One thing I love about the books is how Snicket reflects so perfectly some stereotypes (exaggerated of course, but accurate), like Esmé's snobbery, the Mitchums' marital fights, Mr. Poe's stupidity, Aunt Josephine's insecurity, etc.
Now I'm curious, have you found people like the ones in the books in real life? How was that?
For example, I had a group of really close friends for more than five years, then one of them broke up with his girlfriend and started a life of treachery and dubious moral. Me and my best friend felt uncomfortable with the stuff he started doing, and considered it a serious problem; our other two friends felt the same way, but instead of joining us in our complains to help our treacherous friend to be who he used to be, they pulled a Jerome and didn't do a thing because "they didn't want to argue". Now they are as treacherous as him and we don't talk anymore. We had our own schism I think.
Another friend's parents are just like the Mitchums too, they are my headcanon of those characters (I'll try to get a picture)