My favorite books series of all time is not Harry Potter despite what many probably think. It was actually A Series of Unfortunate Events. I loved those books and still love them to this day. I have the first 2 books, the last book, bought and lost the unofficial autobiography of Lemony Snicket, and will probably buy every single book associated with the series in the next year. I learned many vocabulary words and context clues just from reading those books. That series alone honestly sparked my love of reading and has done so yet again.
In 2016, Netflix announced that they would be producing A Series of Unfortunate Events as a series. I was both thrilled and skeptical. The last adaptation of the book series featured was a feature-length film and Jim Carey as Count Olaf. The main problem with the film adaptation isn’t the casting but, if my memory serves me correctly, the script and the length of the film. The script, maybe more so the directing didn’t really grab the feel of the series. The film was a light, funny, and warm feeling, which is in complete contrast with the feeling of the books. The books are more macabre, dark, and grimy. The books make you want to take a really long bath and scrub with a steel wool brush. Then the length of the movie was incredibly short and awkward. The movie felt rushed and barely touched on what V.F.D. was which really drove the book series after the second book. THE SECOND BOOK! I digress.
I’m ranting about A Series of Unfortunate Events because I binged (and finished) the Netflix series this past week. It is amazing! Each book had two 1 hour episodes with extensive details on V.F.D., which is the best part of the whole story in my opinion. The casting is damn near perfect. I would have never picked Neil Patrick Harris or Patrick Warburton to play Count Olaf or Lemony Snicket but I think they round out the character. I still prefer Jude Law as Lemony Snicket but that’s just my little ole opinion. The set design and the directing were marvelous. I feel as though the series captured some underlying themes of morals not always being black and white. It’s really a grey area. It really renewed my love of reading and book adaptation because that is one of the best adaptations I have seen thus far. Right now I am crediting the series for me re-reading the series again and I absolutely abhor re-reading books. After the first re-read, it loses some of its mystery and charisma. I’m also crediting the series for me getting a new library card.
Question of the Week:
What was your favorite book as a child?