I have cried, I have laughed hysterically and then I just stared at the wall for a bit. I am now calm and in honour of that calm I am using a Star Wars book for today's memes. Tuesday Intros is hosted by Diane over at Bibliophile by the Sea and Teaser Tuesdays is hosted over at A Daily Rhythm. This week I'm using Quirkbooks' Verily, A New Hope, Ian Doescher's Shakespeare adaptation of A New Hope.
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.Intro:
'C-3PO: "Now is the summer of our happiness made winter by this sudden, fierce attack! Our ship is under siege, I know not how. O hast thou heard? The main reactor fails! We shall most surely be destroy'd by this. I'll warrant madness lies herein!"
Beep, beep, meep, squeak, beep, beep, beep, whee!"I just love how much it is still like Star Wars. I mean, this is pretty much exactly how the scene goes in the film and yet Doescher has managed to maintain its spirit while writing in a completely different style. Writing in iambic pentameter requires a certain style and tone, and it takes some skill to adapt it naturally!
'Obi-wan:"Forsooth, a great disturbance in the Force /Have I just felt. 'Twas like a million mouths /Cried out in fear at once, and then were gone, /All hush'd and quiet - silent to the last. /I fear a stroke of evil hath occur'd. /But thou, good Luke, thy practice recommence."' p.88-9This is one of my favourite scenes from A New Hope. Anyone who says George Lucas only writes awkward dialogue doesn't know how to appreciate his ventures into mythology.
So, what are you introducing and teasing this week? I will try to keep my fangirling over Star Wars under control but I can't make any promises!