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“Breathless . . . filled with action from page one.”—New York Post
Terry Brooks: Great. I'm happy to be here.
Terry Brooks: I was approached in early December of 1997 through my publisher, who bought the rights to do the books to all three movies and asked if I would be willing to consider doing the first book, and if I was, would I be willing to fly down to Skywalker Ranch and meet with the Lucasfilm people and meet with George. And I agreed. So, I did, and I spent two days in early December at the ranch reading the movie script, viewing some visual presentations that were being shown to potential licensees, asking questions about the script from the subrights people, touring the grounds, and then meeting with George. This meeting lasted about four hours, and at the end of that time, I guess I had taken the job!
Terry Brooks: The decision to release the book early came after considerable discussion between the publishing house and Lucasfilm. It was felt that releasing the book early would help book sales and wouldn't really hurt the picture. As for writing any other books, there's been no discussion up to this point as to what's to happen with books two and three.
Terry Brooks: There were a few scenes that were in the shooting script that were cut during editing that ended up in the book, but most of them were very small. Much of what's in the book is original material, particularly the material about Anakin and his background.
Terry Brooks: I am at work at present on the first of five new books in the Shannara series. Publication of those books will begin in September of 2000. These books take place in the future following the close of THE TALISMANS OF SHANNARA. As for movies, there's always interest, but nothing concrete at the present.
Terry Brooks: I think Star Wars will be around for a long time, but I don't know how long it will last. It's impossible to be able to foresee anything like that. It's part of a myth-making tradition, and the classics of that form of writing have endured since the time of the Norse and Greek mythologies and the Homeric epics.
Terry Brooks: The book was written after the completion of filming, but before editing. So I knew who the actors were and could see stills of how they looked in the movie, but I didn't get to see the movie until much, much later. So I had some help, from knowing the story line and how people looked, but not how the action would develop in the picture.
Terry Brooks: I wasn't worried about this, because from the very beginning, George indicated that the book would be a companion piece to the movie. It would be an expansion of the story line, and it would be a new and different experience for the moviegoer seeking to learn new and additional information about the Star Wars world and its characters. Because it contained original material -- and was meant to be a new experience for the moviegoer -- it was never treated just as an additional piece of merchandising.
Terry Brooks: I think it's an individual choice. Some people would want to see the movie first so as not to spoil the experience in any way. Some people would want to read the book first, so as to increase their understanding of what's going on in the movie. I think that most people will see the movie, then read the book, then go see the movie again with fresh eyes.
Terry Brooks: I don't think I'm the best judge of how well I've succeeded in achieving appropriate character development in my own book. I do think that the critics of the movie are missing the point. This is not a movie centered around character study. It's an action/adventure story, and character development is secondary to the pacing of the story, and I think that most character development in Star Wars is the moviegoers intuiting what the storyteller intended.
Terry Brooks: I wrote a novelization in the early '90s for the movie "Hook." It was a painful learning experience, and it did not pay well at all. The idea of good payment for novelizations of movies is a relative one. My experience with doing the adaptation of Phantom Menace was very good. The people at Lucasfilm have a much more relaxed attitude toward the adaptation of their material to other forms, and I was given a tremendous amount of freedom to take the original movie script and rework it so it would have the same amount of magic in book form that it has on the movie screen.
Terry Brooks: I find it very difficult to single out particular parts of movies or books or particular characters for special attention, especially in a project on which I've spent a lot of time and energy. I tell everyone that the character I felt most at home writing about was Qui-Gon Jinn. Qui-Gonn is prototypical of the characters I write about in my own books all the time, and therefore the kind of character for which I have a particular affection.
Terry Brooks: I believe that George has said publicly on at least one occasion that this is a movie for children, and I wouldn't attempt to compare it to the earlier movies, any more than I would attempt to compare my own books written in the '70s with what I'm writing now. Star Wars movies are of a different time and place. I think that moviegoers have to accept them for what they have to offer; part of what George believes in his moviemaking is that he shouldn't have to explain everything and that the audience should be able to work out for themselves the parts of the story and character that he leaves out. This is very much in the traditional nature of mythic storytelling.
Terry Brooks: Thanks for the encouragement. ANGEL FIRE EAST is the third and final book in the Running with the Demon series, and it will be published in hardcover in October.
