William Shakespeare's Star Wars [NOOK Book]

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Return once more to a galaxy far, far away with this sublime retelling of George Lucas’s epic Star Wars in the style of the immortal Bard of Avon. The saga of a wise (Jedi) knight and an evil (Sith) lord, of a beautiful princess held captive and a young hero coming of age, Star Wars abounds with all the valor and villainy of Shakespeare’s greatest plays. ’Tis a tale told by fretful droids, full of faithful Wookiees and ...
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Overview

Return once more to a galaxy far, far away with this sublime retelling of George Lucas’s epic Star Wars in the style of the immortal Bard of Avon. The saga of a wise (Jedi) knight and an evil (Sith) lord, of a beautiful princess held captive and a young hero coming of age, Star Wars abounds with all the valor and villainy of Shakespeare’s greatest plays. ’Tis a tale told by fretful droids, full of faithful Wookiees and fearstome Stormtroopers, signifying...pretty much everything.

Reimagined in glorious iambic pentameter—and complete with twenty gorgeous Elizabethan illustrations--William Shakespeare’s Star Wars will astound and edify Rebels and Imperials alike. Zounds! This is the book you’re looking for.
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With its warring elites, feuding families, fantastic creatures, and mythic scope, Star Wars almost seems Shakespearean. Now the Stratford Bard himself unfurls his own intergalactic epic in rolling pentameters. A jolly good mash-up for readers of every generation.

School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—"…In time so long ago begins our play,/In star-crossed galaxy far, far away." Inspired by the work of George Lucas and William Shakespeare, this is the story of Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope, retold as a five-act play, complete with blank verse, couplets, and Elizabethan stage directions. Even Jabba the Hutt and R2-D2 speak (or beep) in iambic pentameter. Luke, Leia, Han, Darth Vader, and the rest of the cast battle to determine the future of the galaxy while parodying various well-known lines and speeches from Richard III, Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Julius Caesar, and Henry V. Luke's soliloquy, "Alas, poor stormtrooper, I knew ye not," accompanied by an illustration of Luke holding up a stormtrooper helmet, is a standout comic moment, as is Leia's "songs of nonny," sung as the planet Alderaan explodes. Doescher's pseudo-Shakespearean language is absolutely dead-on; this is one of the best-written Shakespeare parodies created for this audience and it is absolutely laugh-out-loud funny for those familiar with both The Bard and Star Wars. It is most likely to be appreciated by snarky AP English students and drama club members, but an imaginative English teacher could find ways to use it in the classroom to engage reluctant readers of Shakespeare. May the verse be with you! —Kathleen E. Gruver, Burlington County Library, Westampton, NJ
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“Ian Doescher has reimagined the entire first Star Wars film as an Elizabethan play, complete with iambic pentameter and elaborate illustrations. It's geekception.”—The Mary Sue

“...the book is so brilliant you’ll wonder why someone didn’t think of it sooner.”—Paste Magazine

“..another smart tribute fans will enjoy."—The Star-Ledger
 
“If you are looking for a neat way to get acquainted with Shakespeare or you are a teacher whose students are having a rough time accessing the genius of the Bard of Avon, I highly recommend you give William Shakespeare’s Star Wars  a try!”—GeekMom

“Is it all a great, geeky, inter-galactic goblet of literary fun? Verily!” —AmericanProfile.com

“...a quirky addition to the genre-busting canon...”—Entertainment Weekly
 
“...what Doescher made is delicious.”—Charleston City Paper
 
“...brilliant...”—Deseret News
 
“This is a great read. Author Ian Doescher may not have bested Shakespeare, but he’s certainly one-upped Lucas.”—Asbury Park Press
 
“As Shakespeare would say, you might think, this be madness, yet there is a method in 't.”—Newsday
 
“...charming...”—The Courier-Journal
 
“...the ultimate fan fic.”— ABC News Radio

Doescher’s pseudo-Shakespearean language is absolutely dead-on; this is one of the best-written Shakespeare parodies created for this audience and it is absolutely laugh-out-loud funny for those familiar with both The Bard and Star Wars.”—School Library Journal
 
“At last, the mother of all mashups is upon us."—CNET.com
 
“...outstanding.”—Geekdad
 
“Nicolas Delort's woodcut-style illustrations are a fabulous mixture of old and new.”—Boing Boing
 
“Delightful.”—PortlandMercury.com
 
“For anglophiles, scifi nerds, and probably 9th grade English students.”—The Bookreporter
 
“[William Shakespeare's Star Wars] is a a brilliant and super-cool way to meld pop culture and high culture”—Bella Online
 
William Shakespeare’s Star Wars is Exactly What You Need For Your Next Geeky Houseparty.”—Tor.com
 
“Doescher’s attempt to recreate a Shakespearean play is noteworthy and clever.”—Blogcritics.org
 
