We've got a review of "The Bad Beginning" the first book in A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket as well as a Follow Friday!
The Bad Beginning
by Lemony Snicket
The Bad Beginning
by Lemony Snicket
Title: The Bad Beginning
Author: Lemony Snicket
Genre: Middlegrade Fiction
Publication: September 30, 1999
I'm sorry to say that the book you are holding in your hands is extremely unpleasant. It tells an unhappy tale about three very unlucky children. Even though they are charming and clever, the Baudelaire siblings lead lives filled with misery and woe. From the very first page of this book when the children are at the beach and receive terrible news, continuing on through the entire story, disaster lurks at their heels. One might say they are magnets for misfortune.
In this short book alone, the three youngsters encounter a greedy and repulsive villain, itchy clothing, a disastrous fire, a plot to steal their fortune, and cold porridge for breakfast.
It is my sad duty to write down these unpleasant tales, but there is nothing stopping you from putting this book down at once and reading something happy, if you prefer that sort of thing.
With all due respect,
I am so sad that I have to say that I was not much impressed by the first book in the "Series of Unfortunate Events". I don't know what I thought I was expecting, but the story didn't deliver the sense of desperation for the characters that I was anticipating.
Yes, the book is full of sad and unfortunate circumstances... and really it just aggravates you because it's so frustrating. There's no breath of fresh air anywhere. One thing after another. How does the story even manage to go forward at all? And I'm surprised the children aren't dead already.
But, that's what the series is all about, isn't it? These unfortunate children that experience nothing but grief from life. What a story.
To children I can understand how there would be this sense of adventure and overcoming. I would definitely read this to children (who are a little older) because I believe that they would better grasp the sense of perseverance that escapes me. The siblings stick together through it all, and there are their attempts to try to make it better but it just doesn't work.
As an adult reading this book I am properly revolted by Ct. Olaf. whose representation by Jim Carrey, I've decided now, was just not menacing enough.
The book is still very much entertaining and I'm a fan of the way that Lemony Snicket writes, with oddball side comments and a story teller's flourishes. This book (perhaps the entire series) was absolutely meant to be read aloud.
I thought that I would be intrigued enough to zoom through the first few books of the series, but I just couldn't get myself interested enough to crack open the cover of the second book. Just not yet. I'd still love to read the series, so the second one is bound to get read just not as quickly as I anticipated.
My hope is that my feelings toward this series get better as I get deeper into it.
*sigh* Poor Baudelaire children.
Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by parajunkee and alisoncanread! I hope you'll join this great little Find and Follow party!
Q: What have you learned from book blogging that you didn’t know before about the publishing industry?
Aside from discovering how many people are actually very dedicated to books (you're all so great!) I also discovered the existence of ARCs. I knew someone had to be reading those books before they were put out for the entire world to see, but I had no idea that those "someones" could be your Average Janes and Johns outside of the publishing industry.
Blogging about books has also given me a bit of an inside look to self-publishing and book marketing. I'm constantly intrigued by the new methods that are devised to get a book out there for people to see. The blog hops and giveaways are a phenomenal way to engage others' interest in a particular book.
I never realized that there was such a great and vast community for book-fans until I started blogging myself, and of course that this community offers a prime opportunity for authors and publishers to market a new work.
I'd say it's all pretty dang fun if you ask me!
And what have you learned?
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