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What's it about?
The Lemony Snicket Series of Unfortunate Events franchise is red hot. Kids love reading about the Baudelaire orphans, Count Olaf, and their bleak yet amusing times. But just who is the mysterious author of these popular books? You'll find clues about him throughout the site, as well as some grainy photos, most of which show Mr. Snicket from behind. Besides information on all of the books and the movie, the site also has two mildly entertaining games, a screen saver, and a downloadable "Unwanted" poster featuring the evil count himself.
Is it any good?
The best parts of the site are the printable trading cards that describe each character and the "Reading Group Guide." The latter is a funny take on how a book discussion group might tackle the series. Sample discussion question: "Does anything in your life compare with the anguish the Baudelaire children encounter in The Austere Academy? If so, how terrible for you. If not, how nice. Discuss."
But what's unfortunate is how boring the site is, considering the popularity of the books. Well, Lemony warns users on the front page, "If I were you, I would immediately turn your computer off rather than view any of the dreadful images, read any of the wretched information, play any of the unnerving games, or examine the unpleasant books presented within this Web site." It's not that bad, but it could be improved by the addition of more interactives and games.
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