Carmilla

Carmilla

An adaptation of Shaftesbury's award-winning, groundbreaking queer vampire web series of the same name, Carmilla mixes the camp of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the snark of Veronica Mars, and the mysterious atmosphere of Welcome to Nightvale. Newly escaped from the stifling boredom of a small town, college freshman Laura is ready to make the most of her first year at Silas Un...

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Title:Carmilla
Author:Kim Turrisi
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Carmilla Reviews

  • Manon the Malicious

    This book followed the story from the webseries which I have watched a very long time ago. I was actually planning on rewatching it because I barely remembered it and hadn't finished it.

    Anyway, for those who don't know the show, this is Laura's story. Laura is starting college at Silas university. When she arrives, everything seems great, yeah her roommate is a bit of a party animal but they still

    This book followed the story from the webseries which I have watched a very long time ago. I was actually planning on rewatching it because I barely remembered it and hadn't finished it.

    Anyway, for those who don't know the show, this is Laura's story. Laura is starting college at Silas university. When she arrives, everything seems great, yeah her roommate is a bit of a party animal but they still clicked instantly. When she disappears, Laura doesn't know what to do, she tries to contact the administration but no one cares about her worrying and they even give her a new roommate, Carmilla. Carmilla is a night-owl and all of her habits deeply annoy Laura, especially because she won't take seriously the fact that Laura want to investigate all the disappearances that are happening on campus.

    But since they annoy each other so much, why can't Laura stop thinking about her?

    As I read this book, the story came back to me from when I watched the series and even it was enjoyable to be in Laura's head, I think the video format worked better. It allowed the whole crazy mushrooms thing to be more believable. I felt like in the book format, something was missing, the story felt rushed and I wished things would have been added, that Carmilla and Laura's relationship would have grown slower, little by little. I still enjoyed this a lot, (mainly because Gay) but I expected it to be even better. i still really liked the characters and the story though and I think others would too.

  • Ankita Singh

    In the time it took Edelweiss+ to approve my ARC request, I'd already burned through all the episodes of the Carmilla web series and also watched the movie. And I'd also fallen in love with them. (And also maybe developed a tiny-HUGE crush on Natasha Negovanlis a.k.a. Carmilla.)

    So by the time I got to the book, I already knew the story and the perfect cast. And I guess this was one of those instances where the movie (in this case: web series) was better than the book.

    The reasons for that are:

    ♡ T

    In the time it took Edelweiss+ to approve my ARC request, I'd already burned through all the episodes of the Carmilla web series and also watched the movie. And I'd also fallen in love with them. (And also maybe developed a tiny-HUGE crush on Natasha Negovanlis a.k.a. Carmilla.)

    So by the time I got to the book, I already knew the story and the perfect cast. And I guess this was one of those instances where the movie (in this case: web series) was better than the book.

    The reasons for that are:

    ♡ The book was based on the web series, not the other way around. 

    ♡ The web series is shot in the same place all throughout the season (it's supposed to be the protagonist's (Laura's) Journalism project and is therefore supposedly shot through her web cam.) So, it was easier to describe some things without showing them on camera. But it's impossible to do that in books, since descriptions are the essence of books, and the descriptions that were written seemed kinda lacking. 

    So even though it told exactly the same story as the web series, the book did not contain the same magic. I'd definitely recommend you to check out the web series (IT'S ON YOUTUBE!) but I'm not sure if I'll do the same for the book. 

  • Lola

    3.5 stars.

    Two books finished in one day… oh boy. It may seem like a positive thing, but really what it means is that I’m unable to focus on my art history notes that I have to review for my exam next week and not that you need to know this but I really, really, REALLY need to pass this exam. So if you see me post another review soon, PRAY FOR ME.

    That is all.

    Except… I should talk about the book a little though, no?

    This is a novel adaptation of the web series of the same name, a web series about

    3.5 stars.

    Two books finished in one day… oh boy. It may seem like a positive thing, but really what it means is that I’m unable to focus on my art history notes that I have to review for my exam next week and not that you need to know this but I really, really, REALLY need to pass this exam. So if you see me post another review soon, PRAY FOR ME.

    That is all.

    Except… I should talk about the book a little though, no?

    This is a novel adaptation of the web series of the same name, a web series about vampires, mystery, university life, and lesbian romance… that I had no idea existed. Seems like the sort of thing that should have made its way to me. I guess it did, belatedly.

