The writers who know exactly what they’re doing are all terrible.
this way of thinking really offends me, besides explaining a lot about ASOUE's inconsistencies.
I think what he means is that authors who try to reduce writing to a science without leaving room for twists and surprise end up producing subpar fiction. He doesn't mean that writers who are well-read, have strong control of language, and the ability to plot and think ahead are terrible.
Edit: And Roxy222, that was quite a confrontation. How do you feel?
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You should have seen Roxy222. You would never forget that. It was amazing! She fulfilled her dream of confronting Daniel Handler without being able to take offense or ignore her. She put him against the wall and said, "You have to answer that or you are a monster!" And he had to decide in a few seconds whether he was a monster or not. And he decided to teach the little girl a hard lesson. He didn't become a monster after all. But it also didn't give her what she wanted. And then she asked the right question: "why?" It was beautiful. I will remember that "why?" forever. She was putting her whole heart right there. And the cool thing was that she prepared Daniel Handler for question. I saw on his face something like "she is going to ask me about sugar bolw or if the Baudelaires survived. I already know how to answer those questions when children ask me, and I know how to ignore when some stupid adults ask me the same question". But then she asked about Carmelita and Esme. And you had to see his face ... He really thought of something like "This is not such an important plot ... Should I give her any tips or not?" But then he decided not to give any tips, and at the same time try to be kind. He didn't ignore her, which is great. And I'm sure he will never forget Roxy222.
Big applause for the transcript, Sherry Ann ! During the zoom call I was thinking, damn I should've recorded this. Handler went through a lot of the motions answering familiar questions, but there were definitely some details that were new to me. I almost had the chance to ask something, but then one of the hosts wrapped it up. Oh well, there'll be a next time someday.
Roxy222 , i hope you feel better, because you seemed really distraught at handler's lack of an answer (the way you wanted it). i feel worse for handler, though, knowing that he probably has such encounters often, where he has to let down kids who desperately demand answers to questions that aren't meant to be answered. i wish you would not have been as aggressive in your questioning, roxy, once he let you tactfully know that this is one such particular question (not meant to be answered by the author). i know that you are young, and this series is just fiction, but fiction or not - you have to learn that adults don't have all the answers... that's literally one of the points of the series.
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Tremendous thanks for the transcript, Sherry Ann! I was not at the webinar myself, but the result looks like one of Handler's better, more insightful interviews. Congratulations to everyone who participated, and a further thank you to the organisers.
Did you expect the series would gain as much traction as it did? No. The first place I went after the first two books were published was in Lansing, Michigan. [story about first presentation at a bookstore].
Jeez thank you for transcribing this! Is there anywhere to hear it all? And if not, what is the bookstore story? I'd love to hear it.
The hosts recorded the Zoom, so maybe wheat would have more information on viewing the full interview?
I didn't transcribe some of the stock Q&A, but here's the bookstore story from Wired:
"At Handler’s first Lemony Snicket appearance, the bookstore set up scores of chairs — but only two adults showed.
"I did my whole shtick, feeling like a moron, a sad moron," says Handler. "And then the two people came up to me and they said, 'We’re actually from the other bookstore, and we hate your books, and we just were so curious who in the world could be behind them.'”
He also added that the event was in Lansing, Michigan. He didn't expect the books to be a success or for anyone to show up to the event, so after the two adults (who worked at the bookstore next door) said their comment, he thought "Yep, this is exactly how I thought this would go."
I'm pretty sure that scene was entirely the initiative of a volunteer from here on Dark Avenue. He talked about it with us, and we understand. It was not something that came from Daniel Handler. But I understand that maybe he liked the decrease in the frequency when people ask him about it.