Then and Now x The Analogue Reader: William Shakespeare's Star Wars

What would it be like if Star Wars was written not by George Lucas, but by William Shakespeare? A Portland-based creative director had this crazy idea, which he made into a series of books!

If you’re a fan of both William Shakespeare and Star Wars, you’re in for a treat. Through one of the craziest and most brilliant mashups ever made, you’ll finally find out what it’s like to 1) read the space epic in The Bard of Avon’s words — in iambic pentameter, of course; 2) reimagine the movies’ scenes unfolding before you on stage instead of the big screen!

This curious work is the brainchild of Portland-based creative director Ian Doescher, who was intrigued with the idea of Shakespeare writing the epic space opera and thought of making a book out of it. Doescher released the first book last year, entitled William Shakespeare's Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope, which prides itself as a “sublime retelling of George Lucas’s epic Star Wars in the style of the immortal Bard of Avon.” The cover, which features Darth Vader dressed in Elizabethan era fashion, is just one of the many illustrations made by Nicolas Delort for the book.

Art thou curious about this book? Behold, a book preview thou will delight in watching:

DesignTaxi also gave the heads up that the next installments — The Empire Striketh Back and The Jedi Doth Return — will be out on March 18, and July 1 respectively. The cover of the second book looks just as amazing as the first. Yes, you can’t go wrong with Yoda wearing neck ruffs!

All information and photos for this article were sourced from DesignTaxi and Laughing Squid

written by plasticpopsicle on 2014-02-20 in #lifestyle #videos #pop-culture #the-analogue-reader #book #shakespeare #star-wars #william-shakespeare #then-and-now

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