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  1. says:

    Bloody relevant to read BEFORE DRACULA, THERE WAS But to die as lovers may to die together, so that they may live together. This is a very important book in historic sense, in the genre of vampire reading, due that it was published 25 years before than Dracula Also, it presented lesbian situations, easily one of the first open mentions of the topic in literature.So, it was a pioneer book in two subjects Vampires and Lesbian literature.Some may wonder how it was possible to publish a book with lesbian issues in 1872.Joseph Sheridan Le Fan was ingenious in that, since when he was asked about, he just replied that it wasn t a homosexual situation since Carmilla was a vampire and due that, it was a creature without sexual genre.Sneaky devil this Le Fanu Of course, that was a trick by the author but it worked since the book didn t have any trouble to be published in those times when there was a extremely close minded attitude.And certainly the importance of the book to the eventual sucess of Bram Stoker s novel was fundamental.Without Carmilla there weren t Dracula and due that maybe there weren t a vampire sub genre in the horror books that now it s one of the strongest subjects in modern paranormal literature BRITISH GOTHIC Nevertheless, life and death are mysterious states, and we know little of the resources of either. Le Fan also was the father of the Gothic horror of Britain establishing the style of how that kind of literature would be written even on these days.Maybe the only trouble with Carmilla to be read by current readers is its form of mystery that it s impossible that anybody would pick nowadays this particular novel to read without the previous knowledge that Carmilla is a vampire, and due that, the reader felt like reading a mystery where one already knows the answer to the mystery.The clues to the real nature of Carmilla are elegant and stylish but too evident for any reader familiar with vampire related similar books, movies, TV series, etcIt s clear that Carmilla started all and the reality is that anybody else copied FROM it, but sadly, in many case, readers find the book way after of being already too familiar with the general world of vampires, diminishing the shock that the book could ever do.However, it s still an important book in literature history.


  2. says:

    In many ways the antithesis of Dracula, and if Stoker s novel disappointed me with its clean cut, heterosexual male influenced dichotomies, than le Fanu s novella is the flipside of the coin female centric, homoerotic, ambiguous and enigmatic and all in about a quarter of the length Here the vampire is not the withered, evil Other but the beautiful, sensuous stranger that is readily welcomed into home and heart, becoming the double for the protagonist, leading to a very different sense of horror the necessary destruction not of an enemy but a loved one, perhaps even the self It s a really eerie, beguiling little novella, uncanny in a way that Dracula only is in brief flashes


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  4. says:

    Best vampire story ever written Anyone who disagrees with me It s on


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    Carmilla, J Sheridan Le FanuCarmilla is a Gothic novella by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu and one of the early works of vampire fiction, predating Bram Stoker s Dracula 1897 by 26 years First published as a serial in The Dark Blue 1871 72 , the story is narrated by a young woman preyed upon by a female vampire named Carmilla, later revealed to be Mircalla, Countess Karnstein Carmilla is an anagram of Mircalla The story is often anthologized and has been adapted many times in film and other media 2008 1394 125 9786004040334 19 1394


  6. says:

    PRETTY AVERAGE I don t feel like I particularly learned anything It was a very monotone and non climactic Very quaint And the giant plot twist was spoiled for me i mean, it d be spoiled for anyone living in 2015 because it s SO OBVIOUS but I really feel that that spoilers shouldn t have the power to ruin a story, but I really feel that all this book had was that one spoiler.I still see merit in it, don t get me wrong I read it for school and after intense studying I can see value in it, but Goodreads is a place for personal opinion, I think, and I just found it very MEH.


  7. says:

    With Dracula, The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, some of the most famously recognized horror stories of the nineteenth century have been created, yet only few people seem to know this little story which may have been the ultimate inspiration for Bram Stoker to write his popular novel Dracula Carmilla is an early vampire story, laying the foundation of a genre which would see many other vampire tales in the upcoming years, until the development recently culminated in the seemingly perfect picture of the attractive, charming and oh so sexy vampire Le Fanu s tale, only 100 pages long and perfect to read as a two hour long distraction during a Sunday afternoon, may seem unoriginal and inferior compared to the huge stories listed in the beginning but looking closer at this, it might be easier to realize that Carmilla is much than that.Set in a gothic atmosphere surrounding the Austrian castle home of the first person narrator, eighteen year old Laura, and her father, Carmilla tells the story of a young lady who comes to visit them under mysterious circumstances, with death and nightmares falling over the inhabitants of the castle and the vicinity soon Not only does this premise introduce an interesting development seldomly could it have been possible to find a female character in such astonishing circumstances in the 19th century but also does the author prove himself to be far ahead of his time, including several homosexual allusions and thus being one of the first authors of his time to do so Most of the events in this novel are implied rather than accurately explained, which strengthens the chilling atmosphere and makes up for a thrilling reading experience.Le Fanu s writing is anything but tiresome While the gothic influence can easily be recognized in the novel, it feels like the writing could also have originated in modern days Slowly does the horror creep inside the pages, and short chapters as well as fast paced scenes help the reader to hasten through those pages Apart from the dumb and rather annoying protagonist and the casual, perhaps even lazy characterization, Carmilla is a fascinating tale which should be read by everyone interested in the gothic horror genre and, generally, by horror readers.


