William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope (Shakespeare’s Star Wars #1) by Ian Doescher
Release Date: July 2, 2013
Publisher: Quirk Books
Received: Finished copy from publisher
This book has so many things going for it. This really is the Star Wars story, with a few embellishments. One of these is R2-D2. While in the movies you can see his sass (usually through C3PO’s indignant replies), here Doescher give him these wonderful asides that really give the unit a great personality. He was easily my favorite Shakespearean interpretation of these characters.
I can’t help but comment on the illustrations that accompany the play. They are absolutely gorgeous, and even they are given a Shakespearean twist. The characters’ clothes are altered, only just enough to make them Shakespearean-like without making them unrecognizable. There are also a few quotes direct from Shakespeare himself that are slipped into appropriate parts of the text, an easter egg of sorts for those familiar with the bard.
I do have a few bones to pick with the book, but they are minor. One is that the chorus is used much more often to describe action than it should in any sort of Shakespearean-like play. Less is more in this case. There are also a few out-of-character moments for some of the characters, but they are not that big of a deal, though they might bother Star Wars superfans.
This book was highly entertaining from both the Star Wars and Shakespearean angles. I way have rolled my eyes when I first heard of this series’ existence, but I’m a true believer now! May the verse be with you!
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