History Headscratchers / ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents

3rd Feb '17 4:19:29 AM JamesAustin
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* This is probably as simple as an AdaptationInducedPlotHole, but why in the movie, did Count Olaf try to kill the children with the train if they needed to be alive until Violet turns 18? Or why didn't he get Violet out of the car first?
* In the movie… So. Olaf pretends to be the Orphans' distant cousin to become their legal guardian. Later, Mr Poe informs him that the only way for the guardian to inherit from the orphans is either to be a blood relative or to marry one of the orphans. This prompts Olaf to try to marry Violet. ''Even though Poe presumably still considers him a blood relative of the Baudelaires, since he made him their guardian!!!''



* In the movie, why the hell didn't the Baudelaires break the windows of the car during the train scene? Wouldn't it be the initial reaction of anybody who was in this situation?
** RuleOfDrama
** Car windows are fairly sturdy, especially considering the strength of two young children (Sunny as a baby wouldn't be much help in this situation, obviously). If they were ''outside'' the car, they might have been able to break ''in'', but from inside, they didn't have much of anything to use to break the window, nor any room to build up momentum for the blow. They probably realized that it wouldn't work if they tried and decided to use their energy thinking up a more feasible solution, rather than waste time.
15th Jan '17 5:00:25 PM terlwyth
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* This is probably as simple as an AdaptationInducedPlotHole, but why in the movie, did Count Olaf try to kill the children with the train if they needed to be alive until Violet turns 18? Or why didn't he get Violet out of the car first?
12th Jan '17 10:35:52 PM ThorfinnRowle
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** I never got the vibe that his parents were murdered while he was still a child. He could have easily lost them when he was a young adult (perhaps 18-25?) if the Baudelaire parents were roughly the same age and Olaf's parents were maybe in their 40s-60s when they were killed, still plenty young enough to be active members. The way I see it Olaf, the Baudelaires, and Lemony Snicket were all around the same age (give or take a year or so), and Kit was a few years younger. I'm not exactly sure though because many of the character ages almost seem to contradict each other at times.
10th Jan '17 6:04:08 PM felinecritic
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* How old is Count Olaf? I had pictured him being considerably older than the Baudelaire parents (or at least around the same age), yet the Penultimate Peril implies (though never confirms) that he was orphaned by the Baudelaire parents when he was still a child. The murder weapon was poisoned darts, and Kit relates a story of sneaking poisoned darts into an opera to give to the Baudelaires sometime after the two eldest Baudelaire children had been born. Kit (whose age we don't know, either, but we at least know she's of child-bearing age) states that she was four when the schism occurred, and Olaf implies that he was seven. How old are any of the adults in this series?
10th Jan '17 5:55:23 PM felinecritic
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** Part of the Series' humor comes from looking derisively at typical children's stories (or satirizing the "morals" found within them), and presenting the Baudelaire children as being above such things (a ten-year-old who's read Tolstoy?)
18th Dec '16 2:21:06 PM ScroogeMacDuck
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* In the movie… So. Olaf pretends to be the Orphans' distant cousin to become their legal guardian. Later, Mr Poe informs him that the only way for the guardian to inherit from the orphans is either to be a blood relative or to marry one of the orphans. This prompts Olaf to try to marry Violet. ''Even though Poe presumably still considers him a blood relative of the Baudelaires, since he made him their guardian!!!''
24th Jun '16 6:10:46 AM Doug86
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* Why is it that Mr. Poe first said that their parents will states that the Bauldealires would be raised in the most convenient way possible, but the when Justice Strauss wanted to adopt them, he states it says that they can only be raised by a relative? Plus, the only relatives that raise them after Count Olaf are Uncle Monty and Aunt Josephine.

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* Why is it that Mr. Poe first said that their parents parents' will states that the Bauldealires would be raised in the most convenient way possible, but the when Justice Strauss wanted to adopt them, he states it says that they can only be raised by a relative? Plus, the only relatives that raise them after Count Olaf are Uncle Monty and Aunt Josephine.



