All-female ‘Lord of the Flies’ film in the works

Would girls act the same way or would they remain more civilized?


Claire Gilliland, Editor-in-Chief

When a plane full of little boys crash-landed on a deserted island with them as the only survivors, William Golding detailed what would happen in “Lord of the Flies.” With a few exceptions, they eventually devolve to their impulsive, murderous selves, not thinking of consequences and giving up on trying to ultimately be kind to each other.

Some wondered why these little boys went so crazy and devolved as far as to murder each other; it may seem a bit unrealistic, but some blame the fact that the characters are all pre-pubescent boys. Would girls react the same way, or would they remain more civilized? As it turns out, the world will no longer have to wonder.

Amidst rumors, writers and directors Scott McGehee and David Siegel revealed at the end of August that they are working on an all-female “Lord of the Flies” movie with Warner Bros. McGehee and Siegel are set to answer some of the questions that arose from Golding’s novel, and evidently, yes, girls would react the same way as the boys. The two received backlash for assuming so, but really, they aren’t wrong.

The characters in this new movie may include Jackie, a power-hungry little girl who ultimately becomes a leader of the wild hunters who sexualize pigs. There may be a Regina, who enjoys hurting others and eventually murders. There will likely be a Ralphina, who wants desperately to maintain society and civility on the island but at various points can be seen giving into her more murderous impulses. And of course, there may be Simone the dreamer and Piggy-a the nerd, who try and fail to maintain society — the main victims of the boys.

Overall, these little girls will have at least a slight penchant for murder.

This all-female remake of the classic novel is really true feminism. It shows that little boys interact with each other the same way girls interact with each other — by forming hierarchal dysfunctional societies that eventually devolve into bloodbaths, of course. It also shows that girls and boys problem-solve in the same ways. It’s all about equality. Of course girls, when placed in dire circumstances, wouldn’t work together to solve problems and come up with reasonable solutions; that’s nonsense. Only the naive would believe that girls would react any different than the boys in “Lord of the Flies.”

Really, “sharing is caring” is a rule neither girls nor boys is very good at. Working together doesn’t really suit girls, much like the boys of “Lord of the Flies.” Everyone knows that girls don’t ever stick together, and that they would turn against each other even if their best chance of survival was to help each other, just like Jack and Ralph in Golding’s novel. Girls, like boys, often have trouble voicing their fears and concerns and therefore would not be able to resolve conflicts more civilly than violently.

Additionally, because this is a post-gender society, girls and boys are treated exactly the same from birth, so their understandings of rules and acceptable behavior — the superego — are exactly the same, and also would last just as long as each other if these girls were marooned on an island. Golding’s novel showed us that the superego would not last long with these young boys; McGehee and Siegel’s movie will undoubtedly demonstrate the same.

Ultimately, because of the equality in the modern world, men are exactly the right people to represent how women would behave in situations of intense stress, of survival and of life-or-death. After all, women couldn’t accurately portray how they would act; they’re too close to the issue, and they would never admit that they would resort to such cruel violence that the boys of Golding’s novel did.

No logical person should care that Golding himself explained why boys were the only logical subjects of the novel; the book was published in the 1950s, when genders were far less equal, so of course he would say that his book does not apply to girls. He clearly did not see girls as what they are: equally as cruel as men.

Anyone who believes that an all-female “Lord of the Flies” would be a mistake because it would misrepresent women is sexist; after all, if boys can do it, then girls can do it, too.