Here are questions. 1.Which characters from all 13 books of series do you think are unimportant, useless for the plot and could be omitted? Which characters do you think don't make any sense in the series? 2. Which characters do you think are very interesting but too unexplored and would like to read about them more than in canon?
I don't have much time to comment on the subject right now, but what I think is interesting is that many characters who we think of as "important" only appear in one book - Quigley, most significantly. And then there are quite a few minor characters who appear in two books by virtue of reappearing in TPP. As such, it was wise of you to add the "unexplored" caveat, as "screentime," if you like, is no indicator of character importance.
Post by The Secretary on Oct 7, 2012 10:57:21 GMT -5
An interesting question. I don't think there are any essentially useless characters in the series after rereading it, however. Even if they are minor they are involved in the VFD or have an impact on the Baudelaire's lives in some way or another. For instance, the convenience shop owner in Book the Eighth, The Hostile Hospital.
And I would like to hear more about all of the Quagmire triplets, definitely. They deserve their own Series of Unfortunate Events.
Post by Old Swinburne on Oct 8, 2012 13:26:02 GMT -5
I think half the charm of ASOUE is that there is a myriad of characters who may or may not be connected with VFD- look at the islanders, or the people in the Hotel Denouement. It gives a wonderful connectivity to the series. And, of course, it's good for fanfiction
Here life has death for neighbour, And far from eye or ear Wan waves and wet winds labour, Weak ships and spirits steer; They drive adrift, and whither They wot not who make thither; But no such winds blow hither, The world is quiet here
I think that LS to BB #5 in The Beatrice Letters is probably the closest we'll ever get to knowing what the infamous two hundred page letter was like, and as bandit says, it is indeed highly obtuse. On the other hand, I think if Handler had wanted to, he could easily have written quite a few books of short stories about secondary characters in the series - perhaps a book about the backstories of all thirteen guardians, one per chapter?
Post by friendofvfd on Jul 11, 2013 0:53:29 GMT -5
"perhaps a book about the backstories of all thirteen guardians, one per chapter?"
Oh, I would so buy that book! I really can't think of any character as being "useless". As others on here have said, every character is in some way connected to the Baudelaire's, in more interesting ways than one. I would like to read more backstory on the Quagmire's, in particular Quigley. To me it would be very interesting to know about his actual journey, from the time his house went up in flames to when he finally meets the Baudelaire's. And I would like to know what really happened when he lost connect with the trio in the stricken stream.
I would actually like to know more about the Denouement's as well.
A lot of stories about other characters wouldn't necessarily make good series, but would make good single spin-off books and side-stories in collections. It's a practice that you do get from other authors, too, and it seems to fit Handler's view of his world quite well. I hope he takes up the idea sometime.