The Star Wars Trilogy

Star Wars Trilogy - George Lucas, Donald F. Glut, James Kahn, Alan Dean Foster It was really interesting to read this after the prequels came out. The first thing I noticed - the prequels don't match up to the back story in this book. In fact, the prequel story from the novel was much more interesting than the movies.Let's start with Episode IV and it's more awesome back story.Obi-wan says,"Vader used the training I gave him and the force for evil, to help the later corrupt Emperors. With the Jedi Knights disbanded, disorganized, or dead, there were few to oppose him. Today they are all but extinct." How much better would the prequels have been if Vader was just power hungry and hung out with the wrong crowd? And why are there EMPERORS plural? Again, it sounds like a good guy got in with the wrong crowd and hey look what I can do - isn't the force cool? The Jedi Knights are disbanded and disorganized. There's not many details, but wouldn't it have been more interesting if Vader had just demonized or belittled their religion? Or slowly started to blame them, then label them, introduce prejuidice and then systematically exterminate them? Sound familiar?On to Episode V. This is in the movie too, but Luke talks about having been to Degobah before. I think he has and George Lucas forgot.Episode VI. The most blatant drift away from the prequels. Too bad it didn't make it into the movie. It's AWESOME."When your father left, he didn't know your mother was pregnant. Your mother and I knew he would find out eventually, but we wanted to keep you both as safe as possible for as long as possible. So I took you to live with my brother Owen, on Tatooine...and your mother took Leia to live as the daughter of Senator Organa, on Alderaan."What a great story! Secret pregnancies, Padme living and hiding her children from her crazy husband, and Owen wasn't Luke's real uncle! Why couldn't this have been the plot of the prequels?"She almost never thought of her real mother-that was like a dream. Yet now Luke's question made her start. Flashes from her infancy assaulted her-distorted visions of running...a beautiful woman...hiding in a trunk."In the movie, it implies that Leia is talking about her adopted mother. But in the book it's clear she remembers her adopted and real mother.Reading this book just made me mad at George Lucas. What an idiot.The writing was good for episode IV and V. Return of the Jedi got on my nerves a little with his litteral translations of everything artoo and chewie had to say. Grawrrrr and beepeiodoo lost their charm really fast.This books is also reviewed at my blog Books: A true story