Weekly Wishlist

Besides novels, there are plenty of other Star Wars-related books out there I’d love to have on my shelf. The Star Wars Shakespeare editions are something I know I’d enjoy immensely:

Verily, A New Hope; The Empire Striketh Back; The Jedi Doth Return

I’m one those weird people that loved Shakespeare in high school, and went on to read his plays on my own later in life. But it’s no wonder that I love both Star Wars and Shakespeare, as clearly, they’re the SAME THING: grand stories full of drama, duels, heroes and villains, moral dilemmas , love, hate, tragedy, comedy, royals and commoners, and high stakes both emotional and political.

Here’s an excerpt from Verily, a New Hope:


Outer Space.

Enter Chorus.


It is a period of civil war.

The spaceships of the rebels, striking swift

From base unseen, have gain’d a vict’ry o’er

The cruel Galactic Empire, now adrift.

Amidst the battle, rebel spies prevail’d

And stole the plans to a space station vast,

Whose pow’rful beams will later be unveil’d

To crush a planet: ’tis the DEATH STAR blast.

Pursued by agents sinister and cold,

Now Princess Leia to her home doth flee,

Deliv’ring plans and a new hope they hold:

Of bringing freedom to the galaxy.

In time so long ago begins our play,

In star-crossed galaxy, far far away.

Verily, A New Hope, by Ian Doescher

What’s not to love here? The covers are great, too. Here’s the rest of them:

William Shakespeare's The Phantom of Menace: Star Wars Part the First
William Shakespeare's The Clone Army Attacketh: Star Wars Part the Second
William Shakespeare's Tragedy of the Sith's Revenge: Star Wars Part the Third
William Shakespeare's The Force Doth Awaken: Star Wars Part the Seventh
William Shakespeare's Jedi the Last: Star Wars Part the Eighth
William Shakespeare's The Merry Rise of Skywalker: Star Wars Part the Ninth

Have you read these books? What did you think? Comment below and we’ll talk about it!

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