I discover the best things just randomly walking around the library. I had no idea these existed, though apparently lots of my friends did (and didn’t tell me immediately?????).
William Shakespeare’s Star Wars. It is exactly what you dream it might be – the story of Star Wars in the style of a Shakespeare play, iambic pentameter and all. That someone went to these lengths makes my nerdy heart sing, like the time I first learned that someone had translated Harry Potter into Latin . I don’t read Latin, but that sort of commitment to books and reading and geeking out really speaks to me.
This is book one (well, technically, four. You know what I mean.):
Verily, A New Hope by Ian Doescher
It is, according to the publisher: “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…”
A glimpse of the inside, featuring Elizabethan illustrations
And my personal favourite, the Leia hologram scene:
Please make sure you note that R2-D2 also beeps in iambic pentameter
I can’t let you go without mentioning the rest in this fabulous series:
Zounds! This is the book you’re looking for!