into the view of most of TVD fandom’s general thoughts when it comes to Julie Plec. We may not all like the same ships but we certainly fucking agree on one thing.