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“William Shakespeare’s Star Wars” Official Video

Photo: Quirk Books

Photo: Quirk Books

I already wrote about this in last week’s Weekly Pop Culture Picks, but more needs to be said. Not only does William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope exist, but it now has a video. I somehow did not see it earlier and I can’t believe I missed it, because it is amazing.

If you don’t know what the book is about, it’s really easy to explain: Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope written by “Shakespeare.” That’s code for “written by Ian Doescher, who’s writing like Shakespeare.”

It’s impossible to explain why I have the need to cover this book (as I said in that previous post, I don’t really have any intention of buying it), but the fact is that I’m just enthralled by the idea. Alternatively, I could just be fascinated with the fact that iambic pentameter makes every single character sound like Yoda.

While mixing two classic (in very different ways) works in itself is humorous, I doubt I could make it through an entire book in the  Star Wars universe written in Shakespeare’s famed iambic pentameter; however, I would totally go see the play version. Hint, hint, Quirk Books – make that video into a full-blown stage production and watch the tickets sell themselves.

Check out the video for yourself below:

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