Review: William Shakespeare's Star Wars

Title: William Shakespeare's Star Wars
Author: Ian Doescher
Publisher: Quirk Books
Published: July 2, 2013
Hardcover, 176 pages
ISBN: 978-1-59474-637-6
Genre: Science Fiction
Source: Publisher

Inspired by one of the greatest creative minds in the English language-and William Shakespeare-here is an officially licensed retelling of George Lucas's epic Star Wars in the style of the immortal Bard of Avon. The saga of a wise (Jedi) knight and an evil (Sith) lord, of a beautiful princess held captive and a young hero coming of age, Star Wars abounds with all the valor and villainy of Shakespeare’s greatest plays. ’Tis a tale told by fretful droids, full of faithful Wookiees and fearstome Stormtroopers, signifying...pretty much everything.

Reimagined in glorious iambic pentameter—and complete with twenty gorgeous Elizabethan illustrations--William Shakespeare’s Star Wars will astound and edify Rebels and Imperials alike. Zounds! This is the book you’re looking for.

My Thoughts:
Somebody please produce this play! It needs to been seen. When I first came across this book I was very intrigued. Star Wars and Shakespeare rolled into one. I think Ian Doescher did a phenomenal job turning the science fiction class into another classic all of its own. I was pleasantly surprised by how well Star Wars fit as a Shakespearean play. My favorite part of reading this book was looking for the iconic scenes in Star Wars and reading how well Doescher reworded them. 

OBI-WAN: Alas-I sense the game, and we're the pawns. That is no moon, 'Tis a space station there.

Also, like many of Shakespeare's plays, there is inner dialog, and for the first time we get to hear R2-D2's inner thoughts. That robot it deep! This is a great book for people of all ages. While I was reading I had several people ask to borrow this book when I was done. The idea of Shakespeare and Star Wars together certainly captures the attention of many people. I think this idea should be applied to many books. It would introduce people to Shakespeare in a way that's not so foreign to them and make the reading experience more enjoyable. 

My rating:


  1. Great review! I'm one of those people that have never really watched Star Wars...maybe one film in the past? I don't know. But I love this idea, and I still want to read it!

    1. Thanks! I really like this idea also. I've watched SW on and off for most of my life. My dad and husband are huge fans, so I'm pretty familiar with the story line. I think this type of book is fun to read, and could make Shakespeare fun for a lot of people who otherwise might not like him.


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