Sunday, August 11, 2013

Shakespeare Meets Science Fiction

If the Bard of Avon had written Star Wars, here's how it would have started:

"In time so long ago begins our play / In star-crossed galaxy far, far away."

At least that's how Ian Doescher imagines it in William Shakespeare's Star Wars.

For those of you stumped by Shakespeare's language this may be a good way to launch into a galaxy some find so far away, a fun way to develop your ear for Shakespeare. William Shakespeare's Star Wars is available at Amazon and as one reviewer put it, ’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."
Luke Skywalker poses like Hamlet in this black-and-white illustration by Nicholas Delort.
Here's the perfect gift for your special 501st Legionnaire or anyone who appreciates science fiction OR Shakespeare.

What other works can you see Shakespeare re-imagining?

2 comments:

  1. I think this is super cool. Especially for those who just can't seem to get the hang of Shakespeare. This seems like a totally interesting way to learn the style while also keeping your attention with a great story (not to say Hamlet isn't interesting and exciting). But, I most definitely would not want to be the one to do it. I can't even imagine rewriting a whole movie/novel in iambic pentameter. Sheesh. It's hard enough to write a haiku, keeping in mind that it has to be so specific.

    I think it would be really cool for Shakespeare to re-imagine something goofy like Dumb and Dumber.

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  2. I think its a good idea to put difficult subjects into terms that we can understand because I know for a fact that I had a lot of trouble in middle school with shakespeare. Now using a story that is very popular like star wars, and use shakespearen language it will help students understand whats going on, and understand the language better. That type of teaching actually helps me a lot, my psych teacher introduced the topic to me and it actually helped me to understand topics better.

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