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

Like the movie franchise, Ian Doescher began writing William Shakespeare’s Star Wars with Episode IV. Me, being the kind of person who likes to start at the beginning of the story instead of somewhere in the middle, started reading this series at Episode I.

Having recently finished Episode III, I have to say there is a marked difference when comparing Ian’s first attempt to his later ones. His prose, for one thing, is not as polished. And his depiction from screen to stage for some of the scenes just did not come across very well, in particular the battle at the end. Plus, C-3PO is overly meant to R2-D2, and Luke Skywalker is overly dramatic.

Now, if I had started with Verily, a New Hope, instead of The Phantom of Menace, I’m pretty sure I would have enjoyed this book more, as it would have been a new, fun thing. But Tragedy of the Sith’s Revenge was so brilliantly put together that reading the actual debut after felt a bit like a let down.

So here’s my advice to you. Don’t be like me. Start with Episode IV. I can only hope with the first book’s experience under his belt, Episode V kicks off again and will be as awesome as the first three.

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