    Like most novelizations, this book sticks to the important stuff. I have never read a book adaptation that has lots of extra content, and although I have not watched the web series as of yet, I can’t imagine it’s too different from the book and vice versa. This means that it’s fairly easy to get through, because of the lack of long descriptions and lengthy scenes and such, but I did wish scenes were longer at times. Many characters pop out of nowhere and then disappear, leaving me a bit befuddled, but perhaps that is the way it goes in the web series too.

    I thought vampires were not à la mode anymore, and I never even think about them anymore, but Carmilla was pretty sexy and I did like the whole sacrifice business (but only because it was a fun sort of ridiculous!). I also found easy connecting to the main character and of course I loved that the setting was a university, although a very creepy and unrealistic one.

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  • Geonn Cannon

    Probably 2.5 rounded up (provided by NetGalley)

    I wanted to like this book. I watched the webseries, but it's been a few years so I was looking forward to refreshing my memory about what happened way back at the beginning. I got that, but that's about all I got. The book sticks firmly to Laura's point of view, very rarely explores outside her dorm room, and the majority of the book ends up being transcriptions of things that are said and done in the episodes. A novel seemed like the ideal place t

    Probably 2.5 rounded up (provided by NetGalley)

    I wanted to like this book. I watched the webseries, but it's been a few years so I was looking forward to refreshing my memory about what happened way back at the beginning. I got that, but that's about all I got. The book sticks firmly to Laura's point of view, very rarely explores outside her dorm room, and the majority of the book ends up being transcriptions of things that are said and done in the episodes. A novel seemed like the ideal place to throw off the restrictions that come with having a budget, and it's disappointing that the author didn't take advantage of that.

    The book suffers from a lot of talking instead of doing, telling other characters what was done instead of showing it happen. Again, this is from the webseries where they COULDN'T go to multiple locations. Why not use the webseries descriptions as a template and flesh it out?

    The oddest thing is that the big climactic battle IS seen in the book... and then Laura proceeds to explain to us what just happened. That was necessary in the webseries, not so much in a book where it literally just happened.

    I am glad, overall, that this book is available. Fans will appreciate having a companion version of the story rather than watching hours of videos. But for the uninitiated or people who don't already know the show, this book is not a good place to start.

  • Amy

    WARNING, a bit of a rant ahead + possibly some slight spoilers.

    Thank you, NetGalley and the Publisher for the chance to read this novel.

    : deadnaming and misgendering of a genderqueer side character (on purpose and by accident), kidnapping and gore.

    Before I start I just want to say I had such high hopes for this one. I mean, kick-ass lesbian vampire and f/f romance in a college setting? I was so excited for the LGBTQ+ rep and paranormal aspect, and while I hate leaving r

    WARNING, a bit of a rant ahead + possibly some slight spoilers.

    Thank you, NetGalley and the Publisher for the chance to read this novel.

    : deadnaming and misgendering of a genderqueer side character (on purpose and by accident), kidnapping and gore.

    Before I start I just want to say I had such high hopes for this one. I mean, kick-ass lesbian vampire and f/f romance in a college setting? I was so excited for the LGBTQ+ rep and paranormal aspect, and while I hate leaving ranty reviews like this, I really think it needs to be said.

    In hindsight, I probably should've watched the web series before requesting this, but I wanted it to be a surprise, as it's probably the equivalent of watching the movie before reading the book.

    I have so much to say about this, I couldn't possibly fit it all into 1 review, even this is longer than anticipated! So I am going to stick to the basics of why this didn't work for me.

    -The LGBTQ+ rep: I was really happy to see that this book features 3 lesbian characters and 1 genderqueer side character (more info on that rep later)

    -That cover is stunning

    -Vampire/paranormal aspect

    -Due to it being so fast-paced, I finished this in one sitting, plus, it's relatively short, at under 300 pages.

    -Major problems with the genderqueer rep in this book. Heres why:

    LaFontaine, a side character in this book, identifies as genderqueer and uses they/them pronouns. This book definitely needs some proofreading because I noticed at least 6 instances where the author used "she/her" pronouns instead of "they/them" here are some quotes to prove:

    I really hope these mistakes are fixed before publication.

    : I do not identify as genderqueer myself, I just noticed these mistakes.

    -Perry constantly deadnames LaFontaine, even after they ask her not to call them Susan.

    -If someone who identifies as genderqueer asks you to use their pronouns/name and you ignore them, and you constantly deadname and misgender them, on purpose, is that right? The answer is no, it's not. Perry was a disgrace of a friend and a disgrace of a character.

