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Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope Mass Market Paperback – September 12, 1986

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"'I want to come with you to Alderaan,' Luke said, resolved. 'I want to become a Jedi like my father.'" This marks the start of Luke Skywalker's involvement with the Rebellion in George Lucas's grand narrative of good versus evil, Star Wars. You know the story, you've seen the film--but this chunky little book is a real gem. Star Wars fans of all ages will enjoy both the fine abridgment and Brandon McKinney's 146 two-color illustrations, drawn in classic comic book style. --C.B. Delaney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Cinematography is not about technology. It's about art, it's about taste. In the end it's about understanding your craft." - GEORGE LUCAS ""FRAMES" is about allowing the reader the time and the space to examine fully that ("cinematography") craft." - J.W. RINZLER, Executive Editor, LucasFilmAuthor of "The Making of Star Wars" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (September 12, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345341465
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345341464
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 0.6 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,794 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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First, let's dispense with the myth that Lucas wrote this himself. It was fully written by noted sci-fi/fantasy author Alan Dean Foster (who also wrote the novelizations for Alien, Aliens, Alien3, Krull, Black Hole, Alien Nation and although credited to Gene Roddenberry, he also wrote Star Trek The Motion Picture) Lucas was busy actually making the movie while ADF was writing this novel based on Lucas's working script. This accounts for some of the differences in the story.
ADF is a great writer, with a good voice and a great use of brevity to convey details. This is a quick read and a real treat for star wars fans. When this was first released it was called "Star Wars: From the adventures of Luke Skywalker" and was released before the movie even came out. ADF was already contracted to write a sequel since no one had any idea how the film would do, thus "Splinter of the Mind's Eye" makes a wonderful companion piece (the similar style between the two should be a dead giveaway that Foster wrote both).
This where it all began. If you want to read the SW books, make sure you start here.
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This novelization of the first Star Wars film is the alpha ancestor of the entire Star Wars universe. Published several months before the release of the film (which was simply titled "Star Wars" in 1977, picking up the "A New Hope" signifier in the 1979 theatrical re-release), the book was a success on a small scale but did not take off until the film became a phenomenon. George Lucas is credited with authoring this novel, but as he acknowledges in his introduction, the book was ghostwritten by Alan Dean Foster based on Lucas' screenplay. Foster went on to write two more Star Wars novels, Splinter of the Mind's Eye in the late 70's and The Approaching Storm in 2002.

Credit must be given to Foster for capturing a Star Wars "feel" in this novel without any preceding Star Wars material to work from and without knowledge of the scrutiny every scrap of Star Wars literature would eventually be subjected to. He follows the screenplay quite faithfully, and except for the inclusion of a sequence on Tatooine that was shot but cut from the film late in the editing process, his novel follows the film's sequence of scenes exactly. He does toy with the dialogue to an extent, re-writing lines throughout. To a modern-day Star Wars nut, this can sometimes be jarring, as everything about this story is so familiar. It's interesting in movie novelizations how the authors often change dialogue but nothing else: I like seeing a little more experimentation, such as that in Matthew Stover's superb novelization of Revenge of the Sith.

Foster is a descriptive writer and this story flows along briskly.
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The story that spawned the greatest sci fi universe ever. This was actually written and adapted by Alan dean foster who also wrote splinter of the minds eye. Lucas did the script but i like to think it was foster and ralph mcquerie who really brought the universe to life and created the actual look and feel of star wars.
pros
1: Its Star Wars! Nuff Said.
2: Darth Vader!!! This was our first introduction to the ultimate Sith Lord.
3: Star Destroyer! Who doesnt remember the first time they watched as a Rebel blockade runner slowly flew across the screen only to be followed by the massive warship the Star Destroyer.
4: Deathstar! If you loved the giant ships like the Star Destroyer then the Death star will blow your mind.
5: Luke Skywalker! I think this character touches within us all the sense of youthful restlessness and desire to accomplish great things.
6: Han Solo! He always shoots first.
7: More details. The book goes a bit more into things the movie may have brushed over and passed up.

Cons
1: Not written as a trilogy. Youll notice it when look is checking out and getting excited by his sister lol.
2: A bit short. I would have liked a more fleshed out story and for them to include more from the radio drama.

So there ya go. One of the best star wars reads out there. Not really much bad to say about it. Go read it right now!!!
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Loved these books when I was a kid and the movies first came out. Enjoyed reading them again (and again, and again!), and my kids didn't need to be pushed to read these books. You get extra details and info when you read, perhaps invented by the author, but it all follows the storyline of the movie. These books are keepers!
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It's very interesting reading the original book after having seen the movie dozens and dozens of times. I really enjoyed seeing the differences in how characters like Darth Vader were written vs. how the screen play was done and the character changed slightly. Must read for any Star Wars fan.
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George Lucas created an epic story that has grown beyond anything he ever imagined it would be. As good on paper as it is on screen. There are plenty of deleted scenes that were later released in various special editions as well as on various specials found on other assorted media. Doesn't hurt the story that much. Slightly disorganized given that this was not completely the polished gem that was released in theaters but still a very good read. A-
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