The way I see Caroline Forbes is like a favorite accessory for any teenager or young woman. She’s someone you simply must have, a one-person broad squad with a triple C plan: care, counsel and cheer. It’s friend-tervention at its best.
Caroline is a life line; a constant, steady force fueling and leading friends through life’s highs and lows. She’s dependable, loyal and encouraging. No wonder the world’s most powerful creature fancies her.
Caroline is my favorite female character from the television series The Vampire Diaries. I enjoy her almost as much as Niklaus Mikaelson does and I’ve been prompted to explore and investigate this character further. She has been underrated and misinterpreted for so long. I plan to rectify this.
From the snippets of information I was able to gather throughout seasons one to four, I now believe Caroline’s childhood could have been angst-ridden and unstable. Let’s begin with her father, William “Bill” Forbes.
Bill was a resident of Mystic Falls who moved away from his home and family while his daughter was an adolescent. He lived with his partner Steven and temporarily returned to Mystic Falls to chastise the Council about their failures of keeping vampires out of town.
Now one can easily conclude that young Caroline must have witnessed arguments between her parents based on betrayal, anger and resentment. Being an only child, Caroline most likely developed some of her manic qualities trying to tune out the loud, scary voices in her house. Perhaps she resorted to school work or cleaning her bedroom to deal with the hostility. With no one around to confide in, I’ve concluded that she made honourable, arduous attempts as a youngster to make things better for her family. Little Caroline was surely afraid that daddy would leave her and her mom behind. Caroline was desperate to be enough for Bill and probably ached to make things at home worth his while.
It’s obvious to me that Mr. Forbes would have been a demanding and stubborn man. I wonder how over-ambitious and forceful he was with Caroline. He probably expected her to maintain honors in school and an impressive status like Miss Mystic Falls for the family name. That could have derived from his insecurities or regrets.
I remember how easy it was for Bill to stay eerily composed as he tortured Caroline. She was docile and certainly not a threat and yet he demonstrated no qualms about afflicting physical pain to his only child. I speculate he could have been quick with his hands or temper when she was younger. No wonder Caroline was insecure and so eager to please throughout high school. If her father couldn’t love her unconditionally, who would? She and Klaus may have more in common than they know.
When Bill left his family, Caroline and her workaholic mom Liz continued to live in a small town. It’s not implausible that Caroline suffered from many discerning eyes due to her father’s lifestyle. She would not succumb to discrimination of any kind. Caroline wanted to be strong and accomplished that, for a thousand year old hybrid took notice.
As for Liz, a taciturn woman, she doesn’t strike me as someone who offered her daughter much consolation or courage (although it was lovely to see her accompany Care to college). Caroline always found strength on her own and without a pity-fest of any kind. I admire that the most about her. She doesn’t drag her past out for sympathy. In fact, there’s so much about her life that she has not shared with the people closest to her. The more I write about her the more I love this character. Even with imperfections Caroline’s flawless to me. She’s real.
Something else struck me about Sheriff Elizabeth Forbes. When she discovered where Bill was victimizing their daughter, Liz walked in on a gruesome scene but was so cool and collected. I was wrong in assuming the mother would be more troubled and angry. It left me wondering if Caroline truly ever had support in the Forbes home. She was and continues to be a loving and devoted daughter who perhaps was never fully appreciated. Actually this resonates with the writers of the show, too. Caroline certainly deserves more air time and recognition.
Now there’s Mr. Damon Salvatore to talk about. Indeed Caroline’s eyes studied the handsome newcomer and each of them demonstrated an interest. He later brainwashed her through compulsion, abused, raped and fed from her. No wonder the thought of Elena and Damon together makes Caroline “want to barf”! Elena never questioned the elder Salvatore and became intimate with her best friend’s attacker. Like Klaus, Caroline is a fan of loyalty and I suppose many times she feels discarded. I long for the day she will sit with the Original hybrid and have a tête-à-tête. Actually I’ve always wished Julie Plec would create a scene for us where Klaus finds out about Damon’s history with Caroline and truly gives him something he deserves.
As though Elena’s disregard was not enough, her now ex-boyfriend Tyler (who was always somewhat of a pompous ass) seems to enjoy sex with Caroline more than counting his lucky stars. To have a trustworthy and dedicated girlfriend by your side in this day and age is rare. He doesn’t deserve her. When they broke up I made a happy dance in my living room. Good riddance.
Ultimately the point to this essay is to give credit where credit is overdue. Beautiful Caroline Forbes is even more stunning underneath her lovely, ivory skin and blonde glorious hair. There’s so much we don’t know about her and I do hope the writers explore her potentials. She’s fit to be Queen and Klaus knows it. It’s time they make her play the part.
– Article written by Anna R.D. Find her on Twitter
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