“If there’s one book perfect for any age, gender or planet of origin, this must be the book.”—Asbury Park Press

“The Bard at his finest, with all the depth of character, insightful soliloquies, and clever wordplay that we’ve come to expect from the Master. For those who wish to read the Star Wars legend in the original Elizabethan, this is the book for you.”—Timothy Zahn, New York Times bestselling author of Scoundrels

“I'm delighted to have William Shakespeare's Star Wars, and have read it with great pleasure. What a fine idea, to set this in the world of Luke Skywalker and R2-D2 C-3PO and Darth Vader! A period of civil war, rebels, the Galactic Empire, the death star. A star-crossed galaxy! Ian Doescher does iambic pentameter well. This is a hoot!”—David Bevington, Phyllis Fay Horton Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in the Humanities, University of Chicago and co-editor of The Bantam Shakespeare series
 
“Well-read geeks have breathlessly waited
For what Ian Doescher hath created
This book's cover is the door
To a Star Wars ne'er seen before”
—Daniel Wallace, New York Times best-selling author of Star Wars: The New Essential Guide to Characters
 
“An elegant translation for a more civilized age. Let's face it—if you love Shakespeare or Star Wars half as much as I do, you've already bought this.”
—Adam Bertocci, author of Two Gentlemen of Lebowski, writer-director of Brooklyn Force and Run Leia Run, and moderator of TheForce.net
 
“Zounds, the Forsooth is strong in this one!  Two of the most creative minds in the universe collide with spectacular, hilarious and surprisingly touching insight into the original classic.  This truly is Star Wars as you like it.”—Joe Schreiber, author of Star Wars: Death Troopers and Lenny Cyrus, School Virus
 
“Whether your tastes run to Alderaan or Avon, this reimagining of Star Wars overflows with heart and wit.”—Jason Fry, author of Star Wars: The Essential Guide to Warfare

VOYA - Beth Green
Taking his cues from George Lucas and William Shakespeare, Doescher retells a story made popular over thirty-five years ago on the silver screen, Star Wars. The twist that makes it both interesting (and maddening for some) is that the story is retold in iambic pentameter, the type of verse in which Shakespeare wrote his plays. Readers who are already familiar with the story of Luke Skywalker and the battle that occurs in a "galaxy far, far away" will enjoy the retelling, as well as the print translation of R2D2's speech, which is rather enjoyable on its own. Classroom teachers presenting the various plays of the Great Bard would benefit from the inclusion of this book, as the language will be easily understood by students who are already well versed in the cult classic movie's story line. The pen-and-ink illustrations featured sporadically throughout are well done, especially when Jabba the Hutt (although spoken of in Star Wars, was not "seen" until the re-release in 1997, so those who are sticklers for detail will most definitely find this a grievous error) wears a Shakespearean feathered cap and leg-of-mutton-sleeved jacket. Humorously portrayed, and more novelty than literature, this nod to Shakespeare will be enjoyed by readers, who will be reliving the various battle scenes in their imaginations. Reviewer: Beth Green
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594746550
  • Publisher: Quirk Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/9/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 44,589
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

Ian Doescher
Ian Doescher has loved Shakespeare since eighth grade and was born 45 days after Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope was released. He has a B.A. in Music from Yale University, a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School, and a Ph.D. in Ethics from Union Theological Seminary. Ian lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and two sons. This is his first book.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2013

    Really fun read. I am not much of a StarWars fan, but I am a hug

    Really fun read. I am not much of a StarWars fan, but I am a huge Shakespeare fan. My favorite parts were Darth Vader threatening people in Elizabethan style - what a hoot!!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 5, 2013

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    Read, thou must...

    Short-Take: I thought about writing a review using Iambic Pentameter...but quickly ruled it out as being too contrived...this book deserves better than that: I thoroughly enjoyed this book, from beginning to end! I love Shakespeare. I love all things Star Wars. I expected the Iambic Pentameter, and post-medieval English. What I did not expect was that Mr. Doescher, by "translating" the original Star Wars story "A New Hope," gave me the thrill of seeing some things in a new light...of discovering nuances that, somehow, over several readings and viewings, I had missed! Truly a treasure for Star Wars afficianados and Shakespeare fans alike. Bravo!!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2014

    This book was great!  If you enjoy the colliding worlds of Star

    This book was great!  If you enjoy the colliding worlds of Star Wars and Shakespeare, you need to get this.  I am planning a dramatic reading with some friends one night over a few beers...or should that be mead?

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2013

    Very good book!!

    I lovestar wars and william shakepere !! Very much worth the money!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2013

    If you're a proud nerd like me!

    This book made me giggle with happiness because it was so fun to read! I love R2D2s soliloquies and the pictures are silly and fun. All giggles aside though, it is a well written and thorough book and I appreciate that you can tell the author wanted it to be fun for people to read, but not in a way that made it a joke or a gimmick. I also really liked the author's note explaining how he came about the idea for writing this book. I really enjoyed it and I hope he writes books for the rest of the Star Wars movies!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2013

    An entertaining read! Funny and loyal to both Shakespeare and Star Wars!

