Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Book Review: William Shakespeare's Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope by Ian Doescher

     By this time everyone is pretty well aware that Star Wars drew on a lot of ancient story elements that have been used by writers for centuries. The hero’s quest, the tragic backstory, the love triangle, the two comic relief sidekicks-all these are so common that no one blinks an eye when they get re-used over and over, unless they want to accuse J.K. Rowling of being a hack because they can’t figure out how else to criticize the Harry Potter series.
Although she does have an army of Death Eaters to take advantage of the chaos caused by the shipping war she started. She may or may not be working in collusion with SPECTRE.

     It occurred to Ian Doescher that Star Wars had all the elements of a fantastic Shakespeare play. So he re-wrote it as one of the classics. And he does a fantastic job of it.

     The dialog between Hans and Leia greatly resemble the verbal sparring that we see with Benedick and Beatrice (no surprises there-this kind of pairing was most certainly made popular because of Much Ado About Nothing). R2D2 is cast as the wise jester, a character Shakespeare loved. He pretends to stupidity so he can arrange events behind the scenes. And poor C-3PO cannot hold his sharp tongue despite his great love for R2.

     It’s a playful and remarkably well-written book. I advise all Star Wars fans to go read it. NOW.

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