Book Report: The Clone Army Attacketh

Ian Doescher’s Shakespeare-Meets-AOTC parody “The Clone Army Attacketh” came out last month but it took a while before I was able to get to it. I have to say I enjoyed it even more than the TPM one. AOTC seems weirdly very suited to a Shakespearean take on the film. Doescher has fun with Anakin and Padmé’s courtship for one thing (lots of soliloquies about how they really feel about each other). I also enjoyed the action scenes. Even the reek, nexu, and acklay get dialogue.

Jar Jar isn’t as self-assured as he was in TPM and I wonder if that was by design, after all he decided to vote for Palpatine’s emergency powers, or whether Doescher wasn’t sure what to do with him in his diminished role. We’ll have to see how it pans out in ROTS.

The book has some nice illustrations and if you’re not a huge Shakespeare geek, there’s a section at the end that explains how Doescher structures the dialogue. Even a non-expert like me caught the lines and devices used in other plays I’ve actually read. For example, Anakin quotes the famous soliloquy from “Macbeth.” For those of you more familiar with modern pop culture references, Doescher drops references to Samuel L. Jackson’s films, i.e. “Die hard, with a vengeance!”

Thankfully Doescher seemed even less inclined to poke fun at the movie as he did a little in the TPM one.

Go check it out!



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