If you’re a fan of the Lemony Snicket “A Series of Unfortunate Events” books, there’s good news and there’s bad news. The good news is: there are two “Unfortunate” books in stores this fall. The bad news is: the last book will be – well, the last book. But according to Newsweek magazine, the series is going out with a bang instead of a whimper. Already in bookstores: “The Beatrice Letters,” a book of correspondence between the characters, filled with clues as to how the “Unfortunate” series will end.
Then in October, the final book: “A Series of Unfortunate Events 13: The End” completes the adventures of the Baudelaire orphans and their nemesis, Count Olaf. And just like in the final Harry Potter book due out next year, death is stalking some of the characters. Lemony Snicket – the pen name of author Daniel Handler – says that at least two of the characters will die. And their fate will be revealed on the appropriately unlucky day of Friday, October 13th when the book goes on sale at 12:01 a.m.
Bookstores around the country will hold trivia contests with “unfortunate prizes,” like moldy cheese and socks with holes in them. And Barnes & Noble will raffle off 797 autographed copies of the book – one at each of its stores. But don’t despair. There’s still more “unfortunate-ness” in your future! Movie versions of the remaining books are on the horizon. And Susan Rich, the editor of the Lemony Snicket books, promises that “The End” delivers an “unhappily ever after finish” that fans will love.