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Because as hard as it is for these “saintly” people to understand, there are tons of people who go through what Alli’s gone through, and it is possible for an intelligent person to make stupid choices.
Trust me, I’m one of those girls that abusive types steer clear of, because I don’t have the personality traits they’re looking for (i.e.I would kick their asses to Neptune).
I have a friend who was in an abusive relationship - as close as I was to her, and as much as I disliked her boyfriend (call it instinct), I could not convince her to ditch his sorry ass. She told me about the abuse gradually, but even then, it was only years later that she would finally get out, regardless of what I said.
I don’t consider her to be stupid. I definitely got frustrated. But there is so much to consider in this kind of situation. He worked hard at isolating her, among other things.
Just try not to be an asshole when you consider this storyline of Alli’s. Chances are, you don’t get it yet, but I think you eventually will.
I get what you’re saying, but I think the reason people haven’t been taking Alli’s storyline with Leo seriously is because this should’ve happened awhile ago. It just seems a little too late for her character, if that makes any sense. Like.. she didn’t want to be with Dallas because she heard that he was mean to Cam and she didn’t want to be with a mean guy.
I do think more people would have found it to be realistic had it taken place when she was younger and naive. I’m not saying she’s stupid or anything, but it just doesn’t make any sense for this storyline to happen now, you know? After all of her boy troubles and after she had already decided to say a big “screw you” to guys and focus on school and her suddenly falling in love with Leo after “knowing” him for a week?
The Paris storylines were just awful in general but Alli having yet another boy issue was just exhausting for the audience. I’ll admit that I didn’t care about Alli/Leo in the first block, nor the second. But I did get a little emotional in last night’s episode in particular.
So yeah, I’m not really defending people calling her stupid because there is the whole battered woman syndrome but I guess I’m just trying to explain why people think she’s stupid.
“I do think more people would have found it to be realistic had it taken place when she was younger and naive. I’m not saying she’s stupid or anything, but it just doesn’t make any sense for this storyline to happen now, you know? After all of her boy troubles and after she had already decided to say a big “screw you” to guys and focus on school and her suddenly falling in love with Leo after “knowing” him for a week?”
I’m still not really following the logic that it would’ve been realistic (or more realistic) if only it’d happened when Alli was “younger and naive.”
What’s been the theme of Alli Bhandari’s existence on this show? That she doesn’t learn from her mistakes. I don’t buy that it happened too late for her character, because though Alli might not be young, she’s shown time and time again that she’s still naive. She acts without thinking, suffers consequences, vows she’s going to focus on school, etc., then the cycle starts all over again. Being older doesn’t mean people learn from their mistakes; I’m 30, and Lord knows we all know adults my age and older who still don’t “get it” when it comes to certain things in life.
Essentially I don’t follow the train of thought when people directly refer to Alli as “stupid,” and I find it disturbing that other females would be so casually dismissive of a serious psychological situation, which Alli was literally unable to pull herself out of on her own. She couldn’t just “snap out of it,” and the sad/scary part is if Jenna and Clare hadn’t forced her hand, we all know Alli would’ve eventually talked herself into forgiving Leo again.
On the other hand, it’s completely fair to be critical of the storyline itself and how it was executed from beginning to end. We can all agree 100% that the Paris part was horrible. For me 13B was a vast improvement, and the past two episodes have been great. I understand completely how people were exhausted with Alli caught up in more relationship drama, because I was one of those people at first. After Paris, fans had no reason to have any faith or interest in the storyline whatsoever (and that’s on top of the fact that everyone viewed season 13 in general as a complete mess). But then the storyline unexpectedly went from Alli being “book smart, boy dumb” to something far more serious. I can only imagine how amazing this storyline would’ve been as a whole if Degrassi had actually made the beginning as emotionally engaging as the ending.
That is definitely the case. Back during the TNG days we’d never really hear about them doing anything else besides filming Degrassi until they left, then we’d hear the occassional success story. Nowadays, the actors are doing all sorts of stuff even while they’re still on Degrassi, not just filming other projects but even music (Jessica, Sarah) and other ventures (Mindy’s fashion consultation business). Degrassi also seems to be bringing in actors with more acting experience than they used to, so that probably plays a factor as well.
Yeah her smile is sunshine and unicorns
On a scale of 1 to 10 she’s a hundred
Got all of the boys knockin’ on her door
Even the fangirls look at her and say “Damn,
Ana how are you so flawless?
It’s like we don’t deserve all of your awesomeness”
Favorites fan tweets just to please us
New in season 13, there’s more to her than it seems
Ana Golja is my queen
Disclaimer: I do not claim to be a writer of any kind and I just wrote this for fun cause I’m weird and I’m doing it for Vic cause she’s weird too and it’s for her birthday.
