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Get Up to Speed on the ‘Unfortunate Events’ Series

Get Up to Speed on the ‘Unfortunate Events’ Series

This article is full of sad, gloomy details regarding everyone’s least favorite book series ever, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events.

Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

These particular unfortunate events occur in the lives of the Baudelaire orphans; their story laid out into 13 books by author and character, Lemony Snicket. Similar to William Goldman’s use of S. Morgenstern in The Princess Bride, Snicket is the pseudo-author of the series, when in reality Daniel Handler penned the stories we know and hate today.


The Baudelaire siblings consist of Violet, the inventor; Klaus, the bookworm; and Sunny, the toddler with a penchant for sarcasm and biting. After the loss of their parents in a house fire, the orphans end up living with their strange, distant relative, Count Olaf. From then on, their lives become utterly and completely ruined by Olaf as he continuously tries to kidnap them, kill them, and steal the fortune left to them by their late parents. Each installment of the series is stranger and scarier than the last,  and keeps you on the edge of your seat wanting more.

The best possible category for these books to be under would be children’s mock-gothic literature, because though they are written for grade-schoolers, they include themes that would make even the strongest of stomachs churn. Aside from the fact that Violet, Klaus, and Sunny are being constantly hunted by Olaf in his wacky disguises; they’re discovering bits and pieces of a possible conspiracy responsible for the death of their parents. All of this despair for such young characters, with the eldest, Violet, only 14 years old at the start of their story.

Though completely alone and abandoned, the Baudelaires briefly meet a few shining faces in their travels, including Justice Strauss, and Duncan, Isadora, and Quigley Quagmire.  A sniveling, conniving set of secondary characters can also be found in the pages of Unfortunate Events, folks like The Bald Man, Carmelita Spats, Esme Squalor, and Lemony Snicket himself.


A fair few of the unfortunate events chronicled by Snicket were adapted onto the big screen back in 2004, but fans of the series will be elated to hear that the latest Baudelaire project has been taken on by Netflix, and will feature the first four books in the show’s first season alone. Each book will be covered in two whole episodes, making the upcoming premiere episode the first of eight this season. Netflix has done incredibly well so far with it’s adapted content, whether you’re a fan of the work or not. From their Marvel universe to the greatly anticipated Gilmore Girls revival, Netflix has audiences hooked, and hopefully they’ll do justice to Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, as well.

Watch Patrick Warburton in the teaser trailer for the Netflix series, if you must. Though he’ll undoubtedly ask you to ignore the show altogether, because who in the world would want to bear witness to such horribly unfortunate events?

Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events premieres in January, on Friday the 13th. What do you remember most about reading the books? Do you plan on re-reading before watching the show? Let’s talk in the comments below, or find me on Twitter @bekahbabble!

Featured Image Credit: HarperCollins Publishers 

Image Credits: HarperCollins Publishers, Netflix

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