Star Wars Is Poetry – Book Review: The World According to Star Wars by Cass R. Sunstein

Hello, my Star Wars friends! I am celebrating a bit today because I finally finished this book yesterday! I think I know what I need to do now to read more books. I’m still testing things out like location, time of the day etc but it seems to be working!

I first found this book almost a year ago, lol, so this has been a long time coming.

Here are a couple of things I thought I’d mention (like a mini book review) after finishing this book. I’d also like to advise that before you embark on reading a book, do your research of said book before you commit. I wish I had done that with this book because I might not have picked it up if I had. This could also explain why I was so unmotivated to read it!


What is this book about?

The title isn’t precisely misleading because it does talk about the world in Star Wars terms (parts of it are just really uninteresting). But it also attempts to compare many of the Star Wars cinematic universe events from an economist’s point of view, which I really didn’t enjoy all that much.

The author explains the best order to watch the films if you’re not a fan. There are several methods (some I had never heard of) that I thought were cool to know. But then he veers off into political reasons for watching star wars and even the politics itself. This stuff wasn’t as interesting to me as I expected it to be.

What are the highlights?

There is a lot to learn in this book relating to Star Wars. The author really knows his stuff, and that’s comforting when you’re trying to learn more about a galaxy far, far away! The actual facts discussed in this book are worth reading, and there’s bound to be something you won’t know covered by the author.

If you are the type of person that enjoys drilling right down into the reasons for something working or not working, this book will most likely entertain you. Cass R. Sunstein is an intelligent man and a professor at Harvard University. I would probably go as far as to say that this book is really an intellectual/academic view of Star Wars and its impact on the world. Bear in mind the last two films of the Skywalker saga hadn’t been released yet when this book was written. But it’s a very modern view of star wars and its many connections to us as people and fans.

What did you NOT like about this book?

As I’ve mentioned above, some of the explanations on politics in the Star Wars universe were way too in-depth and long-winded for me. I thought this book would be more about hard facts and behind-the-scenes stuff than it was, and that says more about me not doing my research beforehand than about the book itself. Also, there is an updated and REVISED paperback version of this book updated in 2019. If you’re thinking of reading it, you can see it here.

Here is a blurb from the details on Amazon:

In rich detail, Sunstein tells the story of the films’ wildly unanticipated success and explores why some things succeed while others fail. Ultimately, Sunstein argues, Star Wars is about freedom of choice and our never-ending ability to make the right decision when the chips are down. Written with buoyant prose and considerable heart, The World According to Star Wars shines a bright new light on the most beloved story of our time.

And if you’re looking for a sneak-peek into the book, here’s the link for that!

What is next on your reading list?

I have yet to decide what I want to read in the star wars area next, but I am already halfway through a book all about Graphic Design which I’ll be finishing really soon. Then I’ll go back to a galaxy far, far away πŸ˜ŒπŸ“š

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Catch you soon! Stay safe out there, wear your masks, be kind, stay calm and read πŸ“šβ˜ΊοΈ

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6 thoughts on “Star Wars Is Poetry – Book Review: The World According to Star Wars by Cass R. Sunstein

  1. The fact that this book is written by an economist warns me that it might be a bit dry, lol. Sounds like it goes way more into detail than it needs to. But everyone has their view and particular relationship with Star Wars, which is interesting in itself.


    1. Yeah, that is a good way to sum it up. I mean I really like fact books and I have a whole heap of them about star wars but I think I expected this book to be a lot more like those. Finishing it was a mission but one I am glad I completed πŸ˜€ The next star wars book I choose might be another fact-based book or fiction, I haven’t decided on that yet. It’s like I have so many books I could read and I really missed feeling excitement about reading again so I count myself blessed to get it back πŸ™‚


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