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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Jéssica Portilla Lovato

Posted at 8:06 PM on July 31, 2012  

eu gosto das duas mais prefiro a Helena (Nina )do que a Bela (Kristen)
Ai que ódio dessa P*** da Kristen como pode trair o Robert Pattinson
Sou mais Helena mil vezes!!
Como a mulher traída disse nem tão bonita e nem tão pura!

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klywer

Posted at 3:33 PM on June 29, 2012  

OXE!!!!

Que coisa! Bella é muito melhor que Helena,
amo as duas DE PAIXÃO ♥♥♥!!! mas, Helena não é melhor
que Bella nem aqui, nem na china!!!! ;)

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Sooty

Posted at 10:32 AM on June 22, 2012  

Elena is so much better than bella just like vampire diaries is so much better than twilight is and (bella) Elena just turned we don’t know what she dose yet

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Cajuska

Posted at 4:54 PM on June 20, 2012  

elena elena elena vzdit bella je o proti eleny je jako prach , ELENA

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Luke

Posted at 7:52 PM on June 13, 2012  

I prefer Elena–in the TV series, of course. She’s more likable. I didn’t really like Bella, but in the hate sense. She is willing to throw her life away and be with Edward for an eternity. Of course, it had to be then rather than later, as she would gradually get older and older. For Elena, she doesn’t have to let go of her life. But, Elena doesn’t want to become a vampire. I guess, like me, eternity isn’t really her thing. Though I believe at some point she’s going to have to, if she wants to be with either Stefan or Damon. I believe she should be with Stefan, because he is her on true love.

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Cajuska

Posted at 4:57 PM on June 20, 2012  

moje řeč

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Shiona

Posted at 12:51 AM on June 10, 2012  

Are you kidding me? Seriously? Elena is a self-absorbed slut who just can’t handle it if she doesn’t get everyones attention. ok maybe she is prettier than Kristen but Bella is NOT selfish. Far from it, and have you even read breaking dawn? Haven’t you figured out yet why the cover of the book is a chess board. The 3 books before breaking dawn involve bella as helpless but at the ending, she actually saves all her friends and family from the volturi. I’d rather be a helpless average looking human than a two-faced slut with a pretty face only.

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Delena

Posted at 7:51 PM on June 28, 2012  

Are you out of your mind?!?!?! Elena is not a self-absorbed slut, and i think that Bella is just pathetic !!! Elena is the best!!!
You suck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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look shiona :0

Posted at 1:50 AM on July 1, 2012  

look bella is the slut she kissed jacobe while she was with edward i mean who in their right mind would do that ok bella is a good actor but i mean she looks so stupid in the movie flipping her hair behind her ear every two seconds i mean every body commenting about bella is the best that her love for edward is un brake able well she kissed Jacobe i mean thats a slut either she is with him or with the other i mean, Lets get one thing straight elena dose not want everybody’s attention i mean she docent even want attention she wants to protect the ones she loves i mean bella will just run off with her little cullens

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Amy

Posted at 8:24 PM on June 7, 2012  

ELENA! !!

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bereket

Posted at 6:36 AM on June 6, 2012  

Wow you know what? Elena is just strong,and she is good thinker. I love that character.

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bereket

Posted at 6:31 AM on June 6, 2012  

Elens i smart

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Mari

Posted at 12:17 AM on June 5, 2012  

I love both the two, they are extraordinary and talented completamentes! And also, Twilight and TVD are beautiful stories. I’m completely addicted, haha​​.

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stephanie c

Posted at 9:38 PM on June 2, 2012  

no! no! no! your wrong elena is pretty then bella i vote for the vampiere diaries

the vampiere diaries rock !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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stephanie c

Posted at 9:31 PM on June 2, 2012  

i love the vampiere diarise and elena is pretter then bella not to be mean but its the truth

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ciresik

Posted at 6:27 AM on June 2, 2012  

hey bella it the best not elena.kristn it a talent actrice i vote twilight

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macintoshi

Posted at 2:48 PM on May 23, 2012  

Elena is the best

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Daya

Posted at 7:09 PM on May 19, 2012  

Elenaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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rat3000

Posted at 7:58 AM on April 30, 2012  

now “bella” love is all gud an’ romantic but, also people can mistake “love” 4 desire. B4 bitch-bella met edward she already gave up on her life. She thought she was different than other human beings life 2 fuckin hard 4 her, (bohoo) then edward walked in and there was her 1 way ticket 2 escape her “so fucking hard life” why people include me hate that dead witch be coz she got her way out of this hard life of being human. And since she’s a needy,self-center, 2 timing lucky whore on the planet fiction/non-fiction. She got her ways and we all the rest didnt even u. So, stop sugar-cotting with love its not luv its survival. If jake was a vamp instead of edward she would totally go running 2 jake and edward would be history. Tell me u wouldnt take that ticket bella took 2 escape this hard life of being human. So, their so lil’ of us who can b lik elena and more of us who are lik bella. She musked survival by claim it is love. 1 word about bitch-bella selfish.

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Ncamsile

Posted at 7:07 PM on April 9, 2012  

Elena is willing to sacrifice her life loved once bcoz her being alive is putting them in danger and as 4 Bella she’s not being selfish shez in love she wants to spend eternity with her vampire boyfrnd n dat is jst not wrong.. And as 4 Elena saying she will not be 1 of those girls who fall apart bcoz o sum guy, da fact she mentions that tells me she was jst sayin it 2cover up her realy feelings @least Bella shows her feelings when she in pain shez in pain she doesnt try covering that up.

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Robert

Posted at 11:37 AM on March 8, 2012  

I have no idea who Elena is and I’m still going to say that she is the better character. Bella is the worst ‘character’ ever because she’s incredibly weak and can’t even breath without Edward.

