It would seem that instead of unfortunate things happening for Lemony Snicket, the author is having some good luck. The Grim Grotto, 11th in the Series of Unfortunate Events book series, was released earlier this year. And the movie, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events starring Jim Carrey, recently opened in theaters.
Snicket, who is really American author Daniel Handler, sat down to talk about his "misfortune" recently.
Does it get harder to write each new book in the series?
Yes, because after each page I need to lay my head on the table and weep for about 10 minutes. The books are getting longer and longer, so that means there is a lot more weeping.
Are the Baudelaires anything like you in real life?
Well, I once had to wear an itchy sweater. People have been mean to me at school. I think everyone will have some part of their lives that will remind them of these children.
How many books are you planning to write in the series and why did you write the books?
There will be 13 books in the series unless something terrible happens to the author. That could happen at any moment. I think there are lots and lots of cheerful books on shelves and it is good to have a balance, with cheerful books and miserable books.
What is your favorite book?
My all-time favorite book is The Bears' Famous Invasion of Sicily (by Dino Buzzati). Have you ever heard of that book? I also like a book called Matilda (by Roald Dahl). I like any book that has really wicked people and something terrible happens to those wicked people. That is my idea of a good time.
Who is your favorite character in your books?
I tend to like the really minor characters. I like the character of Bruce who appears in The Reptile Room, and then comes back in the 12th book. The more minor the character, the more interesting I find them.
How old were you when you started writing?
Very young. As soon as I could write, I started writing things down. I liked writing down other people's conversations.
Do you have a special spot in your house where you like to write?
There is a room where I like to do most of my writing. And there is a room next to that room where there is an enormous chair that I like to sit and read what I have written.
What inspired you to make Count Olaf so mean and heartless?
He is inspired by other mean and heartless people I have known.
In "The Grim Grotto," whatever happened to Captain Widdershins?
I don't think you want to know. Do you know the expression "curiosity killed the cat"? I don't think I should answer that question because I would hate for anything awful to happen to you.
Do you have any idea what you are going to name the next book in "The Series of Unfortunate Events"?