WARNING: This article contains SPOILERS: major plot points and details that may ruin the story for you if you haven't seen the TV series or read the books for yourself! If you've never seen Netflix's A Series of Unfortunate Event TV series, I advise you not read this article. This article does not address the 2004 film and barely addresses the book series.
A little over a year ago, Netflix introduced a new original series: Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, based on Daniel Handler’s book series of the same name. Netflix recently released the title’s second season this year. The show has grown to be one of my favorites and is wildly popular among audiences of all ages, and many fans have found that the series is a splendid kind of Neo-Gothic. I’ve quickly caught on to the series’ gothic style, and I’ve been analyzing it since.
So what exactly makes a story gothic? More or less, the genre is purely elemental, meaning that it is defined solely by certain components within the story—usually nothing more. I was taught that there are twelve specific elements, and they are: