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A Series of Unfortunate Events

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Dear Reader,

I’m sorry to say that the blog post you are reading is extremely unpleasant. It tells an unhappy tale about thirteen books, one movie, and a soon-to-be released television series on Netflix.

the thirteen books of A Series of Unfortunate Events, spines out, in order

Although the three Baudelaire siblings are delightfully clever children, their lives are filled with misfortune. In A Series of Unfortunate Events, Lemony Snicket (a pseudonym for author Daniel Handler) finds himself charged with recording the unpleasant events that have unfolded in the orphans’ lives. Released between the years of 1999 and 2006, the thirteen volumes that make up the series have plagued the hearts and minds of children and adults ever since. Our library possesses these books, unwise though it may be to hold such tragedies on our shelves, and they can be found here if you truly wish to read them.

DVD cover for A Series of Unfortunate Events featuring a sinister-looking man reaching towards three fleeing children

In the year 2004, a movie was released that encapsulated – the word “encapsulated” here means “to combine together on film with no regard for the timeline of the Baudelaire orphans’ lives” – the events of the first three books. While some viewed it as an accurate interpretation of the books, other readers were left disappointed by the changes to the plot and structure of the series as well as the failure to continue with the remaining ten volumes. This movie, titled A Series of Unfortunate Events, can also be found in our library, although you may wish to choose a happier film to view.

Ten years have gone by since the final book, aptly titled The End, was released. Now, Netflix will be releasing a television series that will depict the tale of the three Baudelaire orphans in its entirety. There is very little information yet to go on, but the release should be happening sometime this year. Netflix denies that the teaser trailer above, which was posted online one year ago, came from them, but the tone of the trailer and the quality of its production have given me cause to hope that this denial is merely misdirection – the word “misdirection” here means “an attempt to drum up interest for their show by creating a mystery” – and that the trailer in fact does foretell what is to come in the series.

It is my sad duty to inform you of these unpleasant books, this tragic movie, and this miserable television series, but there is nothing stopping you from ceasing to read this blog post at once, forgetting about them entirely, and reading something happy, if you prefer that sort of thing.

With all due respect,

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Samantha