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Old July 4 2013, 02:08 PM   #1
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William Shakespeare's Star Wars

Just saw something online about this new book which is out now. William Shakespeare's Star Wars which basically retells Episode IV A New Hope as though it were a Shakespeare play, with everyone, even R2-D2 delivering Shakespeare monologues.

I must say, it certainly sounds like an interesting idea. Anyone have this yet and like to share their opinions?
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Old July 4 2013, 03:30 PM   #2
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Anyone have this yet and like to share their opinions?
While I won't have a copy to call my own until next week, a preview copy has been floating around the office for about a month and I've read some, but not all, of it.

I think it's okay. The play is a mash of authentic Shakespearean lines (with a Star Wars gloss of names and places) and cod early-modern English -- or, rather, what the general public thinks early-modern English was like. I think William Henry Ireland's two forged Shakespeare plays (Vortigern and Rowena and Henry II) felt more authentically Shakespeare than what I read of Verily, A New Hope.

The presentation of the book, on the other hand, is fantastic. The woodcut artwork to dramatize familiar scenes is very effective.

It's a neat novelty, and if this were performed at a Shakespeare Festival I'd be interested in seeing it.

And Star Trek fans will forever wonder what the text was like in its original Klingon.
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Old July 4 2013, 07:59 PM   #3
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Old July 4 2013, 08:34 PM   #4
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I must say, it certainly sounds like an interesting idea.
Doth it?
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Old July 5 2013, 09:10 AM   #5
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"Come here Obi Wan, I am for you!"
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Old July 5 2013, 11:29 PM   #6
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Old February 22 2014, 06:19 AM   #7
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The inevitable sequel...
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Old February 22 2014, 06:34 AM   #8
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I prefer Origami Yoda. (And its inevitable sequels.)
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Old February 22 2014, 06:52 AM   #9
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I'll wait for the stage production.
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Old February 22 2014, 08:40 AM   #10
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I wonder if he'll do the prequels.
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Old February 23 2014, 12:41 AM   #11
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I don't know. The best part of that preview was the cover drawing of Shakespearean Yoda.

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I wonder if he'll do the prequels.
I'll be very surprised if he does.
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Old March 1 2014, 09:27 PM   #12
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So who is Falstaff--Dengar maybe?
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Old March 2 2014, 10:25 AM   #13
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"...Mayhap, Gentle Uncle, for I was, in soothe, deserving of thy prescription for an expedient soujourn to Ye-Olde-Tosche-Station-by-the-Thames, as I fancied a goodly number of Powere Converterse...do not balk or knap, and away without tarry I shall fly...

...sorry I could NOT not...so sorry...
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Old March 2 2014, 10:47 AM   #14
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LUKE: Villain, what hast Obi-Wan done?
VADER: That which was not told to you.
LUKE: He said thou hast undone my father.
VADER: No... *I* have done thy mother.
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Old March 3 2014, 02:38 AM   #15
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LUKE: Villain, what hast Obi-Wan done?
VADER: That which was not told to you.
LUKE: He said thou hast undone my father.
VADER: No... *I* have done thy mother.
LUKE: Nay, Knave!...verily, you lie!...
VADER: Gaze Inwards, Bumpkin!...you will see the truth of it!
LUKE: Hold, I would cut off my arm if I but believed your
scurrilous lies--oh, umm...yes...indeed...seems
that eventuality has come to pass...
VADER: Ah, like the mother...a vigorous volley of verbosity...
(With apologies to "V")

Zion, I thought your answer was funny as hell!!!!!
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