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ASOUE – Who Is The Real Lemony Snicket?

by Conor O'Brien

A Series of Unfortunate Events, the novels on which a film and a Netflix Original series were based, was written by an author using the pseudonym ‘Lemony Snicket’.

Perhaps confusingly to some, the stories also feature a character by the same name, portrayed in the 2004 film by Jude Law and in the Netflix series by Patrick Warburton, in two very different interpretations.

The question remains, however – Who is the real Lemony Snicket? The author, the man behind the mask, so to speak and the sole person responsible for the Baudelaire orphans’ misery…

Well, let me tell you.

The author’s real name is Daniel Handler, a California native who is also a musician. He wrote under the Lemony name for seven years while writing the ASOUE novels, while he has published six books under his real name.

Despite being children’s novels, there are very dark themes including attempted murder, abduction and death by incineration.

Between 2012 and 2015, Handler returned to the Lemony Snicket pen name to publish the four-part prequel series All The Wrong Questions.

Handler wrote for the Netflix series based on his books, including part of the opening song. As seen above, he made a cameo appearance in the episode “The Wide Window: Part One,” 

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