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Star Wars by Laurent Bouzereau
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Dec 14, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: tie-ins, star-wars
Read from December 14, 2011 to January 01, 2012

Aside from having the final scripts, which is pretty cool, there are some interesting revelations from Lucas and others about early versions of the scripts. It's never exactly mind-blowing, but it's a good, fast read, and it did make me watch these movies (for the millionth time) with new eyes. It also cast some light on the prequels, even though it was released well before The Phantom Menace. For example, did you know the term "Padawan" for a Jedi apprentice actually predates the final name for the Jedi Order? I assumed it was invented for Episode I. Anyway.

My main complaint is that facts on early drafts often aren't related in clear order, so the different story drafts all kind of run together. The author tries to tie everything together, but he only succeeds sometimes, so I ended up glossing over quite a bit.

Still, it was worthy purchase, and great fun to read in small doses or when I don't feel like grappling with a novel.

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