Violet, Klaus and Sunny were intelligent children. Charming and resourceful, they had pleasant facial features, but they were extremely unlucky. Most everything that happened to them was rife with misfortune, misery and despair. I’m sorry to tell you this, but that’s how the story goes.
If you are interested in stories with happy endings, you would be better off somewhere else. In this story, not only is there no happy ending, there is no happy beginning and very few happy things in the middle. […] Violet, Klaus, and Sunny were intelligent children, charming, and resourceful, they had pleasant facial features, but they were extremely unlucky, and most everything that happened to them was rife with misfortune, misery, and despair. I’m sorry to tell you this… but that is how the story goes.
If you are interested in stories with happy endings, then you would be better off somewhere else. In this story, not only is there no happy ending, there is no happy beginning, and very few happy things in the middle. My name is Lemony Snicket. It is my solemn duty to bring to light the sorry history of the Baudelaire children as it happened so many years ago. But you in the audience have no such obligation, and I would advise all our viewers to turn away immediately and watch something more pleasant instead. This story will be dreadful, melancholy and calamitous, a word which here means “dreadful and melancholy.” That is because not very many happy things happened in the lives of the Baudelaires. Violet, Klaus and Sunny were intelligent children. Charming and resourceful, they had pleasant facial features, but they were extremely unlucky. Most everything that happened to them was rife with misfortune, misery and despair. I’m sorry to tell you this… but that’s how the story goes.
“Violet, Klaus and Sunny were intelligent children. Charming and resourceful, they had pleasant facial features, but they were extremely unlucky. Almost everything that happened to them was writhed with misfortune, misery, and despair.”
Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire were intelligent children. Charming, and resourceful, they had pleasant facial features, but they were extremely unlucky. Most everything that happened to them was rife with misfortune, misery, and despair. I’m sorry to tell you this… but that’s how the story goes.
Did the trailer for Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children movie have you waiting on the edge of your seat for September 30, 2016? These nine peculiar, eerie, wacky reads will help to tide you over until you can see Miss Peregrine’s world come to life on the big screen.
When Ava gets accepted to Blythewood, she prepared herself for many things–for instance, class differences and family secrets. But she wasn’t quite as prepared for the magic she finds and sinister forces she’ll have to confront.
i’m just thinking about molly weasley using her wand as one of her knitting needles and charming all of her children’s christmas sweaters with personalized protection charms
bill’s starts out, and the rest follow suit, with a standard, sturdy protection spell but then as they all get older she gets cleverer and cleverer
like, charlie gets a spell to deter fangs, claws, and eventually, flames
percy’s gives him a little boost of charisma (because let’s face it, he needs it)
the twins, with their aptitude for mischief, get extensive charms for just about every conceivable bodily harm or illness because the two of them drive her crazy trying their hardest to invent a new brand of magic entirely
ron gets a little charm for protection and confidence, because molly knows she can be just as hard on him sometimes as his older brothers are
and by the time ginny comes along molly’s an expert on how to whisper a mother’s love into the fabric with the tip of her wand
and then harry and hermione come into the mix, and molly’s got her hands full charming stronger and stronger spells into her christmases, because her babies are inheriting a war but she wasn’t done fighting herself, not just yet
honestly this blog could very well become a Molly Weasley Knitting headcanon blog
THE GOLDEN BOOKS.
East o’ the Sun and West o’ the Moon.
Sir George Webbe Dasent.(1817-1896).
A collection of stories translated from Peter Christen Asbjørnsen (1812-1885) and Jørgen Engebretsen Moe (1813-1882).
David McKay, Publisher
604-608 S.Washington Square, Philadelphia.
Published : c.1921.
“Twelve Wild Ducks”
But now it happened once, when she was out on the moor to pick thistle-down, - and if I don’t mistake, it was the very last time she was to go thither, - it happened that the young King who ruled that land was out hunting, and came riding across the moor and saw her. So he stopped there…
The Girl who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
My favorite aesthetic category is the one that includes Godel Escher Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Unsong, Arcadia, and A Series of Unfortunate Events. I was delighted to discover another member of this aesthetic category.
Like Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, this alleged children’s book is a whimsical, surreal, delightfully disturbing fantasy adventure with an uncomfortable pedophilic subtext. It’s everything a story about fairies should be.
A young girl named September is whisked away (”ravished,” as the author puts it) from her life by a strange man to go to Fairy Land, where she goes on to meet fantastic beasts, fight against a sadistic marquess, and learn the dangers of taking candy from strangers fairies. You get to meet characters like A-through-L, a cheerful wyvernary (half-wyvern, half-library). You get to see strange and beautiful lands . It’s told in a charming, old-fashion children’s book voice that reminds me of a cross between Lemony Snicket and Lewis Carroll.
Many stories that attempt to be modern dark fairy tales tend to come off as self-consciously ~edgy~ and I’m glad that this book averted this. It manages to be
Grimm-dark and Gorey rather than grimdark and gory. The horror starts out subtle, and becomes increasingly obvious, but doesn’t distract from the sparkling storybook-like world.
The only real issue I have with this book is the author’s insistence on describing September as “ravished” (which is a sort of legal category in fairyland) and repeatedly putting her in situations where she’s naked. That was awkward. It had to be intentional. You don’t called a child ravished and have her repeatedly stripping and taking sweets from strangers and not have it be intentional. I expected the whole thing to turn into an allegory for child sexual abuse, but it didn’t really, unless you really squint. The aesop appears to be something about bravery and growing up, that happened to include a lot of things that had to be references to child molestation. I… don’t know if I want to allege some of the implications this may have been going for. Nevertheless, it was definitely an enjoyable book, and I plan on reading the rest of the series.
✞. ┊ “Kids say the strangest things, don’t they?” In-tak is a bit mortified that one of his students ( teacher or teacher aid, he considered all the kids in the class as his own student ) had said something so rude. He supposed that was the charms of children, they were brutally honest. “You don’t look old at all. Rather young, actually.” Great, now he was rambling. Before he could embarrass himself even more, the hyena bowed forward. “Once more, I’m deeply sorry about her.”