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Young Reader Review by Chris: Beware the Power of the Dark Side!

Beware the Power of the Dark Side

With the media onslaught for the release of The Force Awakens, Disney formed a new line of retellings of the Original Trilogy movies aimed at kids. Rather than acting as new novelizations of the film, these adaptations were loose translations of the Original Trilogy, recast in a new light for kids (and adults) to get a new angle on the story in a new age. Alexandria Bracken’s The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farmboy reimagined A New Hope through the eyes of Princess Leia, Han Solo, and Luke Skywalker, where each character’s unique viewpoint covered a third of the movie each. Adam Gidwitz’s So You Want to be a Jedi? Is a second-person retelling of The Empire Strikes Back, putting you into the boots of Luke Skywalker as he trains to be a Jedi. Tom Angelberger’s Beware the Power of the Dark Side! is a young adult/YA adaptation of the script for The Return of the Jedi.

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Young Reader Review by Chris: So You Want to be a Jedi?

So You Want to be a Jedi

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With the media onslaught for the release of The Force Awakens, Disney formed a new line of retellings of the Original Trilogy movies aimed at kids. Rather than acting as new novelizations of the film, these adaptations were loose translations of the Original Trilogy, recast in a new light for kids (and adults) to get a new angle on the story in a new age. Alexandria Bracken’s The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farmboy reimagined A New Hope through the eyes of Princess Leia, Han Solo, and Luke Skywalker, where each character’s unique viewpoint covered a third of the movie each. Angelberger’s Beware the Power of the Dark Side! is a young adult adaptation of the script for The Return of the Jedi. Gidwitz’s So You Want to be a Jedi? might be the most..unique adaptation of the three: it retells the story of The Empire Strikes Back through a second person narrative through the eyes of Luke Skywalker, putting you into his shoes and seeing the events of the movies through his eyes. Continue reading “Young Reader Review by Chris: So You Want to be a Jedi?”

Novel Review: William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: The Empire Striketh Back

William Shakespeare's Star Wars: The Empire Striketh Back

Ian Doescher brings everything he learned from his first William Shakespeare-ian adaptation, Verily, A New Hope, and gives the film most Star Wars fans cite as their all-time favorite the enjoyably rousing adaptation it deserves in William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: The Empire Striketh Back. Continue reading “Novel Review: William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: The Empire Striketh Back”

Novel Review: William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope

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Time doth learned I of
Shakespeare’s Star Wars
Verily, jest I thought thusly
Now, merry for more
Thusly I am

Okay, I can’t write this entire review in iambic pentameter (which the above might not even all be), but it’s rhythmic and booming pulse stays with you long after you’ve finished a piece of literature written in it. In fact, I haven’t read any Shakespeare since my high school days some 8 years ago, but reading it again felt like slipping on a well-worn shoe. My British Literature teacher would’ve loved to have something as accessible as Star Wars to help get us students into Shakespeare instead of the macabre Macbeth, but I’m sure she never guessed there’d actually be a William Shakespeare’s Star Wars. However, we live in a world where it does exist and Verily, A New Hope, scribed by Ian Doescher, is a refreshingly fun, exciting, and hilarious take on Ep. IV. Continue reading “Novel Review: William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope”