History Literature / TheBlueLagoon

19th Aug '16 5:09:30 PM CaptEquinox
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* DidTheResearch: Stacpoole, a ship's surgeon, lived among the South Sea Islands for years. Everything he wrote about Palm Tree (Richard and Em's island) and Karolin and its indigenous Kanaka people was legit and realistic.



** Shields' acting was FaithfulToTheBook, though -- Em's dreamy, almost mystic abstraction is one of her primary characteristics.



** This was Stacpoole's doing. He didn't want to write any sequels; he ended up writing two. First he killed off Richard and Em; in the third book, he killed off ''the island itself'' by having it completely swallowed up in a huge typhoon.



* MightyWhitey: Dick Lestrange, son of the [[KissingCousins original couple]]. He appears in ''Garden of God'' and the followup novel ''The Gates of Morning''. He can best be described as an intelligent, likable and very easygoing SurferDude. Katafa, something between a JunglePrincess and a BrokenBird, washes up on the shore and causes trouble. She [[ButNotTooForeign isn't really a Kanaka, but a Spanish girl]] who was RaisedByNatives. To ensure the plotline, she's been cursed as an untouchable. After sundry how-likely-is-''that'' events, during which he picks up and keeps a Royal MacGuffin, Dick and Katafa [[WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove fall in love]]. Katafa [[DefrostingIceQueen becomes touchably soft]] while Dick becomes both active and passionately caring; she's kind of his Muse. She takes him home with her, where (partly due to his having the royal war club) he is ''immediately'' [[AwesomeMomentofCrowning hailed as King]], the old King having died in Katafa's absence. Stacpoole (usually fairly non-racist) clearly implies that in their present predicament, the natives need a white couple to save them.

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* MightyWhitey: Dick (Dick M.) Lestrange, son of the [[KissingCousins original couple]]. He appears in ''Garden of God'' and the followup novel ''The Gates of Morning''. He can best be described as an intelligent, likable and very easygoing SurferDude. Katafa, something between a JunglePrincess and a BrokenBird, washes up on the shore and causes trouble. She [[ButNotTooForeign isn't really a Kanaka, but a Spanish girl]] who was RaisedByNatives. To ensure the plotline, she's been cursed as an untouchable. After sundry how-likely-is-''that'' events, during which he picks up and keeps a Royal MacGuffin, Dick and Katafa [[WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove fall in love]]. Katafa [[DefrostingIceQueen becomes touchably soft]] while Dick becomes both active and passionately caring; she's kind of his Muse. She takes him home with her, where (partly due to his having the royal war club) he is ''immediately'' [[AwesomeMomentofCrowning hailed as King]], the old King having died in Katafa's absence. Stacpoole (usually fairly non-racist) clearly implies that in their present predicament, the natives need a white couple to save them.them -- or, at least, that Dick couldn't marry an indigenous woman, so ''he'' needed a Caucasian girl.



* NobleSavage: Richard and Emmeline in the original film, and Richard (son of the couple from the first movie) and Lilli of the sequel. They pretty much raise themselves to adulthood and know little of human civilization. On the other hand, the original inhabitants of the island are seen practicing human sacrifice; nothing particularly noble about them.

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* NobleSavage: Richard and Emmeline in the original film, and Richard (son of the couple from the first movie) and Lilli of the sequel. They pretty much raise themselves to adulthood and know little of human civilization. They are described explicitly as "far gone in savagery", to the point that they don't talk much anymore (they don't have to). On the other hand, the original inhabitants of the island are seen practicing human sacrifice; nothing particularly noble about them.



* {{Robinsonade}}

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* {{Robinsonade}}{{Robinsonade}} The first two books are definitely this. When you are done reading them you will know how to cook a breadfruit, the uses of liana vine, what to expect in a hurricane, and to clean your campsite thoroughly after meals so you don't get crabs.
19th Aug '16 4:45:45 PM CaptEquinox
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Two sequels were made following the success of the original book. ''The Garden of God'', published in 1923, follows Richard and Emmeline's son, Dick Lestrange, as he ends up on the same island (in very similar circumstances to the original work) and meets a marooned woman named Katafa, with whom he begins a romance. ''The Gates of Morning'', published in 1925, has Dick become the king of the native Kanaka tribe on the island, and grapples with newfound responsibility and the threat of a rival tribe. [[http://web.archive.org/web/20080101033038/http://www.pacificislandsinfo.com/ All three original novels can be online here under "E-texts"]].

