A Series of Unfortunate Events Book Series Statistics

A Series of Unfortunate Events Book Series Statistics

  • More than 65 million copies of the series’ main 13 books have been sold.
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events’ author, Daniel Handler (who frequently uses the pen name Lemony Snicket) has sold over 70 million book copies in total.
  • It can be estimated that over 90% of his overall book sales have come from A Series of Unfortunate Events alone.
  • Its main series is made up of 13 books published between 1999 and 2006, however, a prequel series and many accompanying titles also exist.
  • The first four books in A Series of Unfortunate Events had a combined print run of 125,000 copies within the series’ first year.
  • Showing the popularity of the series, the first book of the prequel series, All The Wrong Decisions (2012), was given an initial print run of one million copies.
  • Nickelodeon Movies purchased A Series of Unfortunate Events’ film rights in 2000, co-financed by Paramount and Scott Rudin.
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events was released in 2004 (based on the first three novels) and grossed over $211 million worldwide from a production budget of $140 million.
  • It became the highest-grossing film ever for Nickelodeon Movies at the time, however, this record has since been surpassed.
  • Originally there were hopes to turn the film into a film series, however, the idea was discarded, and by 2014 plans were announced by Netflix to create a TV adaptation of the full novel series instead.
  • The series ran for 3 seasons (25 episodes) from 2017 – 2019 and received critical acclaim for its writing, production, and faithfulness to the original book series.

A Series of Unfortunate Events books in order

  • A Series of Unfortunate Events’ main series is made up of 13 books published between 1999 and 2006.
  • 8 companion titles for the main series were released between 2002 and 2007, (includes puzzle and journal books).
  • In addition to these, 5 prequel titles to the main series were published between 2012 and 2015, named the All The Wrong Questions series.
  • The All The Wrong Questions prequel series also has 1 companion picture book title.
  • By combining the main series, prequel series and companion titles, there are a total of 27 books related to the series.

Main series

#Year publishedTitlePublisherPage countAudiobook length
11999The Bad BeginningHarperCollins1622h 29m
21999The Reptile RoomHarperCollins1903h 11m
32000The Wide WindowHarperCollins2143h 4m
42000The Miserable MillHarperCollins1952h 56m
52000The Austere AcademyHarperCollins2253h 15m
62001The Ersatz ElevatorHarperCollins2594h 23m
72001The Vile VillageHarperCollins2564h 17m
82001The Hostile HospitalHarperCollins2554h 12m
92002The Carnivorous CarnivalHarperCollins2864h 50m
102003The Slippery SlopeHarperCollins3376h 1m
112004The Grim GrottoHarperCollins3235h 59m
122005The Penultimate PerilHarperCollins3536h 26m
132006The EndHarperCollins3245h 51m

Related titles

Year publishedTitlePublisherTypePage countAudiobook length
2002Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized AutobiographyHarperCollinsA Series of Unfortunate Events series companion218N/A
2004The Dismal DinnerLunchablesA Series of Unfortunate Events series companion4N/A
2004The Blank BookHarperCollinsA Series of Unfortunate Events series companion (Journal book)176N/A
2004The Puzzling Puzzles: Bothersome Games Which Will Bother Some PeopleHarperCollinsA Series of Unfortunate Events series companion (Puzzle book)112N/A
200613 Shocking Secrets you’ll wish you never knew about Lemony SnicketHarperCollinsA Series of Unfortunate Events series companion (Pamphlet)16N/A
2006The Notorious NotationsHarperCollinsA Series of Unfortunate Events series companion (Journal book)176N/A
2006The Beatrice LettersHarperCollinsA Series of Unfortunate Events series companion72N/A
2007Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can’t AvoidHarperCollinsA Series of Unfortunate Events series companion (Quotation book)168N/A
2012Who Could That Be at This Hour? (Prequel #1)Little, Brown and CompanyAll The Wrong Questions (Prequels)2583h 41m
2013When Did You See Her Last? (Prequel #2)Little, Brown and CompanyAll The Wrong Questions (Prequels)2884h 22m
201429 Myths on the Swinster PharmacyMcSweeney’s McMullensAll The Wrong Questions series companion (Picture book)32N/A
2014File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents (Prequel #2.5)Little, Brown and CompanyAll The Wrong Questions (Prequels)2723h 1m
2014Shouldn’t You Be in School? (Prequel #3)Little, Brown and CompanyAll The Wrong Questions (Prequels)3365h 52m
2015Why Is This Night Different From All Other Nights? (Prequel #4)Little, Brown and CompanyAll The Wrong Questions (Prequels)3055h 8m

A Series of Unfortunate Events FAQ

When was A Series of Unfortunate Events written?

  • When author Daniel Handler met editor Susan Rich at a New York party in 1996, she tried to persuade him to try writing a children’s book.
  • The chance encounter encouraged him to begin writing the series rather than continuing to focus on books for adults.
  • After it became a success, he continued writing A Series of Unfortunate Events until the release of the series’ final installment, The End, in 2006.

When was A Series of Unfortunate Events published?

  • The main series of A Series of Unfortunate Events was published between 1999 and 2006.
  • Its prequel series, All The Wrong Questions, was published between 2012 and 2015.

How many books are in A Series of Unfortunate Events?

  • The main series of A Series of Unfortunate Events is made up of 13 books.
  • Its prequel series is called All The Wrong Questions and is made up of 5 books.
  • Additionally both of the series have a number of companion titles.

When does A Series of Unfortunate Events take place?

  • Although ambiguous, A Series of Unfortunate Events is intended to be set sometime in the 20th century.
  • The series combines both new and old inventions, describing an industrial setting with an evolving landscape to the reader.

Who is Beatrice in A Series of Unfortunate Events?

  • There are two characters named Beatrice in A Series of Unfortunate Events.
  • The principal character named Beatrice in the series is the deceased mother of the three Baudelaire orphans.
    • Lemony Snicket was in love with her despite her choosing to marry Bertrand.
    • As Lemony could not save her life, a combination of love and guilt forced him to find out what had happened with her children.
  • The secondary character named Beatrice is Beatrice Baudelaire II.
    • She is the daughter of Kit Snicket, who is Lemony’s sister.
    • The Baudelaire family decided to raise Beatrice II as their own sibling.
    • They did this in order to honor the memory of their parents and continue the legacy of the Baudelaire family name.

Who is Lemony Snicket?

  • In A Series of Unfortunate Events, Lemony Snicket is a fictional narrator, who also serves as an investigator.
  • Secretive by nature, he follows the day-to-day lives of the Baudelaire orphans whilst documenting their mysteries and misfortunes.
  • He also has connections to the curious and secretive V.F.D. (Volunteer Fire Department).