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“Carmilla” Web Series Producer Steph Ouaknine Talks Streaming Media

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Now that we’re 18 episodes into Carmilla Season 2, we can’t help but feel something BIG is on the horizon. Last season, we saw our heroines overthrow a vampire tyrant and bring a nasty-looking angler fish onto the campus of our beloved Silas University. How will they blow our minds this season? Maybe the utter destruction of the human race, or worse—the permanent end to our OTP (one true pairing) Carmilla (Natasha Negovanlis) and Laura (Elise Bauman)? What a nightmare that would be! *sobs uncontrollably at the thought* Before I continue to geek out about all the saucy things happening on the show, here’s the 411 on Carmilla. The web series, which is based on J. Sheridan Le Fanu’s novella…

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The Haunting of Sunshine Girl–a metaphor for a media-savvy world

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As both a reviewer and an author, sometimes I wonder: are books ever just books anymore? There’s a huge trend lately to create multimedia works, turning novels interactive, or creating books out of blogs. Don’t get me wrong – I’m not complaining. As a lover of all things pop culture, I’ll take my stories served to me any way I can get them. Which is why I was so intrigued when I discovered Paige McKenzie’s The Haunting of Sunshine Girl (Weinstein Books, 2015). Even just as a book it sounds intriguing: the tight bond between sixteen-year-old Sunshine and her mother, Kat, is tested when they move across the country and into a house that Sunshine is sure is haunted. Kat doesn’t…

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The answer to Kiss Me Kate: Shrew That!

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Shrew That, a new literary web series, is a modern retelling of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, shot at and near Monmouth College in Illinois. We recently had a chance to get the scoop on the show from co-creators Katie Struck and Rachel Laing. BookTrib: So what’s the premise? Shrew That: Shrew That is a modern re-envisioning of The Taming of the Shrew told from the perspective of two sisters, Bianca and Kate Baptista, who are also roommates at Padua University. A new transfer, Bianca attends a fraternity party to make friends, and is inundated with attention from the boys. She escapes by mentioning her father’s rule from her high school years that she cannot date until her sister…

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Jane Austen inspires a witty new web series: Project Dashwood

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Webheads love a great Jane Austen web series! Starting this week is the long-awaited Project Dashwood, a modern adaption of Sense and Sensibility, set in southern California. BookTrib got the scoop on the new series from the its creators, Alayna Mae, Maeve O’Connell, and Jessamyn Leigh. Lit for Webheads: What is the premise of Project Dashwood? Project Dashwood: It is the life of Elinor and Marianne Dashwood as seen through the eyes of their younger sister, Margaret. She’s into film and trying her hand at vlogging, so she films everything that happens to her family. The story starts three weeks after her father dies. LFW: Where do you film? PD: We all live in Eugene, Oregon, and shoot there, mostly…

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Jane Austen reveals her addiction to reality shows

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It is not often that we have the opportunity to chat with a literary genius, so we leapt at the chance to interview author Jane Austen. As her reality series, The Jane Games, enters Round 2, she took time from her busy schedule to sit down with us and talk about the show. LFW: You are the creator and host of The Jane Games. What was your inspiration? JA: I attended a production of The Complete Works of Shakespeare, Abridged and I thought:  What a charming way for Will’s heroes, maidens and knaves to meet each other. I realized my ladies had never been formally introduced to one another, so I sought the most modern and entertaining way to put…

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Warm up your Valentine’s Day with your favorite web series

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Baby it’s cold outside, but Webheads will have no trouble getting hot and bothered this Valentine’s Day. Whether it’s Dizzie, A+ or Éclair, we never forget that first kiss. For your voting pleasure we have compiled some of our favorite literary webseries kisses in our latest poll, Webheads’ Favorite Kiss. Go watch and vote, then come back next week to find out the winner. Happy voting! ALL GOOD THINGS… Green Gables Fables has reached the end of Season One. Shirbert shippers were thrilled that Gil and Anne became friends at last, but when will we get Season Two? Relive the finale, then watch the series from the beginning. FUTURE PERFECT North Hangin’, a modern adaption of Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey,…

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Webhead extra! Vote for your favorite web series kiss

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Just in time for Valentine’s Day: A new Webheads poll! Let’s face it—Webheads live for the kisses that curl your toes and heat you up. Our gift to you—some of our favorites all in one place!  Now go vote for Webheads’ Favorite Kiss.  It’s a tough choice, but somebody has to do it—you may just have to watch again and again and again… Lizzie Bennet Diaries   The Lizzie Bennet Diaries   Emma Approved   Carmilla   Classic Alice   Frankenstein, MD   In Earnest The Lizzie Bennet Diaries   New Adventures of Peter & Wendy   Welcome to Sanditon   Emma Approved       Vote for your favorite lit web series kiss: 

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Hey Webheads, thinking of producing your own web series?

