Why I don’t want more Carmilla
I loved Vervegirl’s Carmilla. Seriously, if you haven’t seen it, go watch it. The whole playlist is right here. Carmilla herself is a perfect blend of sexy mysteriousness and impossibly cool jerk. She is a brilliant fantasy. The story is perfectly paced. And, it’s good to see stereotyped and lazily characterized men for once, too. Have two or three hours of twenty-first century binge-watching goodness and come back here. You gone?
You back? Good. At the end of Carmilla, they promise a sequel, and their tumblr confirms it. They’re selling “more Carmilla.” In this sequel, Carmilla and Laura will confront some evil again. They’ve announced a new actress and official hiatus schedule. It definitely seems like the Carmilla world is here to stay. It seems like Vervegirl is trying to build a Carmilla fandom.
The Carmilla team has shown the world that they can make a story alluring, subversive, and modern. The Carmilla team showed us that they can execute. They took on old story, which has been adapted many times, and made something fresh with it.
Why don’t they create a new world, based on a new story? They can do it. Unless they defy the numbers, season two of Carmilla won’t create a new story world. Season Two will be as shallow as fanfiction. Over the run of Carmilla, the Carmilla team showed the world that they can create a spooky world, and bring to life characters which will stick with everybody who sees them.
When an artist creates a compelling world, people feel transported. I remember traveling to Middle-Earth, to Hogwarts, to Arrakis, and to many many other fantastic worlds. I always wished there was more story in every world I’ve visited. My friends always agreed with me. But, I don’t think that we should wish for more in each world. We should wish for more worlds.
After Arthur Conan Doyle’s immense success with Sherlock Holmes, he felt constrained by him. He wanted to create other things, but the public demanded more Sherlock. He went so far as to actually kill Sherlock Holmes so that the public would stop bugging him about it, but they still demanded more. Eventually, an exasperated Arthur Conan Doyle bowed to public pressure and continued the series, resurrecting the beloved detective.
Think of what he could have done if the public had thought, instead, “Artur Conan Doyle can create great characters. Let’s give him the space to create.”
Imagine if after the release of Sense and Sensibility (1811), the public demanded that Jane Austen write more sequels set in the same world. Then we would never have had Pride and Prejudice (1813), and would be infinitely poorer. It’s impossible to talk about what has not been created, but we can assume that there was something else great which Arthur Conan Doyle could have written, a creative work Sherlock Holmes fans made miscarriage, which could have made Sherlock look like Sense and Sensibility in comparison to it. But we cannot know what Arthur Conan Doyle would have written without the public pressure.
Of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these: ‘It might have been’ — John Greenleaf Whittaker
The best way to show an appreciation for an artist is to give them support, and freedom, and we should give them to the creators of Carmilla. I want the creators of Carmilla to think of something new to do, and if they execute half as well as they already have, they will create something incredible.