Katie Came Home

September 30, 2010 at 16:41 4 comments

Well, no, that’s what I do every day anyway, so there’s nothing too exciting about that. What I really mean is, I lost the impetus to write anything at all quite abruptly earlier this year, but it came back, equally abruptly, when I listened closely yesterday to Shawn Colvin’s Sunny Came Home (which, incidentally, has been among Katie’s Top 100 for several years). Now, I had just finished re-reading Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (which has caused me to start re-incorporating words like ‘schism’ and ‘flaneur’ [HELLO VRIC!!!] into my vocabulary), so it came quite naturally that I listened to Sunny with Lemony Snicket in mind.

Has anyone else read the series and found the song to almost be like an eerie sequel?

No? OK, look.

(I’m afraid you’ll have to have read the books in order to get what I’m going to say)

Sunny came home to her favourite room

Sunny sat down in the kitchen

In the books, Sunny Baudelaire’s favourite room would have been the kitchen. She was the chef among the siblings, even as a baby, and in The Beatrice Letters, was said to have discussed her recipes on the radio.

She opened a book…

Books featured very prominently in ASOUE, and the greatest reader in it was her brother, Klaus.

… and a box of tools…

Shades of her sister Violet, the inventor. Symbols of both her siblings in the same sentence and in their marked absence. What happened to them?

Sunny came home with a mission

Very VFD.

Days go by, I’m hypnotized…

That happened to Klaus at the Lucky Smells Lumbermill.

It’s time for a few small repairs…

Like Violet would have taken care of.

Strike a match, go on and do it…

I close my eyes and fly out of my mind into the fire…

THE most ASOUE-esque symbol of all: fire, which destroyed all the important buildings in the series – the Baudelaire and Quagmire mansions, the VFD headquarters, Caligari Carnival and Hotel Denouement.

Doesn’t the song sound just like a sinister follow-up in which Sunny loses her beloved siblings, turns to the dark side and becomes a fire-setter instead of a volunteer? After all, in The Beatrice Letters, the three kids have grown up and mysteriously disappeared, with no confirmation of whether they are dead or alive.

Right. Back to reality. The fact is, Sunny Came Home PRECEDED ASOUE by a good three years, so there is no way that it was intended to be related to the series, and all the connections therefore really only exist in my own mind <ducks rotten vegetables being thrown>.

But try doing what I did – read the books and then listen to the song, and perhaps you may come to agree that “miracles are like meatballs, because nobody can exactly agree on what they are made of, where they come from, or how often they should appear”.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. kel  |  October 1, 2010 at 23:38

    uhoh. i think i hv one of ur books. ): are u missing them?

    Reply
    • 2. Katie  |  October 2, 2010 at 10:28

      No worries – it was the movie on TV that triggered off the itch to read the series and the movie exactly covers those books anyway!

      Reply
  • 3. flaneurvric  |  October 2, 2010 at 05:55

    Your writing here is too intelligent for me to comment. That, and I haven’t read the book you’re writing about.

    Also, hello back!

    Reply
    • 4. Katie  |  October 2, 2010 at 10:26

      And there was me thinking for the longest time that that was where your blog name came from…

      Reply

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My blog-name is Katie but I will not respond if you call me that in real life because it's not my real name. Yes, I do practise virtual-world paranoia. No, I do not enjoy stalkers. But I do enjoy writing and having folks reading said writing, so welcome to my world. It's nice to meet you.

Playing in my head over and over again argh

I'll Have To Say I Love You In A Song (Jim Croce)

Book(s) of the moment

Hogfather (Terry Pratchett)

Books read in 2010 and 2011

Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows (JK Rowling) - 'cos the movie's coming out!
Frankenstein: Lost Souls (Dean Koontz) - ah, bugger, it's part of a series! Now I hafta find all the books...
Dismantled (Jennifer McMahon) - oh, good one
Tigerlily's Orchids (Ruth Rendell)
Shutter Island (Dennis LeHane) - reminds me too much of work
Holy Fools (Joanne Harris) - it's official: I prefer her scary books
A Series of Unfortunate Events; The Unauthorized Autobiography; The Beatrice Letters (Lemony Snicket)
The Little Friend (Donna Tartt)
The main books - 11 so far - of the Southern Vampire series; the Aurora Teagarden series except for A Fool & His Honey - that makes it 7; Sweet & Deadly (Charlaine Harris)
The Woman in Black (Susan Hill)
Full Dark, No Stars (Stephen King)
Room: A Novel (Emma Donaghue)
Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children (Ransom Riggs)
The Bachman Books (Stephen King)
Men At Arms (Terry Pratchett)
Carpe Jugulum (Terry Pratchett)
The Fifth Elephant (Terry Pratchett)
Beauty (Robin McKinley)
The Sandman, Vol 1 (Neil Gaiman)
The Burden (Agatha Christie) - her crime novels are waaay better
Snuff (Terry Pratchett)

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