Why one show succeeds and is more popular than the other
1. ELENA VS. CASSIE
Elena's struggle caught me from the get-go on the Vampire Diaries. Struggling with her grief over her parents death, looking out for her brother even when he doesn't want her to... Elena's a smart, kind, selfless protagonist, and this shows in her interactions with her friends. Cassie, on the other hand, falls flat. She too lost her mother, but um, fifteen episodes into the season, where's her grief again? At first she avoids everyone and is kind of rude to them but then she becomes this peppy, playful girl who's not really burdened by her grief and who everyone but Faye, for some unknown reason, likes. You can see the evolution in her clothes--the way she now wears so many bracelets and so much makeup and jewelry versus how she dressed in the beginning. You know, it's not even that she stopped grieving and that she underwent a personality transformation. It's that she's selfish and stupid at times and I just can't bring myself to root for her...Gah! If you're being haunted by dead witches, you DON'T run towards them!
There are no characters on the Secret Circle I like. Vampire Diaries? Plenty. But everyone on the Secret Circle feels like a cardboard cutout of a person and not the real deal. Adam? Typical YA romantic interest. "You can trust me, Cassie. I'll protect you." Also, weirdness: "Even though I was "in love" with Diana like five episodes ago, I'm ready to date you because my father says that we're 'meant to be' and that means that we're not awkward together (even though we really are) and have no chemistry." Jake? Typical brooding off to the side romantic interest. Had like three conversations with Cassie before she converted him from the dark side. I liked Jake in the beginning, when he had his own story line, when there was that tension of 'when are the other characters going to find out about this?' That's the thing, though. None of the characters on the Secret Circle really have their own story lines. It's all Cassie.... well, not unless you include Faye and Melissa. Faye, selfish Faye whose story line makes me dislike her for her bitchiness even more (does she even have a redeeming quality?) and Melissa who was all mopey over a boy she was dating for like five episodes and claimed to be in love with and then used her grief as an excuse to make bad decisions. Diana also is that carbon cut out Student President, smart, kind girl--like a less interesting version of the old Caroline.
I'm sorry, but what are the limits to Cassie's power? I feel like the last two episodes have made me want to bang my head against the table. Even though she learned about the medallion's powers and how they function like two minutes ago, she already knows how to use them. She already knows SO much about her powers when she came to town and didn't even know she was a witch! Not only that but she also has "love written in the stars" with Adam, though, of course, she has still Jake chasing after her too. Seriously?
The villains on the Secret Circle are not multi-dimensional. In the first season of the Vampire Diaries, you never really knew what Damon was up to... And now with Klaus? Yeah, sometimes I want to root for him despite his evil-ness. On the Secret Circle, the villains are just stupid. And there's nothing more to them than them being power hungry or their hatred of witches.
The only reason why I'm still watching the Secret Circle is because of John Blackwell. I'm curious about him and his powers and his history with the town. Other than that, I feel like there's nothing there. In the Vampire Diaries, you had the Stefan's-a-vampire-when-will-Elena-find-out, the Damon's-a-psycho, Katherine, Mystic Falls and the Council, Elena's family, Anna and the others with Katherine... In other words, you had so much there to intrigue you.
I had more to rant about, like the love triangle falling flat in TSC but not in TVD, but I'll leave you at that. I don't think there's ever been a show in which the protagonist has off-put me more than Cassie from The Secret Circle. I don't think there's even been a show in which the characters fall so flat that I don't like a single one of them.
TSC, pick up your game ... unless you want to lose rather than gain viewers.
What do you think? Do you agree or disagree with the points I've made?