Remake of classic novel causing controversy: Op-Ed

Lauren Edelin

In 1954, William Golding wrote a novel, titled “Lord of the Flies”, following the adventures of a group of boys who were stranded on an uninhabited island. The book was so popular that they ended up making the book into a movie in 1990. The movie showed the lengths that the children went to in order to survive. With the stress of being alone, hungry, and disliking their leader, the boys began to murder each other.

        Warner Brothers is currently in the production of a new Lord of the Flies movie that slightly differs from the original. The original movie starred a group of boys while the one being written is going to star all girls. The idea is to produce the same movie with a modern twist. “It is a timeless story that is especially relevant today, with the interpersonal conflicts and bullying, and the idea of children forming a society and replicating the behavior they saw in grownups before they were marooned,” Siegel from Warner Brothers said.

        There have recently been some arguments about the children from the old movie versus the new movie. The discussions have been based around one question; would girls react the same way as the boys did? When the going got tough the guys began arguing which eventually led to the fighting and killing of one another. Some people say that girls would differ from that and instead remain united and work together to get off of the island. Other people say that girls, due to their rapid change in moods and rash decision making, would not last nearly as long as the boys did.

        In my opinion, the girls would’ve lasted longer than the boys did and possibly have gotten off of the island even quicker than they did. The main focus of females would be to come up with a strategy to get off of the island. The group would not pick one specific leader like the guys did, because that would cause conflict. Instead, they would vote on things and come up with a decision as a group rather than one person making the decision for everyone. Girls would also not fight the same way the guys did. They would talk things out rather than physically fighting each other and therefore settle things in a much easier way. Girls would last a lot longer than guys on a deserted island because they are able to think things through and take others feelings into account.

Jack Proctor

Girls are mean. They are secretive, gossipy and will stab their friend in the back as soon as it’s turned. A group of young girls on an island would have a much lesser chance to survive on a deserted island than a group of young boys. Boys’ survival instincts are superior and in life or death situations they always seem to put the wellbeing of the group above the wellbeing of themselves. Stuck on an island, boys would band together with the common goal of survival. While girls would also be trying to survive, there would be too much drama to actually get anything productive done. Inter-group backstabbing and drama would lead to the demise of many girls. Boys would be so focused on the health of one another that they’d forget about themselves and how much they as an individual might be struggling. They would work together to make sure that they all survive, no matter what. The situation would form a brotherhood rather than a group of little boys. A group of girls would be just that, a group of girls, with drama and chaos.

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