Tuesday, October 15, 2013

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

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

Being a self-admitted sci-fi nerd, bookish, and a librarian causes me to stumble across some very interesting and unique crossovers, parodies, and mashups. Most people are familiar with Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and its other similar spin offs. I have also come across a slightly more puzzling crossover in the form of a graphic novel of Dr. Who teaming up with Cpt. Jean Luke Picard to stop a Borg/Cybermen alliance. But what has most recently caught my attention is Williams Shakespeare's Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope by Ian Doescher. Now, initially I was torn between excitement and annoyance regarding this combination of two things I very much like and never thought to combine. However, Ian Doescher, did a spectacular job transferring Star Wars: A New Hope into the language and the style of the Bard himself. He stays true to much of the plot and even works in some more well-known lines from the movie. Doescher does add a few bits that you don’t find in the movie, such as Luke Skywalker’s “Alas poor, Stormtrooper” scene, a clever take on the “Alas, poor Yorick” done in Hamlet.    

Yet, there are a few downsides to this book. You might get odd looks from coworkers and family as you regale them with the St. Crispin’s Day from Henry V pastiche that occurs before the Death Star trench run. Also, was with most Shakespeare, it really does work best if read aloud. So, if you can find friends and relations that would enjoy this nerdy mix-up, I would highly recommend getting them together and giving this book a try.

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