Point-counterpoint on our ''Vampire Diaries'' cover story, the shippers speak, and more
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Your Naked Emotions

Readers were passionately divided over our Vampire Diaries cover — some loved the barely clad trio; others thought the image was too racy for the family coffee table.

Lust It

I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited by a cover! Thank you for giving a consistently well-acted, well-written, and dramatically intense show its due, when so many dismiss it as just another CW teen drama, or worse, a Twilight knockoff. And I don’t think I’ve ever been so jealous of a set of bedsheets, either.

Alexandra Brueckner

Aomori, Japan

I’m 50 years old and a huge fan of The Vampire Diaries. This issue makes me want to take the pages and hang them on my walls like I did when I was a teenager. Thanks for an issue that I will not be passing on to others when I’m done reading!

Cynthia Byers

New Haven, Mo.

Loathe It

What were you guys thinking? I don’t consider myself a prude (I grew up in the ’60s), but your cover was way over the top for a pop culture magazine. We know the vampires on the show are sexy; do we need to see that much flesh to prove it? C’mon, EW, you’re better than that!

Elizabeth White

Valley Cottage, N.Y.

Look, I’m a huge fan of your magazine. However, I’m disappointed by the Vampire Diaries cover. I’m all about looking at attractive people, but when you pull it up at work and have to cover your screen because it looks like porn, it’s a problem! Next time, cover up a bit more!

Marla Kucera


Shipping News

As a Bones fanfic writer, I enjoyed Jeff Jensen’s article on shippers. Yet I disagree that they are ”TV’s weirdest fans.” Writing thoughtful fiction in which two characters from one’s favorite show confess their undying love for each other seems perfectly normal to me.

Elizabeth Kalasinsky

Portland, Ore.

When I was in the eighth grade, back in 1970, a friend and I wanted the relationship between Pete and Julie on The Mod Squad to be more than it was, so we wrote stories on our little portable Royal typewriters. I wonder if we were the first fanfic writers? I have shipped my way through The X-Files, Bones, Xena, Cagney & Lacey, and Rizzoli & Isles, to name a few. I had to laugh when Robert Tapert, Xena‘s co-creator, said Xena and Gabrielle’s kiss in the finale was a reward for us ardent shippers.

Sharon Houle

Waterville, Maine

Thank you for the article on shippers! I am a huge shipper. Almost every show I watch, I ship a couple (many of them are slash). For example, I ship Morgan and Reid on Criminal Minds. I loved the producers’ and creators’ commentary on shippers. I wish more of them would listen to us!

Shelbie Barney


In Defense of Jar Jar Binks

Jar Jar shouldn’t take the entire hit for Star Wars: Episode I (”I Was Jar Jar Binks”). From aliens with offensive accents to the embarrassing rip-off of the chariot race from Ben-Hur to the awful script, which coaxed wooden performances out of many of today’s top stars, there’s plenty of blame to go around. But most important, people tend to forget that Episode I was released just weeks after The Matrix in 1999. The Matrix forever changed cinematography techniques. It also illustrated just how dated George Lucas’ vision for the future had become.

Cory Kammer

Glen Ellyn, Ill.

Finally, an article that gives some recognition to Ahmed Best for his work as Jar Jar! I am a longtime fan of Star Wars, and of all the things that disappointed or annoyed me about the prequel films, Jar Jar was not one of them. I actually found him rather charming, particularly the ”tongue” bits (”My tongue is fat”). My boys especially loved the character.

Suzan Conliff

Columbus, Ohio

Hooray for YA

I am a seventh-grade English teacher. I love to read what my students read, so my favorite part of your magazine for the past two years has been the YA book reviews. I can’t even list all of the great books I have read and then recommended to my kids because of what I have seen in your magazine. Please keep them coming!

Kelly Wise

Shreveport, La.

How Could You Forget…?

Major oversight, dudes. No Jackie Treehorn in The Big Lebowski on your list of essential Ben Gazzara roles?

Thomas and Carol Murphy

Albany, N.Y.

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