A Series of Unfortunate Events Review

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Like most kids born in the 20th century, I went through the rite of passage to becoming a middle schooler. Unlike today it wasn’t learning to contour or buying my first Drake album- instead it was reading Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. To be completely honest, I don’t remember if I ever finished all thirteen books. I do remember the main story line- how Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire lost their parents to a fire and were put in the custody of the evil and honestly ridiculous Count Olaf, who wouldn’t let their fortune out of his sight. Another thing I remember about the series- it was one of the best written books I have ever read, which is saying a lot, and combined comedic dialogues and narratives perfectly with the overall not-so- optimistic tone of the novels. In short, I love A Series of Unfortunate Events.

So when I heard Netflix was adapting the novels into a series I was ecstatic. And once it came out early January I did not stop watching it, sneaking it in between classes and using it to procrastinate doing homework. As an avid reader and big fan of Lemony Snicket and his writing, here’s my overall view of the series:

One word. Casting.  Let me just say: it. was. perfect. I don’t know who thought to make Neil Patrick Harris portray Count Olaf but it fit so well in all aspects- his background in Theater Arts and his ability to make anything funny. Patrick Warburton plays Lemony Snicket and nails his sarcastic and depressed narrative. The young actors and actresses also killed. Malina Weissman, who is stunning, plays Violet Baudelaire. Malina really brings a new life to the character and like Violet is a motherly like figure. Louis Hynes, who plays Klaus Baudelaire, really stars with his ability to stay true to Lemony Snicket’s Klaus while also improving him. Adapting books into movies or TV shows has always been hard. Things just seem to get lost in translation. A Series of Unfortunate Events is the exception. The shows maintains all aspects of the book and improves it with new spins on characters and storylines. While nothing can beat the original books, the Netflix show certainly matches it with its humor and creativity. If you need something binge on I really suggest A Series of Unfortunate Events.

A Series of Unfortunate Events Review