Jun 8, 2018

Let's Compare: Recent Read/ TV Show - The Austere Academy by Lemony Snicket

The Austere Academy (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #5)The Austere Academy by Lemony Snicket
Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events #5
Publisher:  Scholastic, Inc.
Publication Date:  August 31, 2000
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27405327-pop-manga-coloring-book?from_search=true  https://www.amazon.com/Pop-Manga-Coloring-Book-Beautiful/dp/0399578471?ie=UTF8&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0399578471&linkCode=as2&redirect=true&ref_=x_gr_w_bb&tag=x_gr_w_bb-20

Format: Hardback
Source: Borrowed from the Library



Goodreads Synopsis: 
Dear Reader,

If you are looking for a story about cheerful youngsters spending a jolly time at boarding school, look elsewhere. Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire are intelligent and resourceful children, and you might expect that they would do very well at school. Don't. For the Baudelaires, school turns out to be another miserable episode in their unlucky lives.

Truth be told, within the chapters that make up this dreadful story, the children will face snapping crabs, strict punishments, dripping fungus, comprehensive exams, violin recitals, S.O.R.E., and the metric system.

It is my solemn duty to stay up all night researching and writing the history of these three hapless youngsters, but you may be more comfortable getting a good night's sleep. In that case, you should probably choose some other book.

With all due respect,
Lemony Snicket

Image result for series of unfortunate events seasons 2The Austere Academy: Episodes 1 & 2 of Season 2
Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events
Network: Netflix
Publication Date:  January 13, 2017- present

And we are back! Season two was released at the end of March and we are reading and comparing.

I have really been enjoying both the book series and the Netflix series very much. I have been reading the book first then watching the 2 episodes of the show then moving to the next book.

This part of the series really started to move away from the books, there where a lot of little differences and some bigger ones. Lets start with where we are at in the series - the Baudelaire orphans have been brought to a school instead of having a new guardian. Mr. Poe is clueless most of the time as he relocates them and now there is also a Vice Principal that is completely insane. The orphans are still trying to live their lives and not be kidnapped by Count Olaf. 

In the book the Baudelaire's are brought to the school and forced to live in a hut instead of the dorms, but they meet the Quagmires and instantly become friends. So there are some positives. In the show, this is all the same, but how they meet and how they learn to live in the hut comfortably changes a little. We also get to see a lot more of Olaf in the show than we do in the book - there is more scheming and planning that we see and we also see the secret societies involvement as well. These things really add to the show and I think they make for better TV overall. In a way the viewers get to see more of the inner-workings, not just what the children are experiencing. 

A wonderful addition to the show was the library and the librarian. I really loved that character and how she tries to help all the time. The book had a library and it is mentioned but the addition of another character was good.

I am still interested to see how it all ties back in and concludes - if the book series and the tv series end in a similar fashion with all the additions the tv series has made.

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