Star Wars Is Poetry Book Review – Star Wars Made Easy by Christian Blauvelt

How are you all, Star Wars friends? Good, I hope! So as some of you will already know, I am trying to up my game in the reading department. One of my goals this year is to finish at least five books. I know five doesn’t seem like much, but for me, someone who keeps starting and ending books halfway through, it’s a lot lol 😅😂

So this book is super easy to read. I’ve decided to start off slowly with basic books and then jump in later with more challenging Star Wars books. I am also avoiding fiction for now, mostly because I have attempted other fiction books in the last month and never made it halfway, and I’ve done that like four times😩 I just can’t find any of them interesting enough to keep me engaged. So reading easier books means I can work on my attention span while not having to grapple with anything uninteresting enough to lose concentration.

Book Information

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ DK; Illustrated edition (September 1, 2017)
  • Author: Christian Blauvelt
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 200 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1465465219
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1465465214
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 12.6 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 7.5 x 0.74 x 9.44 inches

You can check out this book on Amazon here and Goodreads here.

Star Wars Made Easy is definitely a beginner’s guide to Star Wars. So you know going into this book that there will probably be a lot of content you already know. Assuming, of course, you’ve been a fan as long as I have. But if you’re entirely new to a galaxy far, far away, then this book should absolutely be on your list of books to read.

The book is laid out to make every concept and piece of information enjoyable to take in. I think if you’re someone that doesn’t know anything at all about a topic, you’re not looking to get bogged down and overwhelmed. The author has taken a lot of time to create bite-sized information panels with just the right amount of facts and trivia. You can read at your own pace, and you never feel like you’ve got to rush through it.

 

Why read this book?

As mentioned above, if you’re a beginner, I can’t say enough about this book other than “you NEED to read it”. If you’re a seasoned veteran in the world of all things Star Wars, you might discover a few things within that you didn’t know. Overall though, it’s called a beginner’s book for a reason.

The language is simple and straightforward. Which I really liked. The images and information panels were set up well within the book. I particularly enjoyed the “at a glance” pages because they focus on essential facts and events. This is stuff you need or should know if you want to understand the ins and outs of Star Wars.

 

Also, it’s important to note that this book was released in 2017. This means that anything occurring after that date in a galaxy far, far away will not be covered. So that’s the final film in the Skywalker Saga and Book of Boba Fett and other shows that were released at a later date.

Would you recommend this book?

I would totally recommend this book to both children and any adults wanting to learn about the basics of Star Wars. I award this book FOUR lightsabers out of FIVE. If you’re looking to read something that isn’t too heavy and won’t overwhelm you, you should check out this book.

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Star Wars Is Poetry Graphic Novel Review – Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Graphic Novel Adaptation

Hey there Star Wars friends and bookworms, me again. I know! Twice in as many days. What’s going on here?!😅

I thought today I’d review the graphic novel I just finished because Star Wars is Poetry is about anything relating to words or literature. While Graphic Novels and Comics are “loosely” considered forms of writing (with images), they still fit into this area.

To be honest, I don’t even remember why I started reading this graphic novel. It isn’t even the first in the trilogy, so it’s kinda weird how I just read it on the spur of the moment. But I did, and here we are. On with the review!

Book Information

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ IDW Publishing (March 2, 2021)
  • Author: Alessandro Ferrari
  • Artist/Artists: Various
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 80 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1684056861
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1684056866
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 9 – 12 years
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ 4 – 7
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 7.2 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.81 x 0.22 x 9 inches

You can check out this comic on Amazon here and Goodreads here.

If you’re a star wars fan that has already seen the movie (most of us by now!), then you’re going to both enjoy this graphic novel and dislike it at the same time. You’ll like it because it is a well-paced rendition of the film that covers most of the critical events that occur. But therein lies the problem because, as a fan, you might miss specific parts of the film that you enjoyed. So I think having mixed opinions about this version of TRoS is expected from the reader.

You might also wonder why a graphic novel of the film was even needed? To be honest, I don’t think it was, but that doesn’t mean this adaptation is “bad”. It’s just a different medium, and some fans may not be used to that. Thankfully, I’m well versed in reading comics, manga and graphic novels, so I’m ready for anything. 😎😂

 

How good is the art in this graphic novel?

