Cinema buffs will be aware that Hollywood has made a couple of Americanised versions of HG Wells’ classic sci-fi horror novel ‘The War of the Worlds’, both set in the modern day, and set in Um-mur-cur, naturally. I was therefore very happy to learn that a TV version has been made; at last, I thought, a British version that brings with it the chance of a faithful adaptation of the book! How naive can you get?
Yes, my heart promptly sank on learning that the new ‘Worlds’ drama has been done by the fucking PC obsessed Beeb. No surprise then to learn that it’s been ‘updated’. Writer Peter Harness has created the new central character that the story has been crying out for all these years; ‘Amy’, the proverbial strong, ‘modern’ woman. Harness describes Amy as ‘the person who carries the narrative from beginning to end’ in this adaptation. She even gets to deliver the legendary ‘no one would have believed’ introduction originally made by the novel’s un-named narrator, who’s christened ‘George’ here. Actress Eleanor Tomlinson calls her character ‘ground breaking’, and ‘a modern woman compared to her acquaintances’. A relationship has been formulated between her and the character Ogilvy which apparently is ‘key’ to the drama (never mind the fact that no such thing exists in the source). Ogilvy too has been ‘updated’. It’s alluded to that he might be homosexual! How fascinating.
The action has also been moved forward a few years into the Edwardian era. The significance of this shift eludes me, but Harness reckons (wait for it) that this ‘allows parallels to be drawn with the modern day’. Yes well, isn’t that just what we need a period piece to do? Cue ‘an exploration’ of ‘crossovers regarding politics, invasion, colonialism and empire building’. Rafe Spall, who plays George, gushes that one scene in particular allows his character to ‘correlate empire and colonialism to the Martian invasion and the massacre of humankind’. Christ on a bike.
Yes, I’d say that this will really resonate with modern audiences. After all, the last thing anybody wants to do nowadays is shut themselves off from loony modern agendas and lose themselves in a good old fashioned escapist thriller of a winter’s evening. Just what is it with the fucking BBC? What’s the point of going to all the expense of recreating a period world if you then disregard historical context in pursuit of a mis-matched ‘progressive’ pc agenda? Why stop there? Why not just get rid of George altogether, or cast Idris fucking Elba? Why not make Amy a disabled lesbian? (etc etc).
I don’t know about the rest of you out in IsAC land, but I’m getting too old for this shit. ‘Woke of the Worlds’, my arse.
Nominated by Ron Knee
BBC’s War of the Worlds – I know that someone has already nominated this, and I was going to wait until I had seen the first episode (today 17th November, with ISAC ready for an emergency nomination), but after reading the blurb in the TV guide, I feel that I need to put in my two cents worth now.
Naturally the BBC feels the need to make it relevant to a modern audience. It has taken a minor female role from the book, and transformed her into the lead character. According to the TV guide, Eleanor Tomlinson is no stranger to depicting strong, passionate women, so she’s perfectly cast as Amy, a fiercely intelligent woman yada yada …..
Eleanor says that she loves the fact that there’s more of Amy in it, she’s not in the book that much, which she was a bit shocked by. (Why dearie? It was written in the 1890’s). She goes on to say that when she read the script ” I was like, oh thank God for that!”
“She’s a very modern woman so she’s certainly breaking the rules of the time. What I love about her is that she is sort of the leader of the partnership. She wears the trousers, which is great blah blah….”
Having read this pile of cack, it is almost certain that Al Beeb will also bring in a gay character, or at least a subliminal message. Also a mixed race couple, which will naturally be seen as quite normal for 1897.
I think I’ve talked myself out of wasting an hour of my life.
Nominated by Mystic Maven
And while we’re at it :
Snowflake Lecturing about the Past
I watched the third and final part of the BBC’s ‘period’ adaption of H.G.Wells Sci-fi classic, “War of the Worlds” last night. I’d like to say I was surprised at the script writers, but really I am just disgusted with them.
An exchange between one of the main characters ‘George’and his brother, comparing the Martian invasion to British colonialism: “This is what we do, isn’t it? – the British” “We’ve been doing this to people for years. People who don’t know better. Just think what it would have been like for a man in the jungle to have seen white people for the first time, to not have received friendship but death.”
No such text or passage is part of H.G Wells book.
Great Britain had an Empire. Great Britain practiced colonial expansion and rule over foreign nations. It is our HISTORY. Good, bad or indifferent, It is the HISTORY of our ancestors.
Just as the Germans have their HISTORY of Nazi rule and state sanctioned genocide.
Just as the Italians have their HISTORY of a Roman empire that conquered and subjugated half the world.
For those interested in HISTORY – there are many books, documentaries, films, museums and internet articles discussing HISTORY ad infinitem.
There is no place, for injecting left wing, liberal ideals & opinions about a specific historical period, into contemporary drama or indeed, a science fiction story, beloved in English Literature. This endless snowflake obsession with drudging up the past, and trying to indoctrinate a sense of shame into today’s society for the crimes of our countries past (and the suggestion of financial reparations to be made to all those we ever wronged)
Will Germany be sending money to the UK for the Blitz? To Poland, France, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Israel for the Holocaust? Will Italy be sending money to the UK, France, Germany, Greece, most of Europe and North Africa for the conquests of the Roman Empire?
To the BBC, I say: If you want to discuss the past and impose your own morals and views upon that history, then do so honestly and in the appropriate forum.
LEAVE ENGLISH LITERATURE ALONE.
Nominated by Lord of the Rings