Parents' Guide to

Carmilla

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Long-running gothic web series is fun, spooky, a bit edgy.

TV YouTube Comedy 2014
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This amusing (and a little edgy) web series offers a fun story shrouded in mystery and welcome humor (Twilight, take note). Because it's narrated from the point of view of Laura's vlog, which only uses a single camera, nothing is seen outside of the two women's dorm room. But Laura's recorded anecdotes, along with events that unwittingly take place live in front of her computer, are filled with comic banter. The plot moves along within the room's walls as well, like when romantic interests are being expressed, and when Carmilla and other mysterious forces reveal themselves.

Like most gothic series, the vampire-related secrets and conundrums are never-ending, which keeps it entertaining. But the popularity of the overall series, which spans three seasons (and includes a special short season and a movie), is also due to its strong LGBTQ characters. And despite descriptions of basement hauntings and human sacrifices, very few of these alarming events are ever seen on camera, which makes the premise that much more unique. Even if you're not a vampire fan, it's hard not to find Carmilla engaging.

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