A book for Star Wars fans: William Shakespeare's Star Wars

What? William Shakespeare and Star Wars? Yes! Ian Doescher, with the cooperation of George Lucas, has written the story of the original Star Wars movie, A New Hope, in iambic pentameter in the style of a Shakespeare play. The language is fun to read with plenty of “thou” and “prithee” among the references to “droids” and “hyperspace”. It’s not really such a stretch to put Shakespeare and Star Wars together. Both the Star Wars movies and Shakespeare’s plays are epic tales with villains and colorful supporting characters. In William Shakespeare’s Star Wars, C-3PO is still a fussbudget, and R2-D2 is still a resourceful little droid. Han Solo is still a smuggler with a good heart while Luke and Leia are still brave. Darth Vader is still evil, and Obi-Wan Kenobi is still wise. After reading the book, I had to dig out my old video copy of Star Wars and watch it again. William Shakespeare’s Star Wars is currently on the New York Times bestseller list. For those who can’t get enough of Star Wars, the library has many novels expanding on the story and characters in the 6 movies. The novels are by various authors but are all shelved in the adult fiction section under “Star Wars”.

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