About FIRST KILL: Gay Teenage Vampire Drama

Anytime an agenda is put before the plot of a story, you end up with a lousy story. As Stephen King puts it, it’s a recipe for some bad fiction. Or, as the analogy goes, “if you want to send a message, use Federal Express; it’s cheaper”. Now I don’t *know* that FIRST KILL is going to suffer from this fatal narrative flaw. The forthcoming Netflix show is based on a short story by V.E. Schwab, part of an anthology called VAMPIRES NEVER GET OLD: TALES WITH FRESH BITE, and I admittedly have not read that story. This could be brilliant, insightful stuff. Could be. But I’m conditioned to curl my lip at any hint of teenybopper melodrama. I don’t have any desire to watch VAMPIRES 90210.

Surely, I think to myself, one of those stories from the anthology would have presented a better subject for being turned into a TV series. But then I read up on the anthology itself.  The “collection [features] stories in which vampire tropes are reimagined with an eye toward diverse intersections of identity”. And I think maybe not so much. It sounds like the whole megillah is an exercise in breaking that storytelling taboo against message-sending. Again, I could be wrong. Time will tell whether or not I am. But nothing I’ve read thus far gives me hope that this show will be anything other than what I expect it to be.

By TheCheezman

WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS, specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced, and directed (and occasionally acted in) over two dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and True Crime genres. He obtained a doctorate in Occult Studies from Miskatonic University and is an active paranormal investigator. Is frequently told he resembles Anton Lavey. And Ming the Merciless.

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