Love triangles of TV and film
By Emily Christianson, Lora Victorio, Jevon Phillips and Whitney Friedlander, Los Angeles Times
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'Vampire Diaries'( Andrew Eccles / The CW )
Angles of the love triangle: Once upon a time in a small town in Civil War-era Virginia, brothers and best friends Stefan and Damon Salvatore fell hard for the same woman: Katherine, a cunning beauty with brown ringlet curls and hoop skirts. She turned out to be a vampire, naturally. And being with her led to their equally eternal fates. And -- they believed -- a century or so for her in an underground tomb. Stefan (Paul Wesley) seemed to move on and was lucky to live long enough to master a James Dean attitude. Damon (Ian Somerhalder) never really got over it and can have some rage issues.
Final equation: Spike ahead a century and a half and we're back in this bewitching small town. Find a new brunet -- this one named Elena -- who bears a striking resemblance to Katherine (as she should; both characters are played by Nina Dobrev) and the same brotherly strife is bound to surface. Elena and Stefan were together for a while, until he went on a blood-sucking bender, switching up the good brother vs. bad brother dynamic. And Stefan's temporary absence hasn't stopped Damon from trying to get back into Elena's good graces.