    -The worst part is, LaFontaine's feelings on the matter are never addressed until much later on in the book, where they finally have enough of being deadnamed and misgendered and (rightfully so) have a go at Perry. But even then, Perry still has the audacity to call LaFontaine Susan.

    -The thing that really takes the cake is the fact that Perry is made out to be the victim. No one even asks if LaFontaine is okay after being deadnamed and misgendered by their best friend for (probably) years.

    -Lack of detailed descriptions for; characters, setting, magical element.

    -Toxic love triangle and romance. There is zero chemistry between Laura and Carmilla and they only get together in the last 30%, up until that point they despise each other. The cover screams romance, it's marketed as a romance, well it definitely did not read like a romance to me. Carmilla physically attacks Laura and bites her, without her permission. Laura films and uploads videos of Carmilla without her permission. Laura keeps Carmilla hostage for two weeks and forces her to recount her whole life for Laura's blog. It's not a healthy relationship!

    -The only male characters (of which there are a grand total of 3) are all problematic and bordering on sexist. Two of them are even literal stalkers who don't take no for an answer. Laura's dad, who appears for practically 1 chapter, is extremely over the top protective, even going so far as to not allow his 18-year-old daughter anything but a flip phone, as he is scared she will send nudes to random people. The other two constantly refer to all the women in the book as "sexy, baby, hottie" etc. Telling them they are there to "protect" them. Oh, but they will only protect the women they deem worthy, which is a "7.5 or above" to them.

    -The writing style wasn't for me. I felt like It lacked depth and was way too fast paced.

    -Whenever Laura was speaking to someone on the phone, the reader would only ever hear Laura's side of the conversation, never the responses. As a reader, this made me feel excluded from the story and therefore I lacked a connection to what was happening.

    Overall, I am really glad that I had the opportunity to read this book. There are many reasons why this might not have worked for me personally. Maybe it's because it's a novelisation of a web series that I haven't watched. Maybe it's because it's meant to be read in a more humorous way that I didn't catch. Maybe the whole thing just didn't translate well in book format. Nonetheless, unfortunately, it didn't work for me. But I would always recommend giving a book a go and seeing what you think for yourself. Just because I didn't like it, doesn't mean it a terrible book.

    : All quotes taken from the ARC copy, these are subject to change.

  • Jessica | Booked J

    2.5 star rating. Full review also found

    at Booked J.

    One of the first web series that I ever watched was

    , so I was beyond excited to see that there was an upcoming novelization of the web series. Not to be confused with the original story that both are based upon. As far as novelizations go,

    was every bit as intriguing as the original

    2.5 star rating. Full review also found

    at Booked J.

    One of the first web series that I ever watched was

    , so I was beyond excited to see that there was an upcoming novelization of the web series. Not to be confused with the original story that both are based upon. As far as novelizations go,

    was every bit as intriguing as the original series it is based on and fans are going to certainly enjoy it.

    This new novelization, too, will absolutely bring a new audience to the original series as well. Which is a massive plus.

    While I did enjoy this novel, it did feel, at times, a bit unnecessary. It adds very little to the original episodes. In reality, this could have done more to flesh out the story a bit more. Unfortunately, it did not do that. This isn't to say

    is badly written or paced--it's entertaining as always--but it felt, at times, a little choppier on page than it does on screen.

    At the end of the day, one of the things that made

    fall short in expectations was the length. I expected a little something more, a little something more descriptive and as atmospheric as the web series. In the process of translating it from screen to page, Carmilla loses a lot of its charm and just doesn't fit well with the narrative that was set up.

    There were points in the story that were stronger than others but I think that is merely because I was able to look back on the web series and see it play out in my head in a very specific way--one that just wasn't aptly explored in the novelization.

    In short,

    could have benefited beautifully from the kind of development that books allow. I do think that Turrisi had the right idea, and had a particular kick to her portrayal of these characters, but in the end, the shortness of this novel was its biggest enemy.

    Still, there were some good things to note about

    , including the obvious representation. Queer girls who kick-ass? Sign me up. I don't think that the novelization is nearly as indulgent and fun as the web series, but I do think that it will find its audience--which is all that matters.

  • Faith Simon

    *I received an advanced copy of this title from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*

    I've never heard of the web series that this novel was adapted from until I began reading this, so I'm not really sure if I'd like it should I choose to watch it. I don't know if it was the writing that made me dislike this book, or the content and the story itself, which would be deriving from the web series.

