Post by Violent Bun Fortuna on Jan 19, 2019 8:44:50 GMT -5
A huge, huge thank you for this interview -- to Zortegus for organising it and compiling all our questions, and to Joe for answering all our questions so well.
What really strikes me about this interview -- indeed, what has struck me many times while watching the show -- is how wonderful it is that the people who worked on the show love the world of ASOUE as we love it. I think that makes all the difference, truly.
I'd also like to say that I agree about tangled timelines, etc. being a hallmark of the books and not something that has ever particularly bothered me -- indeed, I'm often rather surprised when I see people expressing disappointment or frustration over some apparent conflict within the books or show regarding things such as timelines, because I always found the confusion and bizarre inconsistencies to be a key part of ASOUE, and one which helps to build the feeling of mystery which pervades Snicket's world.
At first I was slightly sad to see that the coded couplet reveal from TIHOSO is show-only, but then I thought, well, I've always loved the ambiguity of The End (I think Joe described its appeal very well as 'shocking yet perfect)', and this solution was always on the cards -- if we want to believe in it, we are quite free to do so, and always have been. And certainly we know from numerous clues in the books, so beautifully tied together by Beatrice II as she talks to Lemony in the show, that the Baudelaires survived their trip back to the mainland. So ... yes, I'm happy with this.
And it's very, very exciting and intriguing to see the mention of a possible future Snicket-related venture between Joe and DH.
Thank you once again, Joe, for your time and dedication to the series, to your hand in making the translation to the screen so brilliant, and for your considerate answers to all the questions which burned like fires in our minds. I hope you'll continue to drop in on 667, whether as a silent onlooker or as a member, silent or otherwise.
Thanks so much to Zortegus for organising this and to Joe for answering so thoroughly and honestly!
As a diehard fan of a few things, it can sometimes be frustrating when the people involved in an adaptation or later work don't seem to have been fans of the original. So it's absolutely amazing to read interviews like this, where it's clear that a writer in the show had a love of the original material, knows about things like the Tragic Treasury and has even been a lurker on this site.
Of all the book-onto-screen adaptations I've ever seen, I think the Netflix ASOUE series has been the best at keeping the original themes and spirits of the books. Even after the series had been announced, I would have thought it an impossible pipedream to get such a beautiful, high-quality show with so much detail. Scenes like the Masked Ball or Lemony in the taxi in TPP were everything I wanted.
Nothing is perfect and while things like the sugar bowl's resolution aren't to my taste, I do understand the reasons behind it. (As Joe alludes to, The End was very controversial in book form so I can appreciate that most of the audience will probably prefer the Netflix ending.) There are lots of other changes that I prefer to the original series - everything from the workers in TMM being hypnotised to Fiona being in charge of the Queequeg from the beginning. Overall, the show is amazing and the writing team's hard work and dedication has definitely paid off.
Also I want to thank Terry Craig, Liam R. Findlay and gothicarchiesfan for their help and assistance in the process of selecting the final list of questions. Many of them didn't make it because of various reasons, some of them were actually answered somewhere else: those will be answer here asap.
Post by ryantrimble457 on Jan 19, 2019 21:31:30 GMT -5
Thank you to everyone involved in this, and absolutely to Mr. Tracz as well. Having been a part of this forum for ummmmmmm more than a decade(?!?!?!) it is truly incredible to see the show we all dreamed of after the movie left us going "Huh." (I did, and do, adore the movie, but in the way one adores a remix of a song; it's a different look at something you love.)
What my CURRENT DREAM is, is to see those script drafts for the original version and the sequel(s?), especially to compare to what ended up in the show.
Also, I am immensely inspired to get back to writing, and know exactly what I am doing all day tomorrow.
Post by gothicarchiesfan on Jan 20, 2019 2:33:37 GMT -5
I also hope we'll get to see those drafts for the movie and its sequel at some point. They all sound so intriguingly odd, and it would also count as more official Snicket content about the Baudelaires (technically).
“So you’re a real person! I always thought you were a legendary figure, like unicorns or Giuseppe Verdi.”
(A big thanks to Zortgegus (?) and Joe for making this happen, and a tremendous thanks to Joe for his work on the show! Like others have said above, it has been a dream come true for fans of the books)