Daniel Handler on the Blog!

What’s awesome and awesome and awesome all over?

That’s a tough one. We’ll give you a hint.

It’s Daniel Handler a.k.a Lemony Snicket a.k.a Living Breathing Awesome, and he will be living and breathing and awesoming ALL OVER FIGMENT. You might know Daniel from the A Series Of Unfortunate Events series, or from his new YA book Why We Broke Upabout fringe chick Min and super jock Ed and their now-fallen-to-pieces relationship. Min is itemizing their entire relationship—one comb, one toy truck, two bottle caps—and then throwing it all away.

These itemized objects are illustrated by Maira Kalman, who’s created dozens of children’s books, including Max Makes a Million, Chicken Soup, Boots, and The Principles of Uncertainty. Maira’s pictures and Daniel’s words weave together this incredible smart and clever story.

Daniel Handler’s coming to Figment and answering your questions. Only the biggest, boldest, and bestest make it to Daniel, so make sure your questions are solid gold. Think you’ve got a question worth posing? Head to this forum and get your ask in gear. All your questions must be submitted by January 5, so hurry!

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  1. Dear Mr. Daniel Handler (AKA Lemony Snicket)

    First off, how did you come up with Lemony Snicket? I’d suppose it would take quite a bit of creativity to come up with such a quirky alias (especially one that sounds like the trademark name of a pre-wrapped pastry).

    Now that we’ve got that out of the way, I’ll have to take the time to proclaim that you are definitely very high on my imaginary list of amazing authors. After reading the Bad Beginning, I devoured the rest of your Series of Unfortunate Events (completely ignoring the messages on the back of the book warning me NOT to read it; curiosity may have killed the cat, but satisfaction brought it back). This still did not fully satisfy my curiosity , so I also read the Beatrice Letters and Horseradish. I loved them.

    Another question, what were you thinking when writing A Series of Unfortunate Events? Those books are unlike any book I’ve ever read…it was dreary, funny, sarcastic, and the writing style is so unique. And I loved all the literary allusions that were so cleverly hidden (J.D Salinger, Ishmael, and many of the castaway’s names in The End). It’s like when you wrote these books you didn’t care about staying inside the norms of writing (if there even are “norms”)and instead just went crazy writing whatever you felt like. And the result was pretty awesome.

    Here’s a question that is not really about you, but about the characters of the Series of Unfortunate Events. There were a lot of unanswered questions and unsolved mysteries when I finished The End, which I suppose was probably intentional. What is the sugar bowl, and why is it so important? What happened to the islanders in The End? What was the incident involving a box of poison darts? Was Count Olaf the one who killed the Baudelaire’s parents? And most of all, what happened to the Baudelaire’s and Kit Snicket’s daughter?

    I know that’s a lot of questions, and I suppose they will probably remain unanswered due to the mystery surrounding the story of the Baudelaire orphans.

    You know, most girls my age (13 years old) would identify with Violet the most simply because she is the same gender and around the same age…but I think Klaus is my favorite. We’re both the kind of people that stay up late at night, reading a book with a flashlight under the covers.

    Also, something that I’ve been curious about…is Beatrice a real person (or is she based off a real person)?

    It’s alright if you don’t answer all of my very prying questions. I just wanted to say that I love your books very much, and I think you’re a brilliant author.

    Thank You

    ~ “Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.”

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