Vic hears a knock at the door. She stumbles from the couch and scurries toward the doorknob, flinging the door open as if she expected something amazing was behind it. She’s saddened as she looks outside into the darkness and sees nothing. Vic scans the porch and notices something laying on the ground in front of her. Her eyes light up in amazement as she examines the item in her hand: a wand.
"Special delivery," a voice from the darkness calls out. Vic bites her lower lip as she smiles, her voice cracking as she squeals. "You came!"
Luke steps from out of the shadows, the porch light perfectly illuminating his already-perfect face. He smiles as he walks up to Vic. “I don’t know how my wand got here, but I figured I had to come and get it,” Luke said sarcastically. Vic, hypnotized by Luke’s eyes, can only mutter “Groovy…” as Luke slowly cups her face. She closes her eyes and a wave of emotion rushes over her entire body as she feels Luke’s lips pressed against hers.
"So, do I get some cake now?" Luke whispers. Vic, still in a daze from the feels the consume her, passes out in Luke’s arms. Luke can’t help but chuckle as he takes a picture of himself next to a passed out, drooling Vic, and posts it on his Instagram. "Happy Birthday, Victoria," Luke says as he carries Vic into her house, eagerly awaiting a slice of her birthday cake.
Have you ever been so excited for something, only for it to wind up not meeting your expectations? That’s how I would categorize the entire year of 2013. To be blunt, 2013 was a disappointing year.
Let me be clear: nothing tragic happened this year. No one I know died, and I didn’t suffer through any kind of loss, illness or major injury (I did get hurt and could’ve been major, I’ll talk about that below).
Here’s the thing…2012 was a great year. Even looking back on what I wrote about it last year, some great things were accomplished…things I’d spent years hoping would happen finally did. 2012 had to be, overall, the best year of my adult life. The problem with that is that I went into 2013 riding too high. This year things came crashing down back to reality, the level of normalcy and routine where my life usually exists. I don’t even remember if I made any goals this year…I was so busy riding the wave of 2012 that I forgot waves eventually taper off.
Yes some good things happened and there were moments where a few things could’ve made 2013 great, but the universe decided to go in a completely different direction for no real reason at all. Outside of work, softball and Degrassi are the things that occupy my free time. I’m not sure what happened, but both were kind of “meh” this year. I don’t like posting super intimate details about my personal life, but softball, Degrassi and the bizarre events of my cursed love life are all game, lol. My life theme going into 2014 is “Room For Improvement,” because there’s always room for that.
With softball, showing up to the field and playing suddenly became too routine, as if showing up to the field were as mundane as simply punching in and out of work. I wound up getting injured this year, which beyond bloody knees and general soreness, I take every precaution under the sun to prevent. I pulled my hamstring because I was dumb and ignored the signs. It was sore for days, but I played through it anyway until one day I was running the bases during a game and felt a pop in the back of my thigh.
It was in that moment I realized how that kind of injury keeps athletes in professional sports sidelined for weeks. I’m fine now, but it could’ve become a serious issue. Sometimes when playing competitive ball we tend to forget we’re not getting payed to play, so it’s not worth getting hurt to win a championship…we don’t win rings or trophies, we win t-shirts.
There’s always room for improvement…
Degrassi, Degrassi, Degrassi…my favorite show of all time. I consider my relationship with this show as if it were a marriage: I’ll see it through until the end, no questions asked. However, 2013 has been a rough patch indeed in terms of my interest in the show (warning: long rant coming below).
This season they’ve taken story archs and stretched them out longer than ever before (think Alli, the Tenners and their various mini plots, Drew and Eclare will be dragged out through the rest of the season). At the end of the season we may be able to step back and look at the season as a whole, and be impressed with how they were able to tell a story over a long period of time. I feel like that’s how I will feel about Alli’s storyline when it’s all said and done, even if the Paris portion sucked. But when you break it down from a week-to-week perspective, it’s hard when we’re only getting a small fraction of the story every week. The individual episodes have to be interesting; they have to be strong on their own and a majority of them simply aren’t. It’d be the equivalent of say Young and the Restless only airing 30 minutes a day…it’d take an eternity for the storylines to get anywhere.
The point is Degrassi feels like it has outgrown the “Hey let’s air a 30-minute episode every week” format. Sure, we’re basically getting nearly 40 weeks of Degrassi in Season 13, but quantity means little if the quality isn’t consistently there.
