William Shakespeare's Star Wars: Verily, a New Hope

William Shakespeare's Star Wars: Verily, a New Hope

by Ian Doescher
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William Shakespeare's Star Wars: Verily, a New Hope 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!
Patti_withani More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I lovestar wars and william shakepere !! Very much worth the money!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
dh051666 More than 1 year ago
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.
ColoradoBR More than 1 year ago
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.
ABookVacation More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yesh. I speak astro. -- Hikari
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a good start for anyone having trouble understanding shakespeare.
smg5775 More than 1 year ago
I loved this! Take Star Wars, Episode 4, A New Hope. Add William Shakespeare's writing and dialog. And you get A ROLLICKING GOOD TIME!!!! I haven't had so much fun with a book as I have this one. It is so funny picturing Han Solo speaking a soliloquy. I would love to see this produced for the theater. If you need a good time, read this. I borrowed this book from my sister but I have to buy it and the rest of the series for my keeper shelf.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Funny and creative. A great read...
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MonicaFMF More than 1 year ago
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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mojo_turbo More than 1 year ago
Ian Doescher has loved Shakespeare since eighth grade and was born 45 days after Star Wars Episode IV 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. So when I found out that a fellow seminarian wrote a Star Wars book in Shakespearean prose, I had to review it. William Shakespeare's Star Wars is a literary mashup of... well just like it sounds. This book is the written adaptation of George Lucas' epic space adventure written in the voice of everyone's favorite baud.  Now, I love Star Wars, I even own the complete works of Shakespeare and I took High School drama for two years, so that hould qualify me to review this book, right? And admittedly, I was excited to get it - the cover is really cool (I actually like the true hard back cover more than the paper cover) and the inside is adorned with attractive etching-like sketches. And just as you would expect, Mr. Doescher does a great job of breaking the movie down into line and verse - and for the most part there are even some nice additions to the text that sound very Shakespearean. But the novelty of this book quickly wears off after a few sonnets.  I would say that perhaps 50% of the text is still pretty darn close to the actual lines from the movie.   I'll admit, when I read Shakespeare, I get lost real fast. I'm often confused by the speech and will quickly loose the plot. And so because I am so familiar with the Star Wars script I was actually looking forward to wading deep in the Shakespearean language and being able to keep up. But because Mr. Doescher only adds a few extras along with some scattered thee and thous - it's really quite simple to follow along. The book feels more like reading a movie script than it does a Shakespearean play.  But to be fair, I don't think the author was attempting to recreate the genius of Shakespeare in the first place. And I don't think any true fan of Star Wars would (or should) even care. The book is what it is - a lot of fun. In fact, I would add, don't buy one - buy several to have around the house and perform a reading with your friends when they come over. I think it would be fun to hear a bunch of thirty year old fanboys (and girls) speaking in Elizabethan accents reciting the lines to everyone's favorite space epic. Was that a confusing review? Let me sum up. It's not Shakespeare, it's fun. It's not brilliant literature, it's a creative mash-up that will be enjoyable to anyone who enjoys Star Wars. Thank you to Quirk books for a free copy for a fair and honest review