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5th Sep '16 9:33:34 AM Mullon
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* AuthorAppeal: The books are written by Daniel Handler, so naturally there's a lot of FoodPorn and complimenting libraries.
4th Sep '16 7:47:47 PM Mullon
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''All The Wrong Questions'' is a four-part prequel series to ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents''. It is written by Daniel Handler, once again writing as Lemony Snicket. The series concerns him as a thirteen year-old boy, hinted to be working with VFD in a series of mysterious cases.

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''All The Wrong Questions'' is a four-part prequel series to ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents''. It is written by Daniel Handler, once again writing as Lemony Snicket. The series concerns follows him as a thirteen twelve year-old boy, hinted to be working with VFD in on a series of mysterious cases.cases in the town of Stain'd-by-the-Sea.



* BadBoss: Lemony is apprenticed to S. Theodora Markson, who yells for Lemony to do things her way but it becomes clear that he's the smarter. [[spoiler:Lemony confirms that he secretly arranged to have a terrible chaperone for his plan in the city.]]



* BigBad: Hangfire, a mysterious man who wants the statue of the Bombinating Beast and is holding Ellington Feint's father for ransom.



* TheBully: Stew Mitchum, a bratty boy who blames all his misdeeds on Lemony and gets away with it because his parents are policemen.



* CreepyChild: [[spoiler: Stew]], of all children, reveals himself to be this in the second book. He has a friend who's good with a knife...Graduates to full blown crazy in the last book, [[spoiler: where he kills Qwerty and frightens his parents into covering it up.]]



* {{Doting Parent}}s: The officers Mitchum, who fawn over their bratty son, unaware that he's the one doing all the local vandalism.



* FilleFatale: For every HardboiledDetective there's a FemmeFatale, for Lemony's KidDetective there's Ellington Feint. Misterious? Check, moraly ambiguous? Check, uses her beauty and charms to fool the hero who foolishly tries to redeem her? check check and check.



* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Ellington Feint. [[spoiler: Revealed in the end to have been firmly on the bad side all along.]]



* HypercompetentSidekick: Deconstructed. Lemony sets out to be this for Theodora, reasoning that it will give him more time and freedom to do his own thing than if he went with a better chaperone. This backfires badly, however, when Theodora proves unpredictable.



* KidDetective: Young Lemony was one! So is a girl reporter he meets at the town, Moxie.
** When he's called this in the second book, he corrects the speaker. He is ''not'' a detective. His job is not to solve mysteries, it's to poke around and find information for his organization. He specifically calls himself a walking library stack.
* LemonyNarrator: Even as a boy, Lemony's style continues to be idiosyncratic.



* MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter: [[spoiler: Ellington]] is revealed to be this.
* MeaningfulName: Lampshaded by Lemony, when explaining that "hangfire" is actually a word which means, essentially, the delay before something really bad happens.
* MilesGloriosus: Theodora thinks she's a great teacher who is ranked twelfth on the list of best chaperones. She's actually ranked ''52nd''. Out of 52.
* MissingMom: Moxie's, but she's alive. She works for the newspaper in the city, and Moxie hopes to soon join her. [[spoiler: The last book confirms that Moxie's mother has essentially abandoned her and will never return, despite Moxie's beliefs]].



* NiceHat: Moxie sports a bowler.



* VoiceChangeling: Hangfire. Many times he uses this ability of his to fool the heroes.
4th Sep '16 5:45:28 PM Mullon
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** Although, Lemony later explains it's because he doesn't trust Ellington, and not because he has a crush on her, [[UnreliableNarrater not that he's totally honest with anyone]].

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** Although, Lemony later explains it's because he doesn't trust Ellington, and not because he has a crush on her, [[UnreliableNarrater [[UnreliableNarrator not that he's totally honest with anyone]].
4th Sep '16 5:44:56 PM Mullon
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''All The Wrong Questions'' is a four-part prequel series to ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents''. It is written by Creator/DanielHandler, once again writing as Lemony Snicket. The series concerns him as a thirteen year-old boy, hinted to be working with VFD in a series of mysterious cases. The first book, ''"Who Could That Be at This Hour?"'' was released on October 23, 2012. The second book, "''When Did You See Her Last?"'' followed on October 15, 2013. A companion book, ''File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents'' -- a collection of short mystery stories -- was released April 1, 2014. The third book, ''"Shouldn't You Be in School?"'' was released on September 30, 2014. The final book, ''"Why Is This Night Different from All Other Nights?"'' was released on September 29th, 2015.

