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Reading in the DarkHorror in Children's Literature and Culture$
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Jessica R. McCort

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781496806444

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2018

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496806444.001.0001

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Teen Terrors

Teen Terrors

Race, Gender, and Horrifying Girlhood in The Vampire Diaries

(p.180) Teen Terrors
Reading in the Dark

Janani Subramanian

Jorie Lagerwey

University Press of Mississippi

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.

Keywords:   Postfeminist, The Vampire Diaries, Monstrosity, Coming of age, Girlhood

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