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Oh my god I’m back again!

Sooooo – long time, no blog yet apparently people are still coming here to read old posts which is pretty cool considering I haven’t posted anything in almost 15 months!

When I left you I was swooning about The World’s Best Boyfriend who, I’m happy to report is still fulfilling that role. I still love me some Imaginary Men but of course spending time with a Real Guy does take away from my sitting-up-all-night-blogging-time (so does a new wake-up call of 6AM – ACK!)

What else? Oh I just, you know – bought a house. Yes after several years of commitment phobia I went and got a relationship AND a mortgage within a year of each other. You would think I am a GROWN-UP or something!

Don't you love my new house?? (this is not my new house)

Don’t you love my new house?? (this is not my new house)

So plenty of energy that used to be dedicated to fantasizing about Pacey’s Pea Coats or Dreamy Vampire Brothers has been funneled into really sexy thoughts like bathroom remodels, caulking tools and home heating conversions (I know, I know – my life is VERY VERY COOL. Control yourself.)

And I guess some of my interests have changed and my need to write about them obsessively waned. I think that’s normal and I certainly still love a lot of things that are on this site (I’m looking at you Dowager Countess) and have discovered new interests because that’s what life is about – you grow and change and some things make the cut and some don’t.

I do have a confession to make and that is that I may now be less your Fun Sassy Girlfriend and more your Fun Sassy Grandma. The evidence: this winter I read two biographies of Frank Sinatra (speaking of obsessions – HOW could we not see Ronan Farrow is CLEARLY his kid?!) I got hooked on listening to the Cole Porter station on Pandora and when I saw The Fault in our Stars instead of getting all swoony for teen dream boat Augustus I kept thinking, “can we spend more time with Hazel’s parents? Because they seem really fun and awesome.” I’d like to think it was just residual feelings for Sam Trammell now that I’ve missed the last few seasons of True Blood – but I think it’s because I’m Your Grandma and Laura Dern seems really fun to hang out with (even when she’s pretending her daughter is dying of cancer so bravo for that specialized talent!)

But! I quoted the Backstreet Boys up above AND just saw them in concert (and got to keep my  Concert Bitch in check) and because Boy Bands are Never Not Awesome. I have some fun news coming up in the next week so I hope you’ll welcome me back into the big wide blogging world and that I remember how to link shit 🙂

 


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This is my kind of manicure!

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Calling all Fangirls! Think of the possibilities!: An entire Boy Band, Hot Teen Vampires, a Dillon Texas Football team or ten times the Hamm, Gosling and McGregor AT YOUR FINGERTIPS!!! 🙂


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Sexy Vamps vs. Sexy Agents

So Entertainment Weekly has 3 covers for the Vampire Diaries this week!

This one:

 

 

Looked awfully familiar to me. Hmmmmm……

 

Source: Andrea of course!

You’ll note on the EW cover there is a story about “shippers” – that would be fans that root for a particular couple on a show. And do you know how that particular term got introduced into the pop culture lexicon? That’s right – by THE X-FILES 😉


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Of Hybrid Dicks and Cocky Ripper Douches

Boy those Salvatore Brothers sure know how to whip up a good nickname, don’t they? Last week’s Vampire Diaries flashback-tastic episode “The End of the Affair” featured Stefan calling Klaus a “Hybrid Dick”,

I smell a bromance!

While Damon recalled in the roaring 20’s his brother was quite a “Cocky Ripper Douche”

Sounds like somebody is crabby their brother has found a new drinking buddy!

I love both nicknames, and while I think “Cocky Ripper Douche” has a little more style and sass (Damon always gets the best lines), I gotta go with Team “Hybrid Dick” because, c’mon, it’s Klaus!

How can you argue with CAKE??!!

(used with kind permission by @AbbyGraham of Vampire-Diaries.net)

 


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The Vampire Diaries S3 Premiere LiveBlog!: “The Birthday”

You’re invited to the 2nd Annual Multi-Fangirl-Vampire Diaries Premiere Live Blog!

Where: Here

When: Thursday, September 15 at 8PM EST

Your Hostesses:  Amy of Imaginary Men, Julie of TVRecappers Anonymous and Cherie of My Spidey Sense is Tingling

Attire: Formal

Cocktails: Finest vintage

Cherries: Optional

Dancing: Informal

Cake: Will be served

R.S.V.P or Team Ripper will find you and they will eat you

 

 


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The Vampire Diaries: Two more days! Two more days!!

We’re only a few days away from the S3 premiere of The Vampire Diaries, and we here at Imaginary Men and TV Recappers Anonymous are really REALLY EXCITED!!