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Two sequels were made following the success of the original book. ''The Garden of God'', published in 1923, follows Richard and Emmeline's son, Dick Lestrange, as Lestrange (called "Dick M." because he says "Dick" and "Em" while playing with the sailors who rescued him). He ends up with his grandfather (Richard's father) on the same island (in very similar circumstances to the original work) island, and as a young adult meets a marooned woman named Katafa, from the nearby island of Karolin, with whom he eventually begins a romance. ''The Gates of Morning'', published in 1925, has Dick become the king of the native Kanaka tribe on the island, Karolin, and grapples with newfound responsibility and the threat of a rival tribe. [[http://web.archive.org/web/20080101033038/http://www.pacificislandsinfo.com/ All three original novels can be online here under "E-texts"]].
26th Jul '16 2:57:33 PM crazyrabbits
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''The Blue Lagoon'' is a 1908 novel by Henry De Vere Stacpoole, which follows a pair of teenagers as they attempt to survive on an idyllic tropical island. There are two sequels, ''The Garden of God'', published in 1923 and ''The Gates of Morning'', published in 1925.

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''The Blue Lagoon'' is a 1908 novel by Henry De Vere Stacpoole, which follows a pair of teenagers as they attempt to survive on an idyllic tropical island. There are two sequels, ''The Garden of God'', published in 1923 and ''The Gates of Morning'', published in 1925.
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26th Jul '16 12:36:08 PM crazyrabbits
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''The Blue Lagoon'' is a 1908 novel by Henry De Vere Stacpoole. There are two sequels, ''The Garden of God'', published in 1923 and ''The Gates of Morning'', published in 1925.

The novel is about two young cousins, Richard and Emmeline Lestrange, and galley cook Paddy Button who are marooned on a tropical island after escaping their burning ship. Paddy teaches the kids how to survive on the island, before dying in a drunken haze, leaving the two to fend for themselves.

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''The Blue Lagoon'' is a 1908 novel by Henry De Vere Stacpoole.Stacpoole, which follows a pair of teenagers as they attempt to survive on an idyllic tropical island. There are two sequels, ''The Garden of God'', published in 1923 and ''The Gates of Morning'', published in 1925.

The novel is about two young cousins, In the Victorian era, a ship goes off course and sinks, with three people -- a galley cook named Paddy Button, and cousins Richard and Emmeline Lestrange, Lestrange -- fleeing to a rowboat and galley cook Paddy Button who are marooned on a tropical sailing towards an island after escaping in the distance. Once they arrive, they begin to make the island their burning ship. permanent home, and Paddy teaches the kids how to survive on the island, before dying them basic survival skills. However, Paddy wanders off and dies in a drunken haze, leaving the two to fend for themselves.
themselves.

Several years pass, and the now-mature teenagers begin to explore the island, discovering relics and hidden secrets in the process. Their hot-cold friendship also turns into a full-blown romance and eventually results in Emmeline giving birth to a child and the newly-formed family inadvertently leaving the island.

Two sequels were made following the success of the original book. ''The Garden of God'', published in 1923, follows Richard and Emmeline's son, Dick Lestrange, as he ends up on the same island (in very similar circumstances to the original work) and meets a marooned woman named Katafa, with whom he begins a romance. ''The Gates of Morning'', published in 1925, has Dick become the king of the native Kanaka tribe on the island, and grapples with newfound responsibility and the threat of a rival tribe. [[http://web.archive.org/web/20080101033038/http://www.pacificislandsinfo.com/ All three original novels can be online here under "E-texts"]].



[[http://web.archive.org/web/20080101033038/http://www.pacificislandsinfo.com/ All three novels are online here under "E-texts".]] Serious scholars of Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs' work believe they can track part of his inspiration for ''Literature/{{Tarzan}}'' to these novels and to Morgan Robertson's earlier novella, ''Primordial''.

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[[http://web.archive.org/web/20080101033038/http://www.pacificislandsinfo.com/ All three novels are online here under "E-texts".]] Serious scholars of Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs' work believe they can track part of his inspiration for ''Literature/{{Tarzan}}'' to these novels and to Morgan Robertson's earlier novella, ''Primordial''.



* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Even though they're stuck on a deserted island, the leads never really look like they're getting anything else besides a couple tears in their clothes and deep tans. The 2012 movie is especially bad about this.
* CaughtWithYourPantsDown: In the 1980 film there's a scene where the boy, seen from behind, is clearly [[ADateWithRosiePalms stimulating himself manually]]. The girl asks him "What are you doing?" and he guiltily says "Nothing!" In another scene when they're arguing, she taunts him extensively about this.

