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The End by Lemony Snicket
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This book INFURIATED me! What a lazy author. Taking us down the garden path through 12 books and then ending the series without really completing the story. As a children's librarian, I no longer recommend this series to kids. I hate to see them as disappointed as I was at this really stupid final book. Shame on you, Mr. Snicket!! You took the chicken's way out. Next time, have an idea of where you expect the series to go before you start it. Truly shameful.
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message 1: by Fondofbooks (new)

Fondofbooks The point of there being an open ending was not because he got lazy. He wants you to create your own ending. And, if you read "The Beatrice Letters", you'll find that he actually did create an ending before he even wrote the last book:

Beatrice (Kits child) is writing to Snicket as an adult, urging him to locate the orphans (once again).
The flip-out poster in the book shows the broken "Beatrice" boat, which could mean they eventually die going back to visit the island.

Or, it say in previous books that the orphans think back to this time in thier lives, which indicates they are alive.


Meadow I don't completely agree with you, but I loved how Barbara jumped on Snicket. :)


Anna Beaver I just wanted to say that the author is not really Mr. Snicket... I mean, Mr. Snicket is fictional...


Aubrey Quite honestly, i dont see why you people are so upset. He told you the series was going to have a sad and incomplete ending. He said it on the back of every volume and many times in the book chapters.
You really have nothing to complain about...


Anna Beaver It's not sad. I think it's a perfect ending, because the entire series symbolizes life, and let's face it, but life doesn't exactly have rising action and climax points and denouements.


Karrah As a college student that decided to spend the first week of a lazy summer going back to reread (and finally complete) this series, I thought it was an entirely brilliant finish. At first I was somewhat dismayed at the lack of specific clarification (ie the sugar bowl) but, ultimately, I think one of the points is that they DON'T really matter.

Anyway, I would not hesitate to recommend this series to kids.


message 7: by Britt (new) - added it

Britt Gatto Aubrey wrote: "Quite honestly, i dont see why you people are so upset. He told you the series was going to have a sad and incomplete ending. He said it on the back of every volume and many times in the book chapt..."

Yes i do agree with you all the way. Through the entire book series he has warned the reader that his series is sad and, obviously, unfortunate.


message 8: by Britt (new) - added it

Britt Gatto I think one of the reasons that the book has an incomplete ending is that he does state the he lost track of the Baudelaire's after that. Lemony Snicket is also a fictional character and therefore even though the real author might know what happened to them, Lemony Snicket did not.


message 9: by Kevin (new)

Kevin Dong well, I can't really blame that guy. I personally think this is quite a creative ending as Lemony Snicket is a character in the book, and Lemony Snicket says he can't find where the Orphans went off to, or any specific details, as he is searching the place where the orphans were possibly several years after the Orphans left said place. I doubt he would be able to track down the Orphans after they left the island to go into the "world"


Kirsty Fondofbooks wrote: "The point of there being an open ending was not because he got lazy. He wants you to create your own ending. And, if you read "The Beatrice Letters", you'll find that he actually did create an endi..."
THANK U! THIS SERIES IS INCREDIBLY GOOD AND I CAN'T SEE WHAT U R COMPLAINING ABOUT!!!!!


message 11: by Jess (new) - rated it 5 stars

Jess I completely disagree with you. The book was never supposed to end with all the secrets wrapped up in a little box, presented to the readers with a bow on top. The Baudelaires were never meant to discover every secret of VFD. I would hope a librarian would understand the concept of an open ending... and I resent the fact that you called Lemony Snicket lazy. First of all, blame the real author. Second of all, he wrote 13 books. That is not lazy AT ALL.


Barbara I must speak to one point most of you make - you say it was not intended to have any ending, or it has an open ending. If so, why do the children discover the diary with all of the information contained? If the Baudelaires found the answer, why not include it in the book? He simply developed an underlying plot that he could not figure out himself. If he were not a lazy author, why do the books deteriorate after about the 7th? Why does he stop moving the VFD storyline forward?

