Wednesday, August 06, 2008

War of the Worlds on my mind.

It's funny how the mind wanders from time to time. 

I was walking home from the Bus Stop last week, listening to my Zune. I have so much on there and I find that I am so indecisive that I just always put it on random. On came one of the songs from one of my favorite albums of all time. An album that few people I have met have ever heard, let alone heard of. It was a "track" from Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds
I don't know what it is, but I like Concept Albums immensely. 
I was musing the War of the Worlds over in my head and thinking about what an amazing Work of Fiction it is. 

Think about it with me.

H.G. Wells wrote the War of the Worlds in 1898. 
He predicted Chemical Warfare, Military Vehicles, Flying Machines, Space Travel.
The Book reads like Moderns Science Fiction, all the trappings are there, but when it was written this was cutting edge stuff. The very idea of a "Martian" invasion was so Alien to the world. (Pardon the Pun).
Since then it has been adapted time and time again. Orson Wells famous 1938 adaptation for radio. George Pal's 1953 film, Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds (1978), the 1988 TV series, and the 2005 Steven Spielberg film
are among my favorites.

What I find interesting about all the different adaptations is that it is almost always Modernized and set in the present day, also the location is generally changed as well. In fact, the Jeff Wayne version is the only one I have experienced that still has it set in Victorian England, though the music is a Progressive Rock Album from the 70's and has thus been modernized in that sense, of course using that argument any non-book adaptation is a modernization.

I would like to see a Period film made, an A budget movie that is. There was a low budget direct to DVD version released concurrent with the Spielberg version, that I have never seen. 

I think it is interesting that certain stories just kept getting told Time and Time again.
It makes me wonder what of today's Pop culture may be remade in 100+ years.
Does anything made today have the longevity?


  1. I think some things today will have longevity, but at the same time as technology gets better people will want to see if they can "out-do" their predecessors.

  2. I just wonder. . . in 50—100 years will someone be re-making Star Wars?