Recommended Star Wars
These are interesting books from and about
the Star Wars universe that I recommend.
A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi by Brian
I heard the first of these
I was a kid, and I found it fascinating how the story in the movie was
expanded in all sorts of directions. There are so many scenes
in Episode IV) that are created to fill in necessary gaps where the
was forced to move on with the story. It's like a huge collection
of delete scenes that flesh out the drama. The adaptations of
and third films are more literal and don't stray as much, but it was
reading (or listening to) just for the first one.
of Episode I: The Phantom Menace by Laurent Bouzereau and Jody Duncan
The Making of Episode II: Attack of
the Clones by Jody Duncan
The Making of Episode III: Revenge
of the Sith by Jonathan Rinzler
So much work goes into these
on so many levels, but these books do a great job of sifting through
chaos and telling the stories of how things came together. It is
really interesting material if you're into any of the crafts behind
especially considering the direction things are heading... which Lucas
always seems to be at the front of.
The Remarkable Real-Life Story of Star Wars by Garry Jenkins
The background behind Lucas'
to get the first Star Wars movie made and the real empire that would
from his hard-fought success is an epic saga unto itself. This
a book about hero-worship. It's a great story worth reading about.
Screenplays by Laurent Bouzereau
This is almost a "Which-Way"
"Chose Your Own Adventure" book that explores the inspirations behind
screenplays of the original trilogy and some of the abandoned alternate
paths they might have taken. It is fascinating to consider which
directions the saga might have explored had only minor alterations of
story been pursued.
The Art of The Empire Strikes Back
The Art of Return of the Jedi
The Art of The Phantom Menace
The Art of Attack of the Clones
The Art of Revenge of the Sith
These books are fascinating
of the creative process. As with the Annotated Screenplays, these
collections of conceptual sketches and paintings hint at some of the
paths that would have led to very different movies than ultimately
up on the big screen, and so they are opportunities for exercises in
for those who enjoy considering possibilities.
Archives: Props, Costumes, Models and Artworks from Star Wars by Mark
Vaz and Shinji Hata
You will never get as great a
group of close-up shots of the physical realm of Star Wars from screen
captures as you do from this book. This is an excellent resource
for anyone who enjoys building props or costumes, especially from
Episode I: The Phantom Menace, The Visual Dictionary by David West
Star Wars, Episode II: Attack of the
Clones, The Visual Dictionary by David West Reynolds
Star Wars, Episode III: Revenge of
the Sith, The Visual Dictionary by David West Reynolds
As with the text above, these
books are amazing visual references of the physical elements that went
into constructing the fantasies of the films. Additionally, the
is highly imaginative speculation authored by a qualified expert on the
anthropological significance of these items in a cultural context.