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: at IMDb
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Carmilla is a Canadian single frame web series on Youtube loosely based on the 1872 novella of the same name by Irish author Sheridan Le Fanu. Initially 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.

With the final season concluded, the showrunners announced plans to create a Carmilla movie. The movie was funded in part by presales and fans purchasing bonus behind-the-scenes Carmilla content. It was released in October 2017,[1] following the characters into the future and showing more of Carmilla's past relationship with Elle Sheridan.[note 1]

Canon

Small town girl Laura Hollis has just finally moved out to go to Silas University. When her missing roommate is replaced without explanation, Laura vows to find out what is happening on campus while she deals with her new roomy... a vampire.

Main Characters

Fandom

The fandom calls themselves the Creampuffs, named after one of Carmilla's many nicknames for Laura.

They 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 fan 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 virtually no slash pairings.

Terminology

Fanworks

Fanfic

Artwork

Gallery

Archives and Fannish Links

Notes

  1. ^ Elle's last name is a reference to the author of the novella, Joseph Sheridan LeFanu.

    Elle Sheridan is supposed to be the original "Laura" from the novella. Extracted from The Carmilla Movie • IMDb Trivia

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/