I keep seeing stuff about Lord of the Flies going around
Obviously, the individual experiences of the people making the posts - re: teachers, lessons, the way they were forced to study the book - aren’t up for debate
but like, I feel that people might not have the whole story here and as someone who knows far too much about literature, I wanted to talk about it a little
Sir William Golding wrote Lord of the Flies in response to an earlier novel called The Coral Island. In The Coral Island, a small group of upper-class British boys from a boarding school get stranded on an island and have an absolutely wonderful time. They look back on it as a fond adventure, where they had a little vacation, invented things, and generally made their well-bred high society English parents proud.
Sir William Golding read that novel and was disgusted by the way that R. M. Ballantyne used the plot as a huge essay on the superior intellect and higher morality of English folk (read: white people). The boys in The Coral Island eventually have to seek the aid of Christian missionaries (who are there to convert the local Polynesian populace) to save them from the natives who are written as raping pillaging amoral cannibals.
Sir William Golding set out to write a more realistic novel, by the way, using the same names for his main characters as Ballantyne did (although Golding’s characters are slightly younger). So, all the posts about Lord of the Flies showing the “human condition” insofar as it pertains to young middle-class British boys who grew up in a boarding house in the middle of the Cold War are correct. But I get the feeling that most people don’t realize that was the point of the novel.
Lord of the Flies was meant as a huge “fuck you” to the ingrained belief that English people are the most noble and wise of all people and thus incapable of descending into savagery. I doubt it was ever meant to be a sweeping generalized metaphor for the universal savage nature of humanity, and shame on the teachers who force that interpretation on their students.
So, really, Golding essentially created a transformative works remix of The Coral Island because it made him so angry.
Managed my Yuletide signup! This is going to be my ninth straight year participating and HOW HAVE I BEEN DOING THIS FOR THAT LONG?
What’s more, I even managed my Dear Author letter. And I somehow managed not to blather on for five paragraphs about how I love the Cubs as a tangent to my Rookie of the Year request.
All of these took monumental amounts of willpower so I am rewarding myself with a tic-tac.
stickthisbig: OH MY GOD BB KING PENGUIN IS THE MOST FUGDORABLE THING EVER
me: ……. I parsed that as BB King penguin.
me: I was like ……………..
me: DOES HE PLAY GUITAR?
me: HE’S GOT SOME SICK BLUES LICKS.
stickthisbig: http://www.ladatco.com/Falkland%20Islands/King-baby.jpg this is what a baby king penguin looks like
stickthisbig: so fugdorable
…. LATER ….
me: Iiii am soooo ridiculouuus
stickthisbig: oh god what now
stickthisbig: you dork.
LET ME LEVEL WITH YOU.
WE DID NOT DO ALL THIS WORK TO BRING YOU BACK TO LIFE JUST FOR YOU TO HAVE PLANS TO SQUANDER IT.
*cracks knuckles* All right, let’s talk about the one episode badass wondrous warrior that is Akela Amador and why she is so incredibly important.
(Fair Warning: This may devolve into nonsensical crying but I really love Akela a lot.)
Her intro scene. I’m sorry but it’s incredibly badass, and I swooned as I rightfully should’ve, and so should you. Akela Amador is a goddamn certified badass.
Next, we learn that SHIELD has a certain type of soldiers they have a lot off - the lone, doesn’t play well with others, antihero. And SHIELD tries to socialise them into being team players. This? Is a type reserved solely for white men in fiction. And by alone being a part of this group, Akela Amador subverts this. And we’re still starting to get to know Akela Amador. Gosh I’m in love already.
Okay but hey the team is still after her, so she’s the bad gu— wait what’s this? Coulson first wants to find out her reasons before taking action against her? You mean the White Male Protagonist is actually giving a Woman, A Non White Woman a chance to explain her actions?
Okay we’ll probably find out she’s a traitor and be done with that and move onto White Male Protagonist angst over not seeing this coming. I mean she’s already done something unforgivable and Melinda has gone after her— wait no what do you mean we’re giving her a backstory aND NOT VILLAINISING HER? WHAT DO MEAN WE’RE NOT KILLING HER? What do you mean we’re talking about giving her second chances?