  8. says:

    Poor Carmilla I guess there are only so many isolated noblemen s daughters you can devour before they start talking.


  9. says:

    Me bes silenciosamente Estoy segura, Carmilla, de que has estado enamorada y de que en este momento en tu coraz n palpita una pasi n Nunca estuve enamorada de nadie y jam s lo estar susurr , a menos que sea de ti Adem s de Edgar Allan Poe, Hugh Walpole, Algernon Blackwood o E T A Hoffmann, existi un escritor fecundo y talentoso que se llam Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu y que supo llevar a la perfecci n al g nero g tico y el cuento fant stico o de terror Sus relatos, cargados de suspenso, intriga y convicci n narrativa fueron el deleite de muchos lectores del siglo XIX y de los que lo sucedieron.Era irland s y comparte intacta su fama junto a otros grandes de la isla esmeralda como lo fueron Oscar Wilde, Jonathan Swift o James Joyce.Este excelente autor posee grandes cuentos de fantasmas y terror, puesto que en eso consist a su especialidad Fue un escritor admirado por los grandes del g nero en su poca.Si bien fue El Vampiro de John Polidori quien instala definitivamente la figura del vampiro en la literatura, ya exist an distintos relatos que datan del siglo XVIII, pero que por distintas razones no pudieron arraigarse en el gusto popular del lector.Con la llegada del Romanticismo, la figura fatal y sensual del vampiro se instal definitivamente, rodeada por ese halo de misterio y de doble apariencia que ofrec a Carmilla , escrita en 1872, anticipa lo que iba a instaurar el libro Dr cula de Bram Stoker, pero 25 a os antes el g nero del vampirismo, tan vigente hoy en d a.La historia entre Carmilla y Laura es de un alto voltaje para la poca por sus fuertes caracter sticas l sbicas Hay momentos en que la tensi n sexual entre ambas jovencitas es sorprendente.Basta con leer algunos pasajes para entender hasta qu punto la tensi n sexual llega a un cl max er tico intenso Se parec a a la pasi n de un enamorado me perturbaba sobremanera era odioso y, sin embargo, arrollador y con ojos empa ados me estrechaba contra ella y sus c lidos labios cubr an mis mejillas de besos En tales circunstancias, susurraba casi sollozando T eres m a y ser s m a , y t y yo hemos de ser una sola para siempre Esa tensi n seguir siendo intensa hasta antes de que se desencadenen los episodios finales Me sent a atra da hacia ella , pero tambi n hab a en m algo de rechazo Sea como fuere, en ese ambiguo impulso la atracci n prevalec a inmensamente Me interesaba y me conquist era hermosa e indescriptiblemente encantadora Escribir de esta manera en 1872 y especialmente una escena entre dos mujeres debe haber sido arriesgado para Le Fanu, porque seguramente lograba generar un efecto instant neo en el lector de su poca.Creo que las historias de vampirismo son m s efectivas cuando hacen m s hincapi en lo sexual que en el amor, tal es el caso de Dr cula, que por momentos tiene descripciones de erotismo muy bien trabajado por Stoker Carmilla es un cl sico ineludible cuando a la hora de leer libros de este g nero se trata, y al igual que los vampiros, nunca envejece.


  10. says:

    Note, Oct 1, 2012 I just modified this review slightly to incorporate a changed perspective I came to as a result of a discussion in one of my groups.This book is one of the best treatments of the vampire theme I have read admittedly, I haven t read very many even counting the ones I didn t like enough to finish While the author s diction is Victorian, the book is a short, quick read unlike the massive tomes that some 19th century novels are , so it shouldn t be daunting even for readers who have a problem with old fashioned prose Unlike John Polidori s Lord Ruthven and the title character of Varney the Vampire, LeFanu s vampire is female He concentrates on psychological horror rather than on blood and gore, and does not try to eroticize the vampire s activities Carmilla definitely does use language in places that suggests that she demands an attachment from her female victims that borders on romantic love, which gives her attitude what today would be called a lesbian undercurrent but we can also fairly say that even though she wants strong female attachment, it s not genitally sexual in nature The atmosphere of menace and suspense easily evokes the reader s concerned attention.One of the characters here is an eccentric scholar with knowledge of vampire lore a kind of adumbration of Stoker s Van Helsing Also, Le Fanu indicates the hostility between the vampire and Christian faith his vampire, of course, is in the classic mold an instinctively evil embodiment of appetite and cunning malevolence, rather than a person with a moral free will and an individual personality, like many modern fictional vampires , but doesn t develop this theme as fully as Stoker does in Dracula For a reader who enjoys seeing fiction in its historical and literary context, it s fascinating to see the way elements whose seeds are planted by the earlier writer are fully developed by the later one