Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Fiction's Finest Nerds #2: Klaus Baudelaire

Klaus is the middle Baudelaire child from Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events. Klaus is a serious bookworm, and is relied upon by his sisters to interpret dificult words and concepts. Often the clues they find during their travels are things that Klaus must untangle with his wealth of book knowledge.

Klaus is dependent on his glasses, but they don't throw the Velma trick on us all the time ("My glasses! I can't see without my glasses!"). When the Bauldelaire parents were alive, Klaus was closer to his mother than father, and is very close to his younger sister, Sunny, of whom he was originally jealous.

Like most nerds in fiction (and indeed in life), Klaus is a committed friend and not easily swayed from his beliefs. When the children are forced to take action that contradicts their sense of right and wrong, they are all troubled, but sometimes Klaus takes it harder, having a wealth of literary examples to haunt his conscience.

If you have not read A Series of Unfortunate Events, you could do worse with your reading time. The books are designed for children, primarily, but according to Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket), the idea arose as an Edward Gorey style story for adults. A publisher convinced him to retool the idea for a 'tween audience, and there it is. Get The Bad Beginning from the library and give it a shot. I was hooked by the first chapter.

1 comment:

TL Boehm said...

I have always believed secretly that the nerds will eventually rule the world. Great post here. Peace.
TL Boehm
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