So as you all know, I have rapidly been becoming less of a fan of TVD this season. It’s mainly because of how they treat Bonnie, sprinkled with my utter disdain for Elena. Below is a letter I wrote after the episode where Bonnie got left behind on the other side, yet again. I looked up Julie Plec’s agents, and fired this letter off to them. Do I think they will read it, let alone pass it on to her? No, but at least sending it made me feel better, lol.
Dear Julie Plec,
My name is Kylie Miller and I am writing you this letter out of my sheer frustrations caused by recent episodes of the Vampire Diaries. Before I go into any detail, let my first say that I am a fan, hanging on by a thread maybe, but a fan nonetheless. I have every single season on DVD and I’ve tuned in on Thursday nights at 7pm CST faithfully since 2009.
Over the seasons, I have noticed a certain pattern involving our beloved Bonnie Bennett. She always gets the short end of the stick. ALWAYS! Why is this? I’m sure you are aware of this and don’t need to be reminded, but for the sake of my letter, I have listed a few examples (not in chronological order):
- Grams dies
- Her mother returns only to be turned into a vampire and leaves again
- Bonnie dies to bring back Jeremy
- Her father is murdered in the town square
- Her new possible boyfriend is turned into a vampire and killed
- She loses her magic
- Performs potentially fatal spells to save her band of fools (the other main characters)
- Almost killed by the horrendous Elena when her humanity was off (The nerve of her even without her humanity!)
- Being the anchor to the other side (“Way harsh, Ty”)
- She dies again and gets stuck on the other side while it’s imploding. She gets to another plane by the grace of Grams
I could continue, but I’m sure you get the picture. In the premier episode this season, Bonnie got about 2mins of airtime at the very end. To add insult to injury, her death was mentioned only briefly by Elena and Caroline, to make it seem like they actually missed her. I take some of the previous sentence back. I think Caroline genuinely cares about Bonnie, but doesn’t have time to show it because she has taken on the role of protector in Bonnie’s absence. No one else has an excuse. There should be a whole episode dedicated to her! There should have been a statue erected in the middle of Mystic Falls in her honor the first time she died! (10 points to Gryffindor for the scene in the woods where everyone paid their respects to her, and another 10 points for choosing Birdy’s cover of Without a Word during said scene.) Ok, I know a whole show will not happen, but what about 30mins? If not a statue, how about a plaque? She is the most unappreciated character on the show and I am growing weary of the series because of it.
I applaud and thank you for creating such an amazing character, I really do. It’s just that I would like to see her live the life she deserves, or at the very least get the amount of credit she deserves. Yes they thank her after she saves their lives, but it feels like they are just going through the motions; they need to really mean it. That’s why I call upon you to make an episode (or dedicate ½ an episode) so they can give thanks to their savior Bonnie Bennett. I’m not suggesting they kiss her boots or worship her like a God (even though they should), but they should celebrate her. No supernatural disasters for just one night. Gather the gang and have a house party. Make this episode one of reminiscing about all the times and ways Bonnie has sacrificed and saved them for 6 seasons straight.
For all I know, there might already be an episode like this lined up. Based on the past 5 seasons, and this quote from an interview with Caroline Dries dated October 31, 2014, I doubt it, though.
“What you can say about Bonnie now that she’s been left behind?
Dries: Damon believes she was left for dead, so he’s struggling with the guilt of having gotten out when she sacrificed herself for him. With Bonnie left behind with Kai we’ll see basically a horror movie for her and she’s desperately trying to find a way out without letting Kai back. It’s this endless bad dream for her.”
Why are you guys so hard on Bonnie? Why does she never get a break? Why can’t you even let her have an ounce of peace in death? I know Bonnie will get herself out of there, and thanks to the interview I referred to above, I now know her friends will help her. I hope you don’t think this act of love for Bonnie makes up for all the times they took her for granted. They should be honored to put their lives on the line in hopes of bringing her back.
I know this letter might not ever be seen or read by you, or your agents in its entirety let alone even started. That’s fine. I just had to get this off my chest. But, if on the off chance anybody is reading this letter, I hope you will have a think about everything I’ve pointed out. Long live Bonnie Bennett.