Friday, January 30, 2015

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

William Shakespeare's Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope (William Shakespeare's Star Wars, #4)William Shakespeare's Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope by Ian Doescher
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Shakespeare and Star Wars come together to wondrous results thanks to the fantastic writing and imagination of Ian Doescher.  In 176 pages of iambic pentameter verse, stage directions, and some of the best Elizabethan clothed Star War characters ever seen, the reader finds one of the best adaptations of Star Wars ever.

The language is Shakespearean, but it's very readable and understandable even if you're not use to late 16th century language (even in quasi-form).  The original dialogue of the Star Wars film is covered excellently with numerous additional lines of soliloquies and speeches by a variety of characters added by Doescher to give the book it's true Shakespearean element.  However these additions don't take away from the film, they add to it by giving the characters a chance to express their inner thoughts that we never hear in the actual film.  The soliloquies are full of spoilers from the prequels along with foreshadowing for the sequels that seem to be Doescher's shout out to Star Wars fans of all kinds.

I can't say how much I enjoyed this book and how much I think Star Wars fans will like it as well.  If you're a Star Wars fan check out this book and you'll have a smile on your face as you imagine the film being transferred to an Elizabethan theater with all the action, adventure, and comedy taking place.

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