My brain finally felt sufficiently not-pregnant to tackle William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope–and oh, how happy it made me! This book was MADE for my hubby and me; we like Star Wars AND Shakespeare, and it marries the two in a way I can only describe as genius. Ian Doescher, the very existence of this book puts me in charity with the universe!
In case you’re wondering, the book is the original Star Wars set in iambic pentameter. Classic lines are rendered Shakespearean but totally recognizable:
“Disarm thou ev’ry refuse masher on/Detention Levels!”
“Thou art mine only hope.”
“Stay thou on target–”
On the other hand, classic Shakespeare abounds, with Star Wars twists:
“Now is the summer of our happiness/Made winter by this sudden, fierce attack!”
“Alas, poor stormtrooper, I knew ye not”
“Once more unto the trench, dear friends, once more…I was not angry since I came to space/Until this instant!” (I know that blends two different speeches, but who cares?)
(I confess, it was a little disorienting to be reading Luke’s lines while hearing Kenneth Branagh in my head, but in the best possible way.)
Words alone cannot express the fabulousness of this book. READ IT NOW!