I guess some people are actually interested in seeing War of the Worlds; others of us would rather watch paint dry. Still, the subject of alien invasion and martians can be a fascinating one and has a rich history in books going back to at least the days of Swift. This article in Astrobiology Magazine highlights the role of Mars (and briefly answers the question, "Why Martians instead of Jovians?") in literature:
Jonathan Swift (1667-1745), the great Irish writer and satirist, makes a curious reference to Mars's satellites in Gulliver's Travels. In the book, astronomers on the fictional island of Laputa (whose king is fond of solving mathematical problems) are said to have discovered two satellites around Mars. Swift details the orbital mechanics with reference to Kepler's laws.