Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snickett
Series Overall Rating: No Rating
Synopsis of the first book
Dear Reader, I’m sorry to say that the book you are holding in you 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.
One of the things that might have struck you from the above information is that I did not rate these books. It is certainly no indication of dislike for these first six books of this middle grade series. I’m just unsure as what to rate them. And I decided that it was best to keep them unrated. No rating really seemed to fit them in my head.
This book introduces us to the Baudelaire siblings. As the series title suggests, they start of into a set of unfortunate events. In places the books are a bit ridiculous. Things that couldn’t really happen in real life. But in the way it was written, it didn’t bother me all that much. Though I think the baby is more frightening that Count Olaf. The children get a new setting in each book, but it always dwindles down to the same thing. Count Olaf. I do have to say that I did enjoy book 5 and 6 a tad more as it moved away slightly from the same formula that the previous books used, though nothing truly unexpected happened.
As an adult I do have to say that I miss a huge amount of depth in some of these characters. But I can also see the appeal to these books for the younger generation. Let’s be honest, adults have the bad tendency to not listen to children when in a lot of situations they can be right. So in that I feel these are great books to read for children. There is a huge amount of imagination running through these books but at the same time they still relate to our real life in some way.
Have you ever had a book you felt incapable of rating?