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Anonymous asked: Why do you think many people dislike show bonnie vs the book one?


Here’s my read on that situation after a few years of observing the TVD fandom. There are a few major reasons why people hate on Bonnie Bennett:

1. This is the most obvious and I think it merits being said first and straightforwardly. Some people are just being racist. Sometimes they were fans of the books and can’t handle the idea of a black woman in the role. Sometimes they refuse to relate to her character because she looks different from them. Either way, these are the people making posts about how Bonnie needs to die, or how Kat Graham was never right for the role, and they are simply racist jerks. For what it’s worth, I do think they are the minority of the haters, but I don’t know how much consolation that is.

2. A number of people hate her because she’s a threat to their ship of choice. This is boring, so I’m not going to talk about this any further, lol.

3. This is the big one: there’s a phenomenon with this show and shows like it: when you have a story that’s about the bad guy, that in fact often makes the bad guy out to be a relatable, misunderstood soul, a large proportion of the fandom that crops up is going to dislike the good guys on principle. I think this is what most of the people who say they hate her because she’s “judgmental” are getting at. When characters like Klaus and Damon are made to be the stars of these shows (and I love Klaus/Damon for the record), they are automatically the protagonists in the minds of many of the fans. This means that that badass witch who is calling them out and threatening to kill them for the shit they pull…? She’s the bad guy in those fans’ eyes.

4. Lastly, a LOT of the hate is plain and simple laziness. The writing on this show doesn’t prioritize showing us Bonnie’s humanity/desirability. She isn’t shown to be someone who is valued in the way that the other leading ladies are, and she isn’t shown to be someone whose point of view is worth considering, outside of how the plot can be furthered by her place in the mythology. So combine that with the laziest of the viewing populace, who need every detail spoon-fed to them. These are the people who say that Bonnie is “annoying” or “a waste of screentime.” When you ask them why they feel that way, they never have a real response. This is because they never stop to dissect why they feel this way, because their viewership is inherently lazy. 

I’m sure there are other reasons, and that there will be overlap too. But this is my take on it. Hope this was what you meant!

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