Why Klaus, are you going sailing after a long day of murder and mayhem?

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How excited are we? Well we spent quite a bit of time deconstructing the latest trailer that premiered last week and then we did some guessing/predicting/fantasizing about what we think we may see in the new season. The results of our TVD BrainTrust can be found at Awesome Blogging Pal Julie’s site:

The Vampire Diaries Pre-Season 3 Redux

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And if you like what you read there, then come join us this Thursday 8PM EST for our Annual TVD Season Premiere Liveblog!! It’s a Fangirl extravaganza full of smart snark, loving mockage, and lots and lots of demands for shirtlessness!

Click here to see the fun that was had at our last LiveBlog for the S2 finale As I Lay Dying. If that’s not enough of a showcase of our Vampire Loving Fangirlie Blogger ways, then I recommend:

Our 4-Part Summer Series on Stefan, Ripper Redux

…and our discussion of Brothers Originals vs. Brothers Salvatore. By the time you get done with all that reading, S3 will finally be here which pleases Klaus 😉

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The Vampire Diaries’ Brothers Salvatore vs. Brothers Originals

Want to hear some good news? Less than TWO WEEKS until The Vampire Diaries S3 premiere!!

Awesome Blogging Pal Julie and I spent the first part of the summer hiatus sobbing into our cocktails about how much we missed the Hot, Often Shirtless, Sometimes Wet Denizens of Mystic Falls:

Source: a Tumblr I forgot to cite bc I was too busy drooling - sorry!

Then True Blood came on with the Hot, Often Shirtless, Sometimes Wet denizens of Bon Temps:

Oh Amnesia Eric I love how you even forgot to wear shirts!

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But then we got back to work and did our Fabulous Four Part Ripper Redux Series about Stefan Salvatore’s path from good guy, to bad vampire, to good vampire, to bad vampire, to good vampire, to dot, dot, dot (as Damon would say!)You can read the whole series here.

Now we bring you a look at a topic sure to be a biggie this season – Damon and Stefan Salvatore (Vampire Brothers 2.0) and Klaus and Elijah “Original” (Vampire Brothers 1.0) So stop your reading, start your clicking and go to TV Recappers’ Anonymous for:

The Vampire Diaries’ Klaus/Elijah vs. Damon/Stefan (and it’s all just a little bit of history repeating…)

Team Ripper toast to brotherhood!

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If you could only see the beast you’ve made of me

So I’m a little very excited for S3 of The Vampire Diaries because of the coming of Team Ripper!! As you know, I’m more than a little charmed by Big Bad WereVamp Klaus as played by the delightful Joseph Morgan. In doing research for Julie and my Ripper Redux series, I found this picture and pretty much fell to the couch swooning like some Victorian lady struck by the vapors:

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OH THE PRETTY!!! As if there wasn’t ENOUGH eye candy on this show!! And this piece is ENGLISH so he’s like the Cadbury of TVD! And on top of all the Sexy Evilness and English Prettiness, today he was Tweeting lyrics from a song I absolutely love:

Florence + the Machine’s Howl. That song is so dark and sexy and obsessive:

if you could only see / the beast you’ve made of me / i’ve held it in but now it seems you’ve set it running free / screaming in the dark / i howl when we’re apart / drag my teeth across your chest to taste your beating heart

If that isn’t a perfect anthem for a vampire/werewolf hybrid than I don’t know what is.

You can hear the song here in the busy, pretentious, confusing, bizarre video:

I am pretty sure Klaus is going to do all sorts of terrible, cruel, evil deeds to the Salvatore Brothers and the rest of Mystic Falls and I will STILL be hard pressed to find a reason NOT to love him 😉


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The Vampire Diaries’ Ripper Redux Pt. IV: Rebirth of a Ripper

Welcome to the fourth installment of Blogging Pal Julie and my Vampire DiariesRip Into Summer” series 😉 Previous installments include:

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Ripper Redux Pt. IV: “A Real Ripper enjoys the hunt.”

Episode: “As I Lay Dying” 2×22

Setting the Scene: Knowing his brother only had hours to live, Stefan confronted Klaus in hopes that the Evil Original Vampire might possess information regarding the cure for the werewolf bite that was rapidly eating away at Damon’s life.  But Klaus wasn’t about to give up that valuable information so easily.  First, he shocked and genuinely freaked out Stefan and Katherine (who, at the time, was also confined to the apartment) by brutally murdering his own brother, Elijah right in front of them.  Once Klaus had Stefan’s attention, he then showed him the sole cure for what was ailing Damon: the blood of a were-vamp.  Of course, there was only one were-vamp living in Mystic Falls at the time . . . and his name is .  . . wait for it . . .  “Klaus.”

