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Elena Gilbert met Stefan Salvatore's charming and vindictive older brother Damon Salvatore in the second episode of the television series. They have saved each other's lives so many times, it practically deserves its own summary.
From the start of the series, Damon stirred up trouble between Elena and Stefan. Elena had every reason to hate Damon after he killed Vicki Donovan and others, but somehow she ended up caring for him. She believed he could be a better man. Through season one, the two forged an unlikely friendship. At the end of the season one finale 'Founder's Day', Damon encountered Elena on the porch of her house. He thanked her for deeming him worth saving and kissed her, not knowing that he was kissing Katherine (Elena's vampire doppelganger, Damon's sire).
Elena's feelings for Damon grew more conflicted in season two. When Klaus Mikaelson and his brother Elijah came to Mystic Falls intent on using Elena in their magic ritual, Damon was esperate to save Elena's life. While doing so, he got bit by a werewolf and while he was on his death bed, Elena kissed him.
End of season three was when Elena was forced to make a choice, which brother she wanted to see before they died and she chose Stefan. While she was on her way to see him, Matt Donovan (who was driving the car she was in), drove the car off a bridge to avoid colliding with Rebekah. As a result, Elena died and due to vampire blood in her system, she turned into a vampire.
For the majority of season 4, Elena was sired to Damon, compelled to follow his orders. When she turned off her emotions, Damon was unable to use their connection to get her to feel again, so he killed Matt in front of her, making her feel the grief was her friend. At the end of season four, unsired Elena chose Damon as the man she loved.
Fandom & Fanon
People began shipping Damon/Elena since the book series that inspired the TV Show. Delena is one of the shows most popular relationships.
It's worth pointing out that not all fans ship Damon and Elena. Before the pairing became canon, some fans (Stelena shippers among them) argued that since Elena said "no" to Damon on a number of occassions, she shouldn't be pressured into "giving him a chance."
There seems to be this idea that her no will become a maybe, that because Damon loves her, because he “tries”, she owes him the benefit of “giving him a chance.” This is bullshit. Complete and total bullshit. She owes him nothing. She doesn’t owe him an explanation. She doesn’t owe him time. She doesn’t owe him a chance. She owes him jack shit. Women do not owe every man who wants to toss his hat in the ring a chance. They just don’t. And saying “no, I’m not interested” doesn’t make you mean, doesn’t make you bad, doesn’t make you a bitch. You are not cold-hearted, your vagina is not frozen, you are not frigid or a prude. You are a person, and you have the right to say who you want to have a relationship with. Women are not some prize to be traded around.
When Elena became a vampire it was also revealed that she was sired to Damon. A lot of fans (Delena shippers being the majority) ignored the consent issues connected with that fact, instead, choosing to enjoy the ship and the characters as they were presented. The sire bond plays little to no role in fanworks.
whatever else their flaws, the writers have been super consistent about Damon's character and his abuse, misogyny and heavy-handed dehumanization of [Elena]. So they solved this problem by making her physically incapable of disagreeing with him, an emotional puppet with her thoughts and her emotions under control. Jesus fucking Christ, she vomits blood when he disagrees with what she's eating.
Archives & Communities
- Damon/Elena at Archive of Our Own
- Damon/Elena at Fanfiction.net
- Damon_Elena Official LJ community, over 3,000 members.
- Vampire Diaries @ FanForum Over 1,000 threads dedicated to Damon/Elena.
- Damon/Elena @ FanPop Over 4,000 fans.
- Temptation Damon/Elena fansite.
- Waiting On Delena Popular fan tumblr.
- DELENAfied Watch The Vampire Diaries with only references to Damon/Elena.
- TVD Recs An LJ community with Damon/Elena fanfic recs.
- BadBoysAreBest Best known for 'Memory Serves' and 'You Know I'm No Good'.
- Angel's Blue Eyed Girl Author of many (smutty) shipper favorites since Season One.
- Iamnotavampire2 Very clever and funny alternate universe stories.
- Mystewitch Novel length adventures of Damon/Elena.
- DomOx Smut.
- zeppoJane Smut.
- The Darkest Side Of Me Dark Damon/Elena, extremely controversial.
- Care For A Sip? Damon tastes Elena's blood, set Post-2x05
- One Kiss - Season Two D/E rewrite.
- Rules of Attraction Stefan never moved to town.
- He's Easy Like That Fan favorite for 'Elena gets pregnant with Damon's baby' plot.
- Don't give up on my son, a dying man's wish AU/AH novel length story about Damon's father asking Elena for a favor.
- Come Back When You Can Short story about Elena's slaps.
- Inside Damon and Elena are buried alive.
- Lack Of Color by dominoesrising
- Bloodstream by taytay565
- Cut by HeathMichelleMatilda
- Love The Way You Lie by luvinbigbrother Over 700,000 views. Anti-Stelena, Pro-Delena. Tweeted by Julie Plec.
- Because I Love You by Kirwani90 Tweeted by Julie Plec.
- The Darkest Side Of Me by lucas13oth Video in reference to FanFiction above by the same name.
- Never Let Me Go by xxWhisperOfDreamsxx, over 1 700 000 views
- I'm not Stefan by SPRSPRsDigitalArt
- you can not die by NLevaschuk, pencil drawing
- Damon and Elena by Maarel
- Time Still Exists by DavidDeb
- Forbidden love by DavidDeb
- '9 Crimes' Nine Arguments Against DE That Don't Make Sense
- The Damon and Elena Shipper's Manifesto by badboy_fangirl
- Fathomless Love by D-Chan Ship manifesto that regards the book series only.
- Elena and Damon page at The Vampire Diaries Wiki