Daniel Handler Lemony snicket

Background

Daniel Handler, otherwise known as Lemony Snicket, is an American author who has written many novels within his time. Handler was born in San Francisco, California on February 28, 1970. He attended Wesleyan University in Connecticut where he wrote his very first novel! Shortly after finishing, he decided to throw it away. Handler actually got into poetry at this time and even was awarded with the 1990 Poets Prize by the Academy of American Poets. He then wrote a few more novels while working as a movie reviewer and reading manuscripts for a literary agent. Daniel got frustrated as his novel kept getting rejected so he created a reading group called "Great Writers Who Can't Get Published." Finally, he published a novel called The Basic Eight, then two years after came out with Watch Your Mouth. After these novels, Handler decided to appeal to a younger crowd with his books in A Series of Unfortunate Events. This series is his most well-known as it became an international best-seller.

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Genre

Daniel Handler has an interesting and unique style of writing. He does not write about the typical stories that most children want to read. Handler writes about things that he enjoys, which may not be what everyone else enjoys to read about. He said that there are too many books about fantasy and sports themes that the world needs to see something different. Little did he know that his interests would spark the international book market. Daniel's books include mysterious, unusual things happening to unique and interesting characters. When you open up one if his books, don't expect rainbows and butterflies, that's for sure. Handler has written books for the adult crowd but mainly has been writing for the pre-teen and teenage group. His books bring in different thoughts and ideas. When you pick up a Daniel Handler book, expect to think through problems with the characters. The unique books will not be able to be put down once you begin.

Books

The Basic Eight (1998)

Flan is a senior in high school that is dealing with the same struggles as every other high school student. She records her life in a diary which is where a lot of the book comes from. Her and seven friends call themselves "The Basic Eight", within them there are stories of love interest, secrets, self-discoveries, and even murder.

Watch Your Mouth (2000)

Begins as an opera where each character is given a singing voice. Joseph spends his college summer with his Jewish girlfriend in Pennsylvania. Joseph has many conflicts in the book that he tries to solve through the opera.

Adverbs (2006)

Adverbs goes through seventeen different peoples love stories. Each title is written as an adverb of the type of love. It focuses on the way that people fall in love instead of a love story about whom they fall in love with.

Why We Broke Up (2011)

Ed and Min were in a high school relationship, until November 12th when they broke up. Min writes letters to give to Ed about their relationship. She returns all of the objects and the letters onto his doorstep for him to understand why they broke up.

We Are Pirates (2015)

A teenage girl decides to put together a crew to make modern day pirates. There goal being to terrorize San Francisco Bay.

Quotes

"If writers wrote as carelessly as some people talk, then adhasdh asdglaseuyt[bn[ pasdlgkhasdfasdf."

"No matter who you are, no matter where you live, and no matter how many people are chasing you, what you don't read is often as important as what you do read."

"It is one of life's bitterest truths that bedtime so often arrives just when things are really getting interesting."

"Fate is like a strange, unpopular restaurant, filled with odd waiters who bring you things you never asked for and don't always like."

Lemony Snicket

Daniel Handler took the pen name Lemony Snicket when he decided that he wanted to write for a younger crowd. His first books under this name was the book series, A Series of Unfortunate Events. In these books, he actually is portrayed as a character in the book. Snicket is a writer and photographer who was convicted of multiple felonies. His love interest, Beatrice, was committed to their marriage until new of Lemony passing had occurred. That is when Beatrice moved on and decided to remarry in which she had 3 kids; Violet, Klaus, and Sunny. These three were the main characters behind the series. He takes a role in each of his books which is interesting to read a fictional book where the author plays a character role also. Another series he wrote under Lemony Snicket was All the Wrong Questions. In this series, it is completely about Lemony Snicket's young life. This is a prequel to the Series of Unfortunate Events.

Movies & Shows

A Series of Unfortunate Events was created into a movie in 2004. In this film, Jim Carrey took the lead role of Count Olaf. Daniel Handler adapted the screenplay and even guided Carrey through his work being the Olaf he had portrayed in the books. The film was low budget but grossed approximately $209 million worldwide. It even won an Academy Award for Best Makeup.

With the success of the movie, Netflix decided that it wanted to create a series based on Handler's books. This will not premier on Netflix until January 13, 2017. Neil Patrick Harris takes the lead role of Count Olaf in this series, along with a few other well-known actors and actresses.

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