What's your opinion on Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events?
November 6, 2007 9:06am CST
I'm talking about the books here. Have you read these series? I like his writing style because it was very real. It was like he was talking to you. At times i get irritated that he tricked me but I wanted to read more. So it was effective. He had a very panoramic imagination. Things we don't usually think of, he did. A lot of things were outrageous but it was really entertaining. It just got dragging as you went on with the rest of the series because his style and his plot were similar with all the books. I didn't even finish reading all the series because of that. For those who read that book, can you please tell me what you think about it? For those who didn't, do read at least one of those series of books. He is a good writer but it just got very predictable with the other books.
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10 Nov 07
I loved these books. I have a kind of twisted sense of humor, so the parody of Gothic (I think that's what he was parodying) novels was enjoyable. Even though it was a bunch of crazy unrealistic events, I thought he introduced some pretty deep concepts. Not that the books weren't just plain fun to read. But, the whole issue in the later books on how much you can compromise your values to keep from being taken by the bad guys before you become bad yourself was interesting. Heck, he even made Count Olaf more three dimensional (only a little, but still some) by the last few books. And, I loved the dedications to Beatrice. But, I felt let down by the last book. It's been some time since I read it, so I don't recall my exact problems with it. Maybe the ending wasn't as clear? Lots of questions unanswered.
7 Nov 07
I loved the first few books but, like you, found they became a bit repetitive towards the end of the series. I actually read the whole series but wish I'd stopped after the 4th or 5th book so that I might have kept the good impression of the whole series. Have you tried the Rowan of Rin series by Emily Rodda? It's a great adventure with an unlikely hero and a wonderful series to read. The only problem with this series is that you want it to keep going after the 5th book.