It was also established that blood is thicker than water for Elena and Stefan wouldn't get in the way of her relationship to Jeremy and Jenna. (Bella on the other hand is ready to never speak to her family again if it means she can be with Edward for the rest of eternity.)
Which brings me to my next point: Elena's reaction to death. I do agree with the others that Elena did mourn her parents' death in season 1. Firstly the show was set 4 months after the accident and at that point she would not be crying herself to sleep anymore but would have accepted the fact that she needs to move on. Moreover we see her visiting their graves and writing in her diary about her feelings, which are at this point totally valid.
Unlike Bella, Elena clearly doesn't want to be a vampire and does see them as evil and inhumane creatures which they are. This conflicts with her love for Stefan who she should stay away from for her own safety, but she is in love with him from the start and oblivious to all the baggage he has. When she actually is in real danger it is already too late to go back. You say she is "obsessed with a male character for no reason at all" because she tries to find him. Now, I don't know about you but if my boyfriend, who loves me, basically trades his soul in order to save his brother's life and disappears, I would be worried sick and look for him anywhere to see if he's in danger and if there's any possible way of bringing him back - regardless if he's a vampire or not. Therefore she is not "obsessed" with Stefan, she is just in love with him and worried.
@Bored Now: So, judging from what you've written so far, you think Elena basically is Bella Swan, is dependant on Stefan which you believe to be unrealistic, and has not spent enough time (or any time at all) mourning the loss of her parents, her other parents and her aunt. Am I right?
Now, as most other people, I agree that Elena resembles Bella Swan, being in love with a vegetarian vampire (even being in love with two guys at once) and fighting other, evil vampires. This basically sums up Bella, who in my opinion is a very boring,desperate but most of all an unrealistic character.
The biggest difference between her and Elena is that Elena (precisely in S1) actually reflects the emotions any average human would have if confronted with such a situation: fear mixed with being intruiged by this supernatural world, maybe the need to feel special, as she is supposed to be the only one knowing the Salvatore's secret.
Nate: I like your outfit today. Do you think could pull off being metrosexual?
Nate: I like your outfit today. Do you think I could pull off being metrosexual?
Nate: In my hands I hold CeCe Rhodes' secret will!
Chuck: And? What did she leave you?
Nate: Her granddaughter's virginity.
Serena: But this is my dream!
Blair: Actually, this is Nate's worst nightmare.
Blair: Moon river, wider than a mile
Iâ€™m crossing you in style some day
Oh, dream maker, you heart breaker
Wherever youâ€™re goinâ€™, iâ€™m goinâ€™ your way...
Serena: I wanna be loved by you
just you and nobody else but you
I wanna be loved by you - alone.
Boo boo bee doo...
Dan: Oh my, feels just like I don't try
Look so good I might die
All I know is
everybody loves me!
Dan: Me and you, just us two.
Serena: How about "The three musketeers?"
Leonardo diCaprio: Dan, the more you change things, the more the projections of your subconscience will try to kill you! You need to stop changing things like this!
Dan: What? Is it so unrealistic that both Serena and Blair would like me?
Leonardo diCaprio: Oh, I was talking about your hairdo.
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