Posted Sat, February 19, 2011 9:00am EST

6 Reasons Why The Vampire Diaries' Elena Is Better Than Twilight's Bella! Vote: Which One's YOUR Favorite?

Posted Sat, February 19, 2011 9:00am EST

Selfish, insecure Bella isn’t half the role model that strong, confident Elena is. Do you agree?

About 50 minutes into this week’s episode of The Vampire Diaries, Twitter exploded with love letters to Nina Dobrev. It was a big episode for Elena Gilbert, the kind that reminded us what a compelling and likable character she is — infinitely more so than her fellow teenage vampire layer, The Twilight Saga‘s Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart.)

Both girls have men risking their lives to protect them, but I never really understood why with Bella. Let Dakota Fanning have her, I say! And since I’ve never been able to pinpoint exactly why I feel the way I do about Bella, I decided to break each girl down to figure out exactly why Elena is so much better. Here’s what I found:

1. Bella is basically helpless: As a human, Bella falls into the “Lois Lane” category — and not in a cool Erica Durance way. If anything were to happen to her supernatural chaperones, she would be screwed. Elena, meanwhile, isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty. And I’m talking ‘blood of one of the world’s oldest vampires on her hands’ dirty.

2. Bella is a pushover: Bella lets Edward boss her around, but Elena stands her ground and calls the shots in her and Stefan’s relationship. That may be why Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Elena fight more than Bella and Edward, but it’s better to get your feelings out. Unless maybe you prefer Edward’s dishonest, passive aggressive way of dealing with problems.

3. Bella is selfish: Everybody knows that girls who date vampires are kind of always on death’s doorstep, but Bella and Elena have very different motivations. While Bella selfishly wants to die so she can become a vampire and live with Edward forever, Elena wants to sacrifice her life solely to ensure the safety of her loved ones.

4. Bella puts herself before her family: Bella knows that becoming a vampire and running off with Edward means she’ll risk never seeing her parents ever again — but she does it anyway. The one who really puts the “love” in “loved ones” is Elena, who actually hides her relationship with Stefan in order to keep Katherine from tormenting her family.

5. Bella has no real friends of her own: You know it’s sad when your best friends wouldn’t even know you were alive if you weren’t dating their brother — and that’s pretty much Bella’s deal. I feel like, since she’s literally going to be with the Cullens for eternity, she should join an after-school and make some “outside” friends for now. Of course, Elena could also let Bella borrow some of her friends sometime — she has more than she can handle.

6. Bella can’t survive without a man’s attention: When Edward takes off in New Moon, Bella’s whole world falls apart. Outside of her relationship with Edward, she has trouble finding any real identity of her own. And Elena is once again Bella’s opposite. During her “break” from Stefan, she shares her personal philosophy: “I’m not going to be one of those pathetic girls whose world stops spinning because of some guy.”

Now tell me where you stand! Are you and I on the same page? I think my bias is pretty obvious here, so feel free to tell me you disagree.

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Special thanks to Lorena O’Neil for helping me fill in my many, many Twilight blanks.

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Russian_rulezz

Posted at 6:32 AM on April 25, 2011  

you are all stupid Americans!All you need to shoot!you bastards!Russia and The Vampire Diaries are the best!The Vampire Diaries unique heritage of America.Elena the best, Twilight and Bella suck a nigga Barack Obama!

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veronica

Posted at 5:17 PM on April 18, 2011  

nina dobrev is cooler,hotter and a greater actress than kristen stewart love it ..xoxo :))

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JULIA

Posted at 3:36 AM on March 16, 2011  

Elena the BEST!!!!

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Malika

Posted at 6:27 AM on March 11, 2011  

Elena is better than stupid Bella!The Vampire Diaries the best forever!!!

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Vampire

Posted at 5:47 PM on March 9, 2011  

In meiner Meinung Bella ist GREATE.

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Vampire

Posted at 5:45 PM on March 9, 2011  

Bella is better than Elena.
Bella jest lepsza od Eleny.
Bella ist besser als Elena
ベラはエレナよりも優れている
Bella er bedre enn Elena.
Bella è meglio di Elena.
Bella est meilleur que Elena.
Bella je lepší než Elena.
Белла лучше, чем Елена.
Bella Elena melius.

