Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens marks the beginning of a new story, but also the continuation of one that started nearly 40 years ago. There are many who have not yet heard the gospel of the 'Wars and may not be familiar with the Saga as a whole. To counter this, Lucasfilm is looking for new ways to introduce Star Wars to a new and perhaps younger audience. One of those ways is a new set of books they have introduced that will get readers up to speed on at least part of the established story. 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 and Star Wars: Return of the Jedi — Beware the Power of the Dark Side! by Tom Angleberger, all with illustrations by Ian McCaig, will retell the original trilogy in a whole new way. For starters, these authors will be presenting their interpretations of the films, focusing closely on the characters and getting "inside their heads" as StarWars.com describes. Recently the site revealed the cover art, along with the aforementioned subtitles, along lengthy excerpts from all three novels. You can see the covers above and read the excerpts by clicking here! Also, check out this video interview with the authors that was released last year.
What's very interesting about these novels is that they take a very different approach to adapting the story. More than simply retelling the iconic scenes from the movies, the words go beyond what we see on screen and explain what happened between the scenes. For example, in the excerpt from The Princess, The Scoundrel, and The Farm Boy, the story focuses on Leia after she's been captured and follows her as she makes an attempt to escape from Imperial custody while onboard a Star Destroyer. Although it has not been explicitly stated, we can assume these adaptions are at least somewhat canon, which could allow us to gain some never before learned insight into the films themselves.
Be on the lookout for all three of these books when they hit stores on September 22nd!
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