On Wednesday, it was revealed an all-female version of Lord of the Flies may be in the works at Warner Bros. from Scott McGehee and David Segel (What Maisie Knew). The response on social media was strong, with many users displeased at the idea that an exploration of psychologically complex relationships among girls would be helmed by two men.
But people were irked for another reason, too: Well-made, all-female nods to Lord of the Flies already exist in the book world. And readers believe that many of them, like Libba Bray’s Beauty Queens, are better suited for adaptation than yet another remake of a remake.
So, for those who are looking to read a gender-swapped take on the classic, check out the following books, as recommended by readers on Twitter. Some, like The Baby-Sitters’ Club Super Special #4: Baby-sitters’ Island Adventure, are a bit tongue-in-cheek, but others, like Marianne Wiggins’ John Dollar or Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s Herland, definitely belong on more to-read lists. (And yes, Wonder Woman is a movie — but since it’s based on comics, we’re letting it slide.)