Netflix's adaptation of A Series of Unfortunate Events is certainly a dark and gloomy affair, but audiences might be surprised by how truly upsetting the book series was. Largely there's more death, depression, and betrayal throughout. The show is a solid adaptation, however, and it adds bits of doom and gloom along the way, sometimes making things even worse for the Baudelaire orphans.
There are various differences between the two, ranging from missing death scenes to little details that are wholly inconsequential. Either way, the Netflix show still manages to capture the spirit of Lemony Snicket's work in the eyes of many fans.
Beware of spoilers, both for the Snicket books and for the show.
In The Books, The Bald Man Was Originally Eaten By Lions
In The Show, The Audience Was Tricked Into Thinking The Baudelaire Parents Were Still Alive
In The Books, Dr. Georgina Orwell's Death Was A Lot Bloodier
In The Show, The Audience Was Introduced To Gustav While He Was Alive, Making His Death More Impactful
In The Books, One Of The Henchmen Died During The Heimlich Hospital Fire
In The Show, Madame Lulu Turned Out To Be The Librarian In Disguise, Which Made Her Death Resonate More