William Shakespeare’s Star Wars by Ian Doescher is a fun mash-up, asking what would happen if the famed bard would write a well known story? Frankly, I don’t think it’s a far fetch; after all, Shakespeare wrote crowd pleasers which have somehow transitioned themselves into classic literature (my theory: a bored English professor).
I have to admit-–I really don’t get William Shakespeare. I can certainly see the genius behind the writing and appreciate the stories, but I view him more a bit different than most people. I see Shakespeare as someone akin to James Cameron, a genius who can make a crowd pleaser while knowing how to drive home a point. I also appreciate Shakespeare’s wicked sense of humor; however most of the jokes don’t translate well several centuries after they were written and need further, and sometimes in depth, explanation.
The first rule about jokes: if you need to explain it, it’s not funny.
I really enjoy the Star Wars mythos, the characters and the extended universe (EU). I got hooked on Star Wars: The Clone Wars with my son, but as a movie lover, I thought the movies were lacking. I do appreciate the imagination behind them and the magical storytelling.
I was a bit on the fence about William Shakespeare’s Star Wars by Ian Doescher, but I’m glad I read it. This is a fun book with plenty of homages to both Star Wars fans and Shakespeare’s fans. Unlike many of Shakespeare’s writings, it’s a fast and easy read of a familiar story (with a few twists). Even a few Star Wars continuity controversies are addressed with a wink and a nod (Han: And whether I shot first, I’ll ne’er confess!”) and R2D2′s soliloquy is hilarious.
Mr. Doescher’s attempt to recreate a Shakespearean play is noteworthy and clever. The book reads like the few Shakespeare works I have read (same tempo and pace) even though not as sexist, which is a good thing. The story is easy to follow, the characters are interesting (some more than the movies) and the illustrations range from very good to “just okay.”
- 176 pages
- Publisher: Quirk Books (July 2, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1594746370