Wednesday, October 1, 2014

How Star Wars Conquered the Universe - Book Review

When the Star Wars movies were re-released in 1997 for the 20th anniversary of Episode IV: A New Hope, my mom took me to the movie theater to see it, and the rest is history. I was OBSESSED with the Star Wars movies. I gave my friends Star Wars character nicknames. (I got to be Princess Leia, and my friend who thought my obsession was weird got to be Darth Vader.)

So Chris Taylor's new book How Star Wars Conquered the Universe was just the book for me! If you're a Star Wars fan and think you know everything there is to know about the movies and George Lucas, think again. This book is THE ULTIMATE guide to the movies, their creator, their inspiration, what they inspired, and their future.

You get to read about the first drafts of the movies that George Lucas wrote, and, thankfully, had help rewriting. The book has information about the movie's marketing and merchandising programs, fan clubs, and so much more.

It's interesting to read about how the movies came together and the many times that they almost didn't happen. Even if you've never seen the movies (and yes, that includes Episodes I, II, and III), you can't say that Star Wars hasn't in some way impacted your life. You know the characters' names, you've heard the movie quotes ("May the force be with you"), and you know all the spoilers (Darth Vader is Luke's father). Star Wars truly has conquered the universe.

How Star Wars Conquered the Universe is published by Basic Books and is available to purchase now. I received a free advance review copy at Book Expo America with no obligation to review.

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