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Post by guardienne on Mon 25 Sep 2017, 5:08 am

err, i crawled out under my rock for a bit and ... https://sleemo.tumblr.com/post/165624705877/force-doth-awaken-illustrations

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what is this? officially sanctioned fanart?
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Post by vaderito on Mon 25 Sep 2017, 7:41 am

Yes, supposedly it's officially sanctioned Star Wars Does Shakespeare.
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Post by guardienne on Thu 28 Sep 2017, 6:40 am

if anyone's interested, there's a bit more https://sleemo.tumblr.com/post/165780234122/i-was-looking-through-the-preview-pages-of-the

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The afterword by Ian Doescher reveals more interesting details like this which were included in the book:

   William Shakespeare’s The Force Doth Awaken was great fun to write because I was able to revisit favorite characters from the original trilogy and introduce new characters to the Shakespeare’s Star Wars series. Of course, a new cast cast of characters means new opportunities to play with language.

   I won’t give everything away, but here are some hints to what I did: Rey’s longer soliloquies reference the many fan theories of her heritage; every line Finn speaks includes letters of his stormtrooper name; each of Poe’s lines includes a phrase from the verses of a famous Poe-t; and all of BB-8′s lines can be deciphered if you know the (skip) code.

   Among the new characters are new villains. A while back, Erik Didriksen (author of Pop Sonnets) and I tossed around the idea of a collection of “Villain Villanelles,” that is, a group of poems written about or from the perspective of various well-known villains from literature and film, each conforming to the structure and rhyme scheme of a villanelle. We didn’t get very far with the project, but I resurrected the idea in William Shakespeare’s The Force Doth Awaken. Each of the three main villains in this book—Kylo Ren, General Hux, and Supreme Leader Snoke—speaks one villanelle during the story.
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Post by Guest on Tue 03 Oct 2017, 4:18 pm

I'm confused, is this official? LF approved?

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So when Kylo says, "don't be afraid, I feel it too" he's referring to their strange connection? Shocked

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Post by vaderito on Tue 03 Oct 2017, 4:42 pm

It's getting better:

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Shakespeare ships it.
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Post by vaderito on Tue 03 Oct 2017, 4:45 pm

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Post by nemapasara on Tue 03 Oct 2017, 4:53 pm

It is official, copyright of Lucasfilm Ltd! Very Happy

Damn, the "come, Kylo Ren, and feel the light of Rey" line is chock full of innuendo.

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"When young, his smile could ligten a darken'd room"

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Post by Cowgirlsamurai on Tue 03 Oct 2017, 4:54 pm

@vaderito wrote:It's getting better:

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Shakespeare ships it.
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Post by vaderito on Tue 03 Oct 2017, 4:57 pm

@Cowgirlsamurai wrote:  

Oh my god, I can't get off of Tumblr today. This is all gold  Very Happy
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I'm convinced that those who wrote about "feeling the light of Rey" and "feeling the strange connection" didn't have cousins in mind. This stuff is legit shippy.
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Post by Guest on Tue 03 Oct 2017, 4:59 pm

I’ve read Han’s dying soliloquy on Tumblr and Leia’s about wanting Ben to come home, both are nicely done. http://starwarsnonsense.tumblr.com/post/166012510529/yet-how-can-i-ever-be-content-when-i-have

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Post by IoJovi on Tue 03 Oct 2017, 5:02 pm

Oh this is absolutely brilliant!!!! Jumping
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Post by Cowgirlsamurai on Tue 03 Oct 2017, 5:04 pm

Mrs Ben Solo wrote:I’ve read Han’s dying soliloquy on Tumblr and Leia’s about wanting Ben to come home, both are nicely done. http://starwarsnonsense.tumblr.com/post/166012510529/yet-how-can-i-ever-be-content-when-i-have
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Half of the quotes that have come out make me LOL, the rest make me want to cry. What an emotional roller coaster Sad I think I've got to have this book.
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Post by Guest on Tue 03 Oct 2017, 5:16 pm

Here’s an interview with the author, sounds like he’s a Kylo fan! http://www.starwars.com/news/ian-doescher-singing-rathtars-the-force-doth-awaken

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Post by Moonlight13 on Tue 03 Oct 2017, 5:31 pm

Mrs Ben Solo wrote:Here’s an interview with the author, sounds like he’s a Kylo fan! http://www.starwars.com/news/ian-doescher-singing-rathtars-the-force-doth-awaken
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Kylo Ren is a fascinating character, because he is so conflicted. Unlike Darth Vader in A New Hope or Emperor Palpatine, he’s not just entirely evil. He’s trying to be a bad guy, but can’t quite get all the way there. So you have to maintain that tension with him. It’s similar to the tension Anakin feels in Revenge of the Sith or Vader in Return of the Jedi. I’m interested to see where The Last Jedi takes Kylo Ren, and what that will mean for his future soliloquies!
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Post by vaderito on Tue 03 Oct 2017, 5:34 pm

The author really loves Kylo.

