Wednesday, January 8, 2014

A Book Review of William Shakespeare's Star Wars by Ian Doescher



Just when I thought I would never be interested by a piece of Star Wars merchandise again, I received William Shakespeare's Star Wars by Ian Doescher. My brother gave it to me for Christmas.

Ian Doescher recreated Star Wars in the style of a Shakespeare play. Reading this made me love Shakespeare and Star Wars all over again.

I daresay that Star Wars is even better as a play written in iambic pentameter. Maybe everything is better in iambic pentameter. First time author Doescher displays the skill of a true wordsmith as he delves into archaic language and the squashing of syllables with apostrophes.

Throughout the play I adored the little asides given by various characters.

Here's Vader during the famous choking scene:

Tarkin: --Cease!
No more of this! Good Vader, let him be.
Vader: As is thy will. [Aside:] My point hath well been made
Upon his prideful, unbelieving throat.

And remember that moment when Leia disses the Millennium Falcon?

Leia: [to Han] Hast thou come here in that ungainly heap?
Thou art, perhaps, then braver than I thought.
Han: 'Tis well and good, though I need not thy praise.
Now let us hence, and to the ship repair!

And we know that Shakespearean characters require many lines when dying.

Obi-Wan: But ere I die, I'll one last lesson teach.
I shall in this -- my final moment -- set
A keen example for the universe,
That future generations may yet know
The valor and the strength of Jedi Knights.
Put up thy lightsaber now, Obi-Wan,
And show thyself a Jedi to this son.

I applaud this book. Although it mimics Shakespearean language, it is accessible to all readers. The flowery verbiage won't trigger any comprehension allergies. This is a work of art by a fan for fans of Star Wars and language.


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