Terry Brooks: I didn't have anything to do with the movie, which was shot before I came on board. George Lucas and I talked about the form of adaptation of the book at the very beginning and hashed over possibilities for the way the story might be developed. In the end, he sent me off to write it, and nobody looked at it until it was finished. The editorial help that I received was in no way heavy-handed, and it was in fact of great benefit. Most of it revolved around my use of technical terms and character references. Very little of the substantive writing was changed, even in the editorial stage.
Terry Brooks: This particular adaptation is different from most novelizations, in that it's an expansion on the movie story line and incorporates a great deal of new material about the background of Anakin Skywalker, the relationship between the Jedi Knights, and the history of the Jedi and Sith orders.
Terry Brooks: I'm all done with touring, and I can't wait to get home. No Philly tour for this particular outing, but I might make it there with ANGEL FIRE EAST. If not, I will certainly be there in September of 2000 with the new Shannara book.
Terry Brooks: Whoa. I began writing SWORD OF SHANNARA in 1968 in my second year of law school to keep from going insane. It took me about 12 years and countless tries at other types of fiction before that time to get to fantasy and the start of the Sword. I was influenced by a tremendous number of authors over those years, both in content and style. But in particular, the European adventure story writers of the last century and Tolkien in this century.
Terry Brooks: I have no idea. Maybe nobody knows except George.
Terry Brooks: My feeling is that adults never do understand kids entirely, which is probably the difficulty that the adults are having with Jar Jar. I haven't had the same kinds of problems with the character that the critics have and think maybe they're overreacting. The biggest difficulty with Jar Jar is understanding what he's saying, and some of that is helped by reading the book, where it's easier to study the language and the conversations that take place during the story.
Terry Brooks: I have no idea about an illustrated novel, but my guess is if you've got money to buy it, someone will make it.
Terry Brooks: The only substantive changes that occurred during the writing of the book came at about the halfway point, when I went back down to Skywalker Ranch to talk to George about changes in the movie that would impact the overall story line. One of the points at issue was the way in which the Midi-Chlorian count was extracted from Anakin. Mostly it was just a heads-up kind of meeting so I could make the adjustments that would keep this story consistent with the movie story. George didn't even bother with script pages. We just dialogued about what would happen.
Terry Brooks: I was not. And I can no longer remember who was, if I ever knew. I think that George Lucas wrote episode four -- that's all I know. I've never read them.
Terry Brooks: It's neither easier nor more difficult -- it's just different. The fact is, you're working with someone else's material, and you have an obligation not to go trampling all over it and also to bring your own creative abilities to the process of translating it, so it turns out to be a good adaptation. Obviously, when you're writing original material, and you're developing the story from scratch, you tend to exercise more control over the direction it takes. But that doesn't mean that you can't find the project, as I did with Star Wars, where the creator's work is similar to your own, and the material feels familiar and makes the entire process comfortable.
Terry Brooks: I was always a fan. I saw the first movie when it came out in '77, saw all the other movies when they came out, have taken various sets of kids to see them, and one grandchild, so that makes me a fair-to-moderate sort of fan.
Terry Brooks: Just that I look forward to meeting some of these people in person somewhere down the line at a book signing. Thanks for all the good questions.
Posted April 29, 2008
The Phantom Menace is about two jedi, Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wann Kenobi, who find a boy who could fulfill the ancient prophecy. Naboo was under attack so Obi-Wann and Qui-Gon went to Naboo to convince the Federation to stop the attack.. Before they could speak to anyone, the doors were locked and deadly gas was sprayed all around the room. They cut through the doors with their lightsabers destroyed droids, and held their breath so they couldn¿t breath the gas. Once they escaped then ran into a Gungan named Jar Jar Binks. The two jedi and Jar Jar travel to the Naboo Palace, where they found Queen Amidala, Captain Panaka, and their gaurds surrounded by battle droids. Qui-Gon and Obi-Wann kill the battle droids and most of them fly away in a ship. The Federation had surrounded the planet with ships so on their way out the ships fired at them. They couldn¿t make it all the way to Crusant without making repairs. The nearest planer was Tatoine so they stopped there to buy parts for the ship. At Tatoine, Qui-Gon, R2D2, and the Queens hand maiden, Padme, ran into a boy named Anakin Skywalker. Anakin fell in love with Padme, who was actually the Queen in disguise, and invited her and her friends to stay at his house because a sandstorm was coming. They didn¿t have enough money for what they needed so they entered Anakin into a pod race. Qui-Gon made a bet with Anakin¿s slave owner. The bet was, if Anakin won, Qui-Gon got the parts he needed, got Anakin, and the slave owner got the prize money. If Anakin lost, the slave owner got Qui-Gon¿s ship