Shakespearean ‘Star Wars’ Books Combine Iambic Pentameter with a Galaxy Far, Far Away
Ever wonder what William Shakespeare would have thought of Star Wars? If Shakespeare had come up with the idea first and had written a play set a long time ago and in an galaxy far, far away, what might that actually look like?
Well, now we know, thanks to Ian Doescher’s Shakespearean Star Wars books! I’ll be completely honest, I had no idea these even existed but now, after checking them out, I think they are THE coolest nerd mash up ever!
Doescher’s books take the story lines and premise behind the Star Wars films and translates them into Shakespearean language complete with full iambic pentameter. The most recent book is title The Force Doth Awaken and is currently available for preorder through Penguin Random House.
If you’re curious just how Shakespeare and Star Wars combine within the books, check out the official description below:
Experience The Force Awakens as a Shakespeare play, complete with Elizabethan verse, Shakespearian monologues, and theatrical stage directions! As the noble Resistance clashes with the vile First Order, Rey, Finn, Poe Dameron, Kylo Ren, and BB-8 are pulled into a galaxy-wide drama—in iambic pentameter! Star Wars fans and Shakespeare enthusiasts alike will enjoy the authentic meter, reimagined movie scenes and dialogue, and hidden Easter eggs throughout. Chewbacca speaks! Leader Snoke gives a soliloquy! And the romance of Han Solo and Leia Organa takes a tragic turn that Shakespeare would approve of. All with woodcut-style illustrations that place Star Wars characters into an Elizabethan galaxy. The story may take place in a galaxy far, far away, but you’ll be convinced it was written by the Bard.
Reimagined movie scenes and dialogue? Hidden Easter eggs? Chewbacca actually speaks!?? Count us in! The books also come complete with awesome cover artwork. Check out the cool cover of