The Bad Beginning - Lemony Snicket


A Series of Unfortunate Events #1: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket

Just before watching the new Netflix adaption, I wolfed down the first book. I'd read the series as a child and adored it, revisiting it was a fun way to spend an hour and a half. Haha, how much things have changed. But this was still enjoyable. I'm looking forward to re-reading all these books and checking out the prequel series, All the Wrong Questions.

It really struck me how vulnerable Klaus is, as opposed to in the show, I guess, when Olaf striking him makes him sob, and I wonder at Lemony Snicket’s choice to include such a moment of emotion. And then for it to be left out in the show. It also was interesting that Klaus is the one who is closer to the baby sister, Sunny, than Violet and almost always carrying her in the book, but in the movie, and the show, he isn’t. I think these little changes are a detriment to the character as they seem to add nothing to the show. I mean, him not crying was an acting/directing choice most likely, but as for him not carrying the baby… It seems a small thing to focus on, considering I forgot immediately the concept each chapter focuses the story though.

It was very nice to re-read it. Even reading it quickly, I did not find the narrative voice to be annoying at my age. I’m looking forward to re-reading the rest and reading the prequel series at last!

Pages: 162
Year: 1999
Publisher: HarperCollinsPublishers

Read: 13 Jan 2017
Stars: 3.5