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''TheBlueLagoon'' 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.

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 Milla Jovovich and Brian Krause. And in 2012, LifetimeChannel 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.

[[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 ''{{Tarzan}}'' to these novels and to Morgan Robertson's earlier novella, ''Primordial''.

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!!The novels and the films provide examples of:

* AManIsNotAVirgin: Dean, the male lead of the 2012 movie. Played straight with original male lead Richard, though it's justified.
* 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 film there's a scene where the boy, seen from behind, is clearly masturbating. The girl asks him "What are you doing?" and he guiltily says "Nothing!"
* ChildrenAreInnocent
* ComingOfAgeStory
* 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.
* DesertedIsland: Take a wild guess...
* DiabolusExMachina: In a movie based primarily around emotional and physical self-discovery, Diabolus is personified in the form of a three-year-old boy throwing oars from boats.
* EightiesHair: Despite being stranded on an island since childhood, Richard somehow manages to have a consistent perm.
* ExcusePlot: The 1980s film is basically softcore porn, with the "stranded on an island" theme merely used for its exotic and tropical locales and as an excuse for the two attractive leads to shed their clothes. Not to mention the book the film is based on, which has even more nudity and sex than the movies.
* TheFilmOfTheBook
* 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.
* GodivaHair: Emmeline. To the point (as pointed out by RogerEbert) of {{Narm}}.
* KissingCousins: Richard and Emmeline are cousins. They are also the only available mates for each other.
* {{Loincloth}}
* 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, likeable 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 nonracist) clearly implies that in their present predicament, the natives need a white couple to save them.
* 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.
* NostalgicMusicbox: Among the artifacts taken to the island is a music box that plays Chopin's Nocturne Op. 9, #2 in E flat major. Emmeline says "That's Chopin! I can play it on the piano." It's used by the kids growing up as a connection with/nostalgic reminder of their life before the island. Sometimes they dance to it. None of this is in the book.
* {{Robinsonade}}
* SceneryPorn: It even got an Academy Award nomination for its cinematography.
* WalkingShirtlessScene

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28th Oct '12 7:40:05 PM FastEddie
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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 ''ReturnToTheBlueLagoon'' starring Milla Jovovich and Brian Krause. And in 2012, LifetimeChannel 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. 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 ''ReturnToTheBlueLagoon'' ''Return To The Blue Lagoon'' starring Milla Jovovich and Brian Krause. And in 2012, LifetimeChannel 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.
28th Oct '12 7:39:14 PM FastEddie
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12th Sep '12 11:27:20 PM Hadjorim
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* ExcusePlot: The 1980s film is basically softcore porn, with the "stranded on an island" theme merely used for its exotic and tropical locales and as an excuse for the two attractive leads to shed their clothes. Not to mention the book the film is based on, which has even more nudity and sex than the movies.
1st Sep '12 3:29:15 PM arnoldmcguire335
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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 ''ReturnToTheBlueLagoon'' starring Milla Jovovich and Brian Krause. And in 2012, LifetimeChannel had a loose adaptation called ''Blue Lagoon: The Awakening'' starring ''HomeAndAway'' actors Indiana Evans and Brenton Thwaites, with Christopher Atkins making a cameo as their teacher.

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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 ''ReturnToTheBlueLagoon'' starring Milla Jovovich and Brian Krause. And in 2012, LifetimeChannel had a loose adaptation called ''Blue Lagoon: The Awakening'' starring ''HomeAndAway'' actors [[Series/H2OJustAddWater Indiana Evans Evans]] and Brenton Thwaites, with Christopher Atkins making a cameo as their teacher.



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24th Aug '12 3:06:51 PM DynamiteXI
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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 ''ReturnToTheBlueLagoon'' starring Milla Jovovich and Brian Krause. And in 2012, LifetimeChannel had a loose adaptation called "Blue Lagoon: The Awakening" starring HomeAndAway actors Indiana Evans and Brenton Thwaites, with Christopher Atkins making a cameo as their teacher.

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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 ''ReturnToTheBlueLagoon'' starring Milla Jovovich and Brian Krause. And in 2012, LifetimeChannel had a loose adaptation called "Blue ''Blue Lagoon: The Awakening" Awakening'' starring HomeAndAway ''HomeAndAway'' actors Indiana Evans and Brenton Thwaites, with Christopher Atkins making a cameo as their teacher.


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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.
20th Jun '12 3:53:05 PM KizunaTallis
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There have been three 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 ''ReturnToTheBlueLagoon'' starring Milla Jovovich and Brian Krause.

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There have been three 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 ''ReturnToTheBlueLagoon'' starring Milla Jovovich and Brian Krause.
Krause. And in 2012, LifetimeChannel had a loose adaptation called "Blue Lagoon: The Awakening" starring HomeAndAway actors Indiana Evans and Brenton Thwaites, with Christopher Atkins making a cameo as their teacher.


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* AManIsNotAVirgin: Dean, the male lead of the 2012 movie. Played straight with original male lead Richard, though it's justified.
* 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.
19th Jun '12 11:28:18 AM FELH2
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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 EdgarRiceBurroughs' work believe they can track part of his inspiration for ''{{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 EdgarRiceBurroughs' Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs' work believe they can track part of his inspiration for ''{{Tarzan}}'' to these novels and to Morgan Robertson's earlier novella, ''Primordial''.



* DiabolusExMachina: In a movie based primarily around emotional and physical self-discovery, Diabolus is personified in the form of a three-year-old boy throwing oars from boats.

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* DiabolusExMachina: In a movie based primarily around emotional and physical self-discovery, Diabolus is personified in the form of a three-year-old boy throwing oars from boats.



* KissingCousins: Richard and Emmeline are cousins. They are also the only available mates for each other.

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* KissingCousins: Richard and Emmeline are cousins. They are also the only available mates for each other.



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6th Jun '12 7:05:11 AM ElectricBoogaloo
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* FridgeLogic: Why didn't Emmeline just get out of the boat and swim for the oar in the first place. It's not like she had a fancy dress on or anything, and if the kid fell out of the boat, he can swim.
** She didn't want to get eaten by the shark. After all, she threw that second oar at it to save Richard's life.
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