Even though George Lucas is no longer involved in his own space opera’s day-to-day operations, it seems Disney/Lucasfilm are also not immune to tinkering with the past.
As any Star Wars fan knows Episode VII “The Force Awakens” when it hits theaters on December 18th will bring back Luke, Han and Leia to the big-screen for the first time since 1983’s Return of The Jedi.
George already tweaked the original movie trilogy in the late 90’s on the big-screen with the special editions so Disney felt it was okay to do so in book form in 2015.
According to Star Wars.com three different authors were allowed to take each of the original stories of Episodes IV, V and VI and bring fresh interpretations from inside the different characters giving the reader a look into their thoughts and emotions through out the stories. All three authors of course had to remain true to the original stories.
All three books are being more geared towards the young adult readers then to actual adults and have even given each novel extended titles to better appeal to the younger reader, although in my opinion was not needed. The new retelling of all three books will hit book store shelves on September 22nd.
Star Wars: A New Hope — The Princess, The Scoundrel, and The Farm Boy / by Alexandra Bracken
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back — So You Want to Be a Jedi / by Adam Gidwitz
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi — Beware the Power of the Dark Side! / by Tom Angleberger
In one way I really don’t have an issue with Disney retelling the original trilogy using different authors, but in another I feel they could of just left well enough alone.
I’m not sure what all exactly these newer authors will be adding to the stories, but I would like to see two versions put out, one for the adults and one for the young adults. Both versions could then be updated to help fix some of the inconsistencies that we’re caused by the prequels.
If that were being done, and I some how doubt this is the case, then I would be marginally okay with the update, but just to update because you can or just to make an extra few dollars on the nostalgia of the original trilogy, then no. As far as the extended titles they really could of done with out and still been able to appeal to their intended audience.
In this day and age where it seems most of the movies are re-boots or re-makes from another movie done sometime in the last thirty years I would love to see somebody or someone buck the trend and begin to put an end to all of this madness. Granted this particular time it’s in book form, but even so enough is enough.
If Disney really wants to show some nostalgia towards the original trilogy, then just release all three books for IV, V and VI as they were originally written with updated covers. That would be too easy I guess!
If your truly interested, check out the new covers below and a digital excerpt.
Click the link below to read an excerpt.
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