I just finished reading "War of the Worlds", yes, I do seem to be doing a lot of reading recently. I also watched the classic War of the Worlds movie this past week. It's interested seeing the differences between the two different versions, heck there are even differences with the newest one with Tom Cruise.
"War of the Worlds" is a book by H. G. Wells, about a martian invasion, that follows the accounts of an unnamed protagonist and his brother, and it takes place in England. Now the movies are pretty much the same basic story, martians invade, humans try to fight but fail miserably. The biggest differences between the book and the movies are the time periods they take place in. In the book, it takes place during the late 1890's. The bigger Hollywood movies took place during their perspective time periods that they were made in 1953, and 2005 (Tom Cruise). Another difference between the book and the movies is that you actually know the characters names in the movies, where as I said above, in the book you get to know and follow along with a nameless protagonist and his brother.
I honestly enjoyed each version of the story told. Now it would be pretty cool to see a film done following the book completely. It would have to get one with a bigger budget, and done by a bigger production company to be done right. That would be a lot of fun to see.