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A web series on lovelorn vampires that is better than ‘Twilight’

‘Carmilla’ is based on the J Sheridan Le Fanu novel of the same name.

Vampires have been tumbling out of closets and graves ever since Twilight. The Canadian series Carmilla, which kicked off in 2014, initially appears to have a serious Twilight hangover: the titular bloodsucker falls in love with a 19-year-old college student. The difference is that the main characters in Carmilla are women.

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Episode one of ‘Carmilla’.

The web series, produced by the YouTube channel KindaTV, is based on the 1872 novella of the same name by Gothic fiction specialist J Sheridan Le Fanu. The novella predates Bram Stoker’s Dracula by 26 years, is said to have been one of the inspirations for Stoker’s masterpiece. Apart from being one of the earliest works of vampire fiction, Carmilla also boldly suggests a romantic angle between Laura and the vampire countess Carmilla.

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Episode two of ‘Carmilla’.

The vlog-style series has a lighter and more irreverent storyline. Carmilla follows Laura Hollis, a college student at the fictitious Silas University whose roommate, Betty, has gone missing. Meanwhile, she has a mysterious new woman to share her lodgings with – Carmilla. It turns out that Betty isn’t the only woman to have disappeared on campus.

The show has completed two 36-episode seasons. The story continues beyond the YouTube episodes through Twitter accounts linked to the characters of Laura and Carmilla and a parallel Tumblr page. The female-dominated narrative and the presence of at least five queer characters also have our vote.

Carmilla’s third and possibly concluding season will be released over the next few months. “Creampuffs,” as hard-core fans of the series are known, will be eagerly waiting the chance for more chills and thrills.

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Advice from an ex-robber on how to keep your home safe

Tips on a more hands-on approach of keeping your house secure.

Home, a space that is entirely ours, holds together our entire world. Where our children grow-up, parents grow old and we collect a lifetime of memories, home is a feeling as much as it’s a place. So, what do you do when your home is eyed by miscreants who prowl the neighbourhood night and day, plotting to break in? Here are a few pre-emptive measures you can take to make your home safe from burglars:

1. Get inside the mind of a burglar

Before I break the lock of a home, first I bolt the doors of the neighbouring homes. So that, even if someone hears some noise, they can’t come to help.

— Som Pashar, committed nearly 100 robberies.

Burglars study the neighbourhood to keep a check on the ins and outs of residents and target homes that can be easily accessed. Understanding how the mind of a burglar works might give insights that can be used to ward off such danger. For instance, burglars judge a house by its front doors. A house with a sturdy door, secured by an alarm system or an intimidating lock, doesn’t end up on the burglar’s target list. Upgrade the locks on your doors to the latest technology to leave a strong impression.

Here are the videos of 3 reformed robbers talking about their modus operandi and what discouraged them from robbing a house, to give you some ideas on reinforcing your home.

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2. Survey your house from inside out to scout out weaknesses

Whether it’s a dodgy back door, a misaligned window in your parent’s room or the easily accessible balcony of your kid’s room, identify signs of weakness in your home and fix them. Any sign of neglect can give burglars the idea that the house can be easily robbed because of lax internal security.

3. Think like Kevin McCallister from Home Alone

You don’t need to plant intricate booby traps like the ones in the Home Alone movies, but try to stay one step ahead of thieves. Keep your car keys on your bed-stand in the night so that you can activate the car alarm in case of unwanted visitors. When out on a vacation, convince the burglars that the house is not empty by using smart light bulbs that can be remotely controlled and switched on at night. Make sure that your newspapers don’t pile up in front of the main-door (a clear indication that the house is empty).

4. Protect your home from the outside

Collaborate with your neighbours to increase the lighting around your house and on the street – a well-lit neighbourhood makes it difficult for burglars to get-away, deterring them from targeting the area. Make sure that the police verification of your hired help is done and that he/she is trustworthy.

While many of us take home security for granted, it’s important to be proactive to eliminate even the slight chance of a robbery. As the above videos show, robbers come up with ingenious ways to break in to homes. So, take their advice and invest in a good set of locks to protect your doors. Godrej Locks offer a range of innovative locks that are un-pickable and un-duplicable. To secure your house, see here.

The article was produced by the Scroll marketing team on behalf of Godrej Locks and not by the Scroll editorial team.