And, I will point out that many of the library kids who waited for the final book in this series expressed their disappointment to me. Kids do not recommend this series to their friends, and I am rarely asked for it. Compare this to many other series where the author thoughtfully wrote a finale worth reading and you will find kids recommending it and asking for it.


message 13: by Daphne (new)

Daphne Delacroix I can't even finish the 2nd book, how does one expect me to give my opinion on the 13th?! I feel that the WHOLE SERIES, frankly, to put it gently, STINKS! That is all I can say...


message 14: by Daphne (new)

Daphne Delacroix I can't even finish the 2nd book, how does one expect me to give my opinion on the 13th?! I feel that the WHOLE SERIES, frankly, to put it gently, STINKS! That is all I can say...


Ernest Junius Daphne wrote: "I can't even finish the 2nd book, how does one expect me to give my opinion on the 13th?! I feel that the WHOLE SERIES, frankly, to put it gently, STINKS! That is all I can say..."

wow I fall in love!


Cassidy That's the point of the whole series. He even warned you -_-


Morgan I completely agree with you Barbara, it's one thing to have a sad or somewhat incomplete ending, but this one was just terrible. I couldn't tell you what happened to a single character or plot line in the end. And this is coming from someone who didn't mind the ending of LOST. I was a huge fan of the series growing up and even went to the release party but was so disappointed in this one.


message 18: by Roko (new) - rated it 5 stars

Roko I completely disagree with you Barbara. Try reading the end again, and while you do, think about what it means. The series is in essence about life. Life is often incomplete, unfufilling, or incomplete. Just as the book leaves us with more questions than answers, often so does life. That could be why there is so much misery in the books, because often terrible things happen without and explanation. You are right that children will be disapointed, but this is probably not meant for someone under grade 5 or 6.


message 19: by Lyla (new) - rated it 1 star

Lyla Precisely why I didn't like it too!


Colin Ugghhhh people have no imagination these days. This is one of my favourite series endings


Charlie Diggory It's supposed to have a disappointing ending. Did you not read the title of the series?


message 22: by Dan (new) - added it

Dan I guess the end of The End really did bring me to the end of my rope after all. But seriously Barbara, think about it this way: understanding that there is often unanswered questions in real life makes the reader that more mature. Laziness isn't the point. Besides, how can you ask for anything more than a well - written ending? You sure got it! Great book series anyway!


message 23: by Tryina (new) - added it

Tryina Denouement I don't think he's lazy. And anyway, I don't think it's an incomplete ending. There is more....


message 24: by Jerc (new) - rated it 5 stars

Jerc lemony is the greatest writer when it comes to real life.. books having a good and fictional endings are the laziest books in town


message 25: by Tryina (new) - added it

Tryina Denouement I even heard in http://www.asoue.proboards.com that a devoted fan has even created his own ending! What we like is the fun of it! Creating our own ending!


message 26: by Kelseyc (new)

Kelseyc I believe that if he hadnt left any mystery and ended the series, the series would have gone on forever! Not to mention lack of knowledge is nice because we dont know what happened, we can create it ourselves! We may never know and thats okay, good even. Take The Giver for example. You dont truly know what happens, there could be two different endings but its still a good book.


message 27: by Kelseyc (new)

Kelseyc Also he is an amazing author with a great sense of humor and its a very good series for kids (I enjoyed them when I was one.)


message 28: by Tryina (new) - added it

Tryina Denouement Kelseyc wrote: "Also he is an amazing author with a great sense of humor and its a very good series for kids (I enjoyed them when I was one.)"

He is AMAZING!


message 29: by Reem (new) - rated it 5 stars

Reem Bardan YOU CRAZY PERSON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


message 30: by Tryina (new) - added it

Tryina Denouement Reem wrote: "YOU CRAZY PERSON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Who are you saying that to?


message 31: by Reema (new) - added it

Reema I don't understand why u people read the books then complain to me that's a bit SILLY


Kirsty He just wanted to let us dream up our own ending.....


message 33: by Holly (new)

Holly im starting the book and i like it im on page 15


Aleks Right Barbara, kids across the world obviously hated this series.


