Star Wars novels received some expanded attention around the web yesterday.
At the Star Wars Blog, Dan Brooks dives into the awesomeness of the Revenge of the Sith novelization by Matthew Stover.
In other places, Stover takes the film and magnifies it. Some felt that the movie could have done a better job at explaining why Anakin would so quickly make a choice to become a Sith. In the novelization, Anakin’s confusion and temptation are brought front and center, expanded upon and teased throughout. The Jedi are his family and pulling him one direction; his father figure, Palpatine, though, seems to listen to him where they do not, and is quick to undercut them. Additionally, Palpatine doesn’t just offer to teach Anakin dark side powers that could save his wife, but he punctures the core of the Jedi ways, and subtly lures Anakin with material and political power, as well.
It’s definitely one of my favorite books and I recommend the post, which spotlights some great examples of ways the book enriches the movie.
Hollywood.com hosted a Google hangout to discuss the future of the Expanded Universe in light of the Sequel Trilogy and other upcoming new Star Wars movies. Host Christian Blauvelt and co-host Eric Geller of TheForce.Net were joined by Amy Ratcliffe and Aaron Goins. The chat is heavily focused on the adult novelizations, with some talk of the comics. They share their favorite novels and authors and ponder where the movies might (or might not) go. Blauvelt also hints at an upcoming interview with Troy Denning in advance of Crucible‘s release.
Tricia Barr's novel, Wynde, won the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Award Gold Medal for Best Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror Ebook. She was also part of Silence in the Library's successful all-female creator science fiction and fantasy anthology Athena's Daughters, which is available now. For excerpts and tales of her adventures in creating a fictional universe, hop over to TriciaBarr.com.