August 31st, 2009 by Karen
I don’t know about you, but I was heavily involved in Lemony Snicket‘s research into the mystery surrounding the Baudelaire orphans. And when I say “heavily involved,” I mean that I diligently studied everything I could related to their tragic circumstances — all 13 books in A Series of Unfortunate Events, plus The Unauthorized Autobiography of Lemony Snicket and The Beatrice Letters. Perhaps you suspect that’s a Very False Declaration? Just check out my bookshelf, o ye of little faith:
(Yes, I know Books 2, 3, and 13 are missing. They seem to have vanished! But what else would you expect from this series?)
After all the blood, sweat, and tears I put into [reading about] tracking down the truth about the Baudelaires, I have to admit that I was a little disappointed when I finished the final book and still had so many unanswered questions. So imagine my joy at learning that Lemony Snicket is writing a new series! Yes, that’s right, a brand new book series from the world’s most enigmatic author!
Unfortunately, Snicket isn’t divulging many details at the moment. In a statement, he said:
“I can neither confirm nor deny that I have begun research into a new case, and I can neither confirm nor deny that the results are as dreadful and unnerving as A Series Of Unfortunate Events.”
Thanks a lot, Lemony, that’s really illuminating.
I did learn that there will be four books in the series and that the first installment will be published in Britain in 2012. But what’s the series about? When will it come to America? Will it reveal any secrets about VFD? Apparently, when it comes to these questions, the world is quiet here.
Even the British company that’s publishing the series refuses to reveal any details:
“Usually, I look forward to opening my post. It’s exciting to think that I might find a manuscript to bring comfort and joy to any reader. But that morning, when I saw the handwriting on the envelope — well, how would you feel if you knew you were about to unleash yet more untold misery on the unsuspecting children of this country? We at Egmont can’t escape Lemony Snicket’s grim story.”
— Egmont publisher, Leah Thaxton
“As if the recession weren’t bad enough, now British readers have the threat of a new series from Mr Snicket hanging over them. As a responsible publisher, of course we shall put all our efforts into ensuring no child is exposed to yet more misery from Mr Snicket’s investigations.”
— Director of Egmont Press, Cally Poplak
People, can’t we just get a straight answer?! Grrr…
So, to re-cap: Lemony Snicket may or may not have a confidential new research project, which may or may not be upsetting to the masses, and it may or may not be chronicled in books that may or may not be sold to the public. Great, just great.
And yet I’m still super excited! God, I’m such a sucker.