Jaitlyn Key Barbara, why are you calling him lazy he's wrote over 20 books and you haven't wrote any so who's lazy here??


Aleks I don't know what kind of librarian is unfamiliar with the literary device of "unreliable narrator," a term which here means "a storyteller who doesn't know or doesn't honestly share all relevant information." Handler's Snicket made it clear from the beginning that the reader would not like the ending and should indeed read anything else or watch paint dry if he or she wanted better entertainment. Usually I thought this was funny, sometimes I thought it was really annoying, and I can see why it isn't Barbara's cup of tea. What I don't understand is why after twelve books she was *surprised* by it.


Sarah I don't think he's lazy at all! He has written many great books and you think that he is shameful?!?!?! Why?!?!


message 38: by Aqeed (new) - added it

Aqeed My parents told me if you dont have anything nice to say dont say it at all, and you are a adult you wanna know whos shameful?YOU! dont put that trash on Mr snicket i love his series im 13 and his books make me inspired to be curious, adventurous like the Baudelaire orphans how would you feel if people dissed your books? i dont care if your an adult you should behave kinder to people you dont just go around dissing people if you do lady you got problems of your own to deal with i bet you couldnt write a series people like me would enjoy so just shut it ok? so just dont comment unless you have anything GOOD to comment no one wants to hear your whining ok?


Templeton I don't understand why people these days feel as though there must be a clear-cut, tangible ending to everything. 'Mr. Snicket', I personally commend you for your efforts to write outside the ordinary, and allow us to draw our own conclusions from your stories - regardless of what this conclusion may be. Please refrain from calling him lazy - this series is one of the most industriously written of its kind ever to grace our shelves.


message 40: by Sarah (new) - added it

Sarah Renae Aqeed: You're telling her to not say anything unless it's nice while insulting her and praising a series which most likely wouldn't have anything good to say about the saying "if you don't have anything nice to say don't say anything at all". Look up the word hypocrite.


Aleks Sarah, there's a difference between maligning your own fictional characters, as Handler does, and insulting a real person and his (aye, or her work.)


message 42: by Ty (new) - rated it 5 stars

Ty I don't agree. I believe people are missing the message behide the book. The book isn't suppose to give you the answer because that is the answer. The world is full of things that will happen to us and we will never know why but despite what we go through we should always pick ourselves up and keep moving on


Emily Fiamingo This series was full of subtle and not so subtle messages, which you have obviously missed. The story was complete. The answers weren't all given, and I don't think anyone at the end of this series expected them to be. He gave us enough.


Raven Roth I do not agree with Barbara. I think he wrote it to have no ending so he would disappoint people. Look at the backs of the books. Trying to make you want to read it more by saying not to. I think it is just his personality that he wants to see what people would say about it. I also think he is encouraging the reader to think about it rather than reading and accepting the ending he has created. I do not think he is lazy, I think he is giving us a chance to stop being lazy. He is giving us the chance to make our own ending for the Baudelaire orphans.


message 45: by Randhika (new)

Randhika Aturaliya I definitely wouldn't recommend these series for a kid to read. I remember reading them when I was younger and I was so disappointed and upset by the ending, that I just began to hate the series in general. I mean as children, we want things to be wrapped up all nice and pretty. But looking back, it was such a great series and I definitely want to read it again


Raven Roth I read it in second and third grade and it was really good... But I am bizarre, so I guess that is it. My family is very... What's the word... Literate. That's it. Literate


Yukki "it depends on how you look at it" -Lemony Snicket


Dennis Gostev Lemony Snicket is a character from the terrible story he writes. His real name is Daniel Handler. He just wrote that the orphans have finally found out the horrible secret about their parents on the island.


Nicole If you refuse to recommend any book that doesn't have a nice tidy ending with every question answered, you're cutting your kids off from a lot of great literature. Do you really not want to encourage open-ended thinking?


message 50: by Badlydone (new)

Badlydone My 9 year old loved the series and read all the books within a week. But he was a little disappointed with the ending! I simply love these books, but I am now realizing that they are NOT children's books at all. Many children find this type of ending hard to handle, they will appreciate it at a later age.


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