Saturday, June 29, 2013

Yay, Verily, A New Hope: "William Shakespeare's Star Wars"

Now if you're like me, you're probably a big fan of Star Wars, but thought, "Nice movie, but it could use more iambic pentameter." Or maybe you were reading Hamlet, and thought, "Nice book, but it could use more robots." Amirite? Well, author Ian Doescher has combined these two great tastes into a new book William Shakespeare's Star Wars: Yay Verily, A New Hope. It translates the classic tale of spaceships and lightsabers into Shakespearian verse. Here's the opening crawl, Big Willie-style:

It is a period of civil war.
The spaceships of the rebels, striking swift
From base unseen, have gain'd a vict'ry o'er
The cruel Galactic Empire, now adrift.
Amidst the battle, rebel spies prevail'd
And stole the plans to a space station vast,
Whose pow'rful beams will later be unveil'd
And crush a planet: 'tis the DEATH STAR blast.
Pursu'd by agents sinister and cold,
Now Princess Leia to her home doth flee,
Deliv'ring plans and a new hope they hold:
Of bringing freedom to the galaxy.
In time so long ago begins our play,
In star-crossed galaxy far, far away
There's also an awesome trailer. Unfortunately, the trailer doesn't have an embed code, so you can go to EW to watch it. The book drops on July 2.

Will you be reading Shakespeare's Star Wars?

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