Mini Review Monday: William Shakespeare’s Star Wars by Ian Doescher
William Shakespeare’s Star Wars
Summary From Goodreads:
Inspired by one of the greatest creative minds in the English language-and William Shakespeare-here is an officially licensed retelling of George Lucas’s epic Star Wars in the style of the immortal Bard of Avon. The saga of a wise (Jedi) knight and an evil (Sith) lord, of a beautiful princess held captive and a young hero coming of age, Star Wars abounds with all the valor and villainy of Shakespeare’s greatest plays. ’Tis a tale told by fretful droids, full of faithful Wookiees and fearstome Stormtroopers, signifying…pretty much everything.
Reimagined in glorious iambic pentameter—and complete with twenty gorgeous Elizabethan illustrations–William Shakespeare’s Star Wars will astound and edify Rebels and Imperials alike. Zounds! This is the book you’re looking for.
It’s time for another edition of Frodo’s Hobbit Sized Reviews on Mini Review Monday! Short and sweet just like 2nd breakfast!
William Shakespeare’s Star Wars is a great mix of Shakespeare style writing, the classic Star Wars you know and love, and some extra humor thrown in. Doescher, and Murray Biggs who helped him with some of the “Shakespearean pastiche”, combined to do a very nice job on getting the technical aspects of writing in Shakespeare’s style correct, which is huge in making sure this book flows.
A lot of the better known lines are used throughout the piece, with a twist of course, and that made it seem like I was watching the movie at the same time. One of the things that sets this book apart is that Doescher used asides, or breaks from the “play”, to show added depth for the characters and what they were thinking. As the vast majority of people reading this have watched or read Star Wars I won’t analyze the characters, plot, or the other usual aspects. You know the story, but William Shakespeare’s Star Wars is a fantastic addition to any Star Wars fan. I couldn’t help but say some of the lines out loud or sing along with the chorus so you know it’s a lot of fun. Thanks as always for reading! ^.^
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