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.