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Lit William Shakespeare's Star Wars

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

  1. Feng Shui Engine

    Feng Shui Engine Jedi Padawan star 1

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    Oh man, that art is friggin' amazing.
     
  2. Barriss_Coffee

    Barriss_Coffee Chosen One star 6

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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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  3. Zorrixor

    Zorrixor Force Ghost star 6

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    BeDEEP... beDOOOOP! Boop DEEP! DeBBOOOP!!! FrrrrrKKRRRRSSHHHH!
     
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  4. Gamiel

    Gamiel Force Ghost star 6

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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.]
     
  5. Dr. Steve Brule

    Dr. Steve Brule Jedi Grand Master star 4

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  6. The Great No One

    The Great No One Jedi Grand Master star 8

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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.
     
  7. Gamiel

    Gamiel Force Ghost star 6

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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...
     
  8. Lugija

    Lugija Jedi Grand Master star 4

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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.
     
  9. The Loyal Imperial

    The Loyal Imperial Manager Emeritus star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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

    The Great No One Jedi Grand Master star 8

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    yes. yes it is. i want this even more now.
     
  11. Big Fat'Lya

    Big Fat'Lya Jedi Knight star 1

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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.
     
  12. Ulicus

    Ulicus Lapsed Moderator star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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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.
     
  13. Point Given

    Point Given Mod of Literature and Community star 6 Staff Member Manager

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    This looks incredible!
     
  14. Rogue_Follower

    Rogue_Follower Manager Emeritus star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Trailer Video

    "COMING JULY 2013 TO STAR SYSTEMS EVERYWHERE! (EXCEPT ALDERAAN)" :p
     
  15. Todd the Jedi

    Todd the Jedi Mod and Soliloquist of SWTV star 6 Staff Member Manager

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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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  16. Starkeiller

    Starkeiller Jedi Grand Master star 4

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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.)
     
  17. LAJ_FETT

    LAJ_FETT Tech Admin and Collecting/Lucasfilm Ltd Mod star 9 Staff Member Administrator

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    For those in the UK, I found it in the local Waterstones today.
     
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  18. Todd the Jedi

    Todd the Jedi Mod and Soliloquist of SWTV star 6 Staff Member Manager

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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
     
  19. eddie1969

    eddie1969 Jedi Master star 4

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

    Heero_Yuy Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    I hope the do the whole trilogy!
     
  21. cthugha

    cthugha Jedi Master star 3

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    I'm so going to stage this with my English class next year.
     
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  22. Parnesius

    Parnesius Jedi Knight star 1

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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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  23. anakinfansince1983

    anakinfansince1983 Nightsister of Four Realms star 9 Staff Member Manager

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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]
     
  24. Iron_lord

    Iron_lord Force Ghost star 8

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    Was awesome. Great Hamlet moments, and Henry V moments toward the end.
     
  25. Iron_lord

    Iron_lord Force Ghost star 8

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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!