Review: A Series of Unfortunate Events

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Review: A Series of Unfortunate Events

Alyssa Mack, Business Manager

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A Series of Unfortunate Events is a series, written by Daniel Handler, more commonly known by his pen name, Lemony Snicket. It is about 3 children who lost their parents and became orphans with a very big fortune to receive when they come of age.

The books came out between September 30, 1999 and October 13, 2006. The series is pretty old and I was only a couple months old by the time the last book was released, but they are still great books that I love reading today.

The first book, The Bad Beginning, starts off with the narrator, Lemony Snicket, telling us that this book is not one for people who like and want to read a book with a happy ending. As you can tell from the titles and the first couple sentences of the book, it is not one to read if you want to be cheerful. However, the books are funny, exciting, and of course heartwarming at times.

After Snicket suggests that we read something else, he continues with the children finding out that their parents, along with their amazing mansion, are gone due to a fire. They go to live with a “relative” named Count Olaf as their guardian who wants their enormous fortune. He turns out to be a horrible man and makes the children do unreasonable things. People find out and by the next book, the children get a new guardian while Count Olaf is still out to get their money.

The rest of the books are about the children’s adventures through different experiences , places, and guardians, while getting away from Count Olaf.

I loved reading these books so much that when the netflix series came out, I was thrilled. Even though the books were better, I still loved the shows. There are two shows per each book and each show is around 45 minutes.  I was also happy to find out that there is a movie written before the show, also about the books. I have not seen the movie but I did watch the trailer and it seems interesting.

A Series of Unfortunate Events are amazing books that made me laugh, smile, and even cry at times. For these reasons, I suggest you should read A Series Of Unfortunate Events.