William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope by Ian Doescher

This was a really amusing adaptation of the Star Wars: A New Hope in Shakespearean form. The author admits to finding iambic pentameter a natural. I wish I did, but this was enjoyable.

I think he did a good job of adapting the style and tone of both Shakespeare’s works and George Lucas’s movie. I did find there was a bit too much of the Chorus, but otherwise, it was a very cute and fun work.

While reading this book, I went to see a production of Twelfth Night and it made me wonder even more how Star Wars would be on the stage. I hope someone tries it one day and screens it for the world.

Read January 27-February 7, 2016.

2 thoughts on “William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope by Ian Doescher

  • Geoff W

    I’ve had this on my shelf for too long! I think I need to just read it. Will you read the other two? I know they’ve adapted all three original films.

    • athena (Post author)

      Hello Geoff! Yes, there are actually three already published as he is adapting the prequels as well. The Empire Strikes Back is waiting for me at the library at the moment. They are fun little books. Enjoy!


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