Originally published: April 24, 2001
Page count: 256
Illustrator: Brett Helquist
Genres: Gothic fiction, Absurdist fiction, Steampunk, Mystery
In this book, the Baudelaires are sent to live with an insane village obsessed with crows, governed by power-hungry seniors who enact hundreds of ridiculous rules, even threatening to burn citizens at the stake for absurd reasons like putting more than fifteen pieces of nuts on a hot fudge sundae.
This book is considered to be the “plot twist” of the series because…
>>The Baudelaires can no longer call on Mr. Poe for assistance after the events of this book (although he was barely any help to begin with)
>>The children are deemed “criminals.” Also, after this point, the Baudelaires are not assigned any legal guardians.
>>As a result, because the authorities turn their attention away from him and to the Baudelaires, Count Olaf no longer needs to bother with disguises.
“There is no way of knowing for sure whether or not you can trust someone, for the simple reason that circumstances change all of the time.”
― Lemony Snicket,
Book Review Time
This review is LONG overdue; I finished reading The Vile Village back in January so, as I’ve shared a TRILLION times before in my other blog posts…
I wish I’d listen to myself when I said “enough.”
Let me explain.
Before there was Game of Thrones and their Never-A-Happily-Ever-After character stories, there was/is A Series of Unfortunate Events.
Yes, I did write in previous SOUF reviews that I’d stop reading the books because they were…
Dos: Obviously never going to have some form of satisfying, happy ending.
Tres: Mr. Poe is a lousy character that I wish I could strangle with my little hands.
For anyone wondering if I’ve started the 8th SOUF book, no.. I have not. Yet…
My thoughts on The Vile Village are not too different from the previous SOUF books.
Sure. I’m one book closer to discovering the Baudelaire children’s connections to Count Olaf…
…& the mystery revolving the Quagmire children. Doesn’t mean you set the book down thinking to yourself, “Ah! The itch has FINALLY been scratched.”
The plot is pretty boring to say the least yet it has its moments when your mind and eyes are attached to the story only to scream, “GOAAATS! I FELL FOR IT AGAIN,” at the end.
Every part of the story is cleverly designed to make you believe in the false belief of a happy ending.
Like an overly co-dependent woman who returns back to her no-good, lying boyfriend after he’s cheated and done her wrong countless times with absolutely no heart change on his part so do I return back to the “Unfortunate” books in the hopes that they’ll change.
The Baudelaire and Quagmire children- you can’t help but feel sympathy for them. Brainless adults surround them on the daily and they’ve face almost every Vile treatment possible. They might be the reason I constantly run back to the series as if to say, “Are you guys ok, finally?”
Like almost every other place, save Uncle Monty’s #RIP, the Baudelaire’s new home is more of a concentration/child labor camp disguised as a “regular” town.
If the town were real, it would definitely score a place in The World’s Weirdest Places book because HOLY GUACAMOLE are the people (and the place itself) creepy.
So do I really need to say more?
Oh, yeah… WHY, after all my complaining and whining of how terrible this book is, did I even BOTHER to give this FOUR. STARS?!
The FREAKING book DOES it’s LOUSY job!
It’s SUPPOSED to leave you miserable! It’s MEANT to have a lousy ending! It’s NOT supposed to be like every other happily-ever-after book you’ve read.
You’re WARNED to put the book down to spare yourself of the upcoming disappointment you don’t want to believe you’ll get.
Only to trip your own self….
Read the books if you love disappointments and hate happy endings & magical things.