Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Ten top toxic friendships

Non Pratt is the author of Trouble and Remix. One of her top ten toxic friendships in literature, as shared at the Guardian:
Jack and Ralph and Piggy: Lord of the Flies by William Golding

The power struggle between Ralph, the nominated leader of a group of abandoned school boys, and Jack Merridew, the compelling (and psychotic) choirboy-turned-hunter, is one of the most destructive in literature – and Piggy, smart, unlikeable and needy, is in turn betrayed, saved, respected and abandoned by Ralph, the one boy he wants to like him.
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Lord of the Flies is on Francesca Haig's top ten list of the greatest twins in children’s books, Shaun Byron Fitzpatrick list of thirteen favorite, occasionally-banned, YA novels, Matt Kraus's list of six famous books with extremely faithful film adaptations, Michael Hogan's list of the ten best fictional evil children, Danny Wallace's six best books list, Gemma Malley's top ten list of dystopian novels for teenagers, AbeBooks' list of 20 books of shattered childhoods and is one of the top ten works of literature according to Stephen King. It appears on John Mullan's lists of ten of the best pigs in literature, ten of the best pairs of glasses in literature, and ten of the best horrid children in literature, Katharine Quarmby's top ten list of disability stories, and William Skidelsky's list of ten of the best accounts of being marooned in literature. It is a book that made a difference to Isla Fisher and is one of Suzi Quatro's six best books.

--Marshal Zeringue