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Apr 08

Wednesday Randomness: Letter to an Inanimate Object

Dear Vampire Diaries,

Bronwyn Green told me that it’s perfectly okay for me to write this letter to you, since you are a TV show comprised of living actors playing parts but I’m not writing to them (though I probably should). I’m writing to the show as a whole.

Almost six years ago, we were introduced to Stefan, Elena, Damon, and the little vampire-filled town called Mystic Falls. Since then, we’ve had to deal with various Big Bads and random “WTH is going on” situations – Original vampires, insane witches, doppelgangers, magic rings, werewolves, sire bonds based on gratitude, sire bonds based on “feelings,” Rippers, Hunters, shady college professors, Travelers, hottie sociopaths who get feelings after merging with his little brother, ghosts, vampires who come back from the dead… And this is all off the top of my head (with my crappy memory).

I’ve recently started a Great Rewatch of the entire series and I’ll admit that I’m obsessed. I watch when I wake up before I go to work, I watch when I get home, I watch when I should be sleeping (like now). The storytelling is, for the most part, hit or miss. In the first few seasons I enjoyed it very much. I stuck with the show even when things got a little out there for me, because… well… Alaric Saltzman.

Matt Davis as Alaric Saltzman

He originally showed up on TVD as a history teacher, which made my little nerd heart jump for joy. I took far too many history classes in college just because I enjoyed them. So, for Ric to show up and make history interesting to the kids at Mystic Falls High, I immediately fell in love with him. And he’s also a vampire hunter. A scruffy, tall, HOT history teacher/vampire hunter.

Wrap him up, I’ll take him home.

When he started going down the path to evil in season 3, I was a little heartbroken. But Matt Davis pulled it off so effortlessly – just a change of his facial expression and you knew that something was wrong with the Ric we’d come to know and love.

I got the chance to meet Matt at the TVD convention here in Houston this year. He was adorable and funny at his Q&A panel, securing my heart forever when he revealed how much he loves to read. At both photo ops (yeah, I ended up with two pictures with him — wouldn’t you?) he was so sweet and smiled at me like he was genuinely happy to see me.

This is supposed to be a love letter to TVD, but it’s leaning more towards a letter to Matt. Oops.

The show’s many characters and (sometimes insane) storylines provide for such a rich playground for a writer’s mind to play. I started out writing fanfic, so sometimes my mind still heads in that direction – especially when someone like Matt Davis is on screen steaming up my glasses.

I’ve been writing in one form or another since I was 7 years old and have never successfully written a vampire story. Every time I try, it’s usually too cheesy or makes no damn sense. I know it’s not entirely because of TVD -I’ve always loved vampires and werewolves- but after spending so many years watching the show and discussing with Elise how things could’ve been different or how we think the writers of the show are on crack.

Recently, I had an idea pop into my head for a vampire rom com. And with Monday’s picture prompt turning into a vampire story (that is super close to my friend Bronwyn Green’s prompt and now has me wanting to write with her even more), that just shows me that I really need to take my love of vampire tv/movies/books and write my own.

So, thank you TVD. Thank you for your characters, your storylines, and your ability to piss me off/make me sob like an infant/make me fall in love with a character. Because of you, I’m expanding my writing horizons.

And having some really awesome dreams.

Love,

Paige

Want to read everyone else’s letters? Click the names below.

Jess

Bronwyn

Jessica

Kris

Kellie

Gwen

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  1. Jessica De La Rosa

    I laughed so hard because I was thinking the exact same thing when this line popped up, “This is supposed to be a love letter to TVD, but it’s leaning more towards a letter to Matt. Oops.”

  2. Bronwyn Green

    That devolved quickly – LOLOLOL! :D But characters *do* inspire. There are plenty of characters I could write thank you notes to. :D

  3. Gwen Cease

    I’ve never watched the show, but your letter cracked me up. Good job! And I’m so glad you got to meet your crush and he was actually worth it. :-)

  4. Pansy Petal

    Lovely letter and thank you for sharing it with the world.

  5. Kris

    This isn’t one I’ve watched either. Heard lots of stories, though. And yes, it seems you might have a crush on Matt, lol. But he’s so worthy of a love letter.

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