and the Pod. Anakin won so Qui-Gon and everyone else went to Crusant. At Crusant , Anakin was tested and was strong with the force, but was too old to be trained now. The Queen decided she wanted to go back to Naboo to save her people. They went to talk to the Gungans, who agreed to help them get Naboo back. The Gungans fought the battle droids off, the two Jedi battled Darth Maul the Sith, the pilots went to destroy the droid control ship, and the Queen and her guards went to kidnap Nute Gunray, the viceroy. Anakin hid in a plane but the plane started to take off. Meanwhile the Gungans had fought and were having to retreat. The queen had Nute surrounded but he said the droids would bust through the door any minute. Anakin was flying around and landed on the droid control ship. There were tons of droids in front of the ship so he blasted his torpedoes, although he missed the droids, the whole control ship started to blow up.Then all th droids shut off. In the battle against Darth Maul Obi-Wann was stuck behind a laser shield while Qui-Gon and Darth Maul fought. Qui-Gon got killed just as the laser shield went down. Then Obi-Wann and Darth Maul had an intense battle until Obi-Wann sliced Darth Maul in half. After they won Anakin was able to be trained. This is a great book and I highly recommend it. This book is filled with action. Everywhere there is some type of fight going on from an argument to a light saber battle. The fight for the planet Naboo has the most action with a light saber battle, the Gungans fighting droids, and even the Queen captures Nute Gunray. This book has great details throughout the story. It describes the people so amazingly like when it describes Jar Jar Binks, it talks about his big yellow eyes and his reddish scale-like things. Also Darth Maul is described as something with yellow eyes, red and black tattoos on his face, and horns sticking out of his head. There ore tons of interesting events in the book. They have Pod races, droid battles, shop battles, light saber battles and kidnaping. In the Pod race, Anakin knew where to go, what to do, and when to do it, which is pretty cool and interesting. This story has technology that is way better than what we have today. I recommend this to anyone who likes a good book.
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Posted November 7, 2007
Star Wars Episode1 The Phantom Menace is a science fiction book by George Lucas. I think that this book has a slow beginning but gets more exciting toward the end. Overall I liked it. The setting of the book is a long time ago in a galaxy far far away. The major conflict of this story is how Queen Amidala will end the Trade Federation to end the blockade on her planet. She first tries to end her problem peacefully by trying to get the Senate to make it illegal. Then she tries to impeach the counselor. Finally she tries to take her planet back by force. The authors style is easy to read and it is in third person. I recommend this book to people who what to get some reading done.
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Posted February 5, 2009
This book was great basically from start to finish. It tells the story far better than the movie ever did. Even though books let us go into the minds of characters, it still showed far much more feeling and characterization to the characters. You understand Anakin more. He's not just some happy-go-lucky, clean dressed, "Yipee" yelling kid. The story puts him in rags, being a slave and all, and Watto a little more meaner and more like a slave-driving, money hungry being that he is. It tells about a race he's in when the story first starts out and he crashes and loses, and gets a scolding from Watto. It tells a lot more about how strong he is with the Force and how he can't explain what he can do. It shows a closer relationship between Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan, like father and son, the way it should've been in the movie. They sometimes bicker and disagree, which is what people do. The book gives more characterization for Panaka and the Queen. Panaka doesn't agree with the Jedi and shows it, showing his protection of the Queen. She shows much more feeling. The best part is how Obi-Wan can't stand Jar Jar and doesn't agree with Qui-Gon taking him along. It explains why Qui-Gon took him. But by the end Obi-Wan learns his lessons from Qui-Gon. You also go into the thoughts of Jar Jar, making him not...quite so bad. The end space battle makes more sense. R2-D2 was piloting the ship and the Force was using Anakin, which the movie just made it look like an accident and basically corny. Packed with extra scenes and dialogue, you get a much better understanding of the story which the movie simply didn't do. If the movie was a lot more like the book, I think it would've done better....along with a lot of Jar Jar's annoying dialogue and antics cut down too.
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Posted May 21, 2000
Granted, if you liked Star Wars: The Phantom Menace there's a good chance you'll like this book, but it dosen't hold togethere nearly as good as the movie. First of all there's so much describing of detail to what a person is thinking and not of what the scene looks like. If you haven't seen the movie, please do before reading this book because it dosen't make you feel like you're standing right there. Also, the way the chapters are blended together, well they are'nt. They end in awkward places and have no kinds off hooks or cliffhangers to make you keep on reading. It isn't suspensful and it dosen't keep up it's end of the bargain for the movie. Don't get this book if you aren't a Star Wars maniac. Trust me.
