I love Elena so very much, which is shocking given that she's the sort of character I'd generally snark on for being a vaguely annoying 'Mary Sue.'
I'd attribute part of my love for this character to the acting. No, ND won't exactly be in the mix when we're talking Emmy nominations, but IMO she's such an ideal fit for this role. She makes me believe that Elena really does have this thoughful, semi-ceberal sadness to her as a result of her parents' dying and of the stuff the family's been through since. She adds a layer of depth and relatability to the character not found NEARLY as much in the book version of Elena IMO, (but I'll take that to the appropriate thread!)
I also credit the writing---Elena could easily have been like Twilight's Bella, (whom I loathe, though that's just my opinion, of course!) Instead, they've written Elena as someone with spirit, someone with a mind, someone who questions what she's told, stands up for what's right and who genuinely cares about (gasp!) people other than her boyfriend, like her friends and family.
I'm not claiming Elena's an especially unique or well-defined character, but something about the combination of the writing and acting has turned her into someone I genuinely like, root for and even relate to.
Edited by couldhavebee, Dec 6, 2009 @ 9:39 AM.