i keep remembering random things from this series that had totally slipped my mind and i’m always astonished at how iconic it was… may i remind you:
- there was a salmon themed restaurant and all the food was salmon, all of it, frozen salmon chunk ice cubes
- the baudelaires escaped prison with a bench, a loaf of bread, and a jug of water. also it was klaus’ birthday
- the tagliatelle grande
- esme chased the orphans in a hospital records room, wearing stiletto knife heels and pushing fileing cabinets on them
- olaf was gunna cut off violets head in front of an audience, klaus and sunny saved her with alphabet soup
- cakesniffers deer god. cakesniffers
- the snow gnats that like?? ate people’s skin??
- violet and klaus pretended to be a two headed person. sunny pretended to be a half-wolf child
- sunny climbed up an elevator shaft with her teeth
- the snow scouts and their alphabet pledge
- esme’s lettuce bikini. also a dude flipped over sunbathers with a giant spatula
- vfd left each other secret messages in jelly what LEVEL of extrà
- the ENTIRE 13th book… the sheep on the island. they only drank fermented coconut milk and everyone was stoned all the time. kit arrived on a giant raft of books with the snake and the baudelaires helped her give birth. the library under the apple tree and violet thought “lemony” was such an ugly name
Okay so I’ve seen a couple of posts commenting on this previously, but I feel like it’s a massive thing and really shouldn’t be overlooked.
We all know that Carmelita is a ‘Bad Kid’. She’s rude, vain, spoiled, more than a little annoying, and she’s a bully. She’s a recognizable figure from many people’s childhoods, with cakesniffer as the substitute for whatever cruel name this kind of child called the reader or someone the reader knew at school.
But she’s still a child. At most, she’s Violet’s age, and because of the maturity that the ‘good’ children show in the series it’s easy for us to forget how young they really are. However bad Carmelita’s behaviour is, it’s likely there are lots of children who are rude and annoying and even bully others at her age. That behaviour needs addressing, but doesn’t entirely preclude her from growing up into a reasonable human being.
And the older I get, the more I wonder: where are her parents? What happened to her to make her behave the way she does, seek attention the way she does?
She teams up with Olaf and Esme, who are dreadful people by anyone’s standards and definitely old enough to know better, because they voluntarily tell her how special she is. She’s completely drawn in by the two villains, perhaps not because she herself is inherently villainous, but because they like her, despite all of the awful things she does. Maybe she just wants someone to love her. Looking at the scene above through that kind of lens, isn’t it a bit heartbreaking?
Their encouragement (well, Esme’s at least) makes her even worse, makes her threaten to shoot Violet Baudelaire with a harpoon gun, but is it any wonder, if they’re the only available role models she has?
I’d like to think that if anyone escaped the Hotel Denouement fire, it was Carmelita. Because no matter what she did, she was still a little girl, and she didn’t deserve to be punished so harshly. Out of anyone, she deserved another chance.
If anyone else has any thoughts on Carmelita I’d love to hear them, I’m full of feels for her right now!
Things I’m ready to see in A Series of Unfortunate Events Season 2:
-Esme Squalor (I’m so excited for her costumes and how they’ll portray her)
-Hopefully more of Violet inventing things
-Everything to do with the carnival. The “freaks”, Olivia, the disguises.
These books were near to my heart when I was little and seeing a mostly accurate depiction of them is making me so happy. (the only inaccuracies being more information on VFD/ added characters and the ending of book 3 into book 4). Plus can we talk about how racially diverse this cast has been? Like it shouldn’t be a big deal but I find it so amazing that they are casting people of different races as the relatives when they didn’t have to. And the fact that Daniel Handler is writing most of the episodes and executive producing! I have so much faith in where this series is going and cannot wait for season 2 and 3