Which book does “survival” better LORD OF THE FLIES by William Golding

Lord of the Flies
Lord of the Flies

or BEAUTY QUEENS by Libba Bray

Beauty Queens
Beauty Queens

Lord of the Flies is a tale written by William Golding, who fought in World War II and witnessed the horrors of that time.  How could he believe anything other than “People are Evil” when he lived to see the Nazis kill six million Jews  in Europe and the United States drop a nuclear bomb on Japan?  His story of British school boys who are stranded when their airplane crashes on a tropical island and how they savagely survive is depressing…and believeable.

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray is the story of what happens when a plane full of Beauty Pagent Contestants crashes.  Very different outcome and very funny.  Miss Texas tries to keep everyone focused on practising interview questions while they try to build shelters, kill big snakes and fight corporate espionage.

There is no question here which is the better written, more thoughtful book.  Lord of the Flies is classic literature that will always be studied in school and discussed in book clubs because of the deep questions it asks us about ourselves.  However, I ENJOYED Libba Bray’s book much much more.  I know if I had to be stranded on a deserted island, I’d rather be stuck with a bunch of girls who can creatively use a can of hair spray as a survival tool – than a bunch of blood-thirsty British school boys with sharp sticks.

 

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