ok i have an onion or two about this lord of the flies but with girls thing
first off: i am not girl
second off: why in the fresh fuck is this book getting a movie now
why an adaptation is planned is another story, but why is it explicitly being promoted as an “all-girls” adaptation? especially when the original story had no female characters to speak of? (excluding that one sow who got murdered but yeah). anyone who had the misfortune of suffering through high school english class can tell you that this book is really about toxic masculinity, and the problems arising from an educational system.
william golding was a schoolteacher and he hated it. he hated it so bad that he wrote a whole fuckin book about how the british educational system and the world at large sets up young white boys to be murderous savages. the children he taught were so disgusting that he wrote lord of the flies IN RESPONSE to an earlier story, that in which a bunch of middle school aged boys are deserted on an island and cheerfully convert the natives to christianity. golding found this so preposterous that he retaliated with lord of the flies, birthing into paper some of the worst deeds ever committed by twelve-year-olds.
one of the first things in this book that is introduced, besides the placidity of the island in contrast to the all-encompassing third world war, is that these are upper-class schoolboys. they have order, some are choirboys, some are littleuns, and its is from this power structure the corruptions result from. it is school that teaches kids to be awful, it is soceity that encourages white men to destroy and conquer in the name of their own personal good, and golding hammers this in repeatedly over the course of the story.
girls at the time received a fundamentally different education, if they did at all. complacency was valued, as was shutting up and sitting nice. girls were especially encouraged to be kind to their superiors, or at least pretend to be. so without the great power and corruption vested in white masculinity by greater british society, the island collective would cease to devolve into brutality.
the very idea that an all-female remake of this very specific critique of a very specific society could even succeed is evidence that whoever approved this didn’t stay awake in english.
such an adaptation would only work, however, if it was a critique of the brutality of institutional femininity and HOLD UP i think i’ve read something on this oh wait yes i have
beauty queens by libba bray is exactly that. a bunch of teenage pageant queens are on an island, and there’s no one to rescue them. it actually manages to tell a good story about how the expectations of contemporary femininity are bad without making teenage girls look like monsters. why aren’t people adapting this book instead, seeing as it’s a similar yet greatly improved premise?