Monday, September 28, 2015
Media Madness Monday: Carmilla the Web Series
I'm a media junkie, not just books, but TV, movies, music, podcasts, and internet nonsense. Some Mondays I discuss something that's caught my interest this past week.
On the Web
In my research for my Carmilla vs. Dracula infographic, I stumbled upon the 2014 web series Carmilla, a modern retelling of Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu’s novella of the same name. Carmilla is a Canadian made series produced by Smokebomb Entertainment and is part of the Vervegirl channel on Youtube. Each episode is short (2 to 7 minutes long). There are 36 in the first season (plus extra content).
In the first episode, Laura’s dorm mate Betty goes missing after attending a party, and is quickly replaced by the abrasive Carmilla. Laura learns that other girls at Silas University have gone missing at parties, some of them appearing days later with no memory of the incident. Betty continues to stay gone. Laura spends her time investigating the disappearances while Carmilla lolls around in bed all day.
The episodes are filmed in front of Laura’s “web cam” so all the action either takes place in her room or off stage to be described later. A variety of girls and a couple of bros visit with new information. Romances, breakups, friend-drama all happen in Laura’s room.
Carmilla is more funny than scary. It’s a cute series. From the comments, I don’t think I am the demographic: young women in their teens and twenties (fans call themselves Creampuffs). I was entertained all the same. I also really like the theme song.
This Laura is much more curious and proactive than her original. Carmilla is less “I love you, I love you, I love you” and more goth girl does not give two bothers. Or does she???? I won’t tell. Even though weird things are going down, there is still time for romance, like the rather awkward flirtations with another girl in Laura’s building, and worries over midterm exams.
After finishing season one in a couple of days, I’m curious to see what season two will bring.