I always thought A New Hope was a really well done movie, and over the past few years, I’ve also been getting into the works of William Shakespeare, so to see that someone actively combined the two is just mind-blowing (And that they have done books 1 through 7 is beyond mind-blowing). This book is a perfect example of the phrase ‘What you see is what you get’: The entire script of A New Hope told in early victorian iambic pentameter.
I love how Star Wars nerds can revel in the fact that every line from the movie — like when Luke whines that he doesn't get to go to Toshe Station to pick up some power converters — is replicated in victorian english so wonderfully. If you like both Star Wars and Shakespeare, I urge you to pick this one up. 4.5 out of 5.
- @RhythmDragon of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library
Is it weird that reading Star Wars in iambic pentameter helped me to understand character motivations even more than I previously had? I love Star Wars, and I love Shakespeare, but somehow the combination of the two brings a completely new appreciation for both!
Shakespeare, meet Darth Vader. Darth Vader, meet iambic pentameter. Experience the greatest sci-fi epic re-told in Shakespearean verse. A clever parody, a mashup of 3,076 lines, inspired by the work of master storytellers George Lucas and Shakespeare. May the verse be with you!
I loved this book! Ya'll Shoulda heard my grandpa read it!
So yes, the concept is freaking awesome, but it's really written in Shakespearean language, which means it gets a teensy bit tiresome after a while.
Magnificent, fantastic, and completely fabulous, this Shakespearean rendition of Star Wars will delight interested readers. It was done well, with the scenes in typical Shakespearean dialogue. To be honest, it was kind of strange imagining our beloved Star Wars characters all speaking in Shakespeare style (lol), but the author was still able to capture the authenticity of Star Wars, even in Shakespearean language. I loved it. Can't wait to read the other 2. ^-^ Great for showing to friends and getting their reactions too. ;P
Hark, a new hope ariseth within!
Loved it. 5 stars.
The premise of an epic saga such as Star Wars, adapted to a play and written in verse is delightful. The execution is... well it's a far cry from Shakespeare. This is the equivalent of putting a pig in a tutu and saying you can perform Angry Birds' Swan Lake.
What a great combination!! So glad I read this. Its very witty. Looking forward to the next one! Highly recommend. 5/5
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