There’s still a long wait for the December 17th opening of Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens, so to help with the wait, here are BCPL’s 5 ways to get a taste of that galaxy far, far away.
1. Immerse yourself in the wonderful John Williams’ Score – From the Cantina Band’s
jam session to the Imperial March, music of Star Wars is as iconic as light sabers and R2-D2. BCPL has all of the film scores as well as the soundtrack album for Clone Wars available on CD. There are also several interpretive albums available on Freegal including Star Wars For Two Pianos by Enguerrand-Friedrich Lühl-Dolgorukiy & Mahery Andrianaivoravelona and Baby Wars: Star Wars Lullaby Version.
2. Nothing says “bedtime story” like Darth Vader – It’s never too early to introduce your children to Star Wars and cartoonist Jeffrey Brown has a series of picture books that pose the question “what if Darth Vader got to raise his kids?” In Vader and Son we get a glimpse of Vader’s relationship with Luke, and Vader’s Little Princess shows us how he handles being the father of the precocious Leia. Nothing says Dark Lord of the Sith like playing tea party.
3. Experience Star Wars as Only the Bard Could tell it – In a mash-up for the ages, Ian Doescher has given us the William Shakespeare’s Star Wars series. It’s all the intergalactic intrigue you love -now in iambic pentameter. Doescher gives us not only classic Shakespearean soliloquies but the inner-monologues of R2-D2, something those of us who are not fluent in 6,000 forms of communication have never been able to understand. BCPL has all three of the original trilogy: William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily a New Hope, The Empire Striketh Back, and The Jedi Doth Return in both book and full-cast e-audiobooks format.
4. Grab a Controller and join the Rebellion – Be it as a Lego mini-figure or an Angry Bird, there are great Star Wars video games for every major system, and every level of gamer available at BCPL. You can embrace the dark side as Vader’s apprentice in Star Wars: the Force Unleashed, help the rebel angry birds defeat the empire of bad piggies in Angry Birds: Star Wars or battle and build your way through the galaxy in Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars all from the comfort of your living room
5. Read a Star Wars Legends book – Previously known as the expanded universe, there are 30 years of Star Wars novels, graphic novels and children’s novels that all fall under the heading of Star Wars Legends now that the official pre-Force Awakens cannon has been established as the six films, the Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels cartoons and everything published under the Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens moniker. Cannon or not, the Legend books are a wonderful bounty of Star Wars goodness featuring fan-favorite characters like Mara Jade, Thrawn and Jaina & Jacen Solo. Heir to the Empire by Timothy Zahn introduces both Mara Jade and Thrawn and kicks off the Thrawn Trilogy. Jaina and Jacen play huge rolls in the New Jedi Order series which starts with Vector Prime by R.A. Salvatore.
-May the Force be With You,
Katie Widener, a Burlington native, attended U of L and UK before becoming a Reference Librarian at Main Library in 2011. She is the adult graphic novel collection selector for BCPL and has been a Star Wars fan since birth. She will always support two irrefutable facts: Han shot first, and Yoda is the best Jedi Master ever.