I’m not completely and utterly in love with the series and they do become a bit repetitive after a while, but they’re 1) still entertaining, 2) a fast read, 3) I love the illustrations and binding, 4) I want to know how it ends and 5) I enjoy all the literary references.
In The Ersatz Elevator, the Baudelaires’s guardians are Jerome and Esmé Squalor. Esmé is the city’s 6th most important financial adviser and so incredibly wacky she became one of my favorite villains in the Series: she’s obsessed with what’s “in” and “out”. For instance, the children have to climb 66 floors to get to the Squalor’s apartment because elevators are out, but on the other hand, pinstripe suits and ocean decorations are in.
Although Jerome was kind to the children, he turns out to be yet another negligent guardian. Why are all adults in the Series either villains or fools? Maybe that’s why The Reptile Room is still my favorite book so far – Uncle Monty rocked (and I liked him the movie as well)!
As the story of the orphans progresses, my curiosity increases over the pieces of information Lemony Snicket drops about himself. I love how sometimes he’s telling the story and all of a sudden he says something like, “and this reminds me of the time I was in prison for biting a dog”. I hope in the end we find out more about him and his dear dead Beatrice (For Beatrice- You will always be in my heart,/In my mind,/And in your grave.).
No matter how predictable each book is, one deliverable you can rely on: funny quotes full of bitter truths :):
There are many, many things that are difficult in this life, but one thing that isn’t difficult at all is figuring out whether someone is excited or not when they open a present.
One of the greatest myths in the world – and the phrase “greatest myths” is just a fancy way of saying “big fat lies” – is that troublesome things get less and less troublesome if you do them more and more. People say this myth when they are teaching children to ride bicycles, for instance, as though falling off a bicycle and skinning your knee is less troublesome the fourteenth time you do it than it is the first time. The truth is that troublesome things tend to remain troublesome no matter how many times you do them, and that you should avoid doing them unless they are absolutely urgent.
The world ‘bubble’ is in the dictionary, as is the word ‘peacock,’ the word ‘vacation,’ and the words ‘the,’ ‘author’s,’ ‘execution,’ ‘has,’ ‘been,’ ‘cancelled,’ which make up a sentence that is always pleasant to hear.