Book vs. Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events (Season 3)

Hey guys!
A Series of Unfortunate Events concluded on Netflix with its third and final season. The last four books in Lemony Snicket’s thirteen-part children’s novel series.

The Plot:

Trying to escape from their latest bit of trouble, the youngest Beaudelaire child gets kidnapped by Count Olaf. Klaus and Violet have to investigate VFD to save their sister, but what has a sugar bowl to do with all of that?

Book vs. Series:

Season 3 adapts four Lemony Snicket books: The Slippery Slope, The Grim Grotto, The Penultimate Peril and The End.
Although I enjoyed the book series, I was glad that it was over. We are talking about 13 books here, so I reached a point where I got a little sick of the whole story. Don’t get me wrong, the books were taking an interesting turn, and were just as smart and intricate as the other installments.

However, with these books, we reach a point where I desperately wanted to know how the riddle is to be solved. Well, what we get is more beating around the bush, more obscure moments.

Also, the end was not quite what I had expected or wanted from the series. To be fair, it was the end the book series need to have, so I can’t be pissed about that. I did in-depth reviews, for each book. So if you want more discussion on that front make sure to check those out!

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TMP Television Edition: Book to TV Adaptations

Hello, my darling readers!
Welcome to another entry for Thursday Movie Picks.
It’s a series hosted by Wandering through the Shelves, so if you want to join the party, head over to her blog! It’s pretty easy: check out each week’s topic and come up with 3 to 5 movies that fit the theme.
Today we have another TV special: so instead of films, I’ll pick a bunch of great TV shows that are based on books!

#1 The Handmaid’s Tale:

This is so good. Seriously, if you haven’t seen The Handmaid’s Tale yet, stop what you are doing and check it out right now. The book was written by Margret Atwood and contains many interesting and frightening ideas. However, it never fully hit me until watching the show. Elizabeth Moss as the leading lady is just haunting. The atmosphere, the soundtrack, the color palette and the costumes of the show are super impressive. I can’t wait for season 3 to finally arrive!

#2 A Series of Unfortunate Events:

Netflix offers quite a bunch of shows that are based on books. My favorite so far is definitely A Series of Unfortunate Events. With thirteen books, it’s a lot to read, and to be honest, after book 9 (or so) I began to be a bit annoyed. The show, on the other hand, has, naturally, a faster pace and many of the story elements are just made for the screen. There’s rarely an adaptation that translates this well from book to show.
A Series of Unfortunate Events has a rather weird humor, so I’m reluctant to recommend it to everybody, but I certainly loved it!

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T5T: Books for Gryffindor

Hello, my darling readers!
It’s Tuesday, that means it’s time for a T5T post!
It’s hosted by Bionic Book Worm and is quite simple: check out the topic and write a post with your picks.
For this month, we get a very special treat: for the first time ever, there is a theme! So all four T5T posts for February are related to the Hogwarts houses. Today, I’ll pick five reads for anybody in Gryffindor!

#1 – A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

If you look at the traits Bionic Book Worm used to describe people sorted into Gryffindor house, ASOUE was the first thing that came to my mind. Not only would they be able to recognize many of their valued traits in the Baudelaire orphans who are the main characters in this book series, but they’d also have a hell of a time procrastinating as there are 13 novels in this series!

Cover from Goodreads

#2 – Pretty much anything by Sarah J. Maas

First of all, her books are absolutely brilliant and I think everybody should check them out.
However, I think those would be especially brilliant reads for Gryffindors as the characters Maas creates embody the very traits a Gryffindor would cherish. They are passionate, stubborn but also unafraid to make changes. When I look at Aelin from the TOG series or Feyre from the ACOTAR books, that’s what I see.

Cover from Goodreads

#3 – The Fault in our Stars by John Green

While I think that Gryffindors might make good John Green fans, this was the only one of his books that I enjoyed. The protagonists also feature many aspects that Gryffindors value. A few years have passed since I read the book but I remember Hazel to be funny and trusting and she certainly tries to live in the moment. It’s simply an amazing book and I can totally see somebody like Hermione discussing the novel even weeks after she’s done reading.

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A Series of Unfortunate Events – Season 2

Hello my lovely readers!
On 30th March Netflix finally released the long-awaited second season of A Series of Unfortunate Events. The 10 episodes cover the novels 5 to 9 of Daniel Handler’s famous series. Let’s see whether the second season is as good as the first one!

 

The Plot:
At the end of the last season, the Beaudelairs made it to Prufrock Preparatory School. So, in the first two episodes the orphans try to get as comfortable was possible which is certainly a challenge, especially when Count Olaf returns. Violet, Klaus and Sunny try to escape his clutches and figure out the mystery surrounding their parents. They have to deal with an ersatz elevator, a vile village, a hostile hospital and a carnivorous carnival. However, their series of unfortunate events is far from over…

 

The Rating:
Although I was very excited about this season, I had my troubles getting back in. A Series of Unfortunate Events is the of show that requires a certain mood to watch, otherwise the whole thing can get on your nerves pretty easily. However, after the first to episodes I was back in the game and binge-watching. Continue reading

Book Review: The End by Lemony Snicket (A Series of Unfortunate Events #13)

Hey Guys!
We finally reached the last volume of A Series of Unfortunate Events. The Beaudelaire orphans’ journey was hell of a ride. Let’s see what The End has in store for them!

The End - Goodreads Cover

The End – Goodreads Cover

 

The Plot:
Continuing the events from The Penultimate Peril, The End begins with Violet, Klaus and Sunny shipwrecked together with Count Olaf. After a terrible storm they wash up on the shore of an island in the middle of the ocean. Will the colonists be friendly? Or will they also fall for Olaf’s schemes?

 

The Rating:
I’ve been pretty excited to finally find out what end the Beaudelaire orphans might meet. Part 12, The Penultimate Peril, did not go the way I expected, so I was ready to be surprised. Continue reading

Book Review: The Penultimate Peril by Lemony Snicket (A Series of Unfortunate Events #12)

Hey guys!
The end is drawing near. I just finished the penultimate book in Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events.What can you expect from The Penultimate Peril?

The Penultimate Peril - Goodreads Cover

The Penultimate Peril – Goodreads Cover

 

The Plot:
Well, for each step the Beaudelairs take to get closer to solving the mystery surrounding their lives, they are thrown back three. Once again they escaped Count Olaf’s clutches and now arrived at the Hotel Denouement. Just inches away from meeting the VFD people who might be able to tell the Beaudelair orphans about their parents, the evil side of VFD prepares to take over. Which side will the Beaudelairs be on? Continue reading