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Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith Hardcover – 7 Apr 2005
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The Star Wars: Episode III novel, by New York Times bestselling author Matthew Stover will include "cutting-room-floor material," as well as background not included in the movie itself, based on conversations between the author and filmmaker George Lucas.
About the Author
Matt Stover is the author of five previous novels, including Star Wars: Shatterpoint: A Clone Wars Novel, Star Wars: The New Jedi Order: Traitor, and Heroes Die and The Blade Of Tyshalle. He is an expert in several martial arts. Mr. Stover lives outside Chicago.
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I have read all the novelisations of the films except ROTJ, and this is by far the most enjoyable and affecting. I greatly enjoyed it and would recommend it anyone interested in Star Wars.
There's a message here - very clearly... it doesn't matter what you've got, or what even people think about you too much. Don't get heated about the fact that you are not given the rank of master. Or even if you don't get the girl of your dreams. What matters is WHAT YOU ARE - your character.
To be honest, I think that the backstory in ALL three movies, I, II, and III is a very hard act indeed. It is debatable (and should be anyway, as all good art creates debate)that it all works seamlessly... We're caught in a story where we know the end - that's one thing - but in episode I, it is shocking to see the little boy, because of his real history, which we kind in advance, and his real circumstances.... EVERYONE wants him to win a bit, for him to be free, for his mom to be free. It puts the viewer into quite a state, because by the time we get to III we are certainly on his side. What happens in III, is, therefore likely to be extraordinary. I can assure you that it is.
I have to be honest, the transformation does not quite pay off. But it's very effective when it does even partly convince. It is very hard not to get very involved when you see the webs of darkness slowly creep over the stage, as it were, and harder not to want to jump into the book and warn Anakin - as if that were possible.
The novel may well scare you. The genius is making what can be made believable touch you personally. As Lucas said, the Sith is in all of us. To quote Johhny Cash, "if not for love, I could be one of these", and in fact, the possibility that love itself without the virtues of temperance creates Vader is really the real terror that criss-crosses the book.
But finally, the book closes in perhaps the worst way imaginable. To BE Vader. To live in pain forever, and never be able to stop the machine that encases you from working, and to have lost the only person that you loved, who was the love of your life, because.... Oh my. I hope we are all spared that.
How wonderful it is that even after all this, we do know at the end that mercy and forgiveness extends to Darth Vader. That's certainly good news - more than that, it's wonderful, amazing, unbelievable, but that ladies and gentlemen, is the miracle that we call grace...
Which, incidently, isn't Science Fiction at all.
Don't miss it.
This film novelisation really does go beyond the film. For example, the first chapter presents Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as the heroes of the galaxy on a grand scale, similiar to Achilles or Hector from the world of Homer. For pretty much the first (and last) time that i know of in the Star Wars universe, they are depicted as they should be; living legends, not only in the eyes of the Jedi, but in the eyes of the whole Republic! The films never quite acheived that scale of heroism.
There are plenty of great little insights here; none of them ground breaking, but what would you expect? I liked the fact that the book focused on the smaller details; for example, what the likes of Count Dooku and Mace Windu are really thinking as they fight for their lives, what style of lightsaber combat is being used etc etc. These are the reasons to read the book, if you're not bothered about those types of things, you won't gain much more than what the film has to offer.
Finally, in terms of style and structure, it is pretty decent actually. There were some moments of prose that managed to give me that familiar 'star wars hairs on the back of the neck' type thing!
Rather than being an alternative, the book is definately more of a companion to the film. If you love Star Wars, buy it. If not, it's unlikely to interest you.
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