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Lit William Shakespeare's Star Wars

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

  1. Todd the Jedi

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

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    I went to see a live reading of some excerpts from The Force Doth Awaken at NYCC and it was just the greatest thing ever. Sean Kenin's BB-8 was especially amazing and hilarious.
     
  2. SWpants

    SWpants Jedi Grand Master star 5

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    It really was!! I'm glad someone asked him how he approached that, even though he still doesn't seem to sure other than hours of sitting on it and working on it ;)

    I've been looking for pictures and/or videos of it other than the pics I took. Would you by any chance have any?
     
  3. Thumper09

    Thumper09 Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    Additional spoilers for the audiobook and story of The Force Doth Awaken:

    I loved the short conversation with the FO character who was a former Imperial stormtrooper from ANH. I laughed with each back-and-forth comparison between "then" and "now."

    The afterword by Ian Doescher was fascinating, especially the little tricks and nuances he included with Finn's and Poe's lines. I want to find a translation key for BB-8's lines. During the story I'd been wondering if his language was scrambled "real" words or something coded since the words were different and more intricate than R2's "beep squeak whistle beep"s had been. Now I need to find the cipher thingy, darn it.

    In the afterword he also said that this was the first time he'd translated for Chewie. I still go back and forth on whether I liked that.

    All in all I really enjoyed this, just like I really enjoyed the OT Shakespeare audiobooks.

    On to Rogue One! (....pleeeeeeeease?)
     
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  4. LAJ_FETT

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

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    For those who haven't read SW: From a Certain Point of View, Doescher's story in there is in the Shakespeare vein and has Palpatine as the main character. It's not bad.
     
  5. Todd the Jedi

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

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    I do! I'm not sure when I'll upload them, but I'll be sure to post some here when I do.
     
  6. Stymi

    Stymi Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    Started this one. Not as into it as I thought I would be.

    Sent from my Moto X-Wing
     
  7. BrendonWahlberg

    BrendonWahlberg Jedi Master star 2

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    BB-8's lines in The Force Doth Awaken are understandable if you simply write down each 8th letter of his lines. An example, with the 8th letters in bold caps, would be as follows: flit fllIblik bliCrooq bloOflir zooMblav bleE. So his line is "I come."
     
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  8. Thumper09

    Thumper09 Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    Awesome, thanks for the info! I really want to translate his lines. Looks like I'll be getting a hardcopy of the book as well then...
     
  9. BookExogorth

    BookExogorth Jedi Master star 4

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    Wow. I never would have thought to try that.
     
  10. SWpants

    SWpants Jedi Grand Master star 5

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    THANK YOU!!!!
     
  11. Darth_Henning

    Darth_Henning Jedi Master star 4

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    Is there a trick like this for R2? I've been meaning to read these.
     
  12. Yunzabit

    Yunzabit Jedi Knight star 3

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    One is also planned for The Last Jedi https://jedi-bibliothek.de/datenbank/literatur/the-last-jedi-9781683690375/
    Personally I think these are silly. It was okay for A New Hope to try something out, but why do adaptations for all the Star Wars movies? Future generations are going to look back and say "WTF?", or god forbid, they'll get confused and think these are the originals. I'm talking about in the year 2150, by the way.
     
  13. Stymi

    Stymi Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    I think it just good practice for them to consider what perceptions will be in 2150 before the decide to publish every single Star Wars book.

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  14. Barriss_Coffee

    Barriss_Coffee Chosen One star 6

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  15. SilentGuy66

    SilentGuy66 Jedi Master star 4

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    Shame they seem to have skipped "The One Rogue"
     
  16. Yunzabit

    Yunzabit Jedi Knight star 3

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    I've read a few of these. They are an interesting novelty and definitely different.
     
  17. Jedi Knight Fett

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    I was coming to check if they had announced the last Jedi version of this. I am glad they are going to make it. These books make reading Shakespear like language fun and enjoyable.
     
  18. BobaMatt

    BobaMatt TFN EU Staff star 7 VIP

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    I would go with "The Foremost Rogue."
    Do you feel that, after reading these, you might give Shakespeare another try?
     
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  19. AdmiralWesJanson

    AdmiralWesJanson Jedi Grand Master star 5

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    Primary Scoundrels
     
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  20. Gamiel

    Gamiel Force Ghost star 6

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    Prime Knave

    EDIT: Oh, I have another one: Blackadder's First
     
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  21. TheAvengerButton

    TheAvengerButton Jedi Master star 4

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    I hate to break it to you guys, but Shakespeare would have likely titled "Rogue One" as just "Rogue One". Since it's not about a singular scoundrel but a callsign representing a group of people there's no need for the weird faux-Shakespearean-english embellishments.

    EDIT: I'm really fun at parties. Particularly Star Wars parties.
     
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  22. BobaMatt

    BobaMatt TFN EU Staff star 7 VIP

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    I was down on the idea of them doing an adaptation for each one of these buy honestly part of the fun - if you can call it fun - of Shakespeare's histories is that taken together they're this massive multigenerational saga where you get to see characters develop and change in each installment in the same way you'd expect them to in, like, the MCU.
     
  23. LAJ_FETT

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

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    Reminder that Jedi the Last is out today (according to Amazon UK).
     
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  24. Yunzabit

    Yunzabit Jedi Knight star 3

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    I very much agree with this line of thinking. In 2150, Star Wars will probably be gone (at least in the media eye) and will only be referenced in terms of history aka "1977-The first Star Wars movie was released". However, like someone digging up daugerotypes or vaudeville recordings, Star Wars will probably be re-discovered by some quirky neo-nerd. Even though its done by 2150, A LOT of Star Wars material will be available and with our luck, our friend will dig up something in the LEGO Star Wars vein which will taint his first experience with Star Wars. My first Star War memory was Luke in the wampa cave in good 'ole Empire Strikes Back, and it imprinted its awesomeness on me. If someone reads the Shakespheare Star Wars books, he may be tarnished and unable to truly enjoy the real thing.

    Unrelated I think Star Wars will fizzle out in the 2070's and then will be resurrected AFTER 2150 as retro vintage.
     
  25. Barriss_Coffee

    Barriss_Coffee Chosen One star 6

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    Yunzabit. Do you need coffee? I think you need coffee.