There’s always room for improvement…
I spent a lot of the year liking someone. To make a long story very short, she ended up liking someone else. There were other situations throughout the year, but it’s always the same result of me being unable to convince any girl, no matter how amazing of a human being they think I am, to actually date. It’s like I wind up meeting girls who are as single as one could possibly be, single for months on end, but the second I like them it’s guaranteed they’ll wind up with a boyfriend or love interest out of nowhere (so if you’re tired of being single ladies just make me like you and guys will suddenly start throwing themselves at you).
At one point this year I remember watching that girl with the guy she liked, intently watching the way she looked at him. It was a familiar look, the kind I’ve seen every girl I know give when they’re around a guy they’re interested in. It’s a look of joy and adornment mixed with vulnerability, as they long to openly give said guy a heart they normally keep guarded. I watched feeling as if I were being repeatedly stabbed in the chest because no girl has ever looked at me in that way.
I’ve finally reached the point where I know my value. I’m a great guy (I’m not saying that to sound cocky and not just because females say so), and judging by the way girls on social media talk about how much guys suck, I’m confident I’m better than most guys by default. But in the end I still end up being the great guy who never gets anywhere with the opposite sex because they’re looking for God knows what elsewhere. Hitting the invisible brick wall over and over is annoying.
Over the years my self worth has actually increased, even amongst constant rejection. Several years ago I would think it’s the end of the world and beat myself down with “Why aren’t I good enough?” self talk. Nowadays I’m of the mentality of “What the hell are these girls thinking?” then roll my eyes and move on. I guess I’ll just sit here and wait for the woman who isn’t preoccupied searching for love in all the wrong places.
Not geared toward anyone or any situation in particular, but I saw a lot this year (I’m always randomly observing people) and I took away two key lessons:
*Be upfront with someone if they tell you they like you. The best thing you can do is be honest and direct with someone. If you aren’t interested, don’t beat around the bush or lead them on. Stop being afraid to “be the bad guy” who hurts someone’s feelings, because you aren’t doing anyone any favors.
*Don’t waste your time, and more importantly, don’t allow anyone else to waste yours. “I don’t know” and “maybe” are unacceptable answers. Anything other than a “yes” is a “no.” I know I don’t have time to wait for someone to make up their mind or figure things out (you either like someone enough to date them or you don’t). I’m not going to persistently chase after you as if this is a romantic comedy, and I’m not waiting around just for you to decide you’re not interested. And if someone isn’t interested, wallow in the pain for a bit, but then you have to move on. If for whatever reason they can’t see you’re great then they’re doing you a favor by rejecting you, because they don’t deserve you.
I feel like now that things are out in the open he’s less likely to, but in the end who knows what direction they’re going to take this storyline now (we’ll probably get a better idea once that next Eli webisode comes out).
In terms of Eli still hiding things from Clare about Lenore, yes he is…he still hasn’t told Clare that Lenore is his roommate.
There’s 24 episodes left in the season so I’m counting on it! Actually I’d be quite annoyed if they didn’t address it before the end of the season.
The difference here is that you’re looking at what was said and what was done during their conversation, while my post was looking at what wasn’t said or done, which at times is equally as important. I’m not necessarily debating whether or not he cheated (again he very well could have, and we’ll find out next week), but I am questioning why was there no DIRECT mention of cheating within their conversation? Cheating is not the kind of thing that should just be assumed, even if signs point to it.
You have to wonder why the writers chose to make that specific conversation so intentionally vague, and that in itself brings the possibility of a “misdirection play” to the table, even if it turns out that Eli did indeed cheat.
Thanks to the person who posted this comment.
Eli could’ve very well cheated in some capacity, but this comment left on my blog brings up the possibility that he didn’t.
I’ve been sitting here watching the fallout scene on a loop for about 15 minutes. Eli clearly admits to something, but he never specifies what he was admitting to. He said “it happened once” because he was “miserable” and “filling a void.” Eli didn’t specifically come out and say that he cheated, and Clare didn’t specifically ask him if he had cheated.
The only theory outside of Eli cheating on Clare that would make sense is that he smoked weed or did drugs with Lenore (which is on top of the layer of fear Eli already has about telling Clare that Lenore is his roommate). The whole thing just takes me back to the time when Eli started his weed habit in Building A Mystery in season 12, and the angst he had thinking about being away from Clare.
If that’s so, then as stated above Clare wouldn’t find out the truth until after the Clew kiss happens.
I’m back!!! Well for a minute lol :-p
I will hate this show forever.
They have taken a complicated unique couple and reduced them to a cliche.
What kind of message does it send that they want us to root for a couple when one party cheated on the other? I don’t want them to be together if Eli slept with someone else, and I am one of…