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Question... [Nov. 18th, 2006|09:05 pm]
A Series of Unfortunate Events -- for grown-ups

dramaloverworm
Hi I am brand new here and I have a question about the future of the series or should I say the future of Lemony Snicket's work. I was just browsing amazon.com and searched under Lemony Snicket and he had a couple of new works coming out in May 2007 and I was just wondering if anyone knew anything about them. The website doesn't give any information about what the book is about.

Series of Unfortunate Events #1: Or, Orphans! (A Series of Unfortunate Events) (Paperback)--$6.99 ISBN: 0061146307 It is 224 pages long.

Series of unfortunate events #2: Or, Murder! (A Series of Unfortunate Events) (Paperback) --$6.99 ISBN: 0061146315 It is also 224 pages long.

There was only one comment on the website that suggested that these were the paperback versions of the originals, but I don't know if that is true or not because The Bad Beginning has 162 pages and The Reptile Room has only 208 pages. There are no pictures as of yet and this is not even on Barnes & Noble's website yet.

Just wanted to know if y'all knew anything about this. Thanks.
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My Silent Knot [Oct. 29th, 2006|10:26 pm]
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lauria
"My Silent Knot" (Featured promenently in The Beatrice Letters) is really an anagram for Lemony Snicket.

Who thinks that there will be a spin off? After reading The Beatrice Letters and The End it seems like the story MUST continue with Beatrice Baudelaire. Everything hints to her trying to find Violet, Klaus, and Sunny. Besides, we still don't know about the sugar bowl! Or so many other things!!!

Anyone heard anything about another book? I mean, it could be THE END of the series (of unfortunate events) but a new Beatruce Series could come about? *hoping*
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Volunteer Finds Discusion [Oct. 6th, 2006|12:40 pm]
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forgivesusan
Help!!

Where can I find discussions on The Beatrice Letters and the Anagram* Letters??????

I'm DYING to talk to someone!!




*I think the answer is Kit Canes Brae, meaning that Kit is going to find her brother and beat him with a cane as punishment for communicating with stupid anagrams instead of just saying "Dude, I'm over here." Oh yeah, and the rest of my frustrations are here.
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Mr & Mrs. Poe [Oct. 2nd, 2006|10:06 pm]
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blpurdom
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So here I am, kicking off the new community!

I'm rereading the entire series right now at a very fast clip (for me)--one book a day. Considering how much other stuff I'm doing I'm pleased to say I've kept up with that pace. I'm rereading The Hostile Hospital right now, in which The Daily Punctilio plays such a prominent part in spreading lies about the whole Baudelaire situation, and I've just read The Beatrice Letters.

A little cut for a Beatrice Letters spoilerCollapse )

And then there's Mr. Poe himself.

There are a number of problems I have with the assumption that Mr. Poe is on the children's side.

First, his initial appearance through the fog is very ominous; in the same book (the first one) we have a little discussion about the first impressions the children have of Count Olaf being absolutely correct, rather than mistaken, as is often the case. What if their first impressions about Mr. Poe's ominous figure in the fog are also correct?

Second, he keeps delivering the children into the hands of unscrupulous and abusive opportunists (not to mention stupid people), all of whom are either out to get the children or do not care adequately for them that they are able/willing to protect them. He never goes with them to their new residences so that when the children learn of the unfair work and living conditions they have a recourse. He seems intent on pretending to have their best interests at heart and does a good appalled act (remember--many of the main villains are ACTORS) when he learns how the children have actually been treated, but that doesn't prevent him from doing exactly the same thing the next time, so that the children have been embroiled in progressively worse and worse living situations until they flee the Village of Fowl Devotees after being accused of murder.

Third, every time the children are delivered into the hands of some new horrible guardian (or horrible boarding school) in the first seven books, Count Olaf has managed to find them quickly and easily. When Esme finds them in the eighth book it is because they are looking for the same thing she is: the Baudelaire file in the Library of Records, so that is a complete coincidence. Someone has to be informing Olaf of where the kids are going, and my money's on Poe.

Fourth, I strongly suspect that the reason he is always coughing is from breathing in the smoke of fires that HE HAS SET. (He also fails to register any reaction to Olaf volunteering "arson" when Poe is listing Olaf's crimes at the end of the third book.)

Fifth, he has atrociously horrible children. In this series, adults who either produce or are attracted to taking care of horrid children are not good people themselves. (Look at Carmelita Spats.)

Sixth, he is repeatedly said to be mainly interested in money. I think that, in this case, he is specifically interested in the Baudelaire money (and possibly also the Quagmire sapphires). One thing we have never learned is what happens to the Baudelaire money and the sapphires if all of the children die? Does it all go to Mulctuary Money Management? Could he be counting on Count Olaf and his minions doing his dirty work for him, unknown to Olaf himself, who is still assuming that he can get his hands on the two fortunes if his plans are successful?

Seventh, he is married to Mrs. Poe (see allegations about her in the spoiler section, above).

Eighth, when he comes to see the children he just informs them that their house has burnt down and their parents are dead. They never see the bodies, have a funeral, etc. This is very fishy. They just have to take his word for it. I'm suspecting that not one but both parents survived and were either kidnapped or forced into hiding.

So--yeah. I think that Count Olaf may simply be the Poes' patsy, unbeknownst to him, and Poe is the real villain of the series. But I also think the children may not be orphans at this time, although they're as bad off as orphans for obvious reasons.
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