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Rather than give Stefan the cure immediately, Klaus demanded that the known bloodaholic, and occasional “Ripper” consume bag, after bag, of human blood, in rapid succession.  Not wanting to risk losing Damon, Stefan began to drink.  As the younger Salvatore brother continued to chug down those blood bags, his eyes began to cloud over, gradually losing a portion of their inherent humanity and kindness, with every grotesque slurp.

Once Klaus had determined that Stefan had thoroughly fallen off the Blood Wagon, he finally presented the Ripper with his Were Bite Cure.  However, rather than handing the cure to Stefan directly, Klaus offered the cure up to Stefan’s former lover, and Klaus’ current captive, Katherine.  Katherine dashed off with the cure, before Klaus could instruct her as to how to use it.  Because she had drank vervain, and, therefore, was no longer under Klaus’ hypnotic power, there was no telling for sure whether, in fact, Katherine would deliver the cure to the Salvatore Mansion, and save Damon’s life.  (But she DID!)

As for Stefan, in exchange for the cure, he had reluctantly pledged fealty to Klaus for a period of ten years, thereby forsaking Elena, his brother, and the town he had grown to love, all with one swift nod of the head.  Yet, despite all that, Klaus had more plans in store for Stefan.  There were still games to be played, and gifts to be enjoyed . . .

Potent Quotables

STEFAN: “What is it you really want from me?”

KLAUS: “All will be explained in time, once we leave this tragic little town.”

STEFAN: “Then, are we done here.  Can we go?”

KLAUS: “Not quite.  You see, I have a gift for you . . . You see I want to make sure that you will honor our deal, that you will be of use to me . . . A real Ripper enjoys the hunt.”


It may have taken over 145 years, but we have finally come full circle.  Back in 1864, Then-New Ripper Stefan offered a reluctant Damon the “gift” of Dinner, in order to entice his older brother to complete his transformation into a full-fledged vampire.  Now, in 2011, Klaus has given Stefan the gift of NEW Dinner, in order to entice the younger Salvatore to complete his transformation back into the same “Ripper” who murdered an entire village of people, back in 1917.

Amy: I scream a lot when I watch this show. Lots of “HOLY SH*T!!” and “OH NO THEY DIDN’T!!!!” But I don’t think I’ve ever, in 43 preceding episodes – screamed as loud as I did when Klaus “turned” Stefan in a perfect mimic of Stefan’s turning Damon in S1’s Blood Brothers.

That’s some really fine storytelling right there.

Julie: Just from the little we’ve learned about Klaus so far, he seems like a HUGE fan of irony, and poetic justice.  I can’t help but wonder whether the Original Were Vamp somehow knows that Stefan’s decision to entice Damon to turn, in this particular way, is the life choice he regrets most . . . the one for which he has spent over a century atoning.  After all, Klaus has orchestrated a situation that seems to so perfectly to mirror the aforementioned one that the connection cannot possibly be lost on Stefan.  As a result, the minute Stefan bites down on New Dinner, he is directly forced to confront the sins of his past, and consciously accept the nightmare version of himself he is about to become.

Amy: In Blood Brothers we learned that Stefan had no choice about drinking Katherine’s blood on the road to being a vampire, she compelled him to do it. We saw him choose to die with Damon and not complete the transition to vampire. We saw him choose to renege on that decision and drink from his dying father, therefore letting the blood wipe all his guilt and hurt away. We watched him take away his brother’s choice by begging, cajoling and downright tempting a devastated and dying Damon to drink from a compelled girl.

That last choice is the one that is the defining crux of Stefan’s entire vampire existence: Stefan will ALWAYS feel guilt for turning Damon – no “turning off” of emotions, or forgiveness from Damon can change that. He knows he is the one who caused all the pain that followed. Stefan’s tragic flaw is that he will forever be trying to atone for that – to make it up to his brother – even when the consequences for him are absolutely horrific and may cost him the love of his long, pained life:

Whatever Damon’s done, whatever has led him here – I’m the one who made him become a vampire in the first place. So if there’s a chance for a cure I owe it to him to find it

And that “tragic flaw” is what leads him right into the sadistic open arms of Klaus. Klaus, who clearly has historical knowledge of Stefan’s past (knowledge that we do not – that despite how Stefan has portrayed his past to Elena – his BloodLust was not just a result of his initial turning, but a long, violent battle over a century to “stay on the wagon”) Klaus who has a need for Stefan to fulfill some sort of dastardly plans – but not as much as Stefan needs Klaus – to save Damon.

