Children's Literature in Education

, Volume 34, Issue 4, pp 277–286

‘He's behind you!’: Reflections on Repetition and Predictability in Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events

  • Bruce Butt

DOI: 10.1023/B:CLID.0000004895.65809.71

Cite this article as:
Butt, B. Children's Literature in Education (2003) 34: 277. doi:10.1023/B:CLID.0000004895.65809.71


This article offers a reflection on the recent success of Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events. It considers what has contributed to the popularity of the series and questions whether its 13-volume length is a reflection of the need to tell the story over the duration it demands, or the decision to exploit a lucrative publishing opportunity.

Lemony Snicket Daniel Handler repetition predictability 

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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • Bruce Butt
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Long Road 6th Form CollegeCambridge
  2. 2.City AcademyBristol

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