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"The Lottery" Sucks

Written by TheSmartGuy on October 17, 2009
In case you don't know, The Lottery is a short story of a village that holds a lottery. The winner of the lottery is stoned to death, but you don't know that until the end of the story.

Oops, I just spoiled the story for you. Damn.

Anyways, after I finished reading The Lottery, my first thought was "What the hell was that?". I cannot STAND books without a happy, or at least semi-happy ending. The real world doesn't always have a happy ending, but that doesn't mean you can't write a story with one. What do they expect me to do with a crappy ending? Learn a lesson?

Man, I hate learning lessons.

That's also why I don't want to read 1984, Animal Farm, The Grapes of Wrath, or basically any story that has won any book award ever. Because they have disappointing endings. And that angers me. (Yes, I checked the plot synopsis of all three stories on Wikipedia. Because I'm like that.)

~The More You Didn't Need to Know.

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Sat Oct 17, 2009 12:49 AM +

You sound like the kind of person I don't particularly like.

The kind who can't take drama.

 
 
Sat Oct 17, 2009 01:17 AM +

I read all those books except Grapes of Wrath, on a side note, Animal Farm was a great book, written by George Orwell, it had an allegorical meaning to it, and was meant to bash communism.

 
 
Sat Oct 17, 2009 01:20 AM [Edited once ] +

Lithium said: You sound like the kind of person I don't particularly like.

The kind who can't take drama.


Oh yeah, I hate that too. Down with the drama llamas! :(

 
 
Sat Oct 17, 2009 01:25 AM +

Did you read "The Tell Tale Heart?"

 
 
Sat Oct 17, 2009 01:39 AM +

TheSmartGuy said:
Lithium said: You sound like the kind of person I don't particularly like.

The kind who can't take drama.


Oh yeah, I hate that too. Down with the drama llamas! :(


You're not gonna like reading some people's blogs huh?

 
 
Sat Oct 17, 2009 02:11 AM +

Dude, the Lottery was a great story.
Althought i have to agree with you on the 1984 thing. I hated that book, not because of the sad ending (actually, the ending is left open to interpretation, we had a huge discussion about whether Winston died or not in my English class), but because I dont enjoy book about the government and dystopias and such.

 
 
Sat Oct 17, 2009 02:54 AM +

I know why people write those kinds of stories.
So students in English classes will learn to over-analyze everything, trying to find the "theme" and discover "artistic unity".
.___.

 
 
Sat Oct 17, 2009 03:00 AM +

I too dislike bad endings, but that doesn't mean some of them were not good.

 
 
Sat Oct 17, 2009 05:49 AM [Edited once ] +

Lithium said: You sound like the kind of person I don't particularly like.

The kind who can't take drama.


No, it's not about drama. Y'all will discover that all those books that won awards and such and are recognized as part of the literary cannon don't care about plot at all. Hate to break it to you. The beauty comes from their prose, their symbolism, their message, etc., and the way it all relates.

My classic example is a book called Ms. Dalloway. Here's the entire plot of the book: Some dude comes back from India (it's set in early 1900's Britain), and visits some old friend he used to like. Then, he goes to her party. That's it. And yet, so much is said in that book. I really enjoyed it. Pride and Prejudice isn't considered one of the greatest novels of all time for its plot. There are only so many ways you can tell boy meets girl, boy and girl go through problem, and boy and girl come out together before every story's just a slight twist of another. What makes a great story isn't the story itself, but the way it's told.

 
 
Sat Oct 17, 2009 06:11 AM +

Cynthia said: I know why people write those kinds of stories.
So students in English classes will learn to over-analyze everything, trying to find the "theme" and discover "artistic unity".
.___.


You are so right that my head asploded from your rightness.

 
 
Sat Oct 17, 2009 07:08 AM +

TheSmartGuy said:
Cynthia said: I know why people write those kinds of stories.
So students in English classes will learn to over-analyze everything, trying to find the "theme" and discover "artistic unity".
.___.


You are so right that my head asploded from your rightness.


Don't try to win points with my penguin. >=O

 
 
Sat Oct 17, 2009 08:08 AM +

What grade are you in Smartguy? I read this book just a week ago (Ninth Grade).

 
 
Sat Oct 17, 2009 02:59 PM +

What makes a great story isn't the story itself, but the way it's told.


You wise guy you you.

This is the number 1 reason why I didn't take English Literature: The freaking over analysis.

 
 
Sat Oct 17, 2009 05:58 PM +

Reve said:
What makes a great story isn't the story itself, but the way it's told.


You wise guy you you.

This is the number 1 reason why I didn't take English Literature: The freaking over analysis.


Yes, because all of y'all are infinitely more wise than the people who devote their lives to studying this stuff. You know better than them how deep a book is.

Pro tip: Most of them are deeper than you'll ever know.

 
 
Sat Oct 17, 2009 06:44 PM +

The Lottery reminded me of the movie "Wicker Man". Or was it the other way around?

Animal Farm, never read it. George Orwell? 1984. I </3

 

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