One of the short stories that we read always stuck with me. It literally made me sick to my stomach when we read it, and to this day, I think the teacher who assigned it wasn't quite all there. Anyway, it was called THE LOTTERY by Shirley Jackson. It is based in a small town that seems very quaint and lovely. Everybody knows everybody and they aren't shy about lending a hand to help their neighbor. It sounds like the kind of place where everybody wants to live, right? Oh, wait, I forgot to mention that once a year they put everyone's name in a box and pick out the winner of the lottery. But you don't win money in this lottery. Oh, no, you get stoned to death by your friends and family because they think that the lottery is what keeps order and properity in the town. And you thought where you live was bad...
A few years ago, I stumbled across a movie on Lifetime based on the short story. The story line still made me sick to my stomach, but Dan Cortese was in it, so I stuck it out. I do love me some Dan. UPDATE: In an ironic twist of fate, I just found out that today is Dan's birthday! Happy birthday, Dan Cortese, you hottie!
Has anyone else read The Lottery or seen the movie?
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Books I read this summer:
Top Ten Uses for an Unworn Prom Dress by Tina Ferraro
The Dream Factory by Brad Barkley & Heather Hepler
Beauty Shop for Rent by Laura Bowers
Disenchanted Princess by Julie Linker
The Time Travelers Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
The Celebutantes by Antonio Pagliarulo
The Secret Life of Sparrow Delaney by Suzanne Harper
The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Fowler
You had me at Halo by Amanda Ashby
Ninety Minutes in Heaven by Don Piper & Cecil Murphey
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer (again)
And I know there were more that I can't remember!