What if Star Wars…had flopped?

I wouldn’t trade Yoda, not even for Princess Leia wielding a lightsaber against Darth Vader himself, but that may have been the deal fans were forced to make if the original Star Wars film had been a flop.

Back in the late 1970s, as George Lucas was preparing his space opera for theaters, sci-fi novelist Alan Dean Foster was doing his part, ghostwriting the novelization of the screenplay that would become A New Hope and penning its sequel. As the story goes, the second novel was envisioned as the framework for a possible low-budget film if the first movie tanked at the box office. Foster wrote the tale under strict guidelines to minimize costs, essentially eliminating high-flying space battles and editing out Han Solo entirely because Harrison Ford had not yet inked a deal to reprise his role.

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The Galaxy’s Only Hope

Original Design by Scott Bratek
Original Design by Scott Bratek

“I’m hoping Lor San Tekka knows where to find my brother, Poe. And Luke Skywalker may be the only hope we have left.”- General Leia Organa, ‘Before the Awakening’

Lor San Tekka and Poe Dameron in Star Wars: The Force Awakens Photo Source: starwars.wikia.com
Lor San Tekka and Poe Dameron in Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Photo Source: starwars.wikia.com

In the past 38 years between A New Hope and The Force Awakens, the former Princess Leia, now dubbed General Organa, has found herself right back where she started, searching for her Only Hope. Granted, in A New Hope we are led to believe that Ben Kenobi is the only hope she is looking for, when in fact, it is Luke Skywalker. It’s always been him. They were separated in order to remain safe, safely anonymous and in time, when it was right, they were to be reunited. The force is a calling and when it calls, you cannot deny your destiny or that which is your family, especially if you happen to be a Skywalker.

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Book Review — ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Novelization

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This review of the novelization for Star Wars: The Force Awakens contains SPOILERS for the book and movie.

Written by Alan Dean Foster, the official novelization for Star Wars: The Force Awakens works well fleshing out certain characters, while filling in some of the blanks the audience is left with after viewing the film. Most Star Wars fans will recognize Foster as the author of the novelization for the original Star Wars (although it was initially credited to George Lucas), so this isn’t new territory for the author. It’s an appreciated ‘full circle’ moment for book lovers and fans of the saga.

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