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William Shakespeare's Star Wars

Verily, A New Hope
Doescher, Ian (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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A retelling of Star wars in the style of Shakespeare, in which a wise Jedi knight, an evil Sith lord, a beautiful captive princess, and a young hero coming of age reflect the valor and villainy of the Bard's greatest plays.
Authors: Doescher, Ian
Statement of Responsibility: by Ian Doescher ; inspired by the work of George Lucas and William Shakespeare
Title: William Shakespeare's Star Wars
verily, a new hope
Publisher: Philadelphia : Quirk Books, c2013
Characteristics: 174 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Notes: "Lucas books."
Summary: A retelling of Star wars in the style of Shakespeare, in which a wise Jedi knight, an evil Sith lord, a beautiful captive princess, and a young hero coming of age reflect the valor and villainy of the Bard's greatest plays.
Subject Headings: Star Wars fiction Star wars (Motion picture) Adaptations Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 Parodies, imitations, etc
Topical Term: Star Wars fiction
LCCN: 2012953985
ISBN: 1594746370
9781594746376
Branch Call Number: 812 Doescher
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Dec 05, 2013
  • artnmusic rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

Oct 18, 2013
  • Keogh rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A fun adaptation of Star Wars into the prose and style of Shakespeare's time, weaving in some of Shakespeare's real work along the way. It's preposterous- particularly in getting to hear R2-D2's inner voice- but that's what makes it work.

Aug 07, 2013
  • JCLJaredH rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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 seriously by either genre. Doescher throws in various famous Shakespearean orations and gives them a comical Star Wars twist. The various asides of the characters to the audience and well done illustrations show that Doescher is not above poking fun at Star Wars itself with subtle wit. It does bog down at times and the idea can wear thin at times, but it is still fun. I would love to see this actually performed.

Jul 28, 2013
  • tdmenten1 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Clever. Funny. Uber-nerdy. ♥ R2D2 speaking "droid" as he normally would, except in his asides he speaks his mind in Shakespearean iambic pentameter. ♥ the many lines adapted from the Bard's plays to create clever connections. Luke holding the helmet if a stormtrooper & speaking as Hamlet to Yorick is awesome. Well worth the read.

I found Act I to be hilarious; Act II mildly amusing. By Act III the novelty had worn off and by Act IV I was wondering how many more pages were left. By Act V I was just annoyed every time I recognized one of Shakespeare’s famous speeches. It’s a very, very, clever concept and I think Doescher did an excellent job but at some point it ceased being an enjoyable read and seemed more of a writing exercise for the author.

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