Stefan willingly walks into the lion’s den and utters the words to Klaus that seal his fate: Just cut me a deal. Give me the cure and I’ll do whatever you want. Now Klaus could have made a deal – but what fun is that? When you’re a thousand + year old Original – I’m sure life can get pretty dull, you need to spice it up! By psychologically breaking a man’s spirit and systematically taking away everything that that is important to him in the most ruthless and cruel way possible! Klaus teases, he taunts, he shows Stefan that he could care less if Damon lives or dies (by entrusting the cure to Katherine), he shows Stefan he is expendable – unless he gives him what he wants – and that’s Stefan’s allegiance for the next decade.


Julie: The tragedy of the situation becomes apparent early in the scene, when Stefan receives a text from Elena, informing him that Katherine successfully delivered the cure to Damon, and that he is, in fact, OK.  This was all Stefan really wanted from the beginning, to save his brother’s life.  And yet, now he cannot return home to see the fruits of all he has sacrificed.  In fact, if Klaus has his way, Stefan will NEVER return home.  Though Stefan seems fairly cold and stoic, throughout most of his conversation with Klaus, when Elena texts him, there is a flicker of warmth that passes through his eyes, suggesting that, perhaps, “Good” Stefan is not completely lost.

Klaus, who has been intently staring deeply into Stefan’s eyes all day, undoubtedly noticed that flicker of warmth too.  And he does NOT approve.  After all, what good is a Ripper, who is unwilling to RIP?  So, Klaus deals out his final hand, in the game of Bring Stefan to the Darkside, and her name is New Dinner.

What makes New Dinner’s demise so much more painful to watch than Dinner’s, is that, unlike her 1864 predecessor, New Dinner has not been compelled to accept her fate, without fear.  She is petrified of Klaus, and tries to fight him off with every ounce of strength she has.  New Dinner seems to see some good in Stefan too.   (Perhaps, she is a TVD fan?)  As a stand-in for the viewing audience, she silently pleads for Stefan to put an end to all this, and reclaim his humanity.

When Klaus first bites New Dinner in front of Stefan, we see none of the pleasurable orgasmic aspects of neck biting we have witnessed in the past.  New Dinner’s experience is ALL PAIN, ALL THE TIME.  Her screams of anguish echo across the underground warehouse, where Klaus’ family is “stored.”

When Stefan fed on Dinner in front of Damon in 1864, the latter hadn’t eaten in days.  He was close to death, his body crying out for blood.  Seeing those two small red teeth marks on Dinner’s neck was just too much for his weakened resistance.  And so he went in for the kill.

Unlike 1864 Damon, we know that Stefan has been VERY WELL FED, in the past few hours.  However, as a bloodaholic, off the wagon, Stefan’s body’s yearning for blood is now constant and unrelenting.  And it probably feels to him as if he hasn’t fed at all.  Plus, there is just something about drinking warm blood straight from the source, that appeals to Stefan’s darkest desires.

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Stefan’s draining of New Dinner is more “ACTIVE” than Damon’s, and, therefore, more horrifying.  1864 Stefan made Damon’s transformative blood drinking almost too easy.  Dinner was compelled to be still.  She was just inches away from Damon.  So, all he had to do, really, was fall forward . . .  and there he was with his mouth on her waiting neck.

Conversely, the uncompelled New Dinner gives chase after Klaus bites her, thereby forcing Stefan to use his vampire speed to stop her in her tracks.   When he does, he looks her straight in her terrified eyes, and drains her.  While it is happening, New Dinner continually screams in pain, fighting Stefan off, until the last breath of life leaves her body.

The snarling smile on Stefan’s face before he bites into New Dinner is truly creepy, as is the careless way he tosses her body to the ground, after he has finished with her.  Then, of course, there is that final blood-lusty, euphoric, demon-eyed, and oddly homoerotic look Stefan gives Klaus, in the last few seconds of the finale.  That look says one thing, and one thing alone:  THE RIPPER HAS RETURNED!

