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classic lit moodboards- Carmilla by J Sheridan Le Fanu

I have been in love with no one, and never shall,“ [Carmilla] whispered, “unless it should be with you.”

How beautiful she looked in the moonlight!
Shy and strange was the look with which she quickly hid her face in my neck and hair, with tumultuous sighs, that seemed almost to sob, and pressed in mine a hand that trembled.
Her soft cheek was glowing against mine. “Darling, darling,” she murmured, “I live in you; and you would die for me, I love you so.”

Laura is us

the Carmilla web series was right on the money in making Laura a nerd

many people- most notably writer Jordan Hall -have expressed disbelief at how slow book!Laura is on the uptake. how could she not guess that Carmilla was a vampire? is she stupid?

no, and she’s not a paragon of childlike sweetness as other adaptations try to make her. Laura is, in fact, the exact opposite: she’s too smart for her own good

in the book, Laura tells her audience that her father went to great lengths to keep her from being exposed to ghost stories and fairytales. Carmilla later mentions that Laura’s father keeps the work of a then-eminent naturalist in his library. 19-year-old Laura is trilingual (speaking German, English, and French with implied fluency), well-read, expressive, and intelligent. she’s clearly grown up in a household where knowledge is valued

except the knowledge that could have kept her safe

Laura is a woman of the 19th century, a time when science and technology progressed rapidly and old legends were being rapidly left behind. she’s so much a creature of reason’s light that she is, in a way, an innocent; the shadows of passion, intuition, and the supernatural have never touched her

our world has gone even father in the same direction. the supernatural is fading fast from our collective worldview, though we being human can never eradicate it completely. what’s the modern equivalent of book!Laura’s ivory tower of logic and learning? nerd culture

“you’re a child,” series!Carmilla says, “and you understand nothing. not about life, not about this place…” in a way, she’s right. Laura knows about detective work and writing and whatever shaky science Doctor Who imparted. but she doesn’t know what lies beyond that. she has no idea what to do about a vampire or a dark god- or a seemingly unrequited crush

nerds are the perfect archetype for a character so deep in science and reason that she never suspected a supernatural threat even when it was staring her right in the face. and for that I commend the Carmilla writers yet again. well-played

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You will think me cruel, very selfish, but love is always selfish; the more ardent the more selfish.
—  J. Sheridan Le Fanu, Carmilla

Never forget that while Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu may have some beautiful parts, he still wrote it to be hella pathologizing toward homosexuality, and the moral of the story was that girls need the men in their lives to save them from their wicked temptations. It’s why the the fact that the webseries is the way it is is so important.

Make that asshole roll over in his grave.

voidix  asked:

Who are those black and brown haired lesbians 👀👀👀👀👀👀

That is Carmilla Karnstein and Laura Hollis from the recently wrapped up KindaTV (formerly known as Vervegirl TV) YouTube webseries “Carmilla”. The series is based off of the novella by J. Sheridan LeFanu. (Fun Fact: Carmilla was the actual first vampire novel, beating Dracula by around 25 years.)

It takes a more realistic take on relationships having bumps and bruises, with angst and tears and breakups and makeups in between. Still, it’s really positive for GSD (Gender and Sexually Diverse) representation, including a nonbinary character named LaFontaine, an overprotective lesbian named Danny (WOOHOO FOR NOT GENDERING NAMES!), a total dudebro named Kirsch who is actually really tolerant and loyal but a bit scatterbrained, an awesome ally who’s learning to accept her friend’s gender identity named Perry, a hardcore misandrist who deals with having to work with men named Mel, and, of course, another character named Mattie who everyone fell in love with right from her actress, Sophia Walker’s, interview. (I suggest not watching that interview until you reach episode six of the second season)

You can watch the first season here, second season here, and final season here. Also, the trailer for the upcoming movie is here (I recommend not watching it until you’ve finished season three). There’s also a ton of Behind the Scenes content you can check out spanning across the three seasons. Not to mention, the characters had their own Twitter accounts with background info of what was happening to them between seasons, so just search a character’s name in Twitter and you should find them easily enough.

Bask in the gayness and, when you’ve finished Carmilla, should you choose to accept, and want something more, KindaTV puts out a TON of other GSD rep shows as well. Check out their list of playlists here to find some more that you might enjoy!

I know that was long, but the series needs more recognition because it really is a masterpiece and everyone should support KindaTV for being as amazing as it is.

Dearest, your little heart is wounded; think me not cruel because I obey the irresistible law of my strength and weakness; if your dear heart is wounded, my wild heart bleeds with yours. In the rapture of my enormous humiliation I live in your warm life, and you shall die–die, sweetly die–into mine. I cannot help it; as I draw near to you, you, in your turn, will draw near to others, and learn the rapture of that cruelty, which yet is love; so, for a while, seek to know no more of me and mine, but trust me with all your loving spirit.
—  J. Sheridan LeFanu, Carmilla

She used to place her pretty arms about my neck, draw me to her, and laying her cheek to mine, murmur with her lips near my ear,

“Dearest, your little heart is wounded; think me not cruel because I obey the irresistible law of my strength and weakness; if your dear heart is wounded, my wild heart bleeds with yours. In the rapture of my enormous humiliation I live in your warm life, and you shall die — die, sweetly die — into mine. I cannot help it; as I draw near to you, you, in your turn, will draw near to others, and learn the rapture of that cruelty, which yet is love; so, for a while, seek to know no more of me and mine, but trust me with all your loving spirit.”

—  Carmilla - J. Sheridan Le Fanu
Proof that book Laura is oblivious as fuck
  • Carmilla: You are mine, you shall be mine, you and I are one forever
  • Laura: Waiiiiiit, are you saying we're related?
  • Carmilla: Dearest, your little heart is wounded; think me not cruel because I obey the irresistible law or my strength and weakness; if your dear heart is wounded, my wild heart bleeds with yours.
  • Laura: Wait what? I don't understand your words
  • Carmilla: To die as lovers may - to die together so that they may live together
  • Laura: I read a book about caterpillars
  • Carmilla: I live in you; and you would die for me, I love you so
  • Laura: Are you ill? You look ill.
  • Carmilla: You will think me cruel, very selfish but love is always selfish. You must come with me, loving me, to death; or else hate me and still come with me.
  • Laura: Now now Carm, you're talking nonsense again

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The word ‘dreamlike’ gets thrown around a lot in reviews, but I can think of no other way to describe Vampyr.  In general, it’s a hard film to categorize- almost a silent movie, almost German expressionist, almost a straightforward horror movie, almost based on the stories of J. Sheridan Le Fanu, but not quite any of the above.  Following the journey of a young man who looks alarmingly like H. P. Lovecraft, what we see is a hazy bad dream of mad doctors, dying maidens and premature burial.  Even at its most frightening imagery, though, it is impossible to become too worried, as we expect to wake up at any moment. 

Vampyr is notable overall as a showcase of what early film could do.  It is a culmination of the art being developed in Weimar Germany, right when that art was about to be officially and legally gutted.  It looks strange to us today because it must have also looked strange in the thirties, a film out of time and place in any era.  It exists only in the dreamlands.