January 13

A new series of unfortunate events

The Lemony Snicket classic children’s book series, A series of unfortunate events, is headed for the small screen. Today Netflix releases an eight-episode season that follows the tumultuous lives of the Baudelaire orphans as they try to escape the clutches of their contemptuous relative Count Olaf.

The first book of the series was published in 1999 and it immediately set itself apart from other children’s books as it warned readers “I’m sorry to say that the book you are holding in your hands is extremely unpleasant …” The books quickly gained in popularity and critical claim due to their morbid and eccentric elements.

This is not the first adaptation for this series, the 2004 film adaptation consisted of big names such as Jim Carrey, Billy Connolly and Meryl Streep, and a visual aesthetic that reflected the gothic nature of the books. The film was panned by some fans of the series for lightening the darker elements of the story, and trying to fit the events of three books into a 100-minute movie.

The new series promises to deliver on the darker themes, and stars names like Neil Patrick Harris, Catherine O’Hara and Joan Cusack. Early reviews of the series have been positive so there is hope for fans that this may be the adaptation they have all been waiting for.

It may be a while until this series gets a physical media release in Australia so if you’re not a Netflix member why not  reacquaint yourself with the novels in the meantime.