Title: The Phantom of Menace
Author: Ian Doescher
Page Count: 178
Ian Doescher has basically made his name from writing Shakespearean interpretations of the Star Wars books, and now that I’ve read the original trilogy, it’s time for the prequels before I move on to the new movies (which I don’t even know if I’ve seen) and then mean Girls and Back to the Future.
There’s lots of cool stuff here, and I like the way that Jar Jar is a fool when he’s talking to other characters but well-spoken and intelligent when he talks to the audience in his asides. It’s a bit like the way that R2D2 beeps and whistles to other characters and can only talk to the audience or how Yoda speaks in haiku.
Overall then, this book was a lot of fun and a breeze to read through. It’s definitely better than the movie, and in many ways the Shakespearean take on it actually allowed Doescher to fix some of the problems.