Last year, Netflix transformed Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events into a brilliant adaptation showcasing the charming, yet dangerous events that befall the Baudelaire children after a fire destroyed their childhood home and resulted in the mysterious death of their parents.
Written by Daniel Handler under the pseudonym Lemony Snicket, the series spans thirteen novels, all of which detail the dark and unfortunate events that the children undergo as they search for secrets regarding the death of their parents. Written in a clear and concise style, despite the intended age group, the Series of Unfortunate Events novels appeal to all ages due to their wit and wordplay.
I’m sorry to say that the book you are holding in your 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. From the very first page of this book when the children are at the beach and receive terrible news, continuing on through the entire story, disaster lurks at their heels. One might say they are magnets for misfortune.
In this short book alone, the three youngsters encounter a greedy and repulsive villain, itchy clothing, a disastrous fire, a plot to steal their fortune, and cold porridge for breakfast.
It is my sad duty to write down these unpleasant tales, but there is nothing stopping you from putting this book down at once and reading something happy, if you prefer that sort of thing.
With all due respect,
– Goodreads, The Bad Beginning
The series was originally adapted for the big screen in 2004, spanning the first three novels in the series (albeit in a different order). Despite the relative success of the film, a sequel never panned out.
In 2014, Netflix announced a full adaptation of A Series of Unfortunate Events, spanning all thirteen novels throughout three seasons. The first season, starring Neil Patrick Harris, Malina Weissman, Louis Hynes and Presley Smith, was met with critical acclaim after releasing on January 13, 2017.
With the approach of 2018 on the horizon, fans eagerly awaited an announcement regarding the release date of the second season of the show. As it is not uncommon for Netflix to release follow-up seasons about a year apart, it was believed that the second season of A Series of Unfortunate events would arrive in early 2018.
Get a first look at A Series of Unfortunate Events season 2 https://t.co/uv75lOB1bI
— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) December 7, 2017
Although images and clues began to surface online on the series’ Twitter account, and a first look at the season was provided by Entertainment Weekly, the release date for the highly anticipated show was not announced until January 2, 2018 in a short trailer released by Netflix.
2017 was bad, but 2018 will be so much… worse. Just wait until March 30th. 👁️ pic.twitter.com/9xYJtWPh9R
— A Series of Unfortunate Events (@Unfortunate) January 2, 2018
Season two of A Series of Unfortunate Events is set to release on Netflix on March 30, 2018, spanning ten episodes.