Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Novel Rating 5/5 ⭐️
At the dawn of the next world war, a plane crashes on an uncharted island, stranding a group of schoolboys. At first, with no adult supervision, their freedom is something to celebrate. This far from civilization they can do anything they want. Anything. But as order collapses, as strange howls echo in the night, as terror begins its reign, the hope of adventure seems as far removed from reality as the hope of being rescued.
It’s an oldie but a goodie! None of my high school teachers scheduled this to be read, which is kind of sad because I know other teachers taught it. So I read it on vacation while I had the time laying on the beach soaking in the sun! Yet I first learned about this storyline through my mom, she introduced me to the movie adaptation first.
Lord of The Flies was a brilliant allegory for how damaging patriarchal society can be which also included how male violence and toxic masculinity can have such deadly consequences.
The foreshadowing in Lord of The Flies is scary good, I love the connection it makes when the events predicted unravel. Classic novels are always so good.
Sometimes the language confused me, the way William chose his slang for the boys to speak in was a bit weird, and really took time to understand. Yet it didn’t push me away from the book, it was easy to get a hang of after the first two chapters.
Each character brought something to the storyline, even if their parts were small. Piggy is especially my favorite character of them all! Out of the whole group he had more brains but was always tormented for it, it broke my heart in small ways. I did like Jack, but even so, he pushed piggy around like the rest. In all, William created such a solid piece of work, he weaved every detail so effortlessly. I really wish though that you got to know more from the ending. I can think of a thousand different ways of what happened but not knowing what the author intended drives me insane to the core. So many questions go unanswered with this particular ending!
Movie Rating 4/5 ⭐️
I saw the movie first, which normally I don’t let happen but my mom pushed me to watch it with her and I couldn’t deny her. Of course, the book and movie don’t totally line up. The movie didn’t have everything the book did and the book didn’t have certain things the movie incorporated. But you can’t always win. Yet it was still a solid movie on its own, they kept the most major parts the exact same which is what you always want from movie adaptations.
So I loved both almost as equally, but I think 99% of the time, I will always love the book more.
I heard two men are producing another adaption of LOTF, and this particular adaption includes an all girl cast. It really takes away from the classic novel and movie, I don’t feel very interested in this new twist, I might not even see it…
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