In today’s interview we got a chance to chat to Christina aka carolineswomanhood about why she thinks this fandom is unbreakable, what she will change about Klaus and Caroline, and the fic she thinks should be reenacted in canon. Read what she has to say here:
KM: For all of the readers who don’t know you, why don’t you tell us about yourself?
Christina: Hey! I’m Christina I’m a big tv show and movie fangirl 😉 I make Klaroline gifs and fic covers but recently I generally just reblog stuff other lovely people make.
KM: Klaroline is not the easiest ship to ship; what was it about this pairing that stood out to you?
Christina: I think in general I’ve always been more interested in the villains and liked the idea of a relationship between the villain and the hero because of all the possible outcomes it could have and also I do love angst. So when Klaus was introduced I immediately liked him as a character and then I remember when 3×11 came out and he and Caroline had their first proper interaction I was immediately interested because of their chemistry and by the end of season 3 I was definitely a shipper. It kind of fit my idea of a very interesting and complicated relationship to explore in fiction where two characters that are so different are suddenly attracted to each other and it sort of changes the way they see things. I loved how Klaus was still this character that was definitely evil but at the same time had obvious feelings about Caroline that had her become this soft spot for him while Caroline was still trying to be as good as possible but couldn’t ignore her attraction to someone so different from her.
KM: One of the special things about the Klaroline Fandom is that we are so resilient, why do you think it has been possible for us to remain so active for so long?
Christina: Uhm spite? Lol I think we became a much bigger fandom than anyone expected and then by season 4 we were all so hyped and everyone was being active and making gifs and writing fan fiction and everything in between so even when we were disappointed by the writers we had already created this huge fandom where what was happening in the show didn’t really matter because of all the lovely people creating content and things like this magazine or all the other projects being organized by the fandom which made everyone still aware of us. So I think that is what kept us going how so many people were dedicated and active even when the show and the writers let us down we kinda motivated each other.
KM: Is there anything you would change about Klaus or Caroline?
Christina: Ok so to be clear I stopped watching The Vampire Diaries after season 4 apart from a few episodes of season 5 (5×11 hell yeah!) and I never really made it past episode 2 of The Originals because I love myself so what I do know of the characters stops there.
But I guess for Klaus I wished he would remain the villain he was in the beginning while also trying to fix his relationship with his family so that they could co exist more and work together but that wouldn’t have been entirely up to him.
For Caroline I guess I wanted her to realize that things weren’t always so black and white and that the Mystic Falls gang hadn’t always been the good guys (see killing Kol and like a bazillion other vampires) and a big thing for me was that I wanted her to stand up to Damon. Basically I wanted the show to acknowledge all the shitty things Damon did to her in season 1 and have her react and get her revenge with something more than a shove and a “You suck” but the show was never really big on holding Damon accountable for any of the things he did.
KM: Now that Candice Accola has been announced to be in The Originals season 5 premiere, and this their final season do you think the chance of Klaroline endgame is more probable than ever?
Christina: Definitely. I think now is probably our chance of getting something finally and they always use Klaroline to get more views so with the show ending now is our chance. However I’m not entirely sure whether it’s gonna be endgame since I definitely do not trust the writers but I am excited for some interaction but mostly all the gifs and fic the fandom will make as a result.
KM: You are a multiple nominee for Best Caroline URL for the Klaroline Awards. How did you come up with this original URL?
Christina: So when I first started being active in the Klaroline fandom I became friends with a lot of people and one of them was Tanya whose url was at some point klaussdick and when I decided to change my url to something Klaroline or Caroline related hers kinda gave me the idea to go for carolineswomanhood as a cheeky parallel of klaussdick. I also do love Caroline and she’s one of my favourite characters ever but the whole idea came from that lol.
KM: You have made some of my favorite Klaroline edits. What is it about this pair that drew you to them and inspired you to gif them?
Christina: I think we can all agree that Joseph and Candice have amazing chemistry that they could convey so much with just one look or a touch so that combined with all their interesting scenes really made me want to create something. One of the great things about tumblr is how many talented people are there and something that really motivated me to make gifsets for Klaroline was all the amazing quotes and poems and stuff I found on tumblr that would just fit them. They are this great pairing because of this pull and back and forth they have going that I could always find something to inspire me.
KM: Does Klaroline remind you of any other ships from other shows/books/movies?
Christina: Not that I can think of. Generally I do like the hero/villain couples but Klaroline for me was the only one that got it right and kept things interesting and intense between the two of them so it made them really unique for me.
KM: If you could have any fanfiction be reenacted in canon, which one would you pick?
Christina: Uhm I think Timeless by Hybridlovelies. It has always been one of my favourite fanfics and I just really love the idea of Klaus and Caroline meeting before and (spoilers for the fic) there all the angst when he thought she was dead so I think that would have been really awesome to see on the show.
KM: And lastly, what’s your one piece of advice that you would like to give the fandom?
Christina: I guess to keep being active and resilient as we’ve always have been. I know that with Caroline being confirmed for The Originals a lot of people are excited and at the same time scared so I just want to remind everyone that no matter what, even if this show disappoints us again we still have this fandom and all the amazing content creators and we don’t need them to keep enjoying our ship. So keep being strong and amazing despite anything that might happen fam!