This post is about my love for A Series of Unfortunate Events.
This 13 book series by Lemony Snicket (Daniel Handler) is one of the most meaningful series I read in my young life. I remember my obsession began around third grade. Now, as it was made into a Netflix series, my admiration for the fictional world that the Baudelaires live in is brought back to my attention. I truly believe this series to be a great work of art.
When I was younger, these books gave me agency. They helped me understand that adults are not always right, and they (we) definitely do not always know what is best. These books reminded me to stay curious. To take interest in poetry, music, the arts, science, and to above all read constantly and steadily like my life depended on it. These books are, at heart, truly inspiring.
Now, as an adult in my early 20s, I am reminded of this inspiration. Even more intensely, I am reminded of the importance of kindness, of empathy, of the constant battle of trying to make the world a better place. This series makes me remember how important it is to try, desperately and without end, to always make the world a better place, even when it feels futile. These books remind me to find and work to create a strong community around me. They remind me who I want to be. I want to be curious and kind, empathetic and intelligent, strong-willed and resilient. I want to research and read, to write, to make music, to find things that inspire me and follow them down a rabbit hole to see where they take me. I want to be loving, heroic, brave, and grounded. Smart. Curious. Kind.
If I remain as these things, or at least fight to be them for the rest of my life, I will never lose myself. I must not let the darkness of the world overtake my goodness, passion, and love. I am grateful for Daniel Handler’s words, and for the world of A Series of Unfortunate Events.
Other books that influenced me around the same age:
Harry Potter series, His Dark Materials trilogy, Emily of a New Moon trilogy, Coraline, The Alchemist Series, Julie of the Wolves series, Each Little Bird That Sings, The Anybodies, The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles, Magic Treehouse Series, and many, many more . . . all deserve a post of respect if I had the time.