Hi Internet People,
For The Nerdy Girl Express I’m running a fan appreciation article that involves collecting what fans love about Carmilla for a big post to show what has kept people watching the show. With the third season finishing filming, and now according to KindaTV, being in the editing stages, I wanted to show our Creampuff love before this wonderful series draws to a close. I’ve been spamming it up all over Twitter because while fans are reading the article I haven’t gotten very many responses. Literally I can count them on one hand, which makes me a little bit sad. I’m sure a number of you have already shared your Carmilla love in a variety of ways, but this is a chance to showcase it in one big show of shared Creampuffery.
Okay, I know that last word is made up, but it works better than the real words I was trying to use. I thought that because I hadn’t gotten many responses that I would express why I love Carmilla and hopefully that would help get the ball rolling a bit.
I found Carmilla through Geek and Sundry’s now gone Vlogs Channel. At the time Becca Canote and Neil McNeil did Geeking Out together where they discussed and recommended queer pop culture. One day Becca mentioned Carmilla and I had really enjoyed her recommendations so I thought I’d check it out. The first season was about half over and I dove in. I watched all the episodes in an afternoon and then spent the rest of my free time tracking down all the transmedia connected to it. I fell in love with the characters and I remember that when Laura said Carmilla died I cried along with her. I honestly didn’t know if she would come back. I still get choked up when I rewatch those episodes, even though I know that Carmilla is going to come back and kiss the woman she loves.
This series was the first time that I could remember seeing queer characters presented as absolutely normal. There was no big to do about their sexuality, they just were who they were and they were accepted by everyone around them. This was also the first time I watched a show where a majority of the cast was part of the LGBTQ+ community. While I loved this aspect of the show it also led me to do more research about different members of the community. I’m from a small Midwestern town and while Lima might have had Santana and Brittany in Glee, we aren’t exactly a hub for open mindedness and acceptance. Through Carmilla I was able to become more educated and also find more queer representation on YouTube and in pop culture as a whole. Carmilla also led me into the world of web series. It was what led me to look into more literary inspired shows, like The Lizzy Bennet Diaries and March Family Letters. I love Carmilla for everything that it brought into my life, without it I would be a completely different person.
Okay, so your response doesn’t have to be this long or it can be longer. It’s entirely up to you. You can submit a picture, a tweet, even an email, yep an email. You can send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Tweet at @kleffnotes, if it’s multiple tweets please number them so I don’t lose any of the parts. If you want to double check the details you can find the original article on The Nerdy Girl Express, the due date is Friday, August 26th and not the one listed on the website.
Talk to ya tomorrow,