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* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Even though they're stuck on a deserted island, island for years, the leads never really look like they're getting anything else any worse for wear, besides a couple tears in their clothes and deep tans. The 2012 movie is especially bad about this.
* CaughtWithYourPantsDown: In the 1980 film there's a scene where the boy, seen from behind, is clearly film, Emmeline catches Richard [[ADateWithRosiePalms stimulating himself manually]]. The girl She asks him "What are you doing?" what he's doing, and he guiltily says "Nothing!" In another scene when they're arguing, she taunts him extensively about this.



* ConvenientComa: In the novel, Emmeline comes walking out of the forest with the baby she had a few hours earlier. She explains to Richard that she felt ill, went to sit in the forest, and then "remembered nothing more" until she woke to find the little creature lying beside her. Apparently she remembers more about the birth later.

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* ConvenientComa: In the novel, Emmeline comes walking out of the forest with the baby she had a few hours earlier. She explains to Richard that she felt ill, went to sit in the forest, and then "remembered nothing more" until she woke to find the little creature baby lying beside her. Apparently she remembers more about the birth later.



* HappyEndingOverride: Both the sequel film and book have it so that the otherwise-happy ending of the original work (Richard, Emmeline and Dick are found sleeping in the boat) is overridden by the reveal that the berries really were poisonous and the adults died. This is especially egregious in ''Return to the Blue Lagoon'', in which the characters' positions on the boat have changed (they're now lying face-down instead of huddled together) and the scene is reshot to have different dialogue.



* MightyWhitey: Dick Lestrange, son of the [[KissingCousins original couple]]. He appears in the sequel, ''The Garden of God'' and the followup novel ''The Gates of Morning''. He can best be described as an intelligent, likable and very easygoing SurferDude. Katafa, something between a JunglePrincess and a BrokenBird, washes up on the shore and causes trouble. She [[ButNotTooForeign isn't really a Kanaka, but a Spanish girl]] who was RaisedByNatives. To ensure the plotline, she's been cursed as an untouchable. After sundry how-likely-is-''that'' events, during which he picks up and keeps a Royal MacGuffin, Dick and Katafa [[WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove fall in love]]. Katafa [[DefrostingIceQueen becomes touchably soft]] while Dick becomes both active and passionately caring; she's kind of his Muse. She takes him home with her, where (partly due to his having the royal war club) he is ''immediately'' [[AwesomeMomentofCrowning hailed as King]], the old King having died in Katafa's absence. Stacpoole (usually fairly non-racist) clearly implies that in their present predicament, the natives need a white couple to save them.

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* MightyWhitey: Dick Lestrange, son of the [[KissingCousins original couple]]. He appears in the sequel, ''The Garden ''Garden of God'' and the followup novel ''The Gates of Morning''. He can best be described as an intelligent, likable and very easygoing SurferDude. Katafa, something between a JunglePrincess and a BrokenBird, washes up on the shore and causes trouble. She [[ButNotTooForeign isn't really a Kanaka, but a Spanish girl]] who was RaisedByNatives. To ensure the plotline, she's been cursed as an untouchable. After sundry how-likely-is-''that'' events, during which he picks up and keeps a Royal MacGuffin, Dick and Katafa [[WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove fall in love]]. Katafa [[DefrostingIceQueen becomes touchably soft]] while Dick becomes both active and passionately caring; she's kind of his Muse. She takes him home with her, where (partly due to his having the royal war club) he is ''immediately'' [[AwesomeMomentofCrowning hailed as King]], the old King having died in Katafa's absence. Stacpoole (usually fairly non-racist) clearly implies that in their present predicament, the natives need a white couple to save them.
9th Apr '16 8:58:47 AM SaraJaye
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* ScreamingBirth: Emmeline doesn't even ''know'' she's giving birth, only that she feels sick and is in pain and her body's pushing against ''something''. The only acknowledgement of it being a birth is Richard asking why she had a baby.
* SurprisePregnancy: Justified, in that neither Richard or Emmeline have had enough of a sex education to recognize the signs of a pregnancy.
27th Dec '15 1:21:15 PM CaptEquinox
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* CaughtWithYourPantsDown: In the film there's a scene where the boy, seen from behind, is clearly stimulating himself manually. The girl asks him "What are you doing?" and he guiltily says "Nothing!" In another scene when they're arguing, she taunts him extensively about this.

