How Netflix's First Kill Creator Used Her Love Of Buffy And Supernatural To Improve LGBTQ+ Romance In Genre Shows
Here's to more queer-led genre TV!
The new vampire series First Kill has bitten Netflix audiences smitten all the way to the top of the streaming service’s trending TV. As we continue to binge the teen vampire show, many have probably stopped to think how rare it is to see a lesbian romance at the center of such a popular genre series. And as it turns out, that is the very reason First Kill’s creator wanted to craft Juliette and Calliope’s storyline.
V.E. Schwab, who is a novelist also known for bestselling books like The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, the Shades of Magic, and Villains book series, published the short story First Kill ahead of Netflix picking up the Emma Roberts-produced series a month later. Schwab said this of her inspiration to write the vampire story:
While speaking to the A.V. Club, the fantasy writer shared her influences as Buffy the Vampire Slayer (which aired from 1997 and 2003) and Supernatural (2005 to 2020), both of which have massive LGBTQ+ followings. Buffy in particular had a memorable romance with Alyson Hannigan’s Willow having a rare bisexual storyline, though it unfortunately ended in heartbreak for many fans.
As Schwab shared, queer storylines have often been about coming out stories or attach their sexuality as their only identity in the storyline. For First Kill, she wanted to write a story that she wishes she could have seen as a teen and would have perhaps allowed her to accept her own identity earlier in her life.
Along with Buffy becoming iconic to LGBTQ+ audiences, Twilight is another vampire property with a massive queer following but never included an actual romance for the community. Many viewers could only imagine a world where Ashley Greene’s Alice Cullen was gay and swept Kristen Stewart’s Bella away from the toxicity of Team Edward and Team Jacob.
First Kill follows teen vampire Juliette (Sarah Catherine Hook), who must make her first kill to take her place amongst her family of legacy vampires. She starts crushing on a new girl in school named Calliope (Imani Lewis), who is secretly a vampire hunter, though they cannot deny their romantic connection. You can learn about where you’ve seen First Kill’s cast here on CinemaBlend and binge the new series with a Netflix subscription.
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