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Lemony Snicket is a pseudonym used by the well known American author Daniel Handler. He is famous for writing a number of successful books based on the Children’s biographies as well as the mystery and thriller genres. Snicket also serves as the narrator in many of his novels and plays an important part as a character with the same name. His best known till now is the children’s book series ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’. Snicket was born on February 28, 1970 in San Francisco, United States. Other than being an author, he is also a famous biographer, theater critic, accordionist, researcher, a rhetor, VFD member, and a convict. Author Lemony Snicket decided to play a character in the series because of the resemblance of his real life with that of the character. As an important member of the series, Snicket has described himself as a harried and troubled photographer and writer who is wrongly accused of felonies. He gets continuously hunted by his enemies and the police. The most dangerous of his hunters is the secret organization named Volunteer Fire Department (VFD). When he was a small child, he was kidnapped and forcefully inducted in the VFD as a neophyte. During his stay in the organization, he was trained in rhetoric and was continuously sent on quite pointless missions, due to which all the connections from his personal life were severed. Despite that, Snicket remained in touch with his brothers Kit and Jacques as they were also kidnapped and taken into the secret organization. He fell in love with Beatrice after meeting her for the first time in the organization and had decided to marry her eventually.
After a series of certain unfortunate events, Snicket was wrongly accused of arson and murder. The fallacies grew so much eventually, that he was reported dead by The Daily Punctilio. Following this, Beatrice moved on in her life and got married to Bertrand Baudelaire. She gave birth to Violet, Sunny, and Klaus Baudelaire, who went on to serve as the protagonists of the novel series, A Series of Unfortunate Events. After a period of 14 years into their marriage, Bertrand and Beatrice were murdered getting burned in a house fire, leaving behind their children as orphans. Feeling indebted to his former lover, Snicket decides to chronicle the lives of her children until they grow old enough to take care of themselves and face the troubles of the world. The character of Snicket is used as a subject for a fictional autobiography, which contains a fictionalized introduction by Daniel Handler. A number of other written works were also released based on the life of Snicket. As of today, he is busy with writing a new series called ‘All the Wrong Questions’. Author Daniel Handler says that he came up with the name Lemony Snicket when he researching his first book, The Basic Eight. Initially, he wanted to obtain material for his writing works from the organization that he considered funny or offensive, but did not want to give his real name. Therefore, he invented the pseudonym. When asked about the similarity of his name to Jiminy Cricket, he says that it is just a Freudian slip. He considered Jiminy Cricket as a cheerful and overly moralistic narrator, whom he despised. When Snicket was writing his well known series, the editor discussed with him to publish the books under the name of the narrator, rather than himself, to which he agreed.
The ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ series written by author Lemony Snicket consists of a total of 13 books published between the years 1999 and 2006. The first novel of this series was published by the Scholastic, Inc publishing house in the year 1999. It was titled The Bad Beginning’ and features the primary characters in the form of Klaus Baudelaire, Arthur Poe, Justice Strauss, Count Olaf, Violet Baudelaire, and Sunny Baudelaire. In the opening sequence of the plot of the novel, author Snicket has given a unique description of the story by warning the readers that they will be going through an unpleasant novel. He describes the unhappy stories of 3 unlucky children of the Baudelaire family. Even though the siblings appear clever and charming, they live their lives with woe and misery. At the beginning of the plot of the novel, they are shown to be on the beach when they hear the terrible news of the murder of their parents. From then on, they always get stuck in disasters throughout their lives. Their unhappy and miserable lives make the believe that they are the magnets that attract misfortune. Soon, the 3 youngsters come across a repulsive and greedy villain, a disastrous fire, itchy style of clothing, a chance to get the much required fortune, and some cold porridge to eat for breakfast. Through this novel, author Snicket tells the readers that he considers it his sad duty to give an account of the unpleasant stories of the Baudelaire siblings in this novel and also tells them that they can stop reading it if they do not like the boring and unhappy plot if they want. He tells them to read something rather happy if they prefer to read that type of novels. The success of the novel allowed it to win a number of prestigious awards like the Silberner Lufti award in the year 2000, the Book of the Year in the category of Children’s Literature in the year 2001, and the Nene Award in the year 2003.
The second novel of the series was published in the year 1999 by the Scholastic Inc publishing house. It was titled ‘The Reptile Room’ and continued to depict the same set of characters from the first novel along with Dr. Montgomery. The plot of the novel is set on Lousy Lane. In the opening sequence of the plot of the novel, author Snicket once again begins the story as he had done in the first novel of the series. He says that the story of this novel may seem to be cheerful in the beginning when the Baudelaire siblings were living in the company of a giddy uncle and some very interesting reptiles. But, event the pleasant events in the life of the 3 youngsters lead them down to the road of misery. Over the course of the novel, they go on to endure a terrible odor, a car accident, a long knife, a deadly serpent, and a large reading lamp made of brass. They also witness the reappearance of the person whom they thought was dead and never to be seen again. In the end, Snicket once again tells the readers that they can put the book away if they want as it goes on and on to depict nothing but misery and unpleasant events in the life of the Baudelaire siblings.
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