The Secret History of Star Wars

The Secret History of Star Wars Star Wars is one of the most important cultural phenomena of the Western world The tale of Luke Skywalker Han Solo and the fall and redemption of Anakin Skywalker has become modern myth an epic tra

  • Title: The Secret History of Star Wars
  • Author: Michael Kaminski Josh Robert Thompson
  • ISBN: 9780978465230
  • Page: 420
  • Format: Paperback
  • Star Wars is one of the most important cultural phenomena of the Western world The tale of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and the fall and redemption of Anakin Skywalker has become modern myth, an epic tragedy of the corruption of a young man in love into darkness, the rise of evil, and the power of good triumphing in the end But it didn t start out that way In this thoroughStar Wars is one of the most important cultural phenomena of the Western world The tale of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and the fall and redemption of Anakin Skywalker has become modern myth, an epic tragedy of the corruption of a young man in love into darkness, the rise of evil, and the power of good triumphing in the end But it didn t start out that way In this thorough account of one of cinema s most lasting works, Michael Kaminski presents the true history of how Star Wars was written, from its beginnings as a science fiction fairy tale to its development over three decades into the epic we now know, chronicling the methods, techniques, thought processes, and struggles of its creator For this unauthorized account, he has pored through over four hundred sources, from interviews to original scripts, to track how the most powerful modern epic in the world was created, expanded, and finalized into the tale an entire generation has grown up with.

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    1. I'll make this brief, as I've already spent hours of my life I'll never get back in reading this 600+ page book.It's a testament to the interest I found in the sources Kaminski explores that I finished it at all, as this is represents the worst writing I've ever encountered in a published book, bar none. I don't understand how someone could torture the English language so brutally. Where was the editor? The copy editor? The proofreader? The prose was an affront of perpetual-fingernails-against-a [...]

    2. The book reminds one of the high school student who needs to write a 10-page paper but only has three pages of material - so he looks for ways to stretch out his material. Kaminski's method was to present the same facts and arguments over and over again. I'm not sure why he needed the book to be so long but it could have been just as effective in half the number of pages.But Star Wars fans, especially those of the original trilogy, should nevertheless enjoy this work. My favorite part of the boo [...]

    3. Well, it was a long haul to get through this book, but I'm glad I did! Absolutely essential reading for any fan of the original Star Wars who has continued to pay attention to the series and shake in horror or befuddlement about the shocking mischief (or grievous sins) that Lucas committed on our favorite national treasure between 1997 and 2005. And totally unneeded reading for anyone elseThough it didn't cause me to regain any liking or respect for the post-70's Lucas, it was good to be able to [...]

    4. Just finished this book and I thought it was a very insightful one; must reading for people like me that have grown up with Star Wars and are unabashed fans. Hell, I even liked parts of "Attack of the Clones"!The central thesis of the book is that the convenient marketing line that was fed to fans in the time after the release of "Return of the Jedi" and especially during the release of the prequels - that George Lucas had all 6 (or 9, or 12 in some versions) parts of the Star Wars saga figured [...]

    5. Note: A longer version of this review appears on Steemit. C. S. Lewis once wrote that "you must not believe all that authors tell you about how they wrote their books" ("It All Began with a Picture" in Of Other Worlds: Essays and Stories). Had Kaminski applied the same principle to directors and the films they create, he could have covered his "secret history" of the first six Star Wars films in about 1/3 of the pages.To give props where they are due, Kaminski clearly did his homework. His citat [...]

    6. Words cannot describe how frustrating this book is. While the amount of content is astounding, just trying to get through this is enough to make one give up on reading. It feels as if the author was to be paid for every page he wrote so he endlessly repeats himself over and over again. I constantly felt like I was experiencing déjà vu because of the non-stop "2 steps forward, 1 step back" writing style. I enjoyed the content and learned a lot but I'm glad that it's over with so I don't have to [...]

    7. I wish this had been more about the company and less about the script. But otherwise it was a good read.

    8. This starts off pretty slow, starting with Lucas's film school years and talks about some of his influences.Eventually we get to the meat though and for any fan of Star Wars, it's a pretty great, if exhaustive read. The author started the book on the simple premise that if you forget everything that came after and watch Star Wars: A New Hope, the idea that Darth Vader is secretly Luke's father and that Obi-Wan knows the truth, it just feels all wrong. If you carry that further you start to notic [...]

    9. I thought this was a pretty interesting book -- though I'm not sure I would recommend it to anyone less engaged with Star Wars than a casual fan.I gather that this was completed prior to Lucas selling Star Wars off to Disney and the new sequel series(es), so it doesn't exactly cover *every*thing. Still, walking through all the different drafts of the original and sequel trilogies (such as the were) was intriguing. I especially enjoyed seeing parts of the older drafts being picked back up and use [...]

    10. On the one hand, this is an awfully long and detailed book just to prove that George Lucas isn't always honest about Star Wars story points. On the other hand, it is a fascinating read. I would recommend this book to hardcore Star Wars fans and film/writing geeks. If you're into Star Wars, passionate about film, or a budding screenwriter, you will love this book. Casual Star Wars fans and people who aren't really into how movies are made will probably find this book more than a bit overwhelming. [...]

    11. For fans of the Star Wars saga or students of storytelling and filmmaking, The Secret History of Star Wars is an interesting read that tells precisely what went into the creative process of writing and developing the Star Wars films. It’s a fairly exhaustive study covering the original trilogy as well as the three prequels. Of course, exhaustive can sometimes lead to exhausting, and if you are a casual fan or just curious about how these films came about, you may find that some redundancies an [...]

