Book Banter: William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope

Title: William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope

Author: Ian Doescher (with an assist from George Lucas and Will S.)

Genre: comedy

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.

starwars venn

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.

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