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Book 105

William Shakespeare's Star WarsWilliam Shakespeare's Star Wars by Ian Doescher

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I looked at my life and asked, what could make it geekier? I know, let’s read Star Wars done in iambic pentameter. This is just pure fun, but only if you love not just the storytelling in William Shakespeare’s play but also the language. If the thought of trying to read Hamlet makes you weep, you probably aren’t going to enjoy this one whit. I, on the other hand, loved it.

There doesn’t need to be much of a review here. Unless you’ve lived in a cave for the last thirty odd years, you’re probably at least familiar with the plot of Star Wars: A New Hope. Imagine it now with silly asides, some of which encompass the entire series, hinting at things not known in 1977. Imagine Han calling Luke ‘my lad’ or Vader sounding a little like Richard the Third.

If someone had told me there was a person geeky enough to try and rewrite Star Wars in iambic pentameter, I might have laughed. Verily, I might have rolled on the floor while doing so. But the proof is in the pudding and a fine pudding it is. He even links the two (rightfully so) via Joseph Campbell’s work (I do have a copy of one of Campbell’s works with Luke Skywalker on it) so it’s not so strange a thing to have Shakespeare’s and Lucas’s coming together in a delightful mash up.

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