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''All The Wrong Questions'' is a four-part prequel series to ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents''. It is written by Creator/DanielHandler, Daniel Handler, once again writing as Lemony Snicket. The series concerns him as a thirteen year-old boy, hinted to be working with VFD in a series of mysterious cases. cases.
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The first book, ''"Who Could That Be at This Hour?"'' was released on October 23, 2012. 2012.
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The second book, "''When Did You See Her Last?"'' followed on October 15, 2013. 2013.
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A companion book, ''File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents'' -- a collection of short mystery stories -- was released April 1, 2014. 2014.
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The third book, ''"Shouldn't You Be in School?"'' was released on September 30, 2014. 2014.
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The final book, ''"Why Is This Night Different from All Other Nights?"'' was released on September 29th, 2015.



* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Lemony saves the town and defeats Hangfire. But to do that he feeds Hangfire to the Bombinating Beast, which pisses off Ellington and creeps out Moxie, Stew gets away with murder, and Kit is still in jail which Lemony could have prevented.]]



* BookEnds: The opening illustration is that of a young girl waiting in a train station [[spoiler:who is later revealed to be Kit Snicket]]. The last illustration is of her grumpily visiting the unfinished Fountain of Victorious Finance.
** Book Two continues this trend, with the opening illustration being the same girl trying to open a hatch (with the letters VFD on it, no less) and the end is [[spoiler: her getting arrested.]]
** As does Book Three, where [[spoiler: she is dragged to the police station and photographed]].

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* BookEnds: Each book has an illustration at the beginning and end that shows what [[spoiler: Kit Snicket]] is up to.
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The opening illustration of the first book is that of the a young girl waiting in a train station [[spoiler:who is later revealed to be Kit Snicket]].station. The last illustration is of her grumpily visiting the unfinished Fountain of Victorious Finance.
** Book Two continues this trend, with the opening illustration being the same girl trying to open a hatch (with the letters VFD on it, no less) and the end is [[spoiler: her getting arrested.]]
arrested]].
** As does Book Three, where [[spoiler: she is dragged to the police station and photographed]].photographed]] at the beginning and end.
** And the fourth book has cops carrying her profile to the train at the beginning, and [[spoiler: Kit meeting Ellington]] at the end.



** Ditto for Hangfire. [[spoiler: subverted at the end, when it turns out Hangfire's face was actually quite familar, since he was Ellington's father who's picture she carried everywhere.

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** Ditto for Hangfire. [[spoiler: subverted at the end, when it turns out Hangfire's face was actually quite familar, since he was Ellington's father who's picture she carried everywhere.]]



* GreyandGreyMorality: In true Snicket fashion, the last book reveals that the series' morality to have been this. Stain'd-By-The-Sea might well have deserved their fate to dwindle and die, since in their desperate and selfish attempts to save themselves they destroyed another town and who knows how much of the environment. [[spoiler: And Snicket himself veers sharply towards the edge when he feeds Hangfire towards the Bombinating Beast, ''right in front of his daughter'']].

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* GreyandGreyMorality: GreyAndGreyMorality: In true Snicket fashion, the last book reveals that the series' morality to have been this. Stain'd-By-The-Sea might well have deserved their fate to dwindle and die, since in their desperate and selfish attempts to save themselves they destroyed another town and who knows how much of the environment. [[spoiler: And Snicket himself veers sharply towards the edge when he feeds Hangfire towards the Bombinating Beast, ''right in front of his daughter'']].



* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Ellington Feint. [[spoiler: Revealed in the end to have been firmly on the bad side all along, as her father is Hangfire]].

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* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Ellington Feint. [[spoiler: Revealed in the end to have been firmly on the bad side all along, as her father is Hangfire]].along.]]



* {{Homage}}: While the previous series was heavily inspired off of Gothic literature, this series is a tribute to noir detective fiction, including the plot of the first book resembling ''Literature/TheMalteseFalcon''.

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* {{Homage}}: While the previous series was heavily inspired off of Gothic literature, this series is a tribute to noir FilmNoir detective fiction, including especially the plot of ''Literature/TheMalteseFalcon'', which the first book resembling ''Literature/TheMalteseFalcon''.books greatly resembles, and whose MacGuffin is constantly referenced the Bombinating Beast statue.



** And [[spoiler: Ellington's father left her to be a villain.]]



* SecretSecretKeeper: It's implied in the last book that Lemony realized a long time ago that [[spoiler: Ellington was Hangfire's daughter]].

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* SecretSecretKeeper: It's implied in the last book that Lemony realized a long time ago realizes in Book Three that [[spoiler: Ellington was is Hangfire's daughter]].daughter]] but doesn't say anything.



