The 181st Imperial Discussion Group is back with another novel from the vast back catalogue of Star Wars fiction. By popular demand, we'll discuss the very first book there ever was about Star Wars: Star Wars. The adaptation of the original movie's script, sold as a novel by George Lucas but ghostwritten by Alan Dean Foster. - As with the Episode 1 novel discussion last Feburary, I'd like to start with a fundamental question: Wherefore do we need an adaptation novel of a movie? And more to the point, why would we need this novel of a movie that'll be 36 years old this May, and which has entered the collective memory of civilization with every scene? - And looking at it from that angle, what is in here that you can't get from collective movie memory? - What's more, what's your "strategy" when reading this book? Do you see it as a treasured artifact, written when the movie wasn't even finished? Or as a sub-standard piece of fiction from SW continuity that's got some stuff in it that was "wrong" already at the time the movie came out (Blue Squadron; also, C-3PO is meant to be bronze, or is that just my copy?)? - What's your personal highlight from the novel? Maybe a scene that was done better here than in the movie? - And what could you do without? Which scene clearly doesn't get what the movie tries to achieve? - Finally, let's take a special look at the opening entry from the Journal of the Whills. It's interesting how that turned out, isn't it? Next month, we'll get some more rebellion era Alan Dean Foster by discussing Splinter of the Mind's Eye. In addition, our Tales of the Jedi discussion is still open for business. In fact, feel free to dig up any old 181st thread that you might want to comment on.