Is probably the singularly most unsettling thing to ever exist on the internet
Holy jesus mary fuck that’s accurate
You are confident of what needs to be done to solve your problems but are easily derailed and therefore you need constant emotional reassurance. Because you are unusually self directed, you will respond actively to being contradicted, and are easily offended.
You have attempted to improve yourself through self-negation and a perseverance through hard work and the avoidance of mindless pleasures. Often you will seem overly restrained in demeanor. You crave admiration to a point that is often unhealthy, however a strong belief in yourself means that you will often be quite stubborn. Unfortunately, the lack of perceived admiration has left you in a distracted and uncertain state, one in which decision making is avoided for fear of the repercussions.
Also fun facts: Knowles grew up an hour from where I did. And when my mom was pregnant with me and on vacation she couldn’t eat at a restaurant b/c they were filming Indian Summer. So yay random life connections
The restraint in this scene is what makes it great. Michael Narducci could have easily written this as a melodrama. They could’ve talked about their journey together, and how far they’ve come. Alaric could have forgiven Damon for turning Isobel and they could’ve talked about Elena and how Damon needs to take care of her.
But those things didn’t need to be said, and thank God they weren’t. Instead, the final scene between these guys felt like these guys. Ribbing each other and giving each other a tough time. Crying, without looking at each other. Matt Davis and Ian Somerhalder are at their absolute best here. If you weren’t devastated by this scene, you’re made of stone.
So first of all this is really weird for me, totally out of my normal genre, so I was already dealing with that. (Victorian lit primarily is my cup of tea). Anyway, so yeah they were alright. The first 3 are practically 1 book, no real defining moments between them I thought. The 4th was my least favorite. It felt forced and unnecessary, there was plenty of closure with the end of the 3rd. However, the 5th was probably the best and it couldn’t have happened if the 4th didn’t. The main problem I had was that they all felt rushed. Like there wasn’t proper and full explanations for events as they occurred, especially in the 5th. About every other page in the 5th I had to reread because I thought I missed something, but in actuality it wasn’t there. It just made it very confusing and hard to picture.
However faulty the mechanics might have been, I still liked them and they were a nice departure from the strictly academic reading I’ve been doing.
I will say I like the show more though. Much more character development and fully hashed out arcs and storylines.
“For the first eight years of our marriage, [Michelle and I] were paying more in student loans than what we were paying for our mortgage. So we know what this is about.
And we were lucky to land good jobs with a steady income. But we only finished paying off our student loans—check this out, all right, I’m the President of the United States—we only finished paying off our student loans about eight years ago.”—President Obama in North Carolina today on why Congress has to act to prevent interest rates on student loans from doubling (via barackobama)