How Star Wars Con­quered The Uni­verse

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SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Rated / Books -

Re­lease Date: OUT NOW! 488 pages | Hard­back/ pa­per­back Au­thor: Chris Tay­lor Pub­lisher: Head Of Zeus “An­other galaxy, an­other time.” So be­gins the nov­el­i­sa­tion of Star Wars, re­leased early to build buzz. It doesn’t have the same ring as “A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…” but back then, no one knew how sig­nif­i­cant the lit­tle de­tails would be to Ge­orge Lu­cas’s cre­ation. It be­came a best­seller, and made its own con­tri­bu­tion to the film’s suc­cess. Now, months from a new chap­ter in the leg­end, this book has a sim­i­lar po­ten­tial to in­crease ex­cite­ment, and re­mind peo­ple of why they love Luke and co. But does it suc­ceed?

It’s split into two parts, with one main nar­ra­tive – Lu­cas’s hero’s jour­ney to get his vi­sion onto the screen – in­ter­rupted by mini- sto­ries fo­cus­ing on sig­nif­i­cant fans ( the cre­ator of the unit of Stormtrooper cos­play­ers known as the 501st; Ghyslain Raza, aka Star Wars Kid; and many more) or con­trib­u­tors to the le­gacy ( kids work­ing out how much a Death Star would cost, lead­ing to a pe­ti­tion to the White House; the ef­fects artist taken to court for sell­ing his own copy­righted cre­ations…). They’re sto­ries you prob­a­bly half- know al­ready, but it’s fas­ci­nat­ing to read about them in depth. The same goes for the mak­ing- of seg­ments, but Chris Tay­lor ex­pands th­ese oft- re­peated tales. You prob­a­bly know that R2- D2 stems from Reel 2 Dia­logue 2, but did you know it came from an in- joke by Lu­cas and edi­tor Wal­ter Murch? That’s right, Ge­orge Lu­cas made jokes! The stand- out set­piece is the sec­tion de­tail­ing the mul­ti­ple drafts the first script went through, and Lu­cas’s frus­tra­tion as he tried to ex­press the images in his head.

Does the book work as mar­ket­ing for The Force Awak­ens? To a cer­tain ex­tent, yes. But its most sig­nif­i­cant im­pact is to peel away Lu­cas’s rep­u­ta­tion as an un­emo­tional and dis­tant fig­ure, re­veal­ing the hu­man un­der­neath. Sam Ashurst Chris Tay­lor is the deputy edi­tor of Mash­able, which may ex­plain the book’s par­tial fo­cus on memes and vi­ral videos.

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