Netflix Adopts the Three Siblings


Johan Wichterle

A student watches the Netflix series during his study hall period in the auditorium.

 Modeled after Lemony Snicket’s multi-million copies series ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events,’ the Netflix interpretation instantly became a fan favorite after being released in January of 2017. Following the journey of the Baudelaire siblings in their tragic quest for a comfortable and loving family, two seasons have been released as of May 2018. Every book is divided into two forty-five minute episodes; with this separation, it is easy for students and people with busy schedules alike to watch the series without losing their place or feeling at a loss after pausing their marathon. Although, with how riveting and attention-capturing every detail and episode is, it is difficult to believe that someone would be able to press the pause button or exit the window.

It is difficult to believe that someone would be able to press the pause button or exit the window.

 Having read the literary ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ in elementary school and having re-read it while in middle school, I remember being captured by all of the minute details in the books. The characterization of Violet, Klaus, and Sunny adds a different and refreshing spin on the original characters; being able to visualize the vivid descriptions that Lemony Snicket included puts another in-depth appreciation for the series, both the film and literary versions. Neil Patrick Harris’ depiction of Count Olaf actually characterizes him as being a menacing figure that emits evil and violence.

 The series does not fail to stay true to the original literary series, something that can be appreciated after considering other diverging adaptations such as the earlier movie called ‘Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events’ and the ‘Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief’ movie.