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Posted July 25, 2005
Truly, it was. Could have been better, but good nonetheless. The only thing I didn't like about it was how he portrayed Obi-Wan: too pessimistic at times. But then again, I'm a die-hard Obi-Wan fan so, take that with a grain of salt... Other than that, this was basically flawless. Well worth it.
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Posted May 25, 2005
I love Star Wars even though I'm a girl. Other girls in my class just don't understand that Star Wars is the best series of books and movies that I have ever heard of!!!!!!
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Posted November 13, 2004
For centuries, the Jedi Knights have guarded the Republic and guaranteed its freedom. Now that freedom is threatened by the growing power of the amoral Trade Federation, and by an enemy even the Jedi have cause to fear. The Sith Lords aren't gone from the universe, after all. As the Trade Federation invades the planet Naboo, Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn arrives with his apprentice, Obi-Wan Kenobi, to rescue Queen Amidala. When their ship suffers damage during their escape, they're forced to land on a remote planet called Tatooine. There a nine-year-old slave boy, Anakin Skywalker, proves their only hope of repairing the ship and getting Amidala to the galactic capital of Coruscant. Young Skywalker may be their only hope for a great deal more than Naboo's future, though. As Master Qui-Gon realizes, when he perceives the boy's Jedi-like gifts and discovers through surreptitious testing that Anakin's midi-chlorian count exceeds that of any Jedi on record. Can this child be the promised one? Who will, according to ancient prophecy, restore balance to the Force? Well written and enjoyable. Although this story really does work better on the movie screen, the author does a good job of getting inside the characters' heads. Even the often ridiculed Jar Jar Binks - a comic relief figure, only, in the film - gains enough depth to make him interesting.
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Posted February 14, 2014
Its the movie.........in a book. What more is there to say. It is a little more descriptive as all books are when compared to movies, but since this is taking the movie and adapting it to a book, it was actually somewhat boring.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 8, 2014
Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace is an absolute must for any Star Wars fan. The story of how Anakin Skywalker won his freedom from slavery and began his quest as a Jedi that would eventually lead to his becoming the galaxy conquering Darth Vader is simply amazing.
Terry Brooks has successfully adapted a gripping masterpiece and made a book that is a fun and easy read. I could read an entire novel just about Anakin Skywalker going about his life as a slave on Tatooine.
Perhaps the very best quality of this novel is that it includes several chapters of great material that wasn't included in the movie. This makes for an interesting read because you never know when something new that you have never before seen might jump out at you from among the familiar.
Overall, it's highly enjoyable and pretty easy to read too. I recommend this book to any person who likes Star Wars.
Posted March 14, 2014
Posted December 9, 2013
The author does a great job. Finally, I understood why certain things happened. You could ' see' the characters thougts. Basic plotline: The separists are launching an attack. Qui gon and his apprentice Obi wan go to investigate. They land on the planet Naboo, and soon a war has started. Later, there is a big battle, in space, on land, at Theed palace, and the jedi vs Darth Maul. So te saga goes....
( no spoilers- read on!) But we kinda sorta know whats coming :(
Posted November 7, 2013
XD yeah another star wars movie yaay!!!
:x omg secret mission.
:D Monsters out there, leaking in here, all sinking and no power?????!!! WHEN DO YOUSA THINK WESA IN TROUBLE?
:) aww what a CUTE little kid.
O.o ?? Thats Anakin?? HE grows up to be Darth Vader??
XD hahahaha epic jar-jar fail his tongue got zapped by podracer energy.
>:( Sebulba you JERKFACE!!!!!!!!!! DATS CHEATING!!
:D yay Anakin won anyway!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ohno its DARTH MAUL OMG HES SO ANGRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
YAYZ THE GOOD GUYZ ESCAPED!!!
*Gets up to go make microwaved popcorn*
Ok back now
>:O WHAT DO YOU MEAN ANAKIN CANT BE A JEDI????
Yayz Qui Gon is gonna train him.
Omg secret forest area
Padme is the queen?? Lolwut
Gungan army in a forcefield bubble :)
Anakin flying a fighter ship ;)
O.O Jedi battle. So intense. Epic music.
T.T NOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! QUI GON , WHYYYYYYY?????
YESH OBI WAN FOR THE WIN!!
oh yayz a parade.
This movie changed my life forevs.
--Hikari Raion, Padawan.
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