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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.