Hollywood is producing a Lord of the Flies movie—reimagined with girls instead of boys. The movie is being written by two men, which is a pain point for a lot of people, but that doesn’t bother me. Lots of men that can write female characters admirably. John Green and Soman Chainani are two authors that do it well.
If you’ve never read Lord of the Flies before, here’s the Goodreads synopsis:
When a plane crashes on a remote island, a small group of schoolboys are the sole survivors. From the prophetic Simon and virtuous Ralph to the lovable Piggy and brutish Jack, each of the boys attempts to establish control as the reality – and brutal savagery – of their situation sets in.
The boys’ struggle to find a way of existing in a community with no fixed boundaries invites readers to evaluate the concepts involved in social and political constructs and moral frameworks. Ideas of community, leadership, and the rule of law are called into question as the reader has to consider who has a right to power, why, and what the consequences of the acquisition of power may be. Often compared to Catcher in the Rye, Lord of the Flies also represents a coming-of-age story of innocence lost.
While I actually like the idea of an all-female movie based around the same theme, I’m having a difficult time wrapping my head around this one. Here’s why:
1. Lord of the Flies is About Boys
You change it to girls, and it’s not Lord of the Flies anymore. It’s something else. I’m a stickler for keeping movies as close to the book as possible. If you want to make a movie featuring girls in a Lord of the Flies situation, then find a book like that. There are plenty to choose from.
2. Girls are Different
Lord of the Flies is about how young boys deal with the situation. Girls are different. They don’t deal with things the same way. Now, I’m not saying that the story wouldn’t be disastrous or deadly—because girls can be vicious. But the story would unravel in a different way.
3. Who Liked that Book Anyway?
Be honest. You hated it as much as I did. I understand why it’s an important work of literature and blah, blah, blah. But it left me feeling like:
4. Why Not Pick a Book About Girls?
Everyone knows the title Lord of the Flies. By making a movie “based” on the book, you already have thousands and thousands of interested customers. We’ve all read and cringed over that book. A lesser known book will bring smaller audiences and a smaller paycheck. However, I would love to see a movie made from a book that used a cast of (mostly) female characters.
And, because I can’t resist an excuse to make a good book list, here you go.
Female-Powered Books for Lord of the Flies Fans
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This book explores female friendship, jealousy, and the lengths girls will go to in order to maintain their position in society. Gillian Flynn said this book is like “Lord of the Flies set in a high-school cheerleading squad.” There are grasps for top-girl status and desperate reaches for power.
Two sisters and a teenage boy get shipwrecked on a beautiful tropical island with nothing but their secrets. The sisters’ relationship is falling apart, but in order to survive in their new environment, they need to come together.
An airplane full of beauty pageant contestants crash lands on a desert island. Now the girls are left wondering if they should be worried about the pageant or worried about survival. It’s a madcap survival story that promises laughter, feminism, and witty banter.
When Kacey moves in with her dad and his new family, everything seems wonderful at first. She makes some friends and everyone is really nice—until one of her friends goes missing and fingers start pointing. This book is a look at the darker side of teenage friendships and the dangers that lurk there.
This book set in an East-Asian fantasy world, but it explores similar themes. It’s a retelling of Snow White’s evil stepmother’s story. It deals with female ambition and jealousy. The main character is an anti-heroine whose hunger for power turns her into a blood-thirsty monster.
What do you think of an all-female Lord of the Flies movie?
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