By Story Star Publishing correspondent Rebekah Hughes
With the Oscars having just gone by, here at Story Star Publishing, we turn our attention not only to the greatest films of 2012, but the novels that made the films. With the glitz of the night and the glamorisation of films such as War Horse and The Artist it is easy to forget that the inspiration for these types of films came from the imaginative authors who wrote each award winning film simply from a matter of personal interest.
When looking at these films, I adore the transformative process they go through when being adapted for play or film. I critically assess whether I believe producers have retained each novel’s crucial meaning and narrative that made me fall in love with the original novel. In some cases we find films stray not too far from the novels they come, these films, I usually feel, are able to portray the most passion simply by working with authors to retain the desired motions fitting with the book.
Michael Morpurgo’s War Horse was originally a children’s novel first published in 1982 set in the wartime period of World War 1. Joey, the young man’s horse is taken to war, through a series of events young Albert takes upon the challenge of finding Joey to bring him back home. The children’s novel has been adapted many times prior to Spielberg’s adaptation for Hollywood.
In 2007 Nick Stafford adapted the novel for play, War Horse staged at the National Theatre in London. More recently, as of 2010, War Horse transferred to Broadway, New York. Having just returned from New York myself I have to say I found the New Yorkers find the play inspiring. One local explained to me:
"If there’s one play on Broadway you see before you leave New York City, its War Horse.. Crossing over the water from our neighbours in the UK was this great play, I myself only saw it a few weeks back and both my wife and I were moved".