- Apr 5, 2020
Oh God, don't you start.Johnny Novgorod said:that I'm not fascinated by transgression - a word which here means "to defy a code" - in children's literature anymore.
There's arguably some variation in that they get sent to a boarding school, mill, and village over the first seven books, and after seven, the formula's pretty much dropped for the remainder of the series.Drathnoxis said:The Series of Unfortunate Events... series is incredibly repetitive. If you've read the first one you are basically good. I think I made it through 3 before I gave up. The children go to a new home. Olaf shows up in disguise. Everybody refuses to believe that it's Olaf for reasons of stupidity. Olaf is exposed. Rinse. Repeat.
As I said, the "go to a relative, Olaf messes things up" is eventually dropped, so FYI. That said, while I enjoyed the series as a kid, as an adult? Well, I re-read the first three books not too long ago, and I don't think it's as adult accessible as, say, Harry Potter. Like Harry Potter, it does get a bit more weighty and dark, with the 12th bookJohnny Novgorod said:I imagine I would've fancied the series a bit more as a kid, just because I was drawn to kids' lit that wasn't immediately safe and cozy and had a mean streak to it (I guess because that makes it look superfitially more adult).
Leaving an entire hotel full of people to burn to death
and the 13th book being heavy on Biblical imagery and references (references you're unlikely to get as a child), but, yeah.
Also, the narrator clarifying the meaning of words ad nauseum. Loved it as a kid, detested it as an adult.