Book Review: The Hostile Hospital by Lemony Snicket (A Series of Unfortunate Events #8)

Hello my lovely readers!
It’s time for another installment of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. I just finished part 8, The Hostile Hospital. So let’s see what awaits us here!

Goodreads Cover – The Hostile Hospital

 

The Plot:
After narrowly escaping from the lynch mob in VFD the Beaudelairs end up at the Heimlich Hospital where they hope to find some information on the man who died in VFD. However, the library of records holds a big surprise for the children. They find a piece of paper that might change everything… Continue reading

TV Show vs. Movie: A Series of Unfortunate Events

Hey Guys!
It’s time for another post on A Series of Unfortunate Events. This time I want to shed some light on both the TV show and the movie. Which one is better?

 

The Plot:
A Series of Unfortunate Events follows Violet, Klaus and Sunny Beaudelair. After a fire destroyed their home and killed their parents, they struggle with their new guardians. The first new care-taker they get is Count Olaf who is only after their money. However, each time the Beaudelair children seem to get rid of him, some new peril awaits them…
There are 13 books in total, and Netflix dedicated 2 episodes to each book. So the first season consists of 8 episodes and deals with the first four books. As that would be far too much for just one movie, only the first three books were adapted in the film.

 

TV Show vs. Movie:
I was hooked from the first episode on. In this TV show everything plays together perfectly. The casting is amazing, although I had my doubts about some of the actors, I ended up more than delighted. So far they keep very close to the novels, thus really making the story come alive. Furthermore, Lemony Snicket is very present in the TV show in his function as narrator. He is part of every episodes and makes several comments. This may sound a bit weird, as it’s not the usual thing to do, but believe me, it works out wonderfully. Another point I love about the show is the music. The title song for each episode is a little different and especially the song in the last episode was marvellous.

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Book Review: The Vile Village by Lemony Snicket (A Series of Unfortunate Events #7)

Hello folks!
I just finished The Vile Village, part 7 in Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. Only 6 more books to go, but before I get started with the Hostile Hospital, we’ll take a look on this one!

Goodreads Cover – The Vile Village

 

The Plot:
The Beaudelaire orphans are in trouble. After their last guardian turned out to be Count Olaf’s evil girlfriend, Mr. Poe has trouble finding a new home for the children. They end up entering a program where an entire town takes on the responsibility of raising them and the town’s name is: VFD. Are Violet, Klaus and Sunny one step closer to solving the mystery? Or is it just another cruel joke? Continue reading

Book Review: The Ersatz Elevator by Lemony Snicket (A Series of Unfortunate Events #6)

Hello folks!
I’m almost half-way through. The Ersatz Elevator is part six of thirteen in Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. Let’s follow the Beaudelaire orphans on their journey!

Goodreads Cover - The Ersatz Elevator

Goodreads Cover – The Ersatz Elevator

 

The Plot:
After getting kicked out of boarding school and watching their friends being kidnapped by Count Olaf, Violet, Klaus and Sunny are sent to live with the Squalors. The super wealthy couple takes the children in, as orphans are currently “in”. But believe me, that’s not the only thing that feels off right from the start.

 

The Rating:
Well, this one really was interesting.
It will really take you a bit before you figure out where exactly this is going. Right when you think you’ve got it all figured out, one huge plot-twist comes along. The fire in which the Beaudelaire parents were killed becomes even more mysterious. We don’t learn anything new about the circumstances but by now it’s clear that something huge had been going on there. Continue reading

Book Review: The Austere Academy by Lemony Snicket (A Series of Unfortunate Events #5)

Hey guys!
Time for another part of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. I just finished the fifth installment, let’s see whether it is any good!

Book Reads Cover - The Austere Academy

Book Reads Cover – The Austere Academy

 

The Plot:
After escaping Count Olaf’s clutches at the Luckysmells Lumbermill, the Beaudelaire orphans are sent to boarding school. You might think that things will get better there, but it soon turns out this school won’t be a save haven either. The only silver lining: Violet, Klaus and Sunny befriend the Quagmire triplets who also have a sad and mysterious past…

 

The Rating:
After reading The Miserable Mill I was wondering what would happen in the next books to get me motivated to check out all thirteen novels. Things had gotten a bit repetitive but let me tell you, The Austere Academy saves the day. Continue reading

Book vs. TV Show: A Series of Unfortunate Events

Hello my lovely readers!
Here comes another Lemony Snicket post! After I compared the books and the 2004 movie adaptation, I also wanted to shed some light on the recently produced TV show.

 

The Plot:
A Series of Unfortunate Events follows Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire. After a fire destroyed their home and killed their parents, they struggle with their new guardians. The first new care-taker they get is Count Olaf who is only after their money. However, each time the Baudelaire children seem to get rid of him, some new peril awaits them…
There are 13 books in total, and Netflix dedicated 2 episodes to each book. So the first season consists of 8 episodes and deals with the first four books.

 

Book vs. TV Show:
I’ll begin with the novels. Although Daniel Handler’s book series is intended for children, it is certainly one of the kid’s novel I read as an adult. The characters are relatable and I love that for once kids are taken seriously. Even if you are already grown up you’ll be able to recall that often what you had to say was ignored just because you were a child. Beside the three main characters we get many weird additions to the characters and thus end up surprised each time somebody new shows up.
The setting is rather dark and unusual for a children’s book, which makes it even more enjoyable. It certainly is something different!
Moreover, I need to mention that A Series of Unfortunate Events comes with a great sense of humor. You might not expect it at first, but it made laugh all the time. Continue reading