This is not asking for critique, but asking for an opinion. For a little while now I've been working on a project. A book. Now in the movie industry they'll take a book, or an old film, and they'll reboot it. Often badly. But the successful ones often make it more relevant, more accessible, and give it the fresh coat of paint that it needs. I'm doing the same with a book. Specifically The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells. (The title will be H.G. Wells' The War of the Worlds). It is, perhaps, my all-time favourite story. I love it. But the trouble is that it's just not really that appealing to young adults anymore. Before I embarked upon the project I asked about 400 young SF fans whether they'd read The War of the Worlds. Only about 60 had. I asked them why not. A lot had tried but the answers were always something like 'It's hard to read' or 'it was hard to follow' or 'it wasn't really that enjoyable'. I pondered this. Why? Well. Modern standards of writing has a lot to do with it. Modern writing has a much more cinematic narrative style. You can picture the book playing out in your head like a movie. Modern books are more descriptive, the prose more energetic and so on. In contrast, The War of the Worlds might feel quite muted. It reads like a memoir, rather than an adventure. That might be quite boring to modern young audiences and the use of language and style not quite as accessible. Practually all of the young adults I did ask said they'd seen the Tom Cruise disaster of a film. A quarter had seen the rather smashing 1953 version and 2 had heard Jeff Wayne's musical. So I essentially want to reboot the tale for the 21st century. It'll still be set in Victorian England, still set in Woking and the surrounding borough. All of the details will be the same. But this time it will be told as the tale unfoldes. It will be third person. I will clean it up a bit, update the underpinning science (SF has moved on hand in hand with science fact). Provide better, deeper descriptions of things. I will use a punchy, upbeat narrative to give it some urgency and capture the atmosphere and direness of the event. I will deepen the (admittedly) 2d characters of the original. Particularly the main protagonist. Wells' never really pulled off the idea very well that the main protagonist was trying to save his wife from the Martians for the most part. I'm working on licensing. So far the enquiries I've made have been positive. War of the Worlds enters the public domain in 2016 so I may not have to worry anyway. So...what do you think to this idea?