Jun 12, 2018

Let's Compare: Recent Read/ TV Show - The Ersatz Elevator by Lemony Snicket

The Ersatz Elevator (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #6)The Ersatz Elevator by Lemony Snicket
Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events #6
Publisher:  Scholastic, Inc.
Publication Date:  February 20, 2001

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Format: Hardback
Source: Borrowed from the Library



Goodreads Synopsis: 

Dear Reader,
If you have just picked up this book, then it is not too late to put it back down. Like the previous books in A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS, there is nothing to be found in these pages but misery, despair, and discomfort, and you still have time to choose something else to read.
Within the chapters of this story, Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire encounter a darkened staircase, a red herring, some friends in a dire situation, three mysterious initials, a liar with an evil scheme, a secret passageway, and parsley soda.
I have sworn to write down these tales of the Baudelaire orphans so the general public will know each terrible thing that has happened to them, but if you decide to read something else instead, you will save yourself from a heapful of horror and woe.
With all due respect,
Lemony Snicket

Image result for series of unfortunate events seasons 2The Ersatz Elevator: Episodes 3 & 4 of Season 2
Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events
Network: Netflix
Publication Date:  January 13, 2017- present

These episodes and the book were VERY different from one another, there was a lot to take in and both stories while the same felt very different. 

In this book, the orphans are off to live with the Squalors in a fancy penthouse in the city. Everything seems like it is going great, even though the wife is very in to what is in. However, they are still very sad that their friends have been kidnapped. 

In the show, the orphans are still placed with the Squalors but Count Olaf's plot starts the minute they arrive, and it is kind of like a running joke in the Squalor household that Olaf is there. This made for a great show but after having read the book it seemed very overly quick and rushed.  Some other alterations were that in the penthouse the children shared a room - whereas in the book their new guardians give them their own based on their interests and a hilarious part of the book was replaced when the children were gifted outfits that fit instead of being WAY too big.  

All that being said the show was very good still - I enjoyed a few additions like seeing a Lucky Smells lumber truck and Larry turning up as a fish waiter. It was all engaging tv. I think the book was much better than the show this time though because of how rushed it seemed - in the book there was more time to get to know the Squalors and how Jerome Squalor was actually a really great guy and guardian for them. 

As with most book - movie/tv show combos - I do suggest read the books first :)

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