My first assignment as a development intern for The Film Clubs was to read Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery,” a short story published in 1948 in The New Yorker. It is one of the most famous short stories in the history of American literature and caused a lot of controversy when it first came out. It has been described as “a chilling tale of conformity gone mad.”
You can read the story here: The Lottery by Shirley Jackson
After reading it, I wrote an adaptation of it: THE LOTTERY 1.0 – Adaptation
The story is horrific and Jackson does a great job of dangerously leading the reader to its epic climax. I knew something was off during the first few pages, but it wasn’t until the end when I saw how tradition and collective mentality drives the people in this small town.
My next step was to write my own version of the story, a reimagining of it, which can be found here: THE LOTTERY 2.0 – Reimagining
Overall, it was a thoughtful experience. The story reminded me a lot of The Hunger Games so I tried to stay away from that storyline in my reimagining.
Next assignment: 10 page sci-fi/thriller script