'Light as a Feather': How a story posted online became the first-of-its-kind Hulu TV series

Hulu's 'Light as a Feather' premiers tomorrow so here's all you need to know about how Zoe Aarsen's online story became a new TV phenomenon

                            'Light as a Feather': How a story posted online became the first-of-its-kind Hulu TV series

Hulu's latest thriller 'Light as a Feather' that narrates the story of five teen girls who play an innocent game only to find out that they are dying in the same way that the game predicted premieres on Friday.

The TV series is actually based off a Wattpad story published in 2013 and here is how the story published in an online platform found its way to Hulu. Author Zoe Aarsen wrote a paranormal story a few years ago titled 'Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board,' and shared it on Wattpad. Five years down the line, we have a TV series featuring Liana Liberato (McKenna), Haley Ramm (Violet), Ajiona Alexus (Candace), Brianne Tju (Alex), Peyton List (Olivia), Dylan Sprayberry (Henry), Jordan Rodrigues (Trey) and Brent Rivera (Issac).

In her interview with International Business Times, Aarsen said that she came up with the idea after having spent two years of her youth living in Salem, Massachusetts. At that time, she first played the game 'Light as a feather, stiff as a board' at a Halloween party and it seemed to work. The experience stuck to her so when she transitioned from writing contemporary to paranormal genre, the theme was the starting point of her first paranormal book. 

As Aarsen realized no one else had ever used this concept before, she got to work and finished writing the book in about a month. She started posting chapters to Wattpad shortly after that and, almost immediately, readers found her work. From there, it was the reads she accumulated and Wattpad’s machine-learning technology that connected her with company heads and got the adaptation process started.


In the same interview with IBT, Aron Levitz, head of Wattpad Studios, said; “We found her through data. She got a million reads of her story in under six months. And to this day, remains in the Top 25 of all-time reads in the paranormal category on Wattpad. That brought her attention. Never mind that half a billion minutes had been spent reading ‘Light as a Feather’ and the series. All of these data points, that are [more] than just number of reads, are what brought us to her.” 

He continued: “Then you read the story and, hey, audiences are right. This is an incredibly compelling story. It’s one of the first things I read at Wattpad, and it is amazing. There's nothing like it out there.”


A year after the release, the process of turning it into a series began in 2014 and now, in 2018, 'Light as Feather' is set to premiere. “It was a two-part [process] of getting all the right people on board with the project and then, really, as with anything else, just waiting for the zeitgeist to be ready for it,” the Wattpad star said. “And right now, it’s the perfect political and cultural setting for horror to be making a huge comeback. So, just really all the chips lined up for ‘Light as a Feather’ to happen this year.”

Beth Reekles’ Wattpad novel 'The Kissing Booth' was adapted into a movie for Netflix earlier in 2018 and was a huge hit as soon as it released on the platform. It was the first English-language Wattpad story to become a movie, and now Aarsen’s will be the first of its kind to become a full-fledged TV show.

Though the original Wattpad story was titled 'Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board,' the TV show is shortened to the title 'Light as a Feather.' The original written story and the new show have some differences but the crux of the story remains the same. Let's see how the friends figure out how to stop the creepy mystery before they all die.