TWILIGHT FOREVER!

The Vampire Diaries are suck!- This is very stupid and schlecht, schrecklich, etc. book.

BELLA BELLA BELLA BELLA BELLA

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lol

Posted at 11:42 AM on November 19, 2011  

Haha. I wonder how old you are? I’m gonna guess about 12. Grow up little girl, Elena will always be better as will the Vampire Diaries.

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PAuly11

Posted at 10:58 AM on March 5, 2011  

Elena is way better than Bella !

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Нинка Долматова

Posted at 8:41 AM on March 4, 2011  

Елена.
ну или нина

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Isa

Posted at 3:04 PM on February 28, 2011  

Bella is COMPLETELY ridiculous. Ridiculous, ugly, selfish, She DOESN’T have friends. I LOVE Twilight, but I HATE the character Isabella Swan. Stephenie Meyer left me completely disappointed.

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Monii

Posted at 9:34 AM on February 27, 2011  

Of course, that Elena is better than Bell. AND Vampire Diaries are better than twilight … course

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Katha-chan

Posted at 5:37 AM on February 27, 2011  

Elena je lepší!!! víc se směje, je živější :) Bella se pořád tváří stejně!!

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Зелёный паук

Posted at 10:42 AM on February 25, 2011  

Что вы хотите от Беллы? Чтобы она была как все? Она в самом начале саги дала понять, что она “странноватая”. Я считаю, что каждый способен и на безрассудные поступки, и на невзвешенные решения и на бесконечную любовь… К тому же, Белла ещё не достаточно взрослая, ведь ей всего лишь 18 лет – у неё мало опыта особенно для того, чтобы встречаться с парнем и так далее…. И насчёт друзей, я считаю вы не правы: Белле хорошо было во Флориде, она была там счастлива, имела кучу друзей….. и вообще, я не считаю, что человек не должен зависеть ни от друзей, ни от родственников… Я полагаю, она лучше Елены…

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Kate

Posted at 9:32 AM on February 28, 2011  

“ей всего лишь 18 лет” – эй, елене тоже вообще-то… если не 17…
“человек не должен зависеть ни от друзей, ни от родственников” а от кого человеку тогда зависеть? ее мир не может ограничиваться одними калленами и эдвардом…
Ленка лучшая)))

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Green spider

Posted at 10:38 AM on February 25, 2011  

What do you want from Bella? That it was as all? She at the very beginning of the saga has let know that it “oddish”. I consider that everyone is capable and of reckless acts, both on not weighed decisions and on infinite love… Besides, Bella yet enough adult, after all to it only – at it isn’t enough experience especially to meet 18 years with the guy and so on…. And about friends, I consider you aren’t right: to Bell it was good in Florida, it there was happy, had a heap of friends….. And in general, I don’t consider that the person shouldn’t depend neither on friends, nor from relatives… I believe, it is better than Elena…

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Mary

Posted at 1:07 AM on February 25, 2011  

Elena is better than Bella

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idk23

Posted at 2:13 PM on February 23, 2011  

screw you, Bella is better. you missed the whole point of why she is that way. It’s supposed to show just how deep her love is for Edward. Elena is a hoe, and she’s definitely caught in a love triangle between shitty Damon and Stefan and doesn’t appreciate Stefan as much as she should. I hate her.

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Sophia

Posted at 5:52 PM on February 23, 2011  

The only way Bella would be better is if you have the IQ of a cucumber or you are a teenager who doesn’t know what a real woman is like yet.
If you think Bella is better then I feel sorry for you and the life you will lead as a pushover. Bella could have just made all the gains women have done throught he ages back to the middle ages!

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Paula

Posted at 9:47 PM on February 23, 2011  

I like them both, but you don’t have to insult people who prefer Bella just to make your point. Besides, liking Bella more than Elena doesn’t mean she/he will be a pushover!
I now feel the need to remind you that in the books Elena was a selfish popular girl and in the first book she was obsessed with Stephan ONLY because he didn’t pay her attention, she even said so. I’m talking about comparing Elena from the books and Bella from the books. Don’t mix them up because it’s not the same. If you want to say Nina Dobrev is better than Kristen Stewart, it’s okay. But don’t compare Bella and Elena if you haven’t read both series.