She was experimented upon against her will and is being controlled and is trying to survive, and is still willing to take responsibility for her actions instead of using it as an excuse - OH MY GOSH MY BABY COME HERE TO ME.YOU DON’T NEED NO REDEMPTION ARC. LET ME KEEP YOU SAFE FOREVER.
AND THEY MANAGE TO ACTUALLY SAVE HER AT THE END, OH GOSH MY HEART.
AND FINALLY THAT LAST SHOT OF AKELA SLEEPING PEACEFULLY FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MAYBE YEARS.
Akela Amador actually got a story, got redeemed, and didn’t get killed but a peaceful ending, do you know how rare that is?
But more than that, she’s dealt with losing her team, being taken in by a Nazi organisation off shoot, being experimented upon against her will, used as a super soldier for that organisation. She’s probably dealing with years of PTSD and trauma, and so much more. And she finally gets what she wants at the end. A simple wish to just rest.
Akela Amador is a paragon of intersectional representation too. She’s black, a woman, a soldier, someone who definitely has ptsd and other trauma issues due to what she went through, and as of the end of the episode she even counts as disabled. And we give her a peaceful ending instead of turning her into canon fodder.
Akela Amador is incredibly important and deserves all the happiness and healing and fluffy warm comfy things ever.
Robert Downey Jr being “in talks” to be in Cap 3 is absolutely meaningless. Remember last week when he was “in talks” to do Iron Man 4? Renner was “in talks” to be in Cap 2 and to be in Cap 3. Both Joaquin Phoenix and Benedict Cumberbatch have been “in talks” to play Doctor Strange.
Scarlett Johansson is in talks to star in a Black Widow solo film.
"In talks" is just a buzzword used by the entertainment industry to mean that at some point two people talked about maybe doing the thing. In no way does it mean they’ll ever do the thing, or even that anyone will ever do the thing.
The variety article that started all of this is a bunch of bullshit, written by a slavering Civil War fanboy who doesn’t understand nuance. Someone, somewhere said that RDJ is in talks for Cap 3, and the “journalist” jumped to the conclusion that a) this meant he’s in talks to co-lead, and b) that the only reason that Steve and Tony might ever interact in a film is Civil War. If you read the rest of the article, he even takes a quote from the Russos about how we’ll be super excited to see who they’re getting for Cap 3 as “proof” that the Russos mean it’s RDJ, and proof that that means Civil War.
Even though “in talks to be in Cap 3” doesn’t remotely mean “in talks to be the co-lead in Cap 3”.
From an in-universe perspective, even though everyone knows Steve Rogers is Captain America (he has a Smithsonian exhibit, for crying out loud!). Even though Natasha already leaked everyone’s sensitive data onto the internet. And even though there are less than a dozen superheroes in the MCU at this point
It’s an article full of biased suppositions, based on an un-finalized rumor, designed for page views and to generate site traffic immediately after NYCC. It doesn’t mean anything. I expected more of Variety, tbh.
Age of Ultron will not be planting any seeds for Civil War. If you’ve seen the footage that Marvel showed at SDCC and NYCC, you know that there’s no room in this story for that. And there’s no way they’d leap into and tell the whole story of Civil War in a solo film without prior groundwork being laid. If they do Civil War, it won’t be until Phase 4, at minimum, since Phase 3 is almost definitely going to pay off the Thanos teaser from the end of Avengers.
Also, Agent M tweeting a picture of the cover of a first issue of Civil War (which I’ve heard will be a reissue, rather than a reboot), doesn’t mean they’ve confirmed they’re rebooting anything. It means they’ve shown us the cover of something that will come out next summer. Literally just that.
If you were at NYCC, you know that they’re 100% focused on Secret Wars, what they’ve called the “biggest event Marvel Comics has ever done”, which will happen in May of 2015. I can’t count the number of times I heard “in 8 months, time runs out” and that this will impact literally every single title the company produces (potentially into the MCU or cartoons, but nothing confirmed there). Why would they do something that epic and then decide to do Civil War again? It doesn’t make sense.
So please relax, guys, it isn’t happening.