Posted in Lifestyle

Carmilla by Sheridan Le Fanu

Well second full day of the holiday and I’ve just finished one of the books on my list. Carmilla was an interesting read in that I can’t quite decide what my overall opinion of the book is.

Well written and easy to read quickly, it was interesting to read a vampire book that not only predates Dracula but also looks at a non-heterosexual relationship – something I find a lot of authors struggle to do unless they themselves have questioned their sexual identity.

A brief summary –

The narrator, Laura, tells of being a young girl living in a castle with her father somewhere in Styria who is looking forward to a visit from one of her father’s friends. With this friend is some company for Laura who lacks a companion of her own age. Instead, this visit does not happen but through circumstances they are introduced to another young girl, Carmilla. Carmilla is a very secretive and charming young lady, who both attracts and repulses our heroine. As the story continues, a sickness affects a lot of the young females in the village and soon Laura also becomes ill. Throughout this part of the story, you are left wondering will Laura survive or will she become just another victim?

Being written in 1872, the idea that both Laura and Carmilla may end up being lovers is subtly suggested. That being said, it was probably very shocking for the readers of the time! I think this is one of the values that drew me to the novella. Unsure how it would be portrayed in a 19th Century piece of work, I was intrigued to discover just how obvious the underlying concern is. In answer to this, it’s not as obvious as we would expect in our modern time. However, what I liked was there didn’t seem to be any overwhelming concern from Laura that she may not be what people considered “normal”. Although she was “repulsed” by the thought of it, she did nothing to dissuade Carmilla’s advances.

All in all, it was a pleasant read for by the pool. What’s next? Grey? Mom Con? Who knows! But now it’s time for a post lunch swim.

Have a nice day whatever you may be doing! And remember to watch Carmilla on YouTube tonight!

Thanks for reading

Ktkinnes xxx 

 
A view from my sun lounger

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Posted in TV

Carmilla – think “Dracula with lesbians”

So what I first started this blog, I wrote reviews and other things that weren’t just my ramblings. Going back to basics, I thought I’d recommend a new series for you all to watch. So far there are 45 episodes (the latest coming out just 15 minutes ago) but have no fear – they’re between 3 and 8 minutes long! It’s a YouTube series called Carmilla. Basic summary is Laura’s roommate goes missing after a night out and Laura uses her video blog to keep the rest of Silas University up to date on the search for the missing Betty. However, the university does nothing to help and allocates Laura a new roommate – Carmilla. Without giving too much away, this show is basically Vampires and Lesbians. It is a modern take on the novella Carmilla by Sheridan Le Fanu. I’ve decided this shall be one of my holiday reads so I’ll let you know how it goes. 

Two of my friends at uni introduced me to this series and now every Tuesday and Thursday I eagerly await 22:30 GMT even to see the 3 minute clip of my new favourite show. It even tops 24! Now on its second season, Carmilla is introducing yet more characters and its fanbase is growing daily. Give it a try! It mightn’t be your cup of tea but I’d definitely say give it a few episodes before you rule it out. Natasha Negovanlis is stunning even before you see her in leather trousers. Add into it the beautiful Elise Bauman and you really can’t fault it. Or maybe that’s just me… But feel free to let me know! 🙂 or if you have any other suggestions, please comment below! I’d love for you to get to know me better so feel free to suggest any topics or questions you would like me to answer 🙂
Thanks once again to anyone who’s made it this far!
Ktkinnes xx

Episode 1