What If Star Wars Was Written by William Shakespeare?

William Shakespeare ‘Star Wars’ Book Trailer

Good versus evil is an old story, although it seems like every generation thinks they invented it, kind of like sex. It’s also a story we see played out on the small screen as well as the silver screen. Now it’s caused one author to ask: “What if Star Wars was written 400 years ago by William Shakespeare?”

Now’s your chance to find out, with the release of a trailer for the new book by Ian Doescher called, wait for it, William Shakespeare’s Star Wars.

Return once more to a galaxy far, far away with this sublime 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.

Earlier this year, Doescher released an interactive version on Tapestry, although it only seems to be an ad for the book now. A Yale Divinity School grad, Doescher has taken the plot and dialogue from the 1977 movie, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope and rewritten it in iambic pentameter — and it works! You can see for yourself here:

Released by Quirk Books, the book is available from today. What do you think? Let us know.

Dean Fetzer

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Dean Fetzer is originally from a small town in eastern Colorado, but has lived in London, England, for the past 21 years. After a career in graphic design, he started a pub review website in the late 90’s; He left that in 2011 to concentrate on his thriller writing, as well as offering publishing services for authors, poets and artists. When not writing - or in the pub - he can be found in the theatre, live music venues and travelling.

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Frank Chapel's picture
Frank Chapel from California is reading Thomas Ligotti's works July 2, 2013 - 8:08am

everyone is just kinda talking like yoda


Ray Richards's picture
Ray Richards from Michigan and Iowa is reading The Great Shark Hunt by Hunter S. Thompson July 2, 2013 - 5:37pm

It sounds really shity. It is the same lines with older phrases. Maybe they should pin it on a contemporary of Shakespeare. Shakespeare wrote beautiful sentences that followed a beat.

jyh's picture
jyh from VA is reading whatever he feels like July 2, 2013 - 8:49pm

They better not fuck with the Jawas.