The Bad Beginning Essay

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I choose to represent A Series of Unfortunate Events because I found it interesting. I have seen the movie but never read the book before so I wanted to see what is it about, and I was completely amazed because the book is different from any other book I have read. It is written in easy-to-read language and almost every potentially new word is explained through the conversations. Events are weird and sometimes confusing, and everything is different and hard to explain but that is why people like this.
A series of unfortunate events is a series of children's novels. It is written by Lemony Snicket ( a pseudonim of Daniel Handler). The series consists of thirteen books: The Bad Beginning, The ReptileRoom, The Wide Window, The Miserable Mill, The Austere Academy, The Ersatz Elevator, The Vile Village, The Hostile Hospital, The Carnivorous Carnival, The Slippery Slope, The Grim Grotto, The Penultimate Peril and The End. I have red first two books and have been spellbound by the structure and the story.
Daniel Handler (born February 28, 1970) is an American author, screenwriter and accordionist. He is best known for his work under the pen name Lemony Snicket. Handler was born in San Francisco, California. He attended Commodore Sloat Elementary, Herbert Hoover Middle School and Lowell High School and graduated from Wesleyan University in 1992. Handler is politically active and helped form LitPAC. Although Handler has a partially Jewish background and considers C. S. Lewis to be an influence, he describes himself as a secular humanist.
The Basic Eight, his first novel, was rejected 37 times by many publishers for its subject matter and tone (a dark view of a teenage girl's life). The second one, Watch Your Mouth, was actually completed before The Basic Eight was published. It follows a more operatic theme, complete with stage directions and various acts. His most recent effort under his own name is Adverbs, a series of short stories about love. Handler began writing A Series of Unfortunate Events under the Snicket pseudonym in 1999. The books concern three orphaned children who experience progressively terrible events following the alleged death of their parents and burning of their home (done by a man named Count Olaf and his troupe of associates), and Snicket acts as the narrator and biographer of the fictional orphans. He shows up in two books as a taxy driver. And to add one digression, Baudelaires have probably got their surname from Charles Baudelaire.
THE BAD BEGINNING
The novel tells the story of three children, Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire, who are orphaned by a fire which killed their parents and sent to live with their distant cousin, Count Olaf. The book was published on September 30, 1999 by HarperCollins and illustrated by Brett Helquist.
The novel begins with a dedication to a mysterious Beatrice. The Baudelaire children have left their home to spend the day at the deserted Briny Beach. While enjoying, their parents'...

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