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Katerina

Posted at 1:09 PM on February 4, 2012  

i totally think elena is better. elena is strong and confident and doesnt need pepperspray to keep the baddies away!

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Yulia

Posted at 1:51 PM on November 16, 2011  

I am unconditional for Elena. And business not in appearance, though and here it on a step ahead.
1. We will originate both stories. Both Elena and Bella in deep депряснеке. Bella because of that that will move to other city for couple of months. Elena because of death of parents. Besides brother Jeremiah starts to play about drugs. But Elena doesn’t consider a condition of depression as norm and tries to get out of it. A conclusion: Elena more reasonably and morally more strongly Bella.
2. Relations with the guy-vampire. For Bella Edward the whole world. When it has left it again it has appeared in depression. It was bothered slightly by Jacob, but is besides very superficial. And still its these attempts увидить Edward’s phantom prevent to see in it homo sapiens. Elena after rupture with стефаном continues to conduct a soya usual life: «I not from those pity girls, whose world falls because of any guy» (Elena).
3. For Bella all are solved by Edward and his family while Elena always takes the most live part in an event.

P.S. I am sorry for my bad English.

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kiara

Posted at 5:19 AM on November 9, 2011  

no way …..elena is damn damn damn damn better than bella …..she is more beautiful n charming…and the story concept is better than THE STUPID TWILIGHT SAGA….huh!

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bella

Posted at 12:48 PM on October 25, 2011  

Bella’s love is honest. She was crazy bcause she jst couldnt 4get her true love. She loved her family n d only way 2 protect them was by staying away, being a vampire. so she was correct in changing herself. atleast she didnt attack Edward d way Elena attacked Stepan after changing.:)

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That One Kid

Posted at 8:36 PM on January 18, 2012  

You do not know what you are talking about.

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katerina

Posted at 1:14 PM on February 4, 2012  

yeah, well at least elena doesnt use pathetic pepper spray to escape, she thinks and runs for her life!

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Gumption

Posted at 8:23 PM on June 7, 2012  

Elena is so much better Bella is just pathetic
The Vampire Diaries Rock!!!!

 
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Rachal

Posted at 4:57 AM on May 11, 2012  

I like the story plot of TVD and elena’s personality more. Bella’s personality just doesn’t come across at all, and either does Edward.

Perhaps Bella’s love may be “pure” or she may be strong, like some people say she is, but isn’t that exactly the thing that makes the story so unrealistic and cheesy? (like the bad guy has to be the “bad guy”, isn’t that done before and they always end up dead when the vampire tries to save the girl he loves?). The thing that Makes the vampire diaries real is that 1.the plot of the story is out of the box, and the main character is not just the two love bird, but a dynamic relationship between everyone.(vampires are not portrayed as cold blooded, guilty killers that isolates themselves from everyone else) 2. everyone has their own personality, choices and voice in the event 3. the villain does not always have to be the “bad guys”, and they have their reasons, even if it may not be the most effective.

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Lucy

Posted at 4:18 PM on June 26, 2011  

I don’t know what you guys think, but… Elena is WAY better.
There’s no way that Bella is nice. When Edward was gone, she become a zombie, literally. And all her “friends” were trying to make her feel better, but she was like “oh, you’re not good enought for me, you’re not a vampire”.
I can make another list telling why Elena is better:
1.When Edward was gone Bella become stranger and… a zombie girl. When Stefan were stucked in that tomb, Elena just keep living. And with all that stuff happening in Elena’s life, she was ok.
2. Oh poor Bella, living in that horrible city with her stupid father, away from her crazy mother. Honestly? FUCK YOU GUYS. Elena parents died. She discovered she was adopted and her real parents (including her mother who was turned into a vampire-bitch) died too. AND her aunt Jenna died TOO. And it wasn’t because she was in love with Stefan and etc. It was because of a CRAZY ORIGINAL VAMPIRE. So, let’s see… Elena is stronger, and she have thousand losts, much more than Bella.
3. Elena have friends and she care about them.
4. Her romance and history is SO MUCH BETTER than Bella’s history. You know, being the key to break a curse, a doppelganger trying to kill you and everyone you love, a best friend who is a witch, vampires (who really looks like vampires) and werewolves (who really looks like werewolves), the Originals and things like that. While it all happens in TVD, Bella is begging to Edward to become a vampire, and never see her parents again. But, she don’t care. And Elena is going to DIE in a crazy ritual to keep her friends and family alive.
5. The most important thing here: Elena is happy, smiling, interesting, good person and brave. Bella is disgusting, sad, zombie-face, ugly, thankless and stupid. AND SHE DOESN’T LIKES MUSIC. What’s wrong with her?

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katerina

Posted at 1:18 PM on February 4, 2012  

I TOTALLY AGREE!!!!!

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Some people are clueless

Posted at 11:44 AM on May 24, 2012  

1. Wouldn’t Bella be the better character because unlike heartless Elena who just moves on with her life when Stefan was buried Bella actually mourns. I mean it’s like if someone’s mum died and the person didn’t even care they just moved on, now that would be cold and heartless. Basically what Elena did. I say no more.

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some people are selfish

Posted at 1:54 AM on July 1, 2012  

look bella wants to run away with his vampire lover and elena would do anything to protect the ones he loved not like bella or u move on or u get killed so elena is not heartless thats be;lla

 
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fyeahelena

Posted at 11:47 PM on May 24, 2011  

Elena kicks Bella’s ass. I guaruntee without Edward or Jacob as her damn body guards, Bella would be dead. Elena, on the other hand can kick ass without the help of a man. FYEAHELENAGILBERT! <3

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Orina

Posted at 2:39 PM on May 4, 2011  

Kristen the best

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