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From the Carmilla Tumblr

From the Carmilla Tumblr

Over the last few years the internet has seen a rise in the number of web series based on classic literature, the most well known being The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. So it should come as no shock that in the wake of that success, a new series has started. Thought up by Jordan Hall, Carmilla now has a place on YouTube. It follows Laura Hollis (played by Elise Bauman), freshman at Silas University, as she works on her web journalism project. When her roommate disappears and a new one (Carmilla, played by Natasha Negovanlis) is suddenly taking up residence there, Laura decides to figure out what exactly is going on at the school and what part her nocturnal roommate is playing in all of this.

While the modern take doesn’t follow the exact plot of the original novella, Carmilla does pay tribute to not only its namesake but other works in the genre, including a shout out to Dracula and a potential reference to the poem Christabel. The episodes are short, with almost all 18 current episodes clocking at around five minutes long or shorter. New episodes are posted here every Tuesday and Thursday, and the series has a tumblr and twitter account that is updated constantly. The cast and crew are generally interactive with the fanbase, both in an official capacity and through means such as in character Tumblr and twitter pages that update between episodes.

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