This week we had a chance to chat to Felia a.k.a maevelin, about what she loves about that ‘however long it takes’ phase, her favourite fandom events, and which fanfic she would want reenacted on the shows. Read what she had to say here:
KM: For all of the readers who don’t know you, why don’t you tell us about yourself?
Felia: Well, my name is Felia. I am from Greece and I work as a translator and an English tutor. I am a writer even though I have not published anything yet and I am addicted to books, movies and shows. And the one thing I cannot live without is music.
KM: Klaroline is not the easiest ship to ship; what was it about this pairing that stood out to you?
Felia: I actually disagree with this. For me Klaroline was the easiest ship to ship. As a ship in its core anyway. The enrapturing chemistry, the potential, the homage to the vampire genre were things that made it impossible for me not to ship it. Both characters were standing out on their own in the narrative by then but when you combined them in this electrifying relationship they became more. They developed. They gave drama and conflict. They complimented each other. It was like catching lighting in a bottle. More so Klaroline was fortunate enough to have been created and developed when TVD had things to give to the fans and the writing was still decent.
KM: Have you taken part in any fandom events? Which has been your favourite?
Felia: Yes many. Lately not as much as I would have liked because I am lacking the time but the Klaroline fandom is always so open when it comes to creating and keeping alive such events. It is wonderful to see people coming together and creating such an active community. I have enjoyed those I had created (the Klaroline review weekend and the Klaroline Quotes Event) but more so I usually enjoy the Klaroline weeks when people are writing more fics (themed or not) and art.
It goes without question that also one of my favorite events are the Klaroline gives back charity events.
KM: What is your favorite Klaroline scene?
Felia: The corridor scene in 3×21 in TVD. The duration of the scene was small but the underlined emotion was there and it showed that we were just starting to scratch the surface. There were many layers and a connection that went truly deep. For both sides. We had passed the superficial bravado and the harmless infatuation and the cocky flirting and entered uncharted territory. It was a moment that startled the characters and by extension the audience too.
KM: While I know you haven’t been a fan of later canon Klaroline scenes, what would have been your ideal scenario for a reunion between the pair?
Felia: I don’t think when it comes to the way canon progressed there is an ideal scenario for me as far as TVD and TO are concerned.
I think the best reunion I would rather get would be an open ending years later that would be a parallel to the However Long it Takes scene in TVD’s 4×23 and the one in 3×20: Perhaps one day; in a year, or in a century, you’ll turn up at my door, and let me show you what the world has to offer.
However the damage the characters underwent after S4 of TVD and more so in TO is irreparable for me. Still, Klaroline even today has ties to a long forgotten quality and a fandom backing them back. We were lucky that the writers did not include Klaroline in the mess they made later on. As a result they barely touched the surface with that ship and its underdeveloped and unexplored potential could still carry some hype. More so to the media and even to the narrative (even though it can’t salvage anything anymore). So any reunion will keep the momentum going no matter how anticlimactic the environment or the writing might be.
This was why the letter in the TVD finale was such a success. Because it had a connection to the very core of what made Klaroline the success it was. Going long back to the However Long it Takes premise and the promise of what that ship could have been and still could be. And that is in one word an endgame. If they follow that pattern in TO too it will be as ideal as it can get. It will surely be a high note for the closure of the TVD/TO universe and as such it will be very much needed as a farewell and I think the writers realize that.
And you know. As petty as it may sound. Any kind of validation after what the fandom has been through will be quite ideal for me even if I don’t plan to watch. I am always here for the fandom and we have paid our dues. In spades.
KM: What are your favourite ships other than Klaroline?
Felia: I don’t have any other in the TVD/TO universe. In general too many to count here but I think one of the first I ever had was Juan and Monica from Corazon Salvaje (1993).
KM: You are a fanfiction writer, who has written many iconic fanfics in the fandom, what inspired you to write Klaroline fanfic?
Felia: Thank you for the compliment and I think that for me it was escapism and Klaroline. Inspiration can come at any time and could have a million triggers.
I think many fanfiction writers -and writers in general- feel the need to express themselves that way. It is an itch and a need for expression. You cannot contain it. Either you are confident about it or shy. It all needs a spark. The need to write about the things you are passionate about. To lose yourself into a world of so many possibilities that canon could never give you; and the need to connect with the ship and a fictional universe you love and one you create. And of course the need to connect with other people through your writing. To reach out. To write your imagination and dreams and share them.
KM: Does Klaroline remind you of any other ships from other shows/books/movies?
Felia: Not that much, no. I think that every ship and character is unique. I can find many parallels between ships but after a while every ship gets a life of its own. The last one that reminded me Klaroline was Feysand (Rhysand and Feyre) from the ACOTAR series (A Court of Thorns and Roses Series) but after a point that ship developed very differently and it got its own vibes.
KM: If you could have any fanfiction be reenacted in canon, which one would you pick?
Felia: I think I would choose Paradise Circus by Lila2.
KM: And lastly, what’s your one piece of advice that you would like to give the fandom?
Felia: To have fun and be positive. To not engage in any hate (no matter where it comes from) and to simply enjoy the ship and the fandom. We have a fandom that is such an active diverse community and has so many kind and lovely people. The more focused we stay in the things we love the more able we will be into holding on to them and fighting for them and having fun.
And that is the point of it all. To have fun. To be fangirls and fanboys. To make friends. And to ship what we love.