Thursday, November 10, 2005

A Series of Unfortunate Events

A very unfortunate thing happened to me about a year ago, I picked up Lemony Snicket's The Bad Beginning, the first in A Series of Unfortunate Events. Actually, I loved the book and read the next eleven books in the series ( of thirteen). The thirteenth book, the conclusion to this series, will come out sometime next year.

The books are based on the lives of the Baudelaire orphans who were left alone in the world after their parents died in a fire. The children, Violet, Klaus, and Sunny are shipped to their nearest relative, Count Olaf. He turns out to be a greedy ( and evil) guardian who is out to steal the immense fortune that the children will receive when they come of age. He tries various schemes to keep the children and eventually get their money but they finally get away and go to live with another guardian. But unfortunately for them Olaf follows them everywhere, as they go from inept guardian to inept guardian. The number of villains grow as the series moves alone. Things just go from bad to worse. Meanwhile, the orphans are trying to unravel the growing mysteries. Who ( if anyone) burnt down their house ( in which their parents died)? What is the mysterious V.F.D. that Count Olaf along with their parents were a part of? What connection was their between these enemies and their parents? Are either of their parents alive? Why were there so many house fires amongst their closest friends? What was the mysterious shape of darkness they spotted while riding a submarine? Was there another reason that their enemies were chasing them so vehemently? What do their enemies want with a sugar bowl? In other words, what is going on?

The series is very captivating and intriguing. The books are very easy to read but that doesn't mean that teens wouldn't be interested in them. These books are clean, and the author Lemony Snicket is truly talented. Half the enjoyment gotten in reading these books is in the way the author writes the stories.

The books:

1. The Bad Beginning
2. The Reptile Room
3. The Wide Window
4. The Miserable Mill
5. The Austere Academy
6. The Ersatz Elevator
7. The Vile Village
8. The Hostile Hospital
9 The Carnivorous Carnival
10. The Slippery Slope
11. The Grim Grotto
12. The Penultimate Peril
13. ?

I know what you are thinking, "I don't have time for such silly children's books..." But if you read them, I'm sure you'll enjoy them. Anyway, it's a great break from all the Roman and Greek classics we have to read.


  • Haha! That sounds funny! :D Is the movie "A series of unfortunate events" based on those books?

    By Blogger Alexander Blair, at 1:10 AM  

  • The first three books are what the movie is based on.... I don't know if the other books will be made into movies as well....

    By Blogger MVB, at 4:08 PM  

  • I love that series, althought they are geared towards kids. I think older children/teens can still appreciate the series because it's cleverly written and the author is obviously very talented. It's unique literature ;).

    By Blogger Ashley, at 7:39 PM  

  • Thanks for commenting, Ashley. I really enjoy those books too.

    By Blogger MVB, at 9:17 PM  

  • The books sound really funny- I wish I had time for reading any kind of books. :(

    By Blogger Sara, at 11:05 PM  

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