Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Star Wars, as Written by Shakespeare

The best part about being assigned Romeo and Juliet in 9th grade was the teacher showing us Franco Zeffirelli's 1968 film adaptation of the classic work by William Shakespeare. Oohing and aahing over the comely cast (and their surprisingly revealing attire) was much more fun than poring over a play that took twice as long to read because of the unfamiliar way in which it was written. But what if Shakespeare had written the play about Star Wars instead of star-crossed lovers?

That is precisely what Ian Doescher has imagined. The Portland, Oregon-based author has completely rewritten the Star Wars saga in the stylistic manner of the Bard. The results are not only amazing enough to cause Star Wars fans to geek out, but the book was written cleverly enough to rise to the level of literary parody. Here is a sample of Doescher's masterful reinterpretation:

The incredible Elizabethan illustrations by Paris, France-based artist Nicolas Delort enhance what is already a spectacular book. 

William Shakespeare's Star Wars by Ian Doescher was released just last month by Quirk Books. With 170-plus pages of verse-spouting Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and the other now-iconic characters in George Lucas's series, this is the Shakespeare I wish I was assigned in high school.

Above images from Quirk Books

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