“Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones” by R. A. Salvatore (Del Rey, 2002)

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While the novelizations of Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones is based on the story by George Lucas, and the screenplay by George Lucas and Jonathan Hales, it turns out to be even better than the famed movie at some points.

What is key to this book is being in the mind of these famous and infamous characters, and not simply watching them act and react around Lucas’s special effects.  The novelizations really proves why books are ultimately always better than movies, and while novelizations of movies (books based on movies, as opposed to the other way around) tend to not be as good, Salvatore does some great work in adapting the story and screenplay into a great novel.

There is a certain discombobulation taking place here, for while the book and the movies are obviously about the same thing, there are nevertheless certain differences between the novel and the actual movie.  Perhaps changes have been made between the script that Salvatore was using to write the book and the final cut and edit that made it onto the big screen.  Anakin’s lines don’t come off quite as annoying and stupid sound as in the movie (though this could be due to acting); in the movie Anakin proclaims that he does not like sand for it is course and rough, while Padmé s is soft and smooth, and yet in the book the metaphor is applied not to his beloved Padmé but to Tatooine, and he is comparing the harsh land to the beautiful Naboo.  Scenes are also added that were never apparent in the movie, such as one involving Obi-Wan Kenobi breaking into Jango Fett’s room, and therefore knowing that the bounty hunter is fleeing.

On the whole, while simply nothing can beat the Jedi battle with druids, as well as Yoda’s spectacular fighting scene, the book does present a more complete and understandable story f the attack of the clones where the movie fails in some respects.  Ultimately, I would recommend that if the reader has already seen the movie and was left somewhat displeased (Lucas is a middle-aged, aging bachelor after all and we cannot blame him for everything – though some do try), he or she should read this book to fully understand the story of Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones.

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Originally published on September 16th, 2002.

Originally published in the Long Beach Union.