Good news (for people in the U.K. who don't have any unfair schemes, anyway)! I've found out that there's information forthcoming but that The Beatrice Letters should be coming out (subject to change, of course) on September 6th - just a day after America.
...Personally I think releasing it just a day later is quite odd - why couldn't they just release it a single day earlier? It's actually just cruel and pointless, but meh, it's a darn sight better than a month. And these are still estimated release dates, anyway, and they could change... I wonder why there's an HC TBL on Amazon.co.uk scheduled for October, though. I really dislike differing editions and release dates, as they cause no end of trouble and confusion. But yeah, my earlier fury has passed.
When do books usually get released in the UK. In the US DVDs get released on tuesday and movies on friday but in the UK don't movies come out on Thursday? so do your books usually get released on on whatever day the 6th is?
No idea, frankly. I don't know what days things usually come out on, and frankly the very idea of certain items only coming out on certain days always seemed ridiculous to me, regardless of how true it is. All I know is that there's usually a delay between a book's publication in the U.S. and its publication over here, usually because a separate publishing house is doing it and they're setting up a different cover and operating on a delay or quite often for no reason at all except perhaps shipping times or arbitrary cruelty or some other such idiotic unfairness.
Edit: And if that were Egmont's reason then I would keep on hating them. Delaying a book just so that it came out on the "right day" would be the most utterly stupid thing I've ever heard, and to my mind, shows real contempt for the customer.
Edit Again: Oh, and Septembers 5th and 6th are a Tuesday and a Wednesday, respectively.
Post by Alice Wilde on Mar 6, 2006 13:15:38 GMT -5
I find that the books are most often released on Tuesdays (with the exception of the last book, which, of course, will be released on a Friday). At least in the States. So, good. It's following the pattern.
So, I was wandering casually through the vast and ever-changing landscape of Google earlier, and stumbled across a rather helpful little page they've got on aSoUE - might I add, one of the best laid-out resources I've seen, but B&N, as I sadly realised only recently, always has been good. Here's the link:
"But what has this to do with TBL?" I hear you cry... or type, I guess. Well, you have to actually look at the site. Here's a sneaky little teaser from near the top:
The final episode is coming! Book the Thirteenth: The End hits the shelves on October 13, 2006. Pre-order your copy today, and learn the mystery of how it all began in The Beatrice Letters, coming in September.
We probably all suspected something of that sort, but that's confirmation there. Still leaves it fairly open as to what we can expect, though, since we're not truly sure as to what started the series of unfortuanate events - the schism? Olaf's villainy and the actions of the Baudelaire parents? The doomed romance of Beatrice and Lemony? Some combination of these?
Nice, seeing as we already knew it contained letters of Beatrice, and the Lemony and Beatrice relationship happened before the unfortunate events, I guess it's just confirming what we already know. But we now know it's main focus will be on how these unfortunate events are related to the Lemony-Beatrice relationship. It reminds me of the fear street books (I read them as a kid, ok!) They had the fear street sagas to explain why so many misfortunes happened on fear street.
According to The Thirteen Shocking Secrets of Lemony Snicket, then The Beatrice Letters will include "unsettling photographs of suspicious objects," "a double-sided poster featuring confounding clues," and "punch-out letters that serve a mysterious purpose."
I guess this is why it's so expensive, and why it's referred to as a package.
I wonder what will be on the poster. Possibly the silhouette of Beatrice? Dang double sided, I won't know which way to pin it up. Photographs of suspciious objects Hmm rather than people like TUA we've got objects. A sugar bowl? Mrs Baudelaires coat? Poisoned Darts?
Punch out letters sound cool. But I'm not sure wether I'll actually punch them out? I might leave them in the book to keep it neat and all together.
...HarperCollins will release The Beatrice Letters, a bound collection of correspondence that will try to answer the question "Who is Beatrice?," the woman to whom Snicket dedicates every book. The collection of letters between Snicket and Beatrice will provide clues to the thirteenth book in A Series of Unfortunate Events as well as answer many questions such as "What was Count Olaf like as a boy?" and "What are the ingredients in a really good root beer float?" The Beatrice Letters will be released on September 5, 2006.
The latter briefly adds:
Before bringing the series to an end in October, HarperCollins will release The Beatrice Letters, on Sept. 5, 2006. The collection of letters between Snicket and Beatrice, the woman to whom every book is dedicated, will provide clues to the final book in the series and explain more about the mysterious relationship between the two.