 
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Maddie

Posted at 6:30 AM on February 25, 2011  

Yeah, but I am pretty sue they are comparing twilight movies vs. Vampire Diaries tv show, not the books. Elena wins anyday of the weak.

 
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Kate

Posted at 9:37 AM on February 28, 2011  

i have read them both, and i’m still sure that elena is better than bella… maybe, elena was selfish at first, but when she finally got stefan, when she revealed him she didn’t seem selfish at all. and in the 3rd book she even died to save salvatore brothers. i’m not saying that bella sucks, i’m just saying that elena is better both in book and in the TV series)

 
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Tosha

Posted at 7:25 AM on March 13, 2011  

I really agree with you Sophia! More then that, i’d like to say about appearence. Becouse Elena is more beautiful than Bella)))

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Sammy

Posted at 5:59 PM on February 23, 2011  

idk23, so what you’re saying is that you are
basically helpless,
a pushover,
selfish,
puts yourself before family and friends,
has no real friends of her own,
and can’t survive without a man’s attention.
And if you are a guy that what you look for in a girl, and that takes you one step closer to being an abuser if not one already!!

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Bella

Posted at 9:19 AM on February 5, 2012  

WE ALL HATE BELLA!!!!!!!!!!

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Olya(Ukraine)

Posted at 10:39 AM on February 23, 2011  

Elena is better than Bella…

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@mariaaisadora

Posted at 9:05 AM on February 23, 2011  

WTF?! Bella is better.

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MeanBitch

Posted at 6:30 AM on February 23, 2011  

lol, this list.

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Alyssa

Posted at 8:30 PM on February 22, 2011  

Elena Gilbert/Nina Dobrev is way better than Bella. She puts everyone else’s lives before her own.

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Caamila

Posted at 8:14 PM on February 22, 2011  

Elena is better than Bella!!

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crmomof2

Posted at 4:23 PM on February 22, 2011  

1. Bella is unselfish. The whole reason she moved to Forks is so her mother can travel and begin a new life with her new husband and she knows that Charlie is alone. Bella didn’t think twice about giving her life, if it would have saved her mother’s in Twilight, she was ready to forfeit her life for Edward’s in New Moon. In New Moon She stands up to the wolf pack. In Eclipse she again saves Edwards be cutting herself to distract Victoria and Reilly and give Edward a chance. In Breaking Dawn she put her unborn child before own life.
2.Bella has friends and doesn’t need a man, Angela,Angela’s boyfriend, Mike, and Jacob were friends and remained friends. The relationship with Jacob evolved because her father suggested that she call and their relationship grew but she was not looking for a man. Alice would have been her friend with/without Edward.
3. Bella is brave as I point out in number one. Bella stands up to Edward constantly. He doesn’t want her to see Jacob but she still does, Edward doesn’t want her to become a vampire but she decides that she must, Edward wants her to give up the baby but she refuses, when she becomes a vampire it’s her ability to protect them that shields them from harm.
4. Bella is not helpless. She is actually basically very independent. Since childhood she has had the parental role with her mother, she takes care of the household stuff at home with Charlie, She stands up to the Volturi, to Edward, To Jacob, and to the Wolf pack.

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Natasha

Posted at 8:21 AM on February 23, 2011  

crmomof2, I agree with you!

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Зелёный паук

Posted at 10:45 AM on February 25, 2011  

You are right!!!!

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Grsbc

Posted at 10:00 PM on March 8, 2011  

Your sad b/c…
You wright too much and you beleeive the c$!p u say

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Frozen99

Posted at 1:05 PM on February 22, 2011  

I think Elena is (so much) better

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Olga

Posted at 1:02 PM on February 22, 2011  

I think Elena is better than Bella

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Hailey DunivIn

Posted at 12:34 PM on February 22, 2011  

I agree with some of the things that this person says about Edward Cullen because Edward is a jerk. But Bella Swan is not selfish because she still cares about her dad and her mom.

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Qito

Posted at 10:47 AM on February 22, 2011  

I think Bella is better

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