There is one thing that most readers seem to agree on: the book is always better than the movie. And yet, we watch them anyway, and sometimes we even enjoy them. A highly anticipated movie that disappointed many fans was the A Series of Unfortunate Events movie that attempted to cover the first three books in a limited amount of time. Not only that, but it also changed some key plot points and somewhat lightened the mood.
Now that it’s getting a second chance with a television series on Netflix, fans are excited to see what changes Netflix will make and how close to the source material it will stick. Instead of squashing three books into less than two hours, the Netflix series will dedicate two episodes to each book (with each episode lasting about an hour). According to Neil Patrick Harris, who plays the villainous Count Olaf, this take on the series will be “super dark” much like the books are. Usually, “darker” shows are for older audiences, but Harris promises that the creators of the show “want it to be for kids” as well as for adults.
A Series of Unfortunate Events drops on Netflix on January 13th of next year (which is, of course, a Friday). That gives us two months to reread the books that those eight episodes will cover: The Bad Beginning, The Reptile Room, The Wide Window, and The Miserable Mill. For anyone who has not read the books, or if you need a refresher, the series follows the lives of the Baudelaire children (Klaus, Violet, and Sunny) after their parents are mysteriously killed in a fire. In each book, they are taken in by a new adult who may or may not be working with the evil Count Olaf, who is obsessed with obtaining the Baudelaire’s inheritance. The books are much darker than most kid’s books, but Lemony Snicket’s amusing voice and unconventional writing style make them fun to read and reread. My favorite example of this is when Snicket is discussing the concept of deja vu. In book nine, instead of simply defining deja vu for the reader, he repeats a page with no explanation, giving the reader the feeling of deja vu. The first time I read that book, it took me a minute to realize I hadn’t just accidentally flipped back a page and it wasn’t a publishing mistake.
What is your favorite part of A Series of Unfortunate Events? Of the first four books, which do you most look forward to seeing on the silver screen? What do you most hope to see happen on the show? Don’t forget to check out the teaser trailer that dropped November 3rd.
Because the show is not yet rated, make sure to get your parents’ or an adult’s permission before watching it on January 13th, 2017.