** [[Creator/HPLovecraft Wait]] [[CthulhuMythos just]] [[CosmicHorrorStory a]] [[EldritchAbomination minute...]] [[MindScrew OH MY GOD...]]

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** [[Creator/HPLovecraft Wait]] [[CthulhuMythos [[Franchise/CthulhuMythos just]] [[CosmicHorrorStory a]] [[EldritchAbomination minute...]] [[MindScrew OH MY GOD...]]
7th May '16 10:01:27 PM DiplomatfromPluto
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** After reminding myself of the major events in this series, and Carmelita's appearances in the later books,I've concluded that she was there entirely for the purpose of making the Baudelaire children's lives more miserable. She bullies them in Pruffrock Prep and later adopted by Esemee and Olaf. This is rubbing salt into the wound since Esemee betrays the children in the book right after The Austere Academy, #5. She never has any effect on the overall story or in any moment that she appears. I think she was made to be the most insufferable character in the world, and who gets a free pass to do it.
20th Aug '15 6:57:49 PM PrinceKaen
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*** Or [[http://www.amazon.com/Haribo-Sugar-Free-Gummy-Bears/dp/B008JELLCA/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top?ie=UTF8 these]] godforsaken things.



** This series is the epitome of AdultsAreUseless. If it might help the Baudelaires for them to realize something, it's guaranteed they won't realize it at all.



* Count Olaf spends thirteen books chasing three children around with vague notions of kidnapping them for their fortune, possibly taking them to Peru where he could somehow utilize "relaxed guardianship laws" or having other people name his false personas their guardian, which of course would be checked by the government (supposedly; adults are useless and all.) He clearly has no scruples or morality--so why the ''hell'' didn't he ever just ROB Mulctuary Money Managment? If Poe is any indication, the people working there are completely incompetent. Surely robbing the bank wouldn't be any harder than tracking the orphans through the country, using a complicated hypnotism scheme, and infiltrating a school dressed as a gym teacher?

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* Count Olaf spends thirteen books chasing three children around with vague notions of kidnapping them for their fortune, possibly taking them to Peru where he could somehow utilize "relaxed guardianship laws" or having other people name his false personas their guardian, which of course would be checked by the government (supposedly; adults are useless and all.) He clearly has no scruples or morality--so why the ''hell'' didn't he ever just ROB Mulctuary Money Managment? Management? If Poe is any indication, the people working there are completely incompetent. Surely robbing the bank wouldn't be any harder than tracking the orphans through the country, using a complicated hypnotism scheme, and infiltrating a school dressed as a gym teacher?



** Schools can sometimes take a couple of weeks to process the transfer and enrollment papers, especially if it's during the schoolyear. And they only ever stayed with a guardian a few days before they moved on. The only relatives they spent a good deal of time with would have been either smart enough to teach themselves (Uncle Monty) or just didn't care (Sir and the Village of Fowl Devotees)

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** Schools can sometimes take a couple of weeks to process the transfer and enrollment papers, especially if it's during the schoolyear.school year. And they only ever stayed with a guardian a few days before they moved on. The only relatives they spent a good deal of time with would have been either smart enough to teach themselves (Uncle Monty) or just didn't care (Sir and the Village of Fowl Devotees)



* So, what purpose does Carmalita Spats have in the series other than to make fun of the 'Cakesniffing Orphans in the Orphan's Shack'? It seems to me as though that's really it, even though she shows up in the later books as Olaf and Esme's adoptive-ish daughter. She seems to embrace evil, not just being a bully. is there something wrong going on inside her head?

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* So, what purpose does Carmalita Carmelita Spats have in the series other than to make fun of the 'Cakesniffing Orphans in the Orphan's Shack'? It seems to me as though that's really it, even though she shows up in the later books as Olaf and Esme's adoptive-ish daughter. She seems to embrace evil, not just being a bully. is Is there something wrong going on inside her head?
13th Aug '15 12:48:17 PM SetsunasaNiWa
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** [[CaptainObvious DUH.]]
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