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It's Star Wars Day in Galaxies Far, Far Away and Very, Very Close

By Beth Clark • May 04, 2018

May the Fourth Be with You on This Nerdy Sci-Fi Holiday!

With the recent release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi by Jason Fry and upcoming theater release of Solo: A Star Wars Story, we're paying tribute to the space opera set in a galaxy far, far away that shaped our own in ways beyond what George Lucas (and the rest of us) ever imagined.

41 Years, 11 Movies, and Hundreds of Books Later...

Between the "canon" (official/main storyline and universe) and "legend" (expanded universe/adjunct storyline) books, novels, novelizations, and other Star Wars literary content, there are thousands of reading possibilities in our bookiverse, an impressive feat for a 12-page script that almost never made it to the screen.

Star Wars Trivia

Though it instantly became a generational and cultural unifier, Star Wars was originally aimed at 14- and 15-year-olds, and the Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader characters were strongly influenced by none other than Gandalf and the Witch-king in J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. Other nods included Flash Gordon, the Vietnam War, and classical mythology.

The World Meets the Force

The first Star Wars book was a novelized version of the original screenplay titled Star Wars: From the Adventures of Luke Skywalker, published six months before the film hit theaters, so if you want to start at the beginning, you're welcome. Also a universal classic and fan favorite is Star Wars: The Original Trilogy, available in standard paperback and hardcover, or fancy collectible sets...use The Force to choose.

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