War of the Worlds Refought by Hermione Georgina Wells
When Martians with their battle machines and Heat-Rays invade the Earth, will any women survive? Particularly when the aliens like to eat them! A Gender Switch Adventure.
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Carbon copy of Classic Martian invasion adds nothing except a gender twist that falls flat. *** If you want to read a well-written tale of a Martian invasion of earth, read Herbert George Wells' original War of the Worlds. Don't waste your time reading this author's poor attempt to switch male to female and female to male characters. There is no additional material, no new plots, and no new words. The barest hint of originality is the new picture on the cover. Even in the gender switch, the author used pronouns incorrectly, if the pronoun switch was even completed. This novel does not even deserve a 1 for effort.
What these "Gender Flipped Adventures" do is take a famous novel and switch the gender of every character thst appears in it. All male characters are female and vice versa. Nothing else is changed. No new stories are told, no characters are expanded on; it's merely the same work with the same plot and the same characters, the only difference in the pronouns. Not that I have anything against the concept; I am a great fan of well-written parallel novels or pastiche, as long as they add something new to the original work. A good parallel novel can shed new light on the personality or motives of a minor character, explore a theme not discussed in the original work, or tell a story implied in the original. Despite the fact thar they are built on a previous work, the best parallel novels have a power and originality all their own. This work, however, adds nothing to The War of the Worlds. The text is all from the original and far more famous novel, with the only change in the gender of the characters. It is not bold or original. What it is is cheap and tacky. If you're here as a fan of The War of the Worlds by Herbert George Wells, stick with the original book. If you've read that, you've read this, too.
I was fascinated by the idea of War Of The Worlds written from a woman's prospective, and I was prepared for any treatment from a group of Victorian women of disparate social status banding together to save themselves and their children to a space opera parody involving seducing the Martians and taking over their war machines. What I got was the original story with a female person in all the male roles and a male person in all the female roles. It was the familiar male-oriented adventure story with the genders reversed. It's a good start, but by itself it's not enough.