The Book vs the Movie: The Lord of the Flies


Book written by William Golding, 1954
Movie directed by Harry Hook, 1990


Synopsis from


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.






Which I Viewed First: The book.

Which I Enjoyed Most: The movie slightly more.

Out of 5 stars, the Book Gets: 3 stars.

Out of 5 stars, the Movie Gets: 3.5 stars.

Things the Book Did Better: I feel that the book did better in regards to symbolism as well as the darker elements. I was more horrified by the deaths.

Things the Movie Did Better:  Better pacing, liked the characters even better due to good casting, seeing the setting with my eyes helped. The book’s writing could be somewhat confusing at times.

Verdict?: I enjoyed the movie better but the book made me think more. I think they both did well at getting the point across, though.

Should the movie be re-made?: No, but I’d love to see an all-girl cast like in the book Lost Girls.

What do you think? Agree, disagree? Would love to hear your thoughts!


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