Lindsay’s review of Beastly reminded me of an article I read recently in a librarian magazine about pairing modern books with classics. An idea I LOVE. It included a few suggestions (like pairing Peter & the Starcatchers with Peter Pan and Leaves of Grass with Paper Towns), and it listed what I consider the GREATEST pairing and I disappointed I didn’t think of it myself: The Hunger Games with the short story “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson.
Have you ever read that? I read it for a class in college & loved it! I don’t want to explain too much about it because it’s a short story and I’d basically give it all away, but it would be awesome to pair with The Hunger Games! That’s all I’ll say. 🙂 You can read it online HERE. This was turned into a movie at some point because I caught it on TV one day. Keri Russell aka Felicity was in it! But it wasn’t very good, so I didn’t even watch the whole thing. But apparently I should have because according to imdb, Mr. Feeny was in it! Shoot.
Anyway, while I was re-reading “The Lottery,” I remembered my other favorite short story that I read as an English major – “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.
(Nerd alert!) I think I even wrote a critical analysis paper on it. I read a few years ago that it was going to be a movie, but I don’t think it got much attention, and I’m not even sure if it ever came out. (Boo.) You can read “The Yellow Wallpaper” online HERE.
Now I’m in a short story mood. Have you read either of these? What do YOU recommend?