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Secret History of Star Wars Free e-Book

Discussion in 'Books' started by Tom, May 22, 2008.

  1. Tom

    Tom An Old Friend

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    The Secret History of Star Wars is a new full-length e-book exploring the writing and creation of the Star Wars saga. Culled from over 400 sources and filled with quotes from people such as George Lucas, Gary Kurtz and Mark Hamill, The Secret History of Star Wars traces all the way back to 1973 to examine how the first 14-page treatment that began the series came to be and was slowly built, draft by draft, year by year and movie by movie. Covering a period of over four decades, you will discover how George Lucas got his ideas for the original film, how Darth Vader was made into Luke Skywalker's father in 1978 and forever altered the arc of the story, what happened to the infamous third trilogy in the series and how the prequel stories came to be. The book also reveals the style and method of Lucas himself and how his personal life affected and shaped the story, for better and worse. This is a book which challenges many legends surrounding the series and places the films in a new light. For the more casual fan this will be a mesmerising read and for those who think they know everything about the series, prepare to be surprised!

    http://www.secrethistoryofstarwars.com/book.html
     
  2. Kevin

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    It is quite an interesting read as well (you can download the e-book as a PDF).
     
  3. Tom

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    I downloaded it but have not read it yet. I posted it so everyone could check it out. You must have already read it Kevin. Anyone else?
     
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    Yep, read it this morning. It shall be used as my reference going forward for people who argue with me that a third trilogy was never planned.

    What is interesting is that a 4th trilogy was mentioned by both Mark Hamill and Dale Pollock... that is little nugget of trivia that I had not come across before.
     
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    I knew about the 4th trilogy and I am thinking it may be made - eventually
     
  6. Kevin

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    I don't know... it sounds like once Lucas gave the go ahead for novels to be set decades after ROTJ that he more or less abandoned any plans of third trilogy much less a fourth. If a third trilogy is made now then it will swiftly invalidate all of the post ROTJ novels even though some (most? all?) were approved directly by Lucas/LucasFilms which would piss off a good number of fans & authors even more.

    It may explain why the upcoming animated series Clone Wars is specifically taking place within the movie timelines, specifically between episodes 2 & 3. Anything prior to ROTJ Lucas has full control over and will likely continue his policy of revisionist history as he goes along but post-ROTJ would be a devastating blow to the die-hard fans if 20+ years of material was suddenly considered to be meaningless.
     

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