Star Wars : From the Adventures of Luke Skywalker: A Novel Paperback – 1977
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Science-Fiction/Fantastique en anglais (english) - books (1977) - George LUCAS Star Wars - 16 pages illustrées couleur - Broché SPHERE
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Although it really wasn't George Lucas who wrote this first published tie-in to what would later be called Episode IV: A New Hope, the novel reflects the director's vision. Author Alan Dean Foster, who had adapted the scripts of the Star Trek animated series into the Star Trek Logs books, took Lucas' fourth revised draft and wrote a masterful adaptation that truly captures the spirit of the movie's characters and situations.
Star Wars begins with a short prologue that, with a few "special modifications" in the text, is really the outline for the current Prequel Trilogy. In the form of an excerpt from "the first saga -- Journal of the Whills," we are told that the once-powerful Galactic Republic, protected by the Jedi Knights, "throve and grew. But as often happens when wealth and power pass the admirable and attain the awesome, then appear those evil ones who have greed to match." Insidiously, like a house under attack by termites, the Republic rotted from within until "[a]ided and abetted by restless, power-hungry individuals within the government, and the massive organs of commerce, the ambitious Senator Palpatine caused himself to be elected President of the Republic....Once secure in office he declared himself Emperor....Read more ›
However in December 1976, six months before the first 'Star Wars' movie hit the theatres, this innocent little paperback novelisation of the forthcoming movie was quietly published. It's credited to George Lucas, but I gather it was actually ghostwritten for him. Nonetheless, you can still recognise chunks of Lucas' amusingly cumbersome dialogue at times! Goodness only knows what anyone who read this book at the time thought of it, before they'd seen it realised on the big screen. My guess is that they'd thought it an imaginative if slightly convoluted advanture story, told in rather ungainly prose. It retrospect, if you're at all familiar with the film, it's impossible to read this book now without seeing images of it brought to life on a vast scale with groundbreaking special effects and twinkling performances from a great cast.
Speaking as someone who thoroughly enjoyed the Star Wars films, I found this little novelisation quite fascinating, actually. It's peppered with lots of little extra bits of detail and the odd "deleted scene" beyond what we got see on the screen - filling in a lot of the gaps and background story (and occasionally contradicting something they did differently in later films). We spectacle on the cinema screen was so well realised that we didn't really "need" to know what a Sith Lord was or have the differences between antigrav and hyperspace drives explained to us, but its nicely satisfying to find out in this book. It's no great work of literature, but probably 1p well spent if you're a Star Wars fan.
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can't beat the original. Plus as many know it contains background to a number of characters that isn't contained within the film.Published 3 months ago by Philip D. Grove