Review: William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back by Ian Doescher

By | July 31st, 2014|Categories: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Mashups, Science Fiction & Fantasy|Tags: , , |3 Comments


empire striketh backReviewed by Cal Cleary

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…

For some reason, those words captures America’s imagination in a way that few other pieces of entertainment every have (or will). One of the most interesting aspects of the documentary The People Vs. George Lucas was the way that Star Wars, for some reason, ignited the creativity of a generation. There have been countless fan recreations, mash-ups, fan edits, costume mods, and much, much more as fans took something created by Lucas, threw it in a bag with all their other passions, and tried to turn it into something new. One of the most interesting examples of that in the last few years was Ian Doescher’s William Shakespeare’s Star Wars, a book that rewrote Star Wars as a Shakespearean play, borrowing the Bard’s language and structure.