That’s right, Star Wars now has its own day to celebrate, with tongue firmly in cheek. For more information on how to honor this day, check out the web page for Star Wars Day
According to the official site:
“One of the earliest known records of “May the 4th” used in popular culture is in 1979, as described here by author Alan Arnold while he was chronicling the making of The Empire Strikes Back for Lucasfilm:
“Margaret Thatcher has won the election and become Britain’s first woman prime minister. To celebrate their victory her party took a half page of advertising space in the London Evening News. This message, referring to the day of victory, was ‘May the Fourth Be With You, Maggie. Congratulations,’ further proof of the extent to which Star Wars has influenced us all.”
With this history in mind, we have a fitting book to recommend to all our Star Wars literary fans.
The Empire Striketh Back by Ian Doescher
Part of the series Shakespeare’s Star Wars, this second in the series is my favorite. If you are a dual fan of both Shakespeare and Star Wars, as I am, what are you waiting for? Get thee to a galaxy far far away! I know you are skeptical, but this is actually a terrific blend of George Lucas’ story and Shakespearean style. Actually written in iambic pentameter! I also appreciate the choruses, asides, and soliloquies. It’s a great reminder of what a darn good story it really is. And like one reviewer, I found depth in much of the writing: “I really love Doescher’s books the best when he shares our cherished character’s innermost thoughts. For instance, how does C-3PO really feel about R2-D2, or vice-versa? Haven’t we all wondered what Obi Wan was really thinking when he told Luke his father was killed by Darth Vader? Speaking of Vader, what are the thoughts behind that monstrous mask? Are Stormtroopers people with ideas and hopes, or just faceless soldiers? How did Luke and Leia feel when they found out they were siblings after their infamous kiss? Is the Emperor all bad?” Read on, fans!