THE LOST BOYS

Title: Lord of the Flies Screenwriter: Peter Brook Director: Peter Brook Distribution Studio: British Lion (UK), Continental Distribution (US) Release Date: August 13, 1963 (US) Running Time: 92 minutes Synopsis: Lost of an island, young survivors of a plane crash eventually revert to savagery despite the few rational boys’ attempts to prevent that. Older and Wiser My initial plan was to watch the 90’s version of Lord of the Flies because I was being movie ageist. However, my mistake became quite apparent within the first 10 minutes of watching the movie. How’s this for an opening scene? While hearing the sounds of boys yelling, we see one boy grab the pilot by his hair and drag him to the surface. Then, a magic raft appears that the boys ride to the island, and with their arrival, they drag the nearly unconscious body of the pilot who whispers for water. When the sound of the shell brings the first assembly, Jack happily accepts the election of Ralph as chief without feeling the bitter sting of defeat. WHAT IS HAPPENING HERE?! That’s when I just had to turn it off and give the 60’s black and white a chance. I thought the …

THE LONELY ISLAND BOYS

Born or Created? “The toy of voting was almost as pleasing as the conch. Jack started to protest but the clamor changed from the general wish for a chief to an election by acclaim of Ralph himself. None of the boys could have found good reason for this; what intelligence had been shown was traceable to Piggy while the most obvious leader was Jack. But there was a stillness about Ralph as he sat that marked him out; there was his size, and attractive appearance; and most obscurely, yet most powerfully, there was the conch. The being that had blown that, had sat waiting for them on the platform with the delicate thing balanced on his knees, was set apart.” Even if Ralph looked the part of a leader, It’s obvious Piggy had the smarts to be the most effective leader. He was Ralph’s right-hand boy and even helped Ralph work through his speeches and thought process. Jack is the type of leader who just enjoys being in charge and telling others what to do. I think this is the worst kind of leader. Try, Try Again “He snatched his knife out of the sheath and slammed it into a …

WELCOME TO KID NATION

This post contains affiliate links, which are noted with an asterisk (*). For more information, please review our Disclosure Policy. Title: Lord of the Flies Author: William Golding Genre: Allegory Publisher: Faber and Faber Publication Date: 1954 ISBN: 0-571-05686-5 Summary: 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 – a brutal savagery – of their situation sets in. The Conch Chooses the Leader At the sound of the shell, Jack enters the assembly with his choir. They are dressed in matching garb, marching in parallel lines in almost perfect succinctness. He exudes the confidence of a more than ready leader. He is even the first person to bring up the need to for a rescue plan. Although the choir unanimously voted him leader, the others in the group were swayed only by the conch. At this moment, the boy who holds the conch holds the power, and that boy is Ralph. In hindsight, it is obvious that Jack is not yet prepared for this responsibility because …

SUMMER 2017 COMMENT CHALLENGE: JULY EDITION

We are halfway through the June portion of the Summer 2017 Comment Challenge, hosted by Alicia at A Kernel of Nonsense and Lonna at FLYLēF. Let’s see how we are getting along during the first month of the challenge and how we’re preparing for Month Two. Challenge Update For the June Challenge, we are partnered with Ashley at Inside My Minds, a wicked awesome blog about music, books, sports, and more from a die hard Boston Red Sox fan! Even though we are partners for June, I didn’t limit my comments to June posts because comments are great no matter when a post is published, right? And I’m so glad that I ventured through older blog posts because so far I’ve learned that Danity Kane released a third album, Bookish Bingo is a thing in the book blogosphere, and Sephora is a magical place (which I kind of already knew)! Plus, one of the most creative and original aspects of Ashley’s blog that I haven’t seen anywhere else is Story Time where Ashley is rewriting a story she wrote in the second grade one week at a time. It’s worth following the blog just to see how the story unfolds! …

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MAURICE SENDAK

This post contains affiliate links, which are noted with an asterisk (*). For more information, please review our Disclosure Policy. Today is the 89th birthday of the amazing Maurice Sendak! Who is Maurice Sendak you might ask? He is an illustrator and writer of children’s book and the great mind behind Where the Wild Things Are! If you’re like me, then you may have limited knowledge of Mr. Sendak, so join me in this opportunity to learn more about a writer who helped shape our love of books as kids and kids at heart. Learn more about Maurice Sendak: 10 Things You Might Not Know About Maurice Sendak Watch his interview on the Colbert Report: Grim Colberty Tales with Maurice Sendak Part 1 Grim Colberty Tales with Maurice Sendak Part 2 Watch Stephen Colbert’s Tribute to the late Maurice Sendak: Maurice Sendak Tribute Visit the Touring Memorial Exhibition: The Sendak Exhibition Read the works of Maurice Sendak: Maurice Sendak on Amazon* Your Turn So…what’s your favorite Maurice Sendak book? Did you enjoy that Colbert interview? Is the Maurice Sendak Exhibition coming to your town? Let us know in the comments! |RL P.S. Want more Reel Lit? Check out the news …