Being a graphic novel means that the words do not carry as much weight as the words in a book would. Most of the character’s actions are played out in a series of images on panels, much like storyboards for the movie. The characters, therefore, have to at least look something like the actors portraying them. Visually, the graphic novel has to shine.

I’d say the art in this graphic novel is good, with the artist capturing the overall look of each character. But some images of Kylo Ren, played by Adam Driver in the film, don’t capture specific moments well enough. The artists also made him look too thin – nothing like the film’s tall, threatening and menacing Kylo Ren. This is where details are so important. I don’t see that happening in these images, which is a little disappointing.

IMAGE VIA IDW PUBLISHING/LUCASFILM/DISNEY

And this is why a graphic novel will never be better than the real thing, no matter how well it has been adapted.

The colouring, however, is superb, and in high definition, most of the images leap off the pages.

 

Would you recommend this graphic novel?

I would recommend this graphic novel to anyone that has already seen the film but obviously, not to anyone who hasn’t. In fact, I’d recommend the junior novel first before the graphic novel.

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Star Wars Is Poetry – Canon vs Legends and Youtini

Hi there Star Wars friends! I hope this week has been good for you,, and if not, well, the weekend is coming soon (already Saturday here in Aotearoa!) 😁

Since starting my new goals for the year, I’ve been slowly chipping away at several books, and I’ve spent some time trying to focus on Star Wars books.

My biggest reading obstacle is lack of time and too many distractions. I find that if I can’t focus for a few hours on reading, I’ll never read. So I’ve had to make a few adjustments. I’ve decided that it’s too tricky choosing a star wars book to read myself because there are just too many to choose from out there.

So I found Youtini again. I’ve known about the Youtini website for a while, but I just forgot it existed until today lol 😂 So, I will start going through the Youtini website to get me on track for more star wars reading. I might just follow one of their timelines to make it easier. Then I won’t have to sit there deliberating over what I want to read or should read.

Bearing in mind, though, I also include non-fiction books in my reading lists. I don’t want to just focus on star wars fiction as I enjoy reading non-fiction books. I haven’t checked, but I am guessing Youtini is fine if you want EU Canon and Legends timelines, but they might not cover non-fiction. But that’s okay. I think I can deal with the non-fiction book choices on my own. I just find the list of fiction books overwhelming.

So if you’re a big star wars book reader and you’re not sure what to read next, or you would like some random suggestions on what to read, Youtini is your best bet. Their website is quite impressive when you look at it. It’s basically like Wikipedia except for star wars books lol – their book lists are crazy-good!

Here’s the link to the Youtini website; if you feel the need to check it out. Or like me, you really need help deciding what to read next in the Star Wars universe.

Do you have any recommendations? I’ve been meaning to ask this question for some time because I’m genuinely interested in people’s favourite star wars books! Hit me up in the comments friends as always 😁🤍🤍❤️❤️

 

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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 😌📚

Book information:

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Star Wars Is Poetry – Star Wars: Secrets of the Sith

Some of my oldest readers might remember the posts I used to post about Star Wars literature which I called “Star Wars is Poetry”. Back then I even had an IG account for it (now defunct) because I was planning to concentrate more on Star Wars books. But I really couldn’t maintain another IG account as well as the three others I own 😅.

Well, I’ve decided to continue posting under Star Wars is Poetry with the focus entirely on books/literature but to continue posting like I used to do here instead.

So with that little introduction, I saw a post about this on Reddit and definitely wanted to talk about it here with all of you! The book is Star Wars: Secrets of the Sith:

Via Star Wars dot Com

This is a companion book to Star Wars: Secrets of the Jedi but what caught my eye in the Reddit post is this:

A Dyad in the Force Finally Discussed!

They actually discuss what a Dyad in the force is and fans will be able to delve a little deeper into the special “bond” that Ben Solo and Rey shared. I am sure all the Reylo’s will love this part of the book 😍 So I’ve now decided I need this book and I’ve added it to my ongoing list of books to collect and read (the reading part is a little more difficult lol) but collecting them is part of the journey 😁

So to all the Star Wars fans out there reading this post, what do you think of this book? Will you be buying it? Why or why not? As always, please sound off with me in the comments, I look forward to our ongoing discussions about my favourite topic 😁

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