Carmilla (web series)

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Name: Carmilla
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Creator: Jordan Hall, Steph Ouaknine, Jay Bennett
Date(s): 2014 - 2016
Medium: Web Series
Country of Origin: Canada
External Links: IMDb, Wikipedia, Official Tumblr
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Carmilla is a web series on Youtube loosely based on the 1872 novella of the same name by Irish author Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu. Initally believed to be a modernized interpretation of the text, the web series was, to many viewers' delight, ultimately very different from the classic Gothic novel.

There are many other outlets on social media sites (such as Twitter), where fans can follow the characters' stories when they are not on-screen. Currently boasting over 10 million views, the first season consists of 36 three to seven minute episodes and the second season, announced in November, has over 20 episodes of the same length. The third and final season has 36 episodes.

Following the success of the show, a movie was announced and released in October of 2017, following the characters into the future and showing more of Carmilla's past relationship with Elle.[1]

Main Characters

Fandom

Fans are most active on Tumblr and Twitter. Popular fanworks are screencaps or gif sets, but also traditional fanart, fanfic, fanvids, and the occasional comic. Some fans RP additional characters on Twitter or things like "Laura's Camera" on Twitter.[2][3]

Although the characters directly address their viewers, there is very little interaction with them in character, though there were moments in which the characters answered questions through their tumblr accounts. Some of the writers and actors watch the fandom closely, reblogging fanart or commenting on fan discussions. Some fans welcome this more than others, and some comments by a writer and actors that were seen as intimidating by some fans led to an extended discussion about the Fourth Wall and the creators' involvement in the fandom.

The fandom was a Yuletide Fandom in 2014.

In 2015, Hollstein was number 10 in most reblogged ships on Tumblr.[4]

In addition to the large number of queer women characters in this show, LaFontaine is genderqueer by Word of God. A big part of the audience joined the fandom due to its LBTQ representation.

A convention for the show, CarmillaCon, was held in 2019.[5]

Pairings

The show has almost exclusively queer female relationships, since a large part of the cast is female. The show's only confirmed canon pairing is Laura/Carmilla, confirmed by an onscreen kiss in the final episode of season one. The relationship between LaFontaine/Perry, however, is in large part accepted in the fanon since they are canonically nearly inseparable best friends. The other popular pairing is Laura/Danny, which gained a fandom after Danny's first appearance in episode 12.

The only het pairing in the fanon is a rarepair, namely Kirsch/Danny, though many criticize this relationship as simply a clumsy attempt to tie up loose ends by the writers.

There are no slash pairings.

Terminology

Fanworks

Artwork

Archives and Fannish Links

References

  1. ^ The Cast of “The Carmilla Movie” at New York Comic Con
  2. ^ @Lauras_Camera on Twitter
  3. ^ CARMILLA CRACK ACCOUNTS, Archived version by basic-trash
  4. ^ Tumblr 2015 Year in Review: Most Reblogged Ships, Archived version by Tumblr Fandometrics
  5. ^ https://www.carmillacon.com/