Title: William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope
Author: Ian Doescher (with an assist from George Lucas and Will S.)
Length: five acts
Where Bethany’s copy came from: The Indianapolis Public Library
Plot Basics: A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…
This is a highly creatively imagined, comedic mashup of Star Wars and the Bard. It’s the plot of Episode IV in fully realized iambic pentameter.
Banter Points: This book appeals to a highly specific group of nerds.
If you find yourself in that segment, you will highly, highly appreciate this.
All the classic Star Wars line are in the play, just with a Shakesperean twist. For example:
OBI-WAN –True it is, That these are not the droids for which thou search’st
TROOPER Aye, these are not the droids for which we search
It also has a lot of the great Shakespeare lines, adapted for Star Wars, such as “Friends, rebels starfighters” and “Alas, poor Stormtrooper, I knew ye not,” and there’s a version of the St. Crispin’s Day speech as well.
A Greek-style cleverly fills in the descriptive bits and action sequences when there’s not real dialogue in the movie.
Bummer Points: Doerscher hasn’t really left himself a whole lot of Shakespeare material to roast if he ever decides to tackle “The Empire, it striketh back.” Also, I hope there’s no sequel, because one is funny but like a lot of seconds, it probably wouldn’t hold up. It’s NOT a teaching tool to try to get people interested in the Bard or Star Wars if they are in one camp or the other.
Word Nerd Recommendation: If you’re in the middle slice of the Venn diagram, this is a must read Also, if you have a theatre troop and would like to perform this for my amusement, you will have my gratitude.