the naturalist's library

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