Recommended Books

Here’s my personally-selected list of positive, generally pro-prequel books to hunt down and read:

1. The Dharma Of Star Wars by Matthew Bortolin, Wisdom Publications (2005). A Buddhist look at the Star Wars saga. It was published shortly before ROTS came out so its discussion of the prequels is limited to TPM and AOTC, but the whole book is very interesting even if you aren’t a Buddhist.

2. Anticipation: The Real Life Story Of Star Wars Episode I The Phantom Menace by Jonathan Bowen (2005). Nothing but facts about the run-up to TPM’s release and its blockbuster run.

3. Revenge: The Real Life Story Of Star Wars Episode III Revenge Of The Sith by Jonathan Bowen (2007). A follow up on “Anticipation” with more amazing facts about AOTC and ROTS.

4. The Star Wars Heresies: Interpreting The Themes, Symbols and Philosophies of Episodes I-III by Paul McDonald (2013). The title says it all. The essential analysis of the prequel trilogy.

5. Star Wars Frames by George Lucas (2013). The “budget” version is $90 and weighs 21 pounds but it has beautiful shots selected by Lucas from all six films.

6. Star Wars Storyboards: The Prequel Trilogy by J.W. Rinzler & Iain McCaig (2013). Storyboards from Episodes I-III.

7. The Making Of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith by J.W. Rinzler (2005). A behind-the-scenes look at the evolution and filming of ROTS (though the last chapter was released as an e-book).

8. Mythmaking: Behind The Scenes of Star Wars Episode 2 Attack of the Clones by Jody Duncan (2002).

9.  The Making Of Star Wars:  Episode I The Phantom Menace by Laurent Bouzereau and Jody Duncan (1999).

10. Star Wars:  The New Myth by Michael J. Hanson and Max S. Kay (2000).  Only includes up through TPM but a fascinating book nonetheless.

11. Dressing A Galaxy: The Costumes of Star Wars by Tricia Biggar (2005).

7 Responses to “Recommended Books”

  1. M. Marshall Says:

    Hey LP, there’s this really cool book that’s just been released on called “Star Wars and History”. It covers all six films as well as The Clone Wars tv show and even has chapters on certain characters like Palpatine and Padme and their connection to real life historical figures and events-written by professional historians. It even has Queen Amidala juxtaposed against the pyramids and Coruscant on the cover.

    • lazypadawan Says:

      I have it, didn’t like the first essay at all (has nothing to do with prequel bashing or anything). Will eventually get around to the rest of it.

  2. Stefan Kraft Says:

    What, “The Star Wars Heresies – The Book” is not mentioned? You should add it ASAP, LP! 🙂 (Haven’t ordered it yet, but I will.)

  3. Obi-Rob Says:

    I wonder why ignorant cowardly hateboys wont acknowledge these books if they think they are so smart!!!!

    They go around the internet yelling louder than any other fans and trolling. They are nothing but ignorant cowards and they make up a MUCH SMALLER portion of the fanbase than they would like to have you think.

  4. Manuel León Caballero Says:

    What about “The making of Star Wars Episode I – The Phantom Menace” book by Jody Duncan? It’s a great book.

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