An Archive of Our Own, a project of the Organization for Transformative Works
Okay, no shit you guys, this is one of the best fics I’ve ever read. I do not give a fuck that you’re not in this fandom. Go read this fic.
I am gonna second this. I have never watched the show at all, and by halfway through this fic I was fully invested and sobbing heavily and then by the end I was convinced that this is canon and I don’t need to watch the show.
ohthesefeelingz said: Hi :) I saw the Carmilla post you reblogged about how to behave with the cast and crew and I wanted to ask what you meant by "remember Otalia"? Did people get weird with the actresses then?
People got very, very… familiar with the actresses during the fervor that was Otalia. I think in many ways the cast encouraged it because, as non-main characters in a struggling soap opera, they were both unused to and invigorated by the attention, but it spiraled out of control quite quickly.
It’s easy to be obsessed with actresses who play characters we connect to; and on the internet it’s easy to project that connection in ways that do more than just push the boundaries of being a fan. We all have fantasy lives, and if any one of you tells me that one of your fantasies doesn’t involve meeting your favorite actress/singer/artist randomly in a coffee shop and falling madly in love with each other despite the pressures of her or his fame, you’re fucking lying to me and maybe also to yourself.
Fantasy is healthy, but not when it intrudes upon reality. In the Otalia fandom, because of the lack of boundaries and common sense on both sides, questions became invasive and uncomfortable. It’s not okay to stalk people, even if all your stalking is virtual, and it’s not okay to throw shit fits when the person you’re stalking doesn’t respond to your creepy, invasive tweets. It’s not okay to force a sexuality onto a person because you want them to be that sexuality, and it’s not ever, ever okay to insinuate that, well, if only they met you, they would change their tune.
Be cool, guys. This is legitimately the best fandom I’ve ever been a part of, and a large part of that is because the writers, cast and crew are so aware of us and so responsive to us.
There are lines, and you know they’re there. Don’t cross them.
Shoutout to cats for existing
hey creampuffs just a heads up, if you’re a fan of carmilla, save that cash for when the show actually releases its own merch (which is in the works!) instead of buying fan-made things
these people have put their time and effort into bringing us all something incredible and entertaining, they deserve to profit from that, not us
Signal boosting because I would throw money at them right this second if I knew how. (I NEED a ‘useless lesbian vampire’ shirt. Is there a suggestion box? That’s my suggestion. Make a shirt that says Useless Lesbian Vampire. I’ll buy it in multiple colors.)