Saturday, April 12, 2008

The End

Lemony Snicket's novels, A Series Of Unfortunate Events, have become a huge hit, not just because of the movie...especially not because of the movie....
The books are about the Baudelaire Orphans, who are time and time again pursued by Count Olaf, who wishes to steal their fortune. The fortune was left by their rich parents, who died in a fire lit by 'mysterious' circumstances. However, there is also a secret society involved, but it doesn't make a whole lot of sense. The Orphans are sent to all sorts of weird relatives, or secret society members, all of whom end up being murdered by the Count Olaf.
After reading the first one i was interested. Not hooked, but interested. By the thirteenth book i was fed up with the unbelievable plot line, 'evil' counts and 'evil' deeds that were supposed to be so horrific...the thing is, if you are going to write a scary book, you are going to have to make it scary, instead of just writing during various points, "this book is so sad you aren't going to want to read it. You should put it down."
Increasingly throughout the series the books lost their unique touch, and long lists were compiled in them, simply, i thought, as page fillers. I can say that the first few books are OK as some light reading, but honestly i wouldn't inflict the rest of the series on anybody.
If you're still interested, here's the official site.

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