But the sad truth is that the truth is sad, and that what you want does not matter.

Lemony Snicket, The Carnivorous Carnival

Why I love A Series of Unfortunate Events — Reason #02:

He doesn’t sugar coat anything for the children who read the series. I remember when I first started to re-read the books and he kept explaining that things don’t always work out the way you want them to. I was legitimately surprised sometimes with the things he said, because a lot of what he said was just true. There was a quote about how bullies DO win sometimes, and how you just had to learn to fend for yourself… It does not tell children to be falsely optimistic, but to be fiercely logical and accept the truth as it is. Snicket reminds us all that being delusional is not healthy nor does it change things that you want it to change. Ignoring the problem makes problems bigger and bigger, and denial is the enemy of understanding.

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…you almost believe that you will never come to the end of a roll of tape; and when you do, there is a feeling, nearly, though very briefly, of shock and grief.