The Quill Awards “… pair a populist sensibility with Hollywood-style glitz and have become the first literary prizes to reflect the tastes of the group that matters most in publishing-readers.” Last night the 2006 winners were announced, among them one of my favorites of last year, Lemony Snicket’s The Penultimate Peril.
Given the popularity contest nature of this particular award (determined by anyone who wants to vote at the website), I was delighted and gratified that this particular title was one of the winners. I had been surprised to see it on the nominations shortlist (decided by a board of “…. approximately 6,000 invited booksellers and librarians”) because most of the adults I know don’t care for A Series of Unfortunate Events. Kids, on the other hand, in my experience, adore it. This impression was reinforced by this announcement as I’m guessing (hoping — perhaps I’m naive) that young Snicket-fans were the bulk of the voters for this title (keeping in mind that they were by no means a large sampling of all the “readers” out there, just those who heard of the award and went to the website to vote).
Myself, I’m an adult who completely and utterly adores the series, every single book. They are clever, witty, adventurous, and tremendous fun to read. I love that kids can read them on so many different levels. Some read them for plot, some for the puzzles and clues, some for the humour, and some for an infinite number of other reasons. Additionally, I love that they are so Carrollian in spirit, full of wry wit and wisdom that I’m sure Mr. Dodgson (aka Lewis Carroll) would have appreciated.
I eagerly await The End!