Fangirls, I am a huge fan of serial works of fiction that focus on orphans. I love Harry Potter, Star Wars, Batman, and Disney movies. But something I love and rarely get to Fangirl over, is Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. Recently, it was announced that there will be a Netflix series focusing on the Baudelaire orphans, so I realized that I need to reread the series, and you should too.
A Series of Unfortunate Events is about three children, Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire. You may recall that the first three books of the series were made into a movie, but the movie had quite the happy ending. As Snicket says in the very first chapter of the first book, The Bad Beginning, “In this book, not only is there no happy ending, there is no happy beginning and very few happy things in the middle.” A fabulous way to start a book, if you ask me.
But this, the first book in A Series of Unfortunate Events introduces readers to Violet, Klaus, and Sunny, right before they find out that their parents are dead, and their house has burned to the ground. They move in with a man called Count Olaf, and he treats them all quite terribly. As the story goes on, he becomes more and more demanding, and eventually suggests Violet marry him (while Sunny, the baby, is hanging out a window in a birdcage). He wants Violet’s hand in marriage because the Baudelaires were left a significant amount of money, and it can’t be accessed until Violet is of age; but if she gets married, her spouse will have access to the money.
Olaf is quite the despicable character, and I love it. He’s a great villain, who never seems to get the punishment he deserves. But Fangirls, if you read this series as a kid, are excited for the Netflix series, or just want a series of easy reads with clever bits thrown in from Snicket, grab The Bad Beginning. I think it’s a phenomenal story, and it only gets better!
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