Re: [mythsoc] [slightly OT] Lemony Snicket
- On Sat, May 21, 2005 at 03:38:26PM -0400, Elizabeth Apgar Triano wrote:
> So they are not meant as semi-comic parodies of gothic adventure? They'reI think they are meant as parodies. How well they succeed in that role
> straight-out seriously ... well.... soap operas of a type.... misery and
> more misery? I didn't realize that. How unappealing. What am I missing
is a matter of opinion. It is obvious that they're not meant straight-out
My problem with the one I read was that the characters seemed molded to
the plot. In order to follow the formula of the series, the children have
to be kept just miserable enough and not too miserable. So they're clever
enough to get themselves out of the very worst of the trouble, but no
cleverer. The adults are either benevolent, but not clever enough to be
of any real or lasting help, or malevolent, but not clever or malevolent
enough to actually get around to killing the children or stealing their
- From: "Katie Glick" <ktglick@...>
> And while I like the concept of a children'sSister! I had the same reaction to both Lemony Snicket and the movie.
> series that isn't sappy and happy, the idea of reading a dozen books
> that all go "lots of bad things happen to these kids, then they find a
> chance at happiness, then it is snatched away at the last second,"
> seems kind of boring and depressing to me.
> To me, it's like watching one of those comedies like "Something About
> Mary" where the entire point seems to present a series of painful and
> embarassing situations for the hero so we can laugh at him/her. I'm
> just not interested in laughing at other people's misery.
- Liz, you understand the books. Anyone who takes them as serious soap
operas, unfortunately doesn't.
They are Penny Dreadfuls, with tongue held firmly in cheek!
I used to think otherwise, as well, then I heard Handler as Limony
Snicket, on the local talk radio. It was Very Seriously Silly! Read them
as they are, Obsurd, and they are truly fun.
Note - Moose who hates dark, sad, depressing books, has thoroughly
enjoyed the first one, and has the rest on his reading list for summer.
With two long jet trips (England and back again), we're going to need
some fun books for amusement.
Elizabeth Apgar Triano wrote:
>So they are not meant as semi-comic parodies of gothic adventure? They're
>straight-out seriously ... well.... soap operas of a type.... misery and
>more misery? I didn't realize that. How unappealing. What am I missing