*** Although, Lemony later explains it's because he doesn't trust Ellington, and not because he has a crush on her.
** There are also quite a few between Moxie and Lemony

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*** ** Although, Lemony later explains it's because he doesn't trust Ellington, and not because he has a crush on her.
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her, [[UnreliableNarrater not that he's totally honest with anyone]].
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There are also quite a few between Moxie and LemonyLemony, which of course leads to a BettyAndVeronica situation.



* TitleDrop: Subverted, several characters in each book ask the question in the title, but it's alwas described as "Then (character) asked the question that appears in the cover of this book", so it's never actually printed in the story.
** In the last book, Lemony asks Stew Mitchum the title of the third bool (that being explicitly printed), to which Stew answers [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall "That's an old question"]].

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* TitleDrop: Subverted, several characters in each book ask the question in the title, but it's alwas always described as "Then (character) asked the question that appears in the cover of this book", so it's never actually printed in the story.
** In the last book, Lemony asks Stew Mitchum the title of the third bool book (that being explicitly printed), to which Stew answers [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall "That's an old question"]].



* WelcomeBackTraitor: Subverted. After Ellington betrays Lemony a couple of times, he's still friendly with her and tries to keep his promise, but he openly tells her that he doesn't trust her and that he fully expects her to betray him, an accusation that cuts her quite deeply.

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* WelcomeBackTraitor: Subverted. After Ellington betrays Lemony a couple of times, he's still friendly with her and tries to keep his promise, but he openly tells her that he doesn't trust her and that he fully expects her to betray him, an accusation that cuts her quite deeply.deeply [[spoiler: even though he totally calls it]].



** [[spoiler:Hangfire does this to the fake Mrs. Sallis, though Lemony and Moxie save her. She strangely still seems to be loyal to him afterwards]].

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** [[spoiler:Hangfire does this to the fake Mrs. Sallis, though Lemony and Moxie save her. She strangely is still seems to be loyal to him afterwards]].afterward, because he keeps threatening her family]].
2nd Sep '16 2:19:33 PM thermoplis1990
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*** Although, Lemony later explains it's because he doesn't trust Ellington, and not because he has a crush on her.
**There are also quite a few between Moxie and Lemony
28th Apr '16 6:52:02 PM TVRulezAgain
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* ScrewThisImOutOfHere: [[spoiler:Lemony quits V.F.D. (although not permanently if the ''ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' proper is anything to go by)]] in ''Why is This Night Different from All Other Nights?''.

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* ScrewThisImOutOfHere: [[spoiler:Lemony quits V.F.D. (although not permanently if the ''ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' proper is anything to go by)]] in ''Why is This Night Different from All Other Nights?''.
29th Mar '16 9:47:04 PM Boba_Fett88
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* [[spoiler:SequelHook]]: [[spoiler:Lemony quits V.F.D. and sets out on his own with the statue to take care of some unfinished business.]]

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* [[spoiler:SequelHook]]: SequelHook: [[spoiler:Lemony quits V.F.D. and sets out on his own with the statue to take care of some unfinished business.]]



* [[spoiler:SummoningArtifact]]: [[spoiler:The statue of the Bombinating Beast turns out to be this. You blow into it to summon the Bombinating Beast itself, which apparently does your bidding.]]

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* [[spoiler:SummoningArtifact]]: SummoningArtifact: [[spoiler:The statue of the Bombinating Beast turns out to be this. You blow into it to summon the Bombinating Beast itself, which apparently does your bidding.]]
16th Feb '16 10:57:43 AM CesarAurelio
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** Ditto for Hangfire.

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** Ditto for Hangfire. [[spoiler: subverted at the end, when it turns out Hangfire's face was actually quite familar, since he was Ellington's father who's picture she carried everywhere.
* FilleFatale: For every HardboiledDetective there's a FemmeFatale, for Lemony's KidDetective there's Ellington Feint. Misterious? Check, moraly ambiguous? Check, uses her beauty and charms to fool the hero who foolishly tries to redeem her? check check and check.
16th Feb '16 10:47:51 AM CesarAurelio
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* CatchPhrase: Several times each book, a character will make a question and another will respon "That's the wrong question"
16th Feb '16 10:44:59 AM CesarAurelio
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* TitleDrop: Subverted, several characters in each book ask the question in the title, but it's alwas described as "Then (character) asked the question that appears in the cover of this book", so it's never actually printed in the story.
** In the last book, Lemony asks Stew Mitchum the title of the third bool (that being explicitly printed), to which Stew answers [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall "That's an old question"]].
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