Monday, December 29, 2014

William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back

Book 65 of my 2014 Reading Challenge

William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back by Ian Doescher

Summary (excerpted from the book jacket)
The saga that began with the interstellar best seller William Shakespeare's Star Wars continues with the merry reimagining of George Lucas's enduring classic The Empire Strikes Back.

My Opinion
There shouldn't be any surprises for someone picking up this book.  A fun read for Star Wars fans, what you see is clearly what you get.

There were two points in the afterword that I found especially interesting.  First was the ideas the author considered for Yoda's speech since his very distinct word order really doesn't stand out as much when writing in "Shakespearean" (is that the word for it? I'm going with it.).  The second was when the author mentioned listening to specific critiques about William Shakespeare's Star Wars when writing this book (for example, he used 'The Chorus' to describe settings much less frequently).

A Few Quotes from the Book

"Han:  - Agreed. Methinks
           The Empire knoweth we are here on Hoth.
           [Aside:] My sense of doom and dread is not without
           Its cause, for this event is grave indeed."

"Luke:  In troth, I understand, and I shall try.
Yoda:  Nay, nay! Try thou not.
            But do thou or do thou not,
            For there is no try. "

"Leia:  O Luke, pray fly!  'Tis but a trap!  A trap!
            Flee now, dear friend, ere thou art captur'd too."

"Vader:  - No, I am thy father.
Luke:  Nay, 'tis not true!  It is impossible!"

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