However, this all changed when the trailer for War Horse appeared on my small screen. Suddenly the TV and my lounge were too small for such an epic story… And what a story! Imagine a combination of Gone with the wind for wonderful technicolour processes; a plethora of Lassie films for pathos; and a similar storytelling format to Black Beauty, whereby a succession of characters are introduced through the short snatches of time they spend with Joey, aka ‘War Horse’, in a truly unsettling period of history.
My background knowledge of the use of horses in war, and especially during the 1st World War, was admittedly sketchy, but for all the graphic and mental horrors of this period in history, I felt the film’s editing was first rate – the futility and carnage of battle was left to the viewer’s imagination (my runaway ‘fertile’ imagination notwithstanding). Now I am going to read the book. As a general rule of thumb books come first followed by film adaptations, but not this time…
Anyone else admit to being influenced by the film first before embarking on the novel?
If so, check out our listings of Books that have been made into films and television. (For those movies that are yet to be released try Read the book – then see the film.)