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* CaughtWithYourPantsDown: In the 1980 film there's a scene where the boy, seen from behind, is clearly [[ADateWithRosiePalms stimulating himself manually.manually]]. The girl asks him "What are you doing?" and he guiltily says "Nothing!" In another scene when they're arguing, she taunts him extensively about this.
27th Dec '15 1:20:44 PM CaptEquinox
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* MightyWhitey: Dick Lestrange, son of the [[KissingCousins original couple]]. He appears in the sequel, ''The Garden of God'' and the followup novel ''The Gates of Morning''. He can best be described as an intelligent, likable and very easygoing SurferDude. Katafa, something between a JunglePrincess and a BrokenBird, washes up on the shore and causes trouble. She [[ButNotTooForeign isn't really a Kanaka, but a Spanish girl]] who was RaisedByNatives. To ensure the plotline, she's been cursed as an untouchable. After sundry how-likely-is-''that'' events, Dick and Katafa [[WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove fall in love]]. Katafa [[DefrostingIceQueen becomes touchably soft]] and takes him home with her, where he is ''immediately'' [[AwesomeMomentofCrowning hailed as King]], the old King having died in Katafa's absence. More to the point, laid-back ol' Dick immediately accepts, as a matter of course! (Having earlier picked up a Royal MacGuffin probably helped with this decision.) Stacpoole (usually fairly non-racist) clearly implies that in their present predicament, the natives need a white couple to save them.

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* MightyWhitey: Dick Lestrange, son of the [[KissingCousins original couple]]. He appears in the sequel, ''The Garden of God'' and the followup novel ''The Gates of Morning''. He can best be described as an intelligent, likable and very easygoing SurferDude. Katafa, something between a JunglePrincess and a BrokenBird, washes up on the shore and causes trouble. She [[ButNotTooForeign isn't really a Kanaka, but a Spanish girl]] who was RaisedByNatives. To ensure the plotline, she's been cursed as an untouchable. After sundry how-likely-is-''that'' events, during which he picks up and keeps a Royal MacGuffin, Dick and Katafa [[WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove fall in love]]. Katafa [[DefrostingIceQueen becomes touchably soft]] while Dick becomes both active and passionately caring; she's kind of his Muse. She takes him home with her, where (partly due to his having the royal war club) he is ''immediately'' [[AwesomeMomentofCrowning hailed as King]], the old King having died in Katafa's absence. More to the point, laid-back ol' Dick immediately accepts, as a matter of course! (Having earlier picked up a Royal MacGuffin probably helped with this decision.) absence. Stacpoole (usually fairly non-racist) clearly implies that in their present predicament, the natives need a white couple to save them.
14th Nov '15 11:48:50 PM nombretomado
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* GodivaHair: Emmeline. To the point (as pointed out by RogerEbert) of {{Narm}}. The makeup artists had to glue Shield's hair to her chest to prevent any inadvertant nip slips.

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* GodivaHair: Emmeline. To the point (as pointed out by RogerEbert) Creator/RogerEbert) of {{Narm}}. The makeup artists had to glue Shield's hair to her chest to prevent any inadvertant inadvertent nip slips.
27th Aug '15 3:39:32 PM butterflygrrl
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* GladToBeAliveSex: Presumably the reason for the first sex scene in ''The Awakening''. The two leads discover a skeleton near their lean-to, and Emma freaks out. Not long after, she gives Dean her virginity.

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* GladToBeAliveSex: Presumably the reason for the first sex scene in ''The Awakening''. The two leads discover a skeleton near their lean-to, and Emma freaks out. Not long after, she gives Dean her virginity.has sex for the first time with Dean.
2nd Feb '15 5:17:25 AM Maxiboy136
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There have been four film adaptions. A 1923 silent film directed by W. Bowden and Dick Cruickshanks. A 1949 version directed by Frank Launder. The 1980 adaption directed by Randal Kleiser and starring Brooke Shields and Christopher Atkins. In 1991, William A. Graham produced and directed a loose adaption of ''The Garden of God'' titled ''Return To The Blue Lagoon'' starring Creator/MillaJovovich and Brian Krause. And in 2012, Creator/{{Lifetime}} had a loose adaptation called ''Blue Lagoon: The Awakening'' starring ''HomeAndAway'' actors [[Series/H2OJustAddWater Indiana Evans]] and Brenton Thwaites, with Christopher Atkins making a cameo as their teacher.

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There have been four film adaptions.adaptations. A 1923 silent film directed by W. Bowden and Dick Cruickshanks. A 1949 version directed by Frank Launder. The 1980 adaption directed by Randal Kleiser and starring Brooke Shields and Christopher Atkins. In 1991, William A. Graham produced and directed a loose adaption of ''The Garden of God'' titled ''Return To The Blue Lagoon'' starring Creator/MillaJovovich and Brian Krause. And in 2012, Creator/{{Lifetime}} had a loose adaptation called ''Blue Lagoon: The Awakening'' starring ''HomeAndAway'' actors [[Series/H2OJustAddWater Indiana Evans]] and Brenton Thwaites, with Christopher Atkins making a cameo as their teacher.
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