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How First Kill Puts a Fantasy Twist on Romeo and Juliet

Get a sneak peek at Netflixs First Kill in which a vampire and monster hunter fall in love setting off a dramatic chain of events that would make Shakespeare proud Netflixs First Kill is the perfect show for those seeking a dark love story with supernatural and Shakespearean undertones. In the YA series teens Juliette Sarah Catherine Hook and Calliope Burns Imani Lewis are the ultimate starcrossed lovers having both been born into centuriesold feuding families.

To make matters worse they both need to make their first kill. Calliope descends from a long line of monster hunters and has two older brothers. Her biggest thing is just trying to prove to her family that she deserves respect as a monster hunter Imani explained in an exclusive featurette instead of just the teenage little sister.

While Calliope wants to feel a sense of belonging Juliette is trying to distance herself from her vampire family and be a normal girl. Juliette cant just stop being a vampire though Sarah said so theres all this pressure to drop the whole I want to be human I want to be normal and embrace this incredible matriarchy. In other words showrunner Felicia D. Henderson said that Calliope and Juliette are two people who never should have fell in love.

Aubin Wise who plays Calliopes mom Talia said the mix of romance fantasy and action means theres something for every Netflix viewer The whole show is a back and forth of love and duty and passion and power. Grace Dzienny who plays Juliettes glamorous older sister Elinor Fairmont noted that its a fantasy show but the romance and family dynamics add a very human element. First Kill is based on V.E. Schwabs short story Vampires Never Get Old Tales With the First Bite. The author previously shared that she came up with the queer love story because its one she wouldve loved to see as a teen.


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