I remember seeing the originals in the theatre when I was a kid. Now, we own all of the DVDs and they are well-watched and still beloved.
Each May the 4th, the boys participate in Jedi Night at a local community center. They are tireless fans.
And in the years since, he's been a Jawa and a TIE fighter pilot. As I said...just a wee bit obsessed!
So, last year, when I saw Quirk Books offering review copies of Ian Doescher's William Shakespeare's Star Wars*, I signed up immediately. We've been battling over the copy ever since. I've seen the copy in both boys' backpacks; I know it's been on vacation with us. But it took knowing that the second book in the series was coming - and my threatening to keep it for myself unless they relinquished the first book - that finally landed it on my nightstand. I read it in a single sitting.
I do not employ the label 'genius' very often. In fact, I'm sort of hard to impress. But I will shout it from the kilometer-high skyscrapers of Coruscant: Ian Doescher is a genius!
Let me tell you. Doescher's execution is masterful. Like Jedi-Master masterful.
I never would have thought to align Star Wars with Shakespeare; I am not a literary genius, after all. But when you look at the villainy, the hubris, and the valor, the two - Star Wars and William Shakespeare - are quite natural bedfellows.