Jun 29, 2012


Original Title: Carmilla
Turkish Title: Carmilla
English Title: Carmilla
Author: Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Pages: 112
My Rating: 3/5

I was in the mood of buying a vampire book but didn’t have anything particular in mind. This one’s length and cover was convincing enough.

Laura is a lonely English woman who lives with her father and her governess in an ancient castle in Styria. Having heard of the sudden death of a prospective guest, Bertha Reinfeldt, Laura and her company decide to go out to enjoy a full-moon night. They come across an out-of-control carriage suddenly. An unconscious woman, Carmilla is thrown out from the carriage. Carmilla’s so-called mother, who claims to be a noblewoman, continues her journey on a secret mission and leaves Carmilla behind to recover in Laura’s father’s castle.
What goes on between Laura and Carmilla is the core story…

This vampire novella was originally published in 1872. It is one of the first vampire novellas written preceding Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Knowing this fact, I couldn’t stop comparing this book with Dracula and at the end I couldn’t like it as much. Although there were many similarities between two books (vampire hunters, innocent female victims), I didn’t find the story as complex and in-depth as Dracula.

What I liked most is the way Le Fanu portrayed his vampire: Carmilla was not described as a supernatural evil but as a not-well-understood creature that behaves like any other predator. What I liked least was the untold affair between predator, Carmilla and her prey, Laura. You feel that it is mora than that of a killer and a victim. There is some sympathy, there is some consent. Still, the lst chapters of the novella fail to conclude Carmilla’s vampirism and the dark romance between Carmilla and Laura.

I finished reading it on June 12 so I can count it for Spring Reading Thing 2012.  
It was my first Sheridan Le Fanu novella so I can count it for New Author Challenge.

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