Adapting The War of the Worlds - Bryon Haskins and Steven Spielberg: political, social and scientific beliefs

Powell, Laura (2011) Adapting The War of the Worlds - Bryon Haskins and Steven Spielberg: political, social and scientific beliefs. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    At the time of writing The War of the Worlds (1898), H.G. Wells was angered by Britain’s colonisation of poorer societies across the globe. He was a writer of his times, reflecting on the destruction that was forced upon nations less powerful than Victorian Britain. These messages have no relevance for a twenty first century audience. However Bryon Haskins created the very first film adaptation which has become one of the most successful science fiction films in Hollywood, this inspired the Steven Spielberg film created in 2005. Research was carried out using Wells’ autobiography, books, articles and online articles in order to analyse the novel and two film adaptations. This dissertation is going to discuss how each text addresses the political, social and scientific climate and how these inform both the films interpretation of The War of the Worlds. Wells’ has acknowledged that he has little characterisation within his novel, which is central to Hollywood narratives. This helps to further comparisons between Wells’ words and the two adaptations, by discussing how Haskins and Spielberg create their characters. Not only in Wells’ original writing, but how each film’s context shapes each of the characters as they go through their journey.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2012 10:10
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:57
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/6905

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