Race, Gender, and Horrifying Girlhood in The Vampire Diaries
Shifting the focus from zombie epidemics in books to vampire invasions on the small screen, Subramanian and Lagerwey contemplate the “raced and gendered contradictions of postfeminist girl culture” by concentrating on the character development of two of the show’s main characters, Bonnie Bennett and Caroline Forbes. In doing so, Subramanian and Lagerwey consider how The Vampire Diaries employs monstrosity to consider and represent what coming of age means for girls of different racial identities, especially in melodramatic television series targeted toward teen audiences that have been produced in the postfeminist era. Through this, Subramanian and Lagerwey offer new insight into postfeminist horror designed for young viewers, especially the young females who find themselves fans of such shows and films.
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