    12. I loved this book despite the style that was way too repetitive (down to using the same quotations in several places). The book is long and the repetitions start to grate at some point, but it's been a great insight into the writing process of Star Wars. As someone who doesn't usually read interviews by authors of the movies I like, I gleaned a lot of new information on Lucas both as a writer and as a person. I also gained new understanding of why the films are the way they are. All in all, it's [...]

    13. Author's dedication and endeavor are admirable, to compile a hefty and coherent volume, without even a single interview or direct validation with Lucas. I was hooked (more or less along the way), until Appendix A (on Journal of Whills), where I finally became bored by the thesis-like analysis based on all the available archives excavated. A pop culture phenomenon unprecedented in a business-centric world, I doubt if the fans would even care much about the history or back end development story, b [...]

    14. This book was fantastic. If you grew up with Star Wars then you also probably grew up with all the rumors surrounding Star Wars. "Lucas has nine films planned." "He chose to make the 4th film first because reasons." This book does a fantastic job of sorting through all the interviews, draft scripts, old issues of 'Bantha Tracks' and other sources to trace the journey of what Star Wars started out as and what it eventually became. It walks you through the story of how Lucas had a story with many [...]

    15. This was a really interesting breakdown of the creation and history of the first six star wars films.Michael does a great job putting each film and decision in both the original context and the greater context of the series as a whole.It is remarkable how different the original Star Wars film was in its initial release than it is now as part 4 of a longer story. It would be interesting to revisit this topic again in a few years after we have had a new Star Wars film every year for half a decade. [...]

    16. An interesting look at how George Lucas created the Star Wars series. The book goes through George Lucas's inspiration for the movies and how the stories changed as he wrote them. A lot of the information was new to me and put a lot of things into perspective for the movies. It breaks down the writing process for the original trilogy and the prequels. While it was interesting, it was also unnecessarily long. If you have know little about the background of Star Wars, this may be a great book to p [...]

    17. This was an interesting book to read. I am much more of a *Trek person than a *Wars person, but it was interesting to see how the sausage was made. The key question that came to mind as I was listening to all the revisionist history of this franchise is this: Who really owns (in an intellectual non-commercial sense) a published work once its published? Is it the author? Or is it the readers/viewers?

    18. The author states that Kurosawa's 'The Hidden Fortress' (1958) was not an "original" story by combining it into a list of films that were adaptations of books and plays. If he had done his research and read 'Kurosawa: Film Studies and Japanese Cinema' by Mitsuhiro Yoshimoto, he would, in fact, know that 'The Hidden Fortress' even though a period drama is based on an "original" story.

    19. An exhaustive and to my mind definitive history of the incremental development of the Star Wars storyworld, based on an impressive amount of research into screenplay drafts and published interviews with George Lucas. But while its enthusiasm is infectious, this text also *really* needed a good editor: it's absolutely full of (sometimes near-literal) repetition and awkward phrasing.

    20. This author is an idiot and this book is 100% derivative, a ripoff of prior work, with endless quoting and citing from others. Not one original idea is presented and the dramatic accusations made against George Lucas in the introduction are fluff. Worse, the author repeats the same quoted facts dozens of times. Its nauseating. Absolute crap.

    21. Очень крутое исследование сценариев Лукаса, показывающее, что каждый новый фильм ваялся на скорую руку, а миф о единстве концепции был придуман постфактум. Будет особенно интересно писателям и сценаристам, т.к. показывает, из какого мусора собиралась история и как она изме [...]

    22. The amount of detail became overwhelming. I was interested and impressed but after 300 pages which was only half way, I felt I had learned all I needed to know.

    23. Overly long and convoluted, but a fascinating look into the creation of Star Wars, the film making process, and the psyche of George Lucas.

    24. The Secret His­tory of Star Wars by Michael Kamin­ski is a non-fiction book chron­i­cling the cre­ative process behind the six movie saga. This is a well researched, well writ­ten and inter­est­ing book not only for the Star Wars fans, but any­one who is inter­ested in the cre­ative process.The book is divided into eight chap­ters which help the reader under­stand George Lucas. The story starts from Lucas’ hum­ble begin­nings in Modesto, CA, intro­duces us to his fam­ily and s [...]

    25. First off I have loved the original Star Wars trilogy since a child; controversially prefer Jedi to Empire, hated the prequels but surprisingly enjoyed Episode VII! I am a fan to the extent I know my X-Wing from my Imperial Shuttle but I wouldn't call myself a Lucas sympathiser or consider Jedi my religion (don't worry I'm an atheist read on) - I felt it important to explain where I am on the fanbase spectrum before I even begin this review as I hope the following will read as subjective and unb [...]

    26. I'd been interested in reading this for quite awhile. I read most of it during a vacation at the beach. It is really well researched and gets into the weeds pretty good. I enjoyed learning about the myths I'd heard over the years when I was younger and getting a more chronological understanding of how the stories developed. I also found it fascinating to think about the films as they were originally presented, without the baggage of the "full story" as I know it now. The author's agenda seemed t [...]

    27. "I'm an ideas man, Michael. I think I proved that with Fuck Mountain." ~George Lucas to Michael Kaminski (probably)Look, Kaminski's thesis, that Lucas didn't have it all planned out, that he made it up as