Kylo and Han:

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Post by Darth_Awakened on Wed 04 Oct 2017, 1:37 am

That funny feeling when you turn on your computer in the morning and instead of R2 and BB8 you see Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.

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Post by snufkin on Wed 04 Oct 2017, 3:50 pm

For those of you reading it, does Mitaka make appearance to interrupt one of Space Hamlet's soliloquies? He's seems very much like he'd be a minor Shakespearean character.
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Post by guardienne on Mon 23 Oct 2017, 4:49 am

the interrogation. apparently there will be an audio book of this as well!

   REY
   Where am I?

   KYLO
   —Thou art welcome as my guest.

   REY
   Where are the others, all my comrades true?
   What hast thou done with them? Are they herein?

   KYLO
   The comrades, ha! Thou meanest all the thieves,
   The murtherers and traitors thou call’st friends?
   Their treachery doth mock thy loyalty,
   Their gross dishonor doth negate thy honor.
   Thou shalt be wholly comforted to know
   I have no knowledge of their whereabouts.
   Yet let us speak of them no more. Instead,
   ’Tis thy mind that doth bring me interest:
   Much like an open book, I look inside
   And scan its contents like so many words.
   Thy thoughts are clear: thou’d happ’ly see me dead.

   REY
   If ’tis the story thou dost read therein,
   ’Tis but the consequence of being hunted
   By one who hides beneath a coward’s mask.

   [Kylo Ren removes his mask.

   KYLO
   No craven I: I’ll show my letters all,
   Thou shalt, belike, find them a novel treat,
   A text too heavy for thine intellect.
   Tell me all thou dost know about the droid.

   REY
   This tale I shall unfold in simple prose:
   A BB unit color’d white and orange,
   A drive made of selenium withal,
   A thermal hyperscanning vindicator—

   KYLO
   Would that thy script were sharp as thy foul tongue.
   Pray, let me tell thee of thy literature:
   The droid doth hold a navigating chart—
   We have a fragment—’twas recover’d from
   The archives of the Empire virtuous—
   Yet we require the piece that doth remain.
   Thou somehow didst convince the errant droid
   To show the map to thee, a scavenger—
   Of lowly birth and even lower class.
   Thou canst see, by this knowledge I’ve obtain’d,
   That I’d become the author of thy fate.
   I shall procure what I desire from thee
   And thy weak mind, pathetic as it is.

   [Kylo Ren uses the Force to extract thoughts from Rey’s mind.

   I see the narrative that thou dost pen:
   How sad thou art, in misery enwrapp’d—
   Thou art alone, of leaving most afeard.
   At night, thou art so desperate to sleep.
   Within thy mind an ocean, and an isle
   Plac’d in the ocean’s vast expanse—I see’t.
   Han Solo: he is in thy mind as well.
   To thee he seemeth like the father whom
   Thou ne’er didst know. Hear thou my words most true:
   The man, I’ll warrant, would but disappoint.
   Thy chronicle is tragic in the height.

   REY
   Avaunt, thou knave! Get hence—close thou my book!

   KYLO
   Yet ’tis a tome whose end I long to see,
   Although it is a simple one to scan:
   I know thou hast laid eyes upon the chart.
   Tis in thy head, and thou shalt give it me.
   Anon it shall be mine. Be not afraid,
   I feel the strange connection ’twixt us, too.
   [Aside:] Her mind is far more strong than I bethought,
   A volume of some weight, I do confess.

   REY
   Naught shall I show thee.

   KYLO
   —This remains to see.

   REY
   [aside:] I sense wherein he entereth my mind—
   Perchance I may his ruse turn back on him.
   The man hath entered th’archive of my mind;
   Mayhap I may assail his library.
   [To Kylo Ren:] Yet even as thou read’st, thou shalt be read:
   Thou art afraid thou ne’er shalt be as strong
   As he thou dost admire: the Sith, Darth Vader.
   Ha! Ope again, for I would fain read more!

   [Exit Rey as Kylo Ren makes his way to the assembly room.

   KYLO
   Nay, nay, it cannot be. It must not be!
   How did this wretched girl of simple stock
   Refocus my direction of the Force?
   Have I grown feeble, soft, or witless? Nay!
   She turn’d the trick on me with seeming ease.
   Perforce the lady is instinctively
   Strong in the Force, though she may know it not.
   This failure, still, is unacceptable,
   An errant step along my path of dark.
   I shall consult wise Supreme Leader Snoke,
   Confessing my mistake and her resolve.
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