Happy Birthday, William Golding!

Today marks the birth date of author William Golding.  He was born on September 19, 1911, and lived for 81 years until June 19, 1993.  He actually wrote several novels, but my favorite is Lord of the Flies.  Quite basically, it’s the story of a group of boys from a British boys’ school who become stranded on an otherwise deserted island, and they make their own set of laws and govern themselves with chilling results.

When I was a senior in high school, my English teacher, Mrs. Wells, had us read books, then instead of us having to write reports, we had class discussions after we read.  If we all participated appropriately, we were rewarded by seeing the movie version of the book during classtime the following week.

I loved Lord of the Flies as a book, and I loved it as a movie.  Then after I got out of high school, a remake of the movie came out which was slightly different and adapted to more modern times.  The boys were still strapped on an island, but rather than being shipwrecked, they were there because their plane crashed.  This has got to be one of the only movies that I love every bit as much as the book, and I love both of the movie versions equally as well.  The story is just that phenomenal!

Happy Birthday, William Golding!

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