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So watching Lit for Webheads  has inspired you and you want to shoot your own literary web series. All a Webhead needs to get started is an idea, a computer and the right production equipment. Since few of us know where to start, we’re here to help! Recently a young producer I know invested in basic equipment. She is just starting out, so a lot of thought and research went into balancing cost with practicality. As inspiration, let’s look at what she uses. To upload HD quality video either directly or indirectly to the internet, and livestream to a tablet, she has a Canon VIXIA HF R52, with an added camera pan table. It also has a removable data card…

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The Lizzie Bennet Diaries Care Center keeps Webheads’ world humming

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Webheads works tirelessly to keep you up on the best in literary web series. But where do we feed our addiction? Meet the LBD Care Center. We talked to the resident director about its beginnings, and how it has come to be an indispensable resource for new literary web series. BookTrib: So, what is LBD Care Center? LBDCC: During its run, fans of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries started tweeting that they were addicted to it. I originally created the LBD Care Center as a role play on Twitter. It was an imaginary center for LBD addiction, where people could gather,  be taken care of, and continue the LBD adventure. (The center has even opened branches in Sanditon and in Neverland.) I…

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Sherlock-inspired web series launches–It’s Baker Street, my dear Watson

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Love Sherlock Holmes? Check out the new web series, Baker Street, an innovative modern adaption of the short stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and inspired by the BBC’s Sherlock. Former med student, Jane Watson, finds herself thrust into a world of mystery when she rooms with the challenging and brilliant (and female!) Sherlock Holmes. Watch the first episode of this three-part series; the remaining episodes air on January 16 and 23 at 8PM EST. LIVE CHAT ALERT Webheads favorite Classic Alice has never been hotter! Ocelites have been talking nonstop about the kiss and this, and the Indiegogo campaign to fund Season 2 has been burning past expectations. We are so excited about what is sure to be an…

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Lit for Webheads — Spotlight on the holidays

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A Webheads holiday is not complete without celebrating it with our favorite web series. We obsessed after Lizzie’s Bennet’s ill-conceived birthday present to her sister Lydia, which caused a lasting rift that echoed through Christmas. We loved Rochester and Jane Eyre’s picture postcard holiday greeting. Who can forget the most awkward company holiday party ever after Emma realized Elton’s feeling were for her and not Harriet? And after Lydia impulsively ran off to Las Vegas, we were more focused on how she was celebrating than our own New Year’s Eve party. This year, we are looking forward to watching the March family celebrate without Marmee, curious about just how awkward Christmas will be at Jack’s, and we can’t wait for…

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Web series brings favorite books to life

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We webheads love to watch our favorite books come to life. Long before there was vlogging, we got our fix from the silver screen. Swooning over Colin Firth and Matthew McFadyen as Mr. Darcy in Pride & Prejudice made us wildly impatient to see Pemberley Digital’s elusive William Darcy. Alicia Silverstone’s adorable Cher in Clueless was a reminder that we would eventually grow to love Joanna Sotomura’s Emma. And, confess it—thanks to numerous versions of A Christmas Carol, aren’t we secretly hoping to see a black-robed specter carrying a long-handled scythe visit Alice? SIGHTINGS You have to watch the adorableness of Knighthouse, Joanna Sotomura and Brent Bailey, caught on camera shipping themselves during the filming of Emma Approved. … And…

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Holiday gifts for the web series lover in your life

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Whether making your own wish list, or shopping for your favorite Webhead, we have some favorite lit series goodies we would love to get wrapped in a sparkling ribbon! Proceeds from all the gifts here go directly to support your favorite shows. A great way to get your fix and support hardworking artists. To prevent Carmilla withdrawals, every Creampuff needs this stunning poster. Why buy anything else when you could be buying books? No, really. We love that this poster from DFTBA.com says exactly that. For your Lizzie Bennet Diaries fan, get the complete series on DVD (featurettes, bloopers and commentary included!), or a special LBD edition of Pride and Prejudice with forward by executive producer Hank Green. Everyone needs…

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Jane Austen is back in a new web series

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Give a cheer, Webheads! A new Jane Austen-based web series has begun—and we have the EXCLUSIVE interview with the head writer, Kimberly James. Watch the premiere episode of the UK-based From Mansfield with Love, and then read all about it in our exclusive interview here.   WHAT’S HAPPENING Alice went missing on Classic Alice, and the longer she stayed silent, the more worried we were. She will recover from her bumps and bruises after the car accident, but will she recover from driving away Reagan and Andrew?     Laura went on a rescue mission to save the captured coeds, Carmilla ended up dead, and we were reminded that oral storytelling can sometimes be way cooler than seeing the action.…

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Exclusive Interview! From Mansfield with Love

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There is a new Jane Austen adaption in town, and we are the first in the United States with all the deets! (Jane Austen and the internet seem to be made for each other.) From Mansfield with Love, based on Austen’s Mansfield Park, is the first literary web series for British theatrical company Foot in the Door Theatre. No, this isn’t a Pemberley production, but you can’t get more authentically English. In a U.S.-exclusive, head writer Kimberly James took time to answer a few of our burning questions. BOOKTRIB: What is the premise of From Mansfield with Love? KJ: Frankie Price is a fairly bookish 20-year-old working at Mansfield Park, a small country manor hotel owned by the Bertram family.…

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Lit for Webheads: Spotlight on Thanksgiving

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Bring out the green beans in cranberry Jell-O, Triffid ice cream, tea and eclairs! Webheads everywhere, from Valeton to Sanditon, are celebrating literary web series. Let’s raise a glass of chocolate banana cow juice and toast the talented, dedicated people who create them. Whether your Thanksgiving includes football, shopping or a food fight, there’s always time to watch your favorite web series. WHAT’S HAPPENING Did you catch the first-ever web series crossover when Anne Shirley (Green Gables Fables) and Cecily Cardew (In Earnest) became friends on social media and mentioned each other in videos? (Caroline Lee of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries appeared on Emma Approved, but they are in the same universe.) On Carmilla, Laura unsuccessfully tried to rally the…

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