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Friday, May 3, 2013

Classics Retold: The Time Machine

Posted by Charlene // Tags: , ,
For the Classics Retold event in September, I've chosen The Time Machine by H.G. Wells as my text.  I've never read the original, and for a book that revolves around something so iconic as a machine that travels through time (H.G. Wells also coined the phrase) it's a shame I don't know more about this story. I don't even know what it was the time traveler in the novel saw.   There are a few sequels and retellings related to this novel, but there also seems to be a few books and movies that take the idea of H.G. Wells himself using his Time Machine.  (This worries me.  Is the original novel not engaging enough to adapt?)

Here are the books and films (one film actually) that I'm planning to explore for  Classics Retold:


The original (and pretty short) classic novel The Time Machine

The Map of Time by Felix J. Palma which has H.G. Wells as a character involved in a plan to save lives and literary characters.

The Time Ships by Stephen Baxter is a sequel to The Time Machine  that brings in modern knowledge of quantum physics to support the original story.

"Time After Time" is a wonderful movie I saw earlier this year where Malcolm McDowell as H.G. Wells accidentally reveals his time machine to Jack the Ripper and must travel to the future to capture him when the Ripper steals the time machine.

If I have time, I'll definitely throw in one of the film adaptations of the book - I haven't decided which one to watch yet!

And something extra cool that I came upon when searching for H.G. Wells things - a rare audio interview between Orson Welles and H.G. Wells.  I'm amazed to be able to hear H.G.'s voice!  It's really not what I thought he would sound like.

To sign up for the event yourself and join in on the fun, check out this post.  Sign ups end May 25th.

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11 comments:

  1. I am surprised you are not watching the 2002 Time Machine movie. I look forward to all the Classics Retold posts. I think this is going to be a lot of fun!

    Angie

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    1. I might! I was leaning towards watching the 1960 version just cause I love old movies, but the 2002 one has Jeremy Irons! I hope to watch both actually! Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. I have the book but I still need to read it.. although those movies do seem interesting :D
    Anyways followed you back.
    P.S. you blog is so pretttyyy :D

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    1. Oh good, maybe I'll see a review of it on your blog some time! And thank you! :)

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  3. There is a film from 2002 :http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0268695/?ref_=sr_1 and a film from 1968 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0054387/?ref_=sr_3..both make some serious changes though!

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    1. Interesting, I hope they are enjoyable though!

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    2. I have a soft spot for the 1968 even though it is very cheesy in some ways!

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    3. Oh good, I'll put that first on my watch list then! :)

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  4. You should really read the book first. It is rather short so won't take that much time. As for a movie adaptation, definitely go only for the classic 1960 adaptation, which is much more faithful (even though it does take a number of liberties) to the novel than the 2002 version,which completely revises the story and misses the point of the original.

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    1. Oh of course I will read the book first! I need to be able to compare the original to the adaptations/ sequels! Thank you for the advice of which movie to watch, I was leaning towards the Sixties version anyways, so this just strengthens that. :) Thanks for commenting!

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  5. A summary of H.G. Wells "The Time Machine" at http://bit.ly/Y6x2vD

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