Wednesday, February 19, 2014

William Shakespeare's Star Wars

Author: Ian Doescher
Info: Quirk Books, copyright 2013, 174 pages

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.

~Goodreads Description~

So this might be one of the most brilliant literary "reimaginings" ever created.  Doescher has take the beloved Star Wars: A New Hope and infused it with Shakespearean flair.  If you're a fan of the classic scifi movie series, and you can stomach Shakespeare, definitely give this a read.

What is so brilliant about the adaptation is that it remained true to form on both fronts.  The Shakespearean language doesn't overwhelm the reader, and the story line doesn't suffer under the new form.  They blend together rather brilliantly for a fun, new retelling.

Case in point:

(In the trash compactor)

HAN - "I cannot hold them back forever, sure!"
LEIA - 'Tis quite a rescue thou has plann'd for me.  Thou has come in, but how shalt thou go out?  Hath folly been thy guide?"
HAN - "--He hath the plan, Not I, thou sweetheart of ingratitude!"

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