The valor and villainy of Shakespeare's Star Wars

"'Tis a tale told by fretful droids, full of faithful Wookiees and fearstome Stormtroopers, signifying...pretty much everything," reads the description for Ian Doescher's new Shakespearean parody, William Shakespeare's Star Wars.

Doescher's work is written in iambic pentameter and includes twenty Elizabethan illustrations.

Tish Wells of the McClatchy-Tribune News Service writes:

Readers seeking something different should take William Shakespeare’s Star Wars for a spin. Ian Doescher has adapted Star Wars (otherwise known as Episode IV — A New Hope) in the style of the Bard of Avon. In the movie, for example, when Han Solo boasts about an easy escape from the deadly Death Star, Princess Leia shoots him down, pointing out that the Empire let them escape.

In Doescher’s hands, it goes like this:

Han: “Thy rescue has been marvelous, think’st thou not? Say I: at times I do myself amaze.
“Amazing has my rescue of thee been, Amazing is my hand at piloting, Amazing is my part in this escape. Amazing — ay, it’s true — my amazing looks.”

Leia: “Amazing is thy pride and love of self!
“Thus stand I now amaz’d that e’er thou shouldst allow thou great amazing self to stoop so low that thou wouldest rescue such as I.”