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Nina Dobrev Criticized by 'Vampire Diaries' Fans for Not Being Blonde

February 03, 2010 10:04:02 GMT

Tackling the role of Elena who is narrated as having blonde hair, Nina Dobrev has come under fire from 'The Vampire Diaries' devotees for not dying her hair with the same color.


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Actress Nina Dobrev has incurred the wrath of "The Vampire Diaries" fans - for sporting a different hair color to her character in the original book. The 21 year old plays lead Elena in the new U.S. series and was told by show executives to keep her hair brunette for the role.

But fans of the novels, penned by L. J. Smith, are in uproar - because Elena is a blonde in the books. Dobrev explains, "I couldn't go online because everyone was like, 'She's not a blonde, Elena's a blonde'. We had to change it because in the books Elena was a little bit more of a Queen Bee, the popular high school girl and it just didn't seem relatable to a lot of people."

"The creators just wanted to make her more of a girl-next-door, who you can root for. If you're not rooting for the main girl, then there's no point in watching. You need to love her, you can't hate her."


 




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posted by k on Aug 26, 2014
I love that she didn't have blonde hair and blue eyes . My hairS blonde and I have brown eyes and I've always wanted blue eyes, but watching the show and read the books, I'm now happy I have brown eyes. She fits it perfectly, more relatable. The perfect girl is always describe as blonde and blue eyed ,nina changes that.
posted by Tia on Jul 26, 2013
I was puzzled why Elena in the tv series was brunette BUT I think Nina is simply perfect for the role she is not just beautiful and friendly but she also makes Elena more relatable then the slightly bratty version in the books, yes I know Elena does show hidden depths but to start with she is a brat. Where as Nina's version of Elena is a pretty girl who is a cheerleader and is trying to deal with heartbreak whilst having fire to stand up for herself too. stop picking on Nina and leave the Lass Be. xxx
posted by Knowalot2 on Feb 19, 2011
In the books DAMON is meant to have black hair and BLACK eyes. Stefan is meant to have GREEN eyes. Why isn't anyone complaining about that? are people just jealous of Nina? is that why we're trying to pick out flaws in her and not of the male actors? seriously can you think of anyone who can take Nina's place? I just love her acting.
posted by Jordyn on Dec 02, 2010
Im not going to lie when i first found out that they were casting a brunette insted of a blonde to play Elena i was disappionted a litle but after watching the first couple episodes i think Nina is just amazing at portraying Elena. Now i cant imagine Elena any other way.
posted by intelligentblonde on Oct 08, 2010
What. Oh, so when a character has blonde hair that automatically means they're not relatable, the-girl next-door, the one everyone's cheering for, and basically everyone hates them. Cool... Way to be...
posted by Gothica on Oct 02, 2010
You people wouldn't be saying she's so incredibly gorgeous if she wasn't famous. If she was some random person walking down the street you wouldn't think twice at looking back at her. I mean she's a decent looking girl but nothing special.
posted by aprilsaavedra on Sep 23, 2010
I absolutely love nina... she's the most beautiful girl I've ever seen... it doesn't matter what's color of her hair... well the show boom... that's what matters most
posted by Christina on Sep 14, 2010
I absolutely LOVE Nina Dobrev as Elena but I REALLY wish they would've made the show more like the books! Particularly Elena's looks. Blonde hair, blue eyes etc. They're wrong saying people wouldn't like or relate to Elena. Sure she starts out pretty selfish and cold in the books but she becomes really nice after meeting Stefan. I LOVE Elena in the books! But I do like the show anyway, just a tad disappointed in somethings
posted by Angel_ina on Jun 30, 2010
Oh just chill, can you even picture another actress doing the part of Elena? I sure can't the casting was amazing, every actor fits the part regardless of hair color!
posted by M on Jun 18, 2010
thank god she's with chocolate hair in Vampire Diaries!
posted by Nina Dobrev Rules on Apr 24, 2010
i think her hair is fine and if she was a blonde it would be boring becuz sometimes stuff has to change so it would be more ineresting.
posted by Suzie Moz on Apr 11, 2010
im not bother that Nina doesnt have blonde hair i think she looks better with light brown hair ps. Nina rocks
posted by Natrod25 on Feb 03, 2010
IDC about her hair, I care about the show not sticking to the action, people, etc. in the books! Her hair doesn't mean much to me but for the love of all things good, where is Meredith? When is Elena going to get turned? Where's Katherine and Klaus? Stefan and Damon are over 500 years old, not younger than 200. Etc., etc.
posted by Rashel on Feb 03, 2010
Most fans of the novels aren't still in an uproar, I think. It was shock I guess. I mean, imagine the Weasley family from Harry Potter books being dark-skinned and black-haired instead in the movies? You have to agree with me that the Weasley cannot NOT be redhaired! ;) Thing is fans have come to sortof 'stereotype' the characters by their physical description from the books, naturally. It's no surprise that fans should be unhappy about the physical differences as silly as it may sound to some. And I remember a fan saying that since 'Elena' means 'light', her being pale and blond fits it all the more. Also, her blue eyes relates to the blue of the lapis lazuli (the stone that protects TVD vampires from sunlight).
posted by Chevyimpala1967 on Feb 03, 2010
i totally dont mind her being brunette at all....and i think she wud sport a brunette look better
posted by Dee on Feb 03, 2010
Sometimes when you find the right person or a part, you have to change a few small things. The point is that Nina is doing a wonderful job portraying Elena! These 'small screen' actors are out-shining a lot of other 'big screen' ones ;)

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