Throughtout each season of The Vampire Diaries, I noticed that more people are starting to dislike Elena as a character. They say she is a slut, whore and one of the most undeveloped characters on the show. I disagree with these people for several reasons.
1. After becoming a vampire, people thought that Elena would become a better character and be able to defend herself like when Caroline became a vampire. However,some thought that she didn't improve and just became worse. Some think she cried and complained too much (in the episode memorial and when she killed Connor) They disliked her and even didn't like the idea of the cure. Even though I am not the biggest fan of the cure, this is character development in a way. Her achilles heel is her compassion as mentioned by Stefan which is why she is not like other vampires. Plus she never wanted this so who can blame her?
Alaric: I think you found a way to get out of bed this morning and that makes you the strongest person I know.
When Alaric (rip) says this to Elena, his words have a true meaning behind it. I mean really, she is an eighteen year old girl who has gone through a lot. She lost her parents in a car crash, her bilogical parents don't really care and they die too, Jenna gets sacrificed, Alaric becomes an Original and recently Jeremy becomes a hunter and her a vampire. This is not what everyone goes through which is why people need to take it easy on her.
3. Elena and the Salvatores
Everyone knows that this show is about a love triangle between two brothers and a girl. Then why are people taking out on Elena. In season 4, after she sleeps with Damon, people start getting mad and call her names. First off, Elena isn't any of those things since she slept with Damon AFTER she broke up with Stefan. Sure she could have waited a little bit, but still it's not that bad. Katherine slept with them both at the same time. This is why they are different in a way. Also, people think she is acting the way she is right now because of the sire bond, but it only affects actions not feelings which is said very well in the show. Also you aren't a fan of Stelena/Delena if you don't like both characters.
To conclude, I think people should take it easy on Elena. She may not be the most likable, but she is one of the strongest ones around. You don't have to agree with all her decisions since she isn't a perfect character, but no one is. Don't forget Elena is important and there is a reason she is on the show. After all, if there is no elena, there is no vampire diaries.