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"It's off-book!" : Developing Serial Complexity across Media in A Series of Unfortunate Events

Tanderup, Sara LU (2020) In Children's Literature Association quarterly 45(1). p.59-79
Abstract
The article traces the development of narrative complexity in the book and television versions of Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events. The series has been criticized for its repetitive structure; however, drawing on seriality theory by Umberto Eco, Jason Mittell and Frank Kelleter, I demonstrate how it does move beyond repetition and towards a more complex narrative structure. I point out how the recent Netflix adaptation, rather than merely repeating the books, adds to this development of serial complexity. Thus, by comparing the book series and the adaptation, I demonstrate a tendency towards developing transmedial complexity in serial narratives.
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Children's Literature Association quarterly
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45
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59 - 79
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Johns Hopkins University Press
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0885-0429
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10.1353/chq.2020.0004
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English
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  abstract     = {The article traces the development of narrative complexity in the book and television versions of Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events. The series has been criticized for its repetitive structure; however, drawing on seriality theory by Umberto Eco, Jason Mittell and Frank Kelleter, I demonstrate how it does move beyond repetition and towards a more complex narrative structure. I point out how the recent Netflix adaptation, rather than merely repeating the books, adds to this development of serial complexity. Thus, by comparing the book series and the adaptation, I demonstrate a tendency towards developing transmedial complexity in serial narratives.},
  author       = {Tanderup, Sara},
  issn         = {0885-0429},
  language     = {eng},
  month        = {02},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {59--79},
  publisher    = {Johns Hopkins University Press},
  series       = {Children's Literature Association quarterly},
  title        = {"It's off-book!" : Developing Serial Complexity across Media in A Series of Unfortunate Events},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/chq.2020.0004},
  doi          = {10.1353/chq.2020.0004},
  volume       = {45},
  year         = {2020},
}