    Doescher has captured the essence of that galaxy far, far away while writing as the great bard might have. Written in flawless iambic pentameter this work reads as well as any of Shakespeare's comedies, though elements of both fantasy and tragedy are also inherent in the book. Plays are meant to be seen, not read, yet reading this book would be enjoyable for both Shakespeare and Star Wars fans alike. Occasional sly references to the Star Wars prequels and special editions add to the whimsy of the book. Paraphrased quotes from some of Shakespeare's most famous plays are evident, and there's even a Star Trek quip thrown in just for fun. I would love to see this play performed on stage. If you like Star Wars or Shakespeare - read it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2014

    Ian Doescher is the perfect example of an author at his best! He

    Ian Doescher is the perfect example of an author at his best! He crafts his lines of iambic pentameter so flawlessly, yet still maintaining the originality of the Star Wars. Indeed, I believe the old bard himself would be proud at Doescher's use of the chorus, which is an old craft Euripides uses. To wit, this is the book you are looking for, both Shakespeare and a Star Wars fans alike!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2014

    The Force was with Doescher

    This is an easy read, whether you are into iambic pentameter or not. Doescher is witty throughout the slight volume and peppers his retelling of Star Wars with references to a number of the bard's plays. Book club members could have fun listing all of the bard's plays Doescher references. Even if you aren't a fan of Shakespeare, this book has all the action Star Wars creates.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 30, 2014

    Highly Enjoyable and fun

    OMG if you are a Shakespeare fan as well as a Star Wars nerd you will live this book. I hope someday this will be produced for the stage it would be exciting to see.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 19, 2014

    I Also Recommend:

    A very interesting take on A New Hope. I've now read both of t

    A very interesting take on A New Hope. I've now read both of the Shakespeare Star Wars plays and I've really enjoyed them both. I hope they adapt the other movies into these plays.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 8, 2014

    William Shakespeare¿s Star Wars is a read every Shakespeare enth

    William Shakespeare’s Star Wars is a read every Shakespeare enthusiast will love! Likewise, it will make teaching Shakespeare to students that much more interesting. To take a story like Star Wars, one the masses know, love, and understand, and to transition it into Shakespearean language is ingenious, and I am very excited to work with it in the classroom a bit as we gear up to read Hamlet.

    The play begins with a sonnet that I can’t wait to show my students, and Doescher does a great job sticking to the Elizabethan form—it looks and sounds just like Shakespeare! I am highly impressed, and I’m so very glad I stumbled across this book.

    Perhaps my favorite part was the humor of R2D2, especially his asides in which he actually speaks in sentences as opposed to beeps! I’ve always wondered what a transcript of what R2 was saying would look like, and Doescher gives us some hilarious insights. I also really enjoyed picking out the references to Shakespeare’s great classics throughout the novel. There is one such scene in which Luke laments killing a starship trooper, and it actually mirror's Hamlet's famous "Poor Yorick" monologue quite well.

    All in all, this is great fun and I highly suggest lovers (and teachers) of Shakespeare scoop it up.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2013

    No DUH artoo can talk!!

    Yesh. I speak astro.
    -- Hikari

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2013

    A+

    This book is a good start for anyone having trouble understanding shakespeare.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2013

    A lot of fun.

    A great way to introduce Shakespeare to those unfamiliar.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2014

    Oh my read my book review.

    I got the sample and at the first scene it made me laugh so hard. Meep,indeed!Oh how comical C3PO is! :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2014

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    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2013

    Epic

    Best book/funniest book ever

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  • Posted December 18, 2013

    This is the first (chronological movie release date) Star Wars t

    This is the first (chronological movie release date) Star Wars told in a parody of Shakespeare. The plot is virtually the same as the movie, Episode 4.

    Humor and drama abound throughout the book in this version/telling.

    Characters have similar motivations, yet these are a little more explicitly/differently expressed, as in often the case in screenplays.

    Overall, a fun read.

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  • Posted August 30, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    William Shakespeare¿s Star Wars by Ian Doescher if a fun mashup,

    William Shakespeare’s Star Wars by Ian Doescher if a fun mashup, 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 some­how tran­si­tion 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 but 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 né'er con­fess!") and R2D2's solil­o­quy is hilarious.

    Mr. Doescher’s attempt to recre­ate a Shake­spearean play is note­wor­thy and clever. The book read 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 OK”.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2013

    Rotfl!!

    My family loves Star Wars,and l do too. My younger brother got a sample of this on eBook, and l read it by accident. I was laughing so hard! After watching Star Wars for years with family and friends, seeing it in a Shakespeare way was hilarious! I've only read the sample so far, but it looks great!

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