Lit William Shakespeare's Star Wars

Discussion in 'Literature' started by The Loyal Imperial, Mar 19, 2013.

  1. Barriss_Coffee Chosen One

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    I have heard it said R2-D2 beeps in iamic pentameter in this book. It can do no wrong.
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  2. Zorrixor Chosen One

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    BeDEEP... beDOOOOP! Boop DEEP! DeBBOOOP!!! FrrrrrKKRRRRSSHHHH!
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  3. Gamiel Force Ghost

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    - My excellent good friends! How dost thou, C-3PO? Ah, R2-D2! Good droides, how do you both?
    - As the indifferent creations of the maker.
    - bedeep be-boo quiiiiiii bep bep. Frrrrrr bep-qui [Happy, in that we are not overhappy. On Fortune’s cap we are not the very button.]
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  4. Dr. Steve Brule Force Ghost

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  5. The Great No One Force Ghost

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    definitely looks interesting... not something i'd have ever really considered before just now. i can think of one or two other mash-ups i'd have rather seen, but definitely going to be considering getting this.
  6. Gamiel Force Ghost

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    - And THAT is for Logan Ridenbaugh's endless, five-season Clone Wars cartoon.
    - Who is Logan Ridenbaugh?
    - I'll tell him you said that, and I think he'll be rather hurt...
  7. Lugija Force Ghost

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    Preview on Amazon.

    R2, can't you mind your beeping? And for some reason this Vader reminds me of the audio dramas.
  8. The Loyal Imperial Manager Emeritus

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    That is one of the most amazing things I have ever laid eyes upon.
  9. The Great No One Force Ghost

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    yes. yes it is. i want this even more now.
  10. Big Fat'Lya Jedi Master

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    When I think of Shakespearian Star Wars, I think of Palpatine in Dark Empire. "Unngh, the Corellian has killed me". A line for the Shakespearian stage if ever there was one.
  11. Ulicus Lit'ari

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    Man. Forty-something years old and Vader's still talking about sand.

    That being said: I very much enjoy his introspection. I think the preview has sold me on buying this.
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  12. Point Given Mod of Literature and Community

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    This looks incredible!
  13. Rogue_Follower Manager Emeritus

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    Trailer Video

    "COMING JULY 2013 TO STAR SYSTEMS EVERYWHERE! (EXCEPT ALDERAAN)" :p
  14. Todd the Jedi Mod and Sitcom Dad of SWTV

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    After reading that preview and watching that trailer, there's only one proper reaction I can have:
    [IMG]
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  15. Starkeiller Force Ghost

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    Yeah... from what I've seen, the pastiche could have been done better in terms of language. Comes with the territory, of course (emulating the best thing to ever happen to Germanic languages and all).

    I'm still exciting and buying this, though.

    (Luke with Yorick-trooper looks like it could be a touch of genius though.)
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  16. LAJ_FETT Tech Admin and Collecting/Games Mod

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    For those in the UK, I found it in the local Waterstones today.
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  17. Todd the Jedi Mod and Sitcom Dad of SWTV

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    Huh, the release came and went with only one comment. Figured there'd be more discussion about this.

    I just got it today, and I've skimmed through it a bit. I have to say, it's pretty damn awesome, with lots of clever shout-outs to Shakespearean works. The interior artwork is also pretty great. Classic Italian Jabba has to be seen to be believed. I know I'm gonna have a lot of laughs reading the whole thing. :D
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  18. eddie1969 Force Ghost

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    It's a great, fun book! And I hope we'll see the Empire striketh back as well!!
  19. Heero_Yuy Chosen One

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    I hope the do the whole trilogy!
  20. cthugha Force Ghost

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    I'm so going to stage this with my English class next year.
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  21. Parnesius Jedi Grand Master

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    This is fun. Two acts in and I do believe it's the most unrelentingly enjoyable Star Wars book I've read in a good while - since Yoda: Dark Rendezvous, I think. The language has all been handled with a pleasingly light touch.

    Currently, what's leaping out at me most is that C-3PO feels so natural here, like he could slip into a supporting role in a Shakespearean comedy and he'd be the same Threepio yet perfectly fit into his new surrounds. His bickering with R2-D2, and R2's role as the clever servant beneath notice, similarly all just work.

    See:
    C: - Thou shalt not label me
    A mindless, brute philosopher! Nay, nay,
    Thou overladen glob of grease, thou imp,
    Thou rubbish bucket fit for scrap, thou blue
    And silver pile of bantha dung!
    [...]
    R: This golden droid has been a friend, 'tis true,
    And yet I wish to still his prating tongue!
    An imp, he calleth me? I'll be reveng'd,
    And merry pranks aplenty I shall play
    Upon this pompous droid C-3PO!

    Other favourites: the Imperial captain staking his life that the plans are not in the escape pod, Luke appending a 'fie' to his whining about Tosche Station, Owen's desert pun, both Vader and Tarkin's internal thoughts in the Death Star briefing room (particularly Vader's "among the politicians shall I dwell" bit, and Obi-Wan's description of the lightsaber:

    If thou in thine own hand could hold a sun,
    Then thou wouldst know the power of this tool.
    Not merely random, neither awkward like
    A blaster. Nay, the lightsaber maintains
    A noble elegance, a Jedi's pride.
    'Tis something for a civiliz'd age.

    Instinctively, I do feel that the chorus might be a tad overused, but then perhaps it is necessary to convey information in less grandiose productions. That's my only quasi-criticism thus far.

    Well. Soon on to Act III and, I'll wager, at least one shooting first joke.
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  22. anakinfansince1983 Chosen One

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    Oh my. I saw this in Barnes and Noble yesterday and am now really regretting not picking it up. [face_laugh]

    ETA: Kindle edition for eight bucks. [face_dancing]
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  23. Iron_lord Chosen One

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    Was awesome. Great Hamlet moments, and Henry V moments toward the end.
  24. Iron_lord Chosen One

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    Yup:

    [They shoot, Greedo dies]
    [To innkeeper:] Pray, goodly Sir, forgive me for the mess.
    [Aside:] And whether I shot first, I'll ne'er confess!
  25. Rogue1-and-a-half Manager Emeritus who is writing his masterpiece

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    anybody else remember that website where they took a script of ANH and ran it through a translator into several different languages and then back to a really mangled form of English.

    I will never forget Artoo's lines in that thing. "You play the horn you play merrily beroo." God, i wish that website wasn't defunct.