Everything You Need to Know About Star Wars FAQSeptember 11, 2015
It is one of the most ubiquitous franchises in the world. Those who have never seen the films can still identify the heavy pounding horn blasts from The Imperial March.
And even though it’s a misinterpretation of the actual line*, “Luke, I am your father,” has been spoofed time and time again.
And you, reading this, already know this is all about Star Wars.
In Mark Clark’s new book, Star Wars FAQ Everything Left to Know About the Trilogy That Changed the Movies, the curtain is peeled back. Inside the book awaits a plethora of facts, cultural impacts, and a behind the scenes look into the minds of the creators, actors, and crew members that made the original Star Wars legendary.
Clark is no stranger to penning FAQ books. His eye for minuscule and interesting detail prevails in this large, almost 400-page book. For those in the millennial generation who grew up with the Star Wars of the 1990’s and 2000’s, it offers a deeper look into how fans of the original trilogy accessed the movie. In the 70’s and 80’s, there were no DVD’s, Blu-Ray or digital download that make home viewing so simple. Trailers and press junkets could not be viewed on smartphones during commutes and commercial breaks. Clark invites us into history, not only for Star Wars but a peek into what it was like to live during a different time. For instance, Clark shares that a clever marketing trick beckoned fans to call a number to hear a message from the actors of the movie.
Most casual fans can spit out facts that aren’t hard to find on an internet search. Most will know Luke Skywalker wasn’t the original name for the main protagonist and that his last name was first Starkiller. Many fans can also tell you about the money woes, but probably wouldn’t be able to tell you that Star Wars may have saved a money-bleeding Marvel at in the 70’s and 80’s when they decided to put out Star Wars comics.
Perhaps the most beautiful thing about Star Wars FAQ Everything Left to Know About the Trilogy That Changed the Movies, is you don’t have to read it. To clarify, it is not a book that you sit down and read in one take. That is not to say you can’t do just that with the book and read for hours, because you can with Clark’s simplistic and enjoyable writing style. It is a book that deserves easy access on a coffee table or accessible bookcase. It is a book guests will be pleased to find looking through your living room while they wait for you. They can sit and read a quick chapter and then start the conversation.
Pictures accessorize the text, offering visualization to the behind the scenes and helping curate the many bases covered. The pictures are pulled from each original film; Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi. Clark organized the book in 38 different chapters. There is a lot to discover and read through and the pictures help simplify the process.
Everyone knows a little bit about Star Wars. Star Wars has an imposing shadow on culture, which makes having this FAQ book all the more giving. This is a book that will be on your shelf every day. It will be carefully placed in moving boxes and unpacked lovingly with each new milestone. And perhaps, most importantly, it will bridge the gaps between old fans, new fans, and fans yet to come.
Star Wars FAQ Everything Left to Know About the Trilogy That Changed the Movies is the perfect addition to your home, whether expanding a collection or starting one, this book will be worth its price each time you open to a new page. With Star Wars fever hitting hard with the new trilogy, this book will help satiate the thirst until The Force Awakens hits theaters.
Star Wars FAQ Everything Left to Know About the Trilogy That Changed the Movies will be available on September 15 and is published by Applause Theatre & Cinema Books.
* – Actual line is “No, I am your father!”