Life Lessons From The Baudelaire Children That Live On
A Series Of Unfortunate Events may have been published in 1999, but the lessons from the Baudelaire children never gets old
US author Daniel Handler started to release a 13-part book series in 1999 under the moniker Lemony Snicket. As Snicket, he narrated the unlucky lives of Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire, covering the mysterious death of their parents and their often frightening encounters with Count Olaf. Through it all, however, the children remained steadfast, courageous and strong, imparting several lessons to its readers.
1. Never compromise your principles
At the beginning of A Series Of Unfortunate Events, Violet, Klaus and Sunny lose their parents in a mysterious fire. Left to the care of Count Olaf, the children find themselves in the darkest of predicaments. Despite all the trying and difficult times, the Baudelaire children stayed respectful, kind and unwaveringly themselves.
2. There is always a way up if you want it hard enough
The Baudelaire children were often times caught in a situation where, in order to get out, they needed to use ingenuity, intelligence and anything else they could find. Giving up was never an option and they refused to bow down their heads in defeat. Time and time again, they were able to escape their harsh realities and continued to hope for something better.
3. There will always be good—just wait for it
Count Olaf was an entity that was never welcome in the lives of the Baudelaire children. Nevertheless, he continued to follow them and—with the help of his acting group—put them in one dire situation after another. But not all the characters were dreadful in A Series Of Unfortunate Events, as there were individuals who brought some light to the lives of Violet, Klaus and Sunny. And when there was no one around to do so, they found it within each other.
4. Embrace who you are, it might save you one day
The Baudelaire children are not themselves without their talents. Violent, the eldest, was an inventor whose creations got her and her siblings out of prisons and locked rooms. Klaus, on the other hand, had a talent for devouring books and remembering information that often saved them. And Sunny, the youngest of the bunch, had a knack for biting things and was always available for sharpening tools. The children did not shy away from their talents and instead continued to hone and own them.
5. Family comes first
Violet, Klaus and Sunny might have lost their parents at young ages, but none of the children ever turned their backs on each other Throughout A Series Of Unfortunate Events, they continued to support, guide and love each other. The children were even fortunate enough to meet others whom they learned to consider as family.
A Series Of Unfortunate Events was adapted to the TV screen by Netflix and is already available for streaming. It stars Neil Patrick Harris as Count Olaf, Malina Weissman as Violet, Louis Hynes as Klaus and Presley Smith as Sunny. There are also guest appearances made by Joan Cusack, K. Todd Freeman, Will Arnett and Cobie Smulders.