Wednesday, September 04, 2013

It's Just A Boring Book...

Lord of the Flies
Lord of the Flies (Photo credit: jumpinjimmyjava)
...about a bunch of boys stuck on an island.

Thus one of my teenage comrades summed up William Golding's Lord Of The Flies.

This led to a moment of inarticulate rage from me which went something along the lines of "Aaaaargh, boring ?! How can you can it's boring ? It contains some truly shocking, breath-taking scenes, you're very blase about about life and death if you found the murder scene boring. And it isn't about boys stuck on an island, it's about tearing away the thin veneer of civilisation, it's about control and power and what happens when power is placed into the hands of those who shouldn't wield it, it's about the natural cruelty of children and what happens when the established order is overturned. But it isn't about boys on an island, that's just the plot that carries the themes."

Imagine, Lord of the Rings isn't about the eternal struggle of good versus evil and the determination of good people to do the right thing even under the most extreme circumstances, it's just a dull book where some little people have to chuck a magic ring in a volcano.

Harry Potter isn't about friendship and trust, education and wisdom, faith in your friends, questioning corrupt authority and finding strength within yourself, it's just about a group of kids who have to kill a noseless freak.

Twilight though is just as it reads, it's a book that teaches girls that the most important thing in life is to give up everything you once thought important in order to get a boyfriend.
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2 comments:

  1. I used to enjoy reading books until it dawned on me many were just the same old thing in differant rappers. Some with as much humour as mummified skunk. What better than to sit back with a decent Malt, a pile of inspirational cookery books and a few Jilly Coopers.

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  2. Paddy8:12 am

    I think I was about 13-14 when I read LOTF and, although I didn't get everything in it, there were clear themes and the boys actions were horrifying, mostly because they were only children*. Clearly the person who made the comment has no humanity and deserves a rock dropping on their head.

    *if it had been girls, I'd have not been shocked at all, as young girls truly are evil.

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