But William Golding's 1954 novel The Lord of the Flies, based on the children's novel The Coral Island, turns the genre around, arguing for the natural enmity of men without women. It was required reading in high school: our teacher expected us to have an ephiphany, thinking "Yes, we are savages. Only the adult rules keep us from killing each other."
It has been filmed twice, in 1963 and 1990.
Tunnel in the Sky. He organizes the search for food and the rescue fire, and uses a conch shell to call the citizens to a democratic congress.
Tensions escalate, and the savages attack. A boy named Piggy is killed, the conch broken, and Ralph's boys scatter into the jungle. Jack leads his savages to attack Jack, but just as they close in for the kill, the adult rescuers arrive. Civilization restored, the boys begin to cry.
But there is an obvious gay subtext. Ralph is a veritable teen idol, strong and handsome, and though he cares for Jack, he doesn't display any homoromantic intensity.