Cometh to the Dark Side (A review of William Shakespeare’s Star Wars, by Ian Doescher)

I have been remiss in posting this review (though as far as excuses go, I have been a wee bit busy finishing my dissertation). 😉 For the past four years that I have been working toward this degree, I have given myself literary rewards as incentive to keep myself on track with my studies. Leisure time is hard to come by while balancing grad school with a full-time job and parenting, much less any semblance of a social life. I love to read, so allowing myself time to read a novel – or anything other than a textbook, really – is a treat when I reach certain goals along the way.

That said, I was given the opportunity to review Ian Doescher’s book, William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope, and I couldn’t resist. It is positively hysterical. The storyline is easy to follow if you are familiar with the Star Wars saga at all, and the Shakespearean tone is a hoot.

Format-wise, the book is written like one of Shakespeare’s plays, complete with character notations, dialogue, stage directions and scene descriptions. My favorite character in the book is R2-D2, because although he only speaks in bleeps and bloops in the dialogue, Doescher has taken poetic license to provide some insight into R2-D2’s thoughts in the narrative. Sweet little heroic droid!

If you are a fan of Shakespeare, a fan of Star Wars or interested in dabbling in either, this book is a fun place to begin!

Disclaimer: I was provided a complimentary copy of the book but received no other compensation for this review.