do you have any idea why count olaf had such a creepy fascination with violet? did she remind him of someone?
Violet looks very much like her mother:
In the darkness, Violet looked like a ghost, her quite wedding gown moving slowly across the stage. My commonplace book contains at least seventeen interviews with people who remarked that due to the facial resemblance, the white dress, and the dim lighting, Violet Baudelaire looked quite a bit like a woman who is no longer alive. Please see also my note to page 124.
[The Bad Beginning: Rare Edition, p.157]
Olaf clearly uses the Baudelaire orphans as substitutes for their parents. He can’t hurt them anymore, so he’s moved on to the persons they cared about the most. Plus he’s a villainous criminal with no inhibition whatsoever, so the perverse part of him is probably fantasizing about all the depraved things he could do to Beatrice through her daughter. Or maybe pedophilia is just one of his many usual vices.