    From the synopsis, I thought I would end up liking this book, but I really didn't. I'm thankful

    *I received an advanced copy of this title from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*

    I've never heard of the web series that this novel was adapted from until I began reading this, so I'm not really sure if I'd like it should I choose to watch it. I don't know if it was the writing that made me dislike this book, or the content and the story itself, which would be deriving from the web series.

    From the synopsis, I thought I would end up liking this book, but I really didn't. I'm thankful that this was a relatively quicker read, and it wasn't like I was trudging through molasses trying to read through it, it wasn't that boring. But the story itself was.... eh.

    A large portion of the problem I had with this book was the writing. It just felt juvenile. It felt like the author was trying so hard to sound like the narrative was coming from a teenager/young adult so much that it came across as trying way too hard and not in the least bit relatable. So, despite the few times I related to the character's lesbianism, I could hardly enjoy the narration of this book at all.

    Also, the unnecessary love triangle. I hate love triangles. And the fact that Laura and Danny had zero chemistry made the triangle even less enjoyable. And Laura just falls for Carmilla out of the blue? Like, there's some hinting before, but there's no transition from enemies to lovers, it's just enemies one moment, a little side comment about Carmilla being hot, her thinking she's trying to suck her blood and then suddenly falling for her and casting Danny aside just like that? What?

    And the other characters weren't enjoyable at all. They were just annoying. The book made a whole point to show one of the characters misgendering her friend and Laura correcting her, and in the book, it sometimes used "her" instead of "they" completely defeating the purpose and making me second guess which character was being mentioned.

    And honestly, the mystery was meh. The entire plot, for that matter, didn't really intrigue me very much. From Carmilla arriving to everyone finding out she's a vampire is a really fast transition. The plot twists came out of nowhere with like, little to no foreshadowing, which made the mystery even less appealing, as a reader, like many others, who like mysteries where they feel they saw some of it coming and can feel like a sleuth. The whole book just felt very rushed, especially the ending. The climax of the story basically happened over 4 pages.

    And the fact that the book always had to go into paragraphs about Laura vlogging, I couldn't have cared less about.

    This book has little redeeming qualities other than the fact that it's queer. Pretty disappointing.

  • Katie (patronusaurus reads)

    The fact that no one told me there was a novelization of the web series that was literally my lesbian awakening is, quite frankly, homophobic.

    5/31/19 UPDATE

    Okay so this was..........meh. I think most of my enjoyment of this book came from my enjoyment of the web series. I love that series with all my heart and having a novelization of it was a novelty more than its own coherent story. I'm fairly certain I would have been super confused about the plot if I didn't already know the story. There wer

    The fact that no one told me there was a novelization of the web series that was literally my lesbian awakening is, quite frankly, homophobic.

    5/31/19 UPDATE

    Okay so this was..........meh. I think most of my enjoyment of this book came from my enjoyment of the web series. I love that series with all my heart and having a novelization of it was a novelty more than its own coherent story. I'm fairly certain I would have been super confused about the plot if I didn't already know the story. There were a few things that were fleshed out a bit more than they were in the web series, and a few things were changed to make the story make sense since we were seeing things as they happened rather than after the fact while Laura talked to her webcam, so that was cool.

    This is very ramble-y. The point is, watch the web series. It's much better than this book. Sorry, book people.

  • Alana • thebookishchick

    I

    wanted to like this one, but unfortunately this was just a big ol' Yikes.

    I was all in for a college plagued with vampires and a f/f romance including a vampire. The writing, however, basically cut short any hope of me loving it. It felt super juvenile and if this wasn't such a quick read this probably would have been a DNF for me. My biggest issue besides the writing feeling juvenile is that there was also barely any descriptions. Like, you're writing a story about a creepy old college

    I

    wanted to like this one, but unfortunately this was just a big ol' Yikes.

    I was all in for a college plagued with vampires and a f/f romance including a vampire. The writing, however, basically cut short any hope of me loving it. It felt super juvenile and if this wasn't such a quick read this probably would have been a DNF for me. My biggest issue besides the writing feeling juvenile is that there was also barely any descriptions. Like, you're writing a story about a creepy old college you could have a field day with setting this story up...but nope. There was so much potential to take what the web series of this gave and build from there but majority of this was dialogue and everything was paced wayyyyy too fast.

    Another issue I had with this was that there is a character that identifies as they/them and the book used she/her multiple times...so just yikes. I hope someone caught that for the final copy.

    All in all, while the plot had

    potential, this basically fell short everywhere else.

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  • Megan P ☆

    this cover alone granted me eternal health & prosperity

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