William Shakespeare's Star Wars

William Shakespeare's Star Wars

Verily, A New Hope

eBook - 2013
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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.

Return once more to a galaxy far, far away with this sublime 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 fearsome Stormtroopers, signifying...pretty much everything.
Publisher: Philadelphia : Quirk Books, c2013.
ISBN: 9781594746550
1594746559
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource (174 p.) :,ill.
Additional Contributors: Axis 360 (Firm)

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Star Wars rewritten in iambic pentameter and illustrated in Elizabethan style.

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JCLJaredH Aug 07, 2013

I have eagerly awaiting this book since I first heard about it back in June. Written for the Star Wars fan, William Shakespeare’s Star Wars is an amusing and interesting mashup of the New Hope script with the style of the Bard of Avon. It is definitely not something that is meant to be taken seri... Read More »


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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Dec 10, 2017

I always thought A New Hope was a really well done movie, and over the past few years, I’ve also been getting into the works of William Shakespeare, so to see that someone actively combined the two is just mind-blowing (And that they have done books 1 through 7 is beyond mind-blowing). This book is a perfect example of the phrase ‘What you see is what you get’: The entire script of A New Hope told in early victorian iambic pentameter.
I love how Star Wars nerds can revel in the fact that every line from the movie — like when Luke whines that he doesn't get to go to Toshe Station to pick up some power converters — is replicated in victorian english so wonderfully. If you like both Star Wars and Shakespeare, I urge you to pick this one up. 4.5 out of 5.
- @RhythmDragon of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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johnstonmk
Apr 15, 2017

Is it weird that reading Star Wars in iambic pentameter helped me to understand character motivations even more than I previously had? I love Star Wars, and I love Shakespeare, but somehow the combination of the two brings a completely new appreciation for both!

Shakespeare, meet Darth Vader. Darth Vader, meet iambic pentameter. Experience the greatest sci-fi epic re-told in Shakespearean verse. A clever parody, a mashup of 3,076 lines, inspired by the work of master storytellers George Lucas and Shakespeare. May the verse be with you!

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Joshua_2000
Oct 01, 2016

I loved this book! Ya'll Shoulda heard my grandpa read it!

Chapel_Hill_KarinM Dec 18, 2015

So yes, the concept is freaking awesome, but it's really written in Shakespearean language, which means it gets a teensy bit tiresome after a while.

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Love_Legolas_111
Sep 22, 2015

Magnificent, fantastic, and completely fabulous, this Shakespearean rendition of Star Wars will delight interested readers. It was done well, with the scenes in typical Shakespearean dialogue. To be honest, it was kind of strange imagining our beloved Star Wars characters all speaking in Shakespeare style (lol), but the author was still able to capture the authenticity of Star Wars, even in Shakespearean language. I loved it. Can't wait to read the other 2. ^-^ Great for showing to friends and getting their reactions too. ;P

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AMacD
May 06, 2015

Hark, a new hope ariseth within!

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cecile0511
Nov 23, 2014

Loved it. 5 stars.

MustafaAlmosawi Mar 17, 2014

The premise of an epic saga such as Star Wars, adapted to a play and written in verse is delightful. The execution is... well it's a far cry from Shakespeare. This is the equivalent of putting a pig in a tutu and saying you can perform Angry Birds' Swan Lake.

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artnmusic
Dec 05, 2013

What a great combination!! So glad I read this. Its very witty. Looking forward to the next one! Highly recommend. 5/5

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