Review: William Shakespeare’s Star Wars – Verily A New Hope

Verily A New HopeSource: Purchased
Publisher: Quirk Books
Series: William Shakespeare’s Star Wars #1
Edition: Hardcover, 174 Pages
Genre: Humor
Purchase: AmazonBarnes & Noble / Book Depository*
*I receive a small monetary kickback from Amazon purchases

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.


There is no hiding the fact that I love Star Wars…and that I have an extreme fondness for Shakespeare. I have an entire bookcase devoted to Star Wars novels and I frequently read Shakespeare’s plays out loud and in character…there is truly no end to my geekiness. So it’s only natural I picked this up.

There isn’t anything overly complicated about this adaptation of Star Wars, it’s A new Hope but in Iambic pentameter and with mostly Shakespearian era wording. It’s easy to follow and understand, and true to style it adds flourishes in places you don’t expect or necessarily need…but that’s what makes it great. I loved seeing all of the lines from the movie reimagined in such a great way, and even the occasional illustration that accompanied the text.

One of the best parts about this book is the portions with R2-D2, who is more than just a beeping and screeching droid with supposed sass…he has depth, pain, and more importantly disdain…a lot of disdain. R2 steals the show with his monologues and his constantly sighing at how stupid everyone else is. It’s perfect.

So if you’ve played with the idea of trying this out, do it! It’s not the most revolutionary thing out there, but if you enjoy Star Wars and Shakespeare then get it! You’ll definitely get a few laughs out of it.

4 stars

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3 Responses to Review: William Shakespeare’s Star Wars – Verily A New Hope

  1. Well, that is certainly a mix that I wouldn’t expect

  2. Greg says:

    I think I’ve seen this in the bookstore but didn’t have time to stop and look at it- looks like a lot of fun though. Just the thought of R2 thinking everyone else is an idiot makes me want to read it LOL.

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