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Netflix’s “A Series of Unfortunate Events” succeeds where the film failed

The effect of the adaptation is that "we witness a brutal adult world from a child’s perspective." *Contains spoliers*

By Lucinda Smyth  

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Anyone who grew up in the early noughties will remember A Series of Unfortunate Events, the children’s book series by lugubrious author “Lemony Snicket” (pen-name of Daniel Handler). Narrated by Snicket, the 13 books documented the lives of orphans Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire as they became subject to endless misery following the deaths of their parents in a fire. This seemed a strange premise for…

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