Amy: I watched Blood Brothers and As I Lay Dying together and was struck by how much they mirror each other in crucial ways:

  • A Salvatore wracked by pain (Stefan: emotional, Damon: physical) attempts to end his life in a dramatic fashion (Stefan: starving, then the sun, Damon: the sun, then attempted death-by-Alaric)
  • The non-suicidal Salvatore puts a stop to that plan by throwing his brother in the basement dungeon of La Casa de Rich and Awesome and involving Elena in the rescue (Stefan: go to him, Damon: don’t go he’s dangerous)
  • The Salvatore in torment experiences hallucinatory flashbacks in which he confuses Elena with Katherine (Stefan: Katherine being carted away/Elena checking on him, Damon: Katherine tempting him to drink her blood/Elena trying to get him to safety)
  • Elena fights to help each brother in their desperation – and is rebuffed for her efforts because of their fear of what they may do to her (Stefan: …the next time I hurt somebody, it could be you, Damon: I could hurt you)
  • The use of this phrase: Give myself over to the blood (Stefan to Elena about his fear of giving in to temptation), He gave himself over to Klaus (Katherine to Elena as she delivers Damon’s cure)
  • The concept of Choice: how we make it, how it determines our lives, how we live with the choices we make

Klaus raised the idea of choice again, proving to Stefan that his blood is the only cure for Damon – but to get it, Stefan has to agree to Klaus’ terms: if you want it, take it. It’s your choice to make. Which is a brilliant manipulation because of course all Stefan’s pain and guilt is completely hinged on his taking Damon’s choice away in 1864. Stefan makes a choice – again – this time in reparations to his brother. At the very same time, a dying Damon is having a death bed realization of his own, All those years I blamed Stefan. No one forced me to love her. I made my own choice. Tell Stefan I’m sorry.

Oh the tragedy!!! Just as Damon faces up to the realization of the choices he DID make, and the apology he owes his brother for the decades of torment – at the very same time his brother is sacrificing HIS life for him!! I mean, this is Greek Tragedy stuff here! And oh the angst it will lead to for Damon next season. Because he’ll finally have what he wanted – a clear shot at Elena. But how can he take it knowing that it is only because of his brother’s sacrifice? So that attraction to her, his love for her will still be all right there – but how can he act on that with his OWN guilt at his part in Stefan’s new predicament?

The scenes preceding Stefan’s Return to Ripperdom are disturbing – Stefan at first forcing down blood, then by the end panting and snarling over a pile of empty blood bags like a man out of control – a man reduced to his basest animal instincts that he has worked so very hard to control. It completely echoes his fear to Elena in “Blood Brothers”, every day I think that if i just give myself over to the blood I can make that pain stop…and every day I fight that and I’m so terrified that one day I’m not gonna want to fight that anymore. Stefan set this WHOLE thing in motion by giving in to his vampire urges and then making Damon join him – and now in a hideous twist, to save the life of the one he asked to give up his humanity, he now must give up his OWN hard earned humanity. I mean – that could not be more poetic if you tried.

Earlier in the episode Damon says of Stefan’s quest for his cure, he’s just doing what he always does – righting the ways of the past. So how exactly, will Stefan right the ways he’s about to embark on with Klaus? He’s broken, ashamed and defeated both by Klaus and by the blood – how much he wants it, how much he needs it to make him not feel. And what a lot he’ll not want to be feeling! Losing Elena! Wreaking a path of Klaus-led mayhem and murder! At this crucial moment the Salvatores were at the point of being able to make an absolute new start w/ one another – and they are torn apart. When they reunite – what kind of monstrosity will Stefan have become? And will it finally be enough to heal Stefan’s guilt for what he did to his brother? That’s what they call “a game changer” for sure.

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The Vampire Diaries’ Ripper Redux – Part III: Ye Olde Bloody Flashbacks aplenty!

Awesome Blogging Pal Julie and I are ripping (see what I did there?) through our joint series of posts exploring the inner workings of the Brothers Salvatore on The Vampire Diaries.

"Yes. We are very, very handsome"

Part I: Pivotal Scenes in Ripper Stefan Canon

Part II: More Pivotal Scenes! (Rip Away Stefan!)

With only a little under a month to go to the S3 premiere (EEEEEEIIIIII!!!!!!!!!) Julie is hosting Part III in our little series:

The Vampire Diaries Ripper Redux Part III (Feeding the Monster Within…)

And haven’t you heard? The show’s “Holy Trinity” did a fun, sexy photo shoot for Rolling Stone! There’s a great behind the scenes video here (and please note: there are shots of Ian Somerhalder posing shirtless, yet there are NO SHIRTLESS SHOTS in the magazine. Feel free to write some strongly worded letters of protest!)

I covet Nina Dobrev's hair

Yes, tank tops are good, but we were promised shirtlessness!

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We’ll meet back here next week where I will host Part IV as we discuss the birth of Team Ripper!