William Shakespeare’s Star Wars

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 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.

William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back
Star Wars Lightsaber Umbrellas

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John Jorgensen says:

Brilliant This is just a brilliant adaptation of Star Wars into the style of Shakespeare. Those two things are so different that my first reaction was “This is some kind of joke, right?” But while there’s a great deal of humor to be found here, the project is not a parody. Not at all. It’s a celebration of two hitherto separate but equally great triumphs of storytelling.The first step was converting the dialogue of A New Hope into iambic pentameter. This is a great accomplishment in its own right: archaic sixteenth-century grammar and vocabulary are used, giving this writing a very authentically Shakespearean feel; at the same time, Star Wars jargon is faithfully represented: “Now lock thine S foils in attacking mode,” for instance, or “E’en now the princess is on Level 5/Detention block of AA-23.” Deliberately awkward dialogue from Star Wars is dialed up to eleven, with side-splittingly entertaining results; read the reinterpretation of Han’s attempts to convince security…

Erik1988 says:

Worth a read, but gets repititious Coincidentally I just finished reading , which used actual text from the Bard. After having a dose of Shakespeare and learning to memorize his works, when I got my hands on this I had one immediate response. . .Ha. Ha. Ha!I got a good laugh, as the timely classic story we all know so well is put into the form of a stage play with a lot of Thee’s, Thou’s and the like.Not nearly as skilled writing as the Bard’s trademark rhyming and other fantastic uses of the English language. Now I’m still unfamiliar with recognizing iambic pentameter, but that’s supposed to play a big part in this retelling.Here is an excerpt that folks should be able to place:HAN: Pray tell, what shall the cargo be?OBI-WAN: -Myself The boy, two droids, and ne’re a question ask’d.HAN ‘Tis what, a touch of local…

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