Tag: Star Wars

Star Wars: Conviction

Star Wars – Fate of the Jedi: Conviction by Aaron Allston (Random House, 2011) Allston makes little allowance for the passing of time, allowing (grandparentally) old favourites Han, Leia and Luke to nimble about the Star Wars Expanded Universe, having adventures just like they did back in the day. As non-demanding escapism goes, it’s not bad.  

Star Wars Downunder

Star Wars Downunder dir. Michael Cox (2013) [http://swdufanfilm.com/] This 30-minute fan film is a parody, conflating Star Wars, beer commercials and cringeworthy Australian stereotypes. Given the excellent production values, it seems a shame that Cox and company didn’t stick with just the first two, omitting the slang and silly voices.  

Star Wars: Bloodline

Star Wars: Bloodline by Claudia Gray (Del Rey, 2016) With much of the Star Wars expanded universe now rendered non-canonical, Claudia Gray’s novel — a serious backstory to The Force Awakens, focussing on Leia’s political struggles within an ailing New Republic — subtly apprises readers of what is, and is no longer, recognised.  

Star Wars – Dawn of the Jedi: Into the Void

Star Wars – Dawn of the Jedi: Into the Void by Tim Lebbon (Del Rey, 2013) A surprisingly engaging two-for-one intertwined quest set in Star Wars prehistory: trainee Je’daii Lanoree (present tense) tries to save her brother from falling to the evil clutches of Forcelessness, while Je’daii Ranger Lanoree (past tense) must then deal with what he’s become.  

Star Wars and History

Star Wars and History ed. Nancy R. Reagin & Janice Liedl (Wiley, 2012) This collection of academic articles, ostensibly undertaken in close collaboration with George Lucas, purports to show the manner and extent to which Star Wars draws on real history. In truth it clutches at loose parallels, showing little or no evidence of causation.