Review: William Shakespeare's Star Wars: Verily, a New Hope by Ian Doescher

Title William Shakespeare's Star Wars: Verily, a New Hope
Author Ian Doescher
Year 2013
Stand Alone or Series William Shakespeare's Star Wars #1
Pages 174
Reading Time  March 24 to 28, 2014


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 fearsome 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.


This was an interesting read. After reading a couple of years back the Star Wars - New Hope's novel that began it all and I thought that it had some interesting new things. As most tie-ins that are a prose version of the script that one gave some scenes that never went to the screen. Comparing it to this one is not possible because this is makeover of the scipt into a shakespearean play. Some scenes are funny as hell. If you are a fan of Star Wars you must read it. Don't expect anything new but expect drama and some hilarious scenes... 7/10

My favourite part of the movie is undoubtly this one... 

"VADER [to Motti:] Nay,
peace! I warn thee,
man, be not too proud
Of thy great terror
A weapon for the
mass destruction of
A planet—even to destroy
it whole—
Is no match for the
power of the Force.

"MOTTI - Thou shalt not ’tempt
to frighten us with
So like a man of magic,
Vader. Nay,
Thy sorc’rer’s act is
tir’d and overdone.
The sad religion thou
dost cling to hath
No pow’r to conjure
up the stolen plans.
Nor dost thou have a
third-eye’s sight to

[Vader begins to choke Motti using the

More Epic than this.... Impossible!

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