A ‘Star Wars’ book tril­ogy there is

Los Angeles Times - - ARTS & BOOKS - By Michael Schaub cal­en­dar@la­times.com

Read. Or read not. There is no try.

Fans of the orig­i­nal “Star Wars” tril­ogy (circa 1977-83) have some­thing to look for­ward to in ad­di­tion to the Dec. 18 re­lease of “The Force Awak­ens.” Dis­ney-Lu­cas­film Press will re­lease a tril­ogy of books retelling the sto­ries of the first three films from the per­spec­tives of Princess Leia, Yoda and Darth Vader, the Guardian re­ports.

Ac­cord­ing to the Star Wars web­site, the books will be “more than just mere retellings from this top tal­ent; th­ese are fresh in­ter­pre­ta­tions — true to the films but fil­tered through each au­thor’s vi­sion. In each novel, the au­thors get in­side the char­ac­ters’ heads, tell us about the scenes be­tween the scenes and even teach us how to be a Jedi.”

The books aren’t aimed at the peo­ple who saw the movies in the­aters the first time — they’re meant to ap­peal to a new gen­er­a­tion. Ac­cord­ing to their Ama­zon pages, they’re aimed at a mid­dle-grade au­di­ence, ages 8-12.

The film “Star Wars: A New Hope” (1977) will be re­told in the book “Star Wars: A New Hope — The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy” by Alexan­dra Bracken, told from Princess Leia’s point of view.

From Yoda’s per­spec­tive, the next in­stall­ment of the story will be re­vis­ited in Adam Gid­witz’s “Star Wars: The Em­pire Strikes Back — So You Want to Be a Jedi.”

Tom An­gle­berger — the cre­ator of “Origami Yoda” — will write “Star Wars: Re­turn of the Jedi — Be­ware the Power of the Dark Side!” from Darth Vader’s point of view.

An ex­cerpt from “Star Wars: A New Hope — The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy” is on­line, and its first sen­tence echoes the fa­mous be­gin­ning of the first “Star Wars” movie: “The story be­gins as so many do: a long, long time ago ... in a place far be­yond the glit­ter­ing stars you see in your night sky.”

Th­ese won’t be the only new “Star Wars” books to be re­leased in the com­ing months. In March, Dis­ney World­wide Pub­lish­ing re­vealed that more than 20 books, in­clud­ing some aimed at chil­dren, are planned for pub­li­ca­tion this year.

The book tril­ogy will be re­leased Sept. 22.

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YODA will give his per­spec­tive in the book “So You Want to Be a Jedi.”

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