I wanted to start this review off with my own Shakesperian writing but alas, I am not Ian Doescher. He has the gift of the bard and he once again used it to reimagine another entrance into the Shakespearian Star Wars franchise.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens or rather Star Wars: The Force Doth Awaken is an absolute delight. This entrance in the franchise has the adorable droid BB-8 on the cover, adorned with a feathered cap. He stole the movie and helps steal this book as well. Doescher managed to make droid noises work in sonnet form and as a fun addition, if you know skip code you can decipher his messages. The levels of nerdom, I love it!
But BB-8 isn’t the only character in the Force Awakens obviously. We have Rey, Chewbacca, Finn, Poe, Han Solo, Kylo Ren, and General Organa. Reading their dialogue in Shakesperian form gives the story new life. You focus more on their personal journies. Each word is carefully chosen and reveals depths to the characters you might have missed upon viewing the movie. Don’t get mad, I’m sure you’ve dissected the movie down to every theory but think of this as a new puzzle piece. Besides, Doescher admits that almost every character has their own special treat when playing with language.
As spellbinding as Doescher’s iambic pentameter is, the artwork by Nicolas Delort is equally stunning. In simple black and white, he is able to capture the Elizabethian versions of the infamous characters. And what is too futuristic, he reverts to the old school version. One of my favorite images is BB-8 and R2-D2 looking at a physical map of the stars together instead of their projection. It’s pretty aww-worthy.
Star Wars: the Force Doth Awaken will be available wherever books and ebooks are sold on October 3 thanks to Quirk Books.