If your children are anything like mine then they have already acquired a deep sense of dark humour before the age of 11. In our home, my oldest son loves to read and his most favourite novels of the past 2 years have been a series of thirteen children’s novels by Lemony Snicket, the pen name of American author Daniel Handler. Yes, when he was first introduced to this book series we were a little worried at the subject manner and horror factor of it all but it seems that these books are perfect for inquisitive and smart little people. It’s no wonder the books sold more than 60 million copies internationally and a 2004 film adaptation starring Jim Carrey was adapted.
Darkness is like crack for a kid.
The kinda drug you don’t mind your child witness to, if it is given in small doses and within reason.
You will agree with me once you catch onto this witty series – once you become a part of this world and once you open yourself up to the possibility of sharing something with your child that is out of your normal mind set.
Both the books as well as the Netflix adaptation deal with a lot of difficult subjects such as death, depression, child abandonment, and even murder however the author does a great job at penning details without going overboard and scaring his audience. Thrilling to say the least for pre-teens and young adults who want to tap into their ‘dark’ side without going bone chilling overboard. The comedy contains a lot of whit and intelligence and the stories are well thought out, almost overshadowing the dark plot.
Truly entertaining for a boy like my son, he’s watched the first season over and over again without boredom setting in and I imagine that the anticipation for this upcoming season will be well worth the wait too. The dark comedy series following the ill-fated Baudelaire siblings returns on Netflix March 30 for a second suspense-filled season with Neil Patrick Harris reprising his role as the cunning Count Olaf.
Have you watched this series yet? Perhaps make it a family affair – promise you will not be sorry!