Saturday, November 5, 2016

Book Review: Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith- by Matthew Woodring Stover

Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the SithStar Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith by Matthew Woodring Stover
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is the longest of the prequel trilogy and although it is written the best it is also the book the deviates most from the movie. I don't think that this inconsistency is the fault of the author, Matthew Woodring Stover, but rather the fault of George Lucas's changing vision for the prequels. According to other accounts, Lucas rewrote the script numerous times, even as production began. It is painfully obvious that Stover was working from an early version of the script. As such it deviates from the movie several times in big ways. None-the-less, the writing is masterful. There are times where there is maybe too much narration, but overall those narrative segments give us a deep look into the personality, character, and relationships of the main Jedi. We see the hope of the Republic resting upon the partnership, brotherhood, and success of Anakin and Obi-Wan. Or Mace Windu's love of the Republic [in fact, this was a very narrow bit of writing, but it was so powerful and impactful that I was surprised how short it was in this book and that it was lacking in Stover's other Clone Wars novel, Shatterpoint]. Overall, I don't hate the prequel trilogy as much as many others, but there was a lot about it that was lacking and that could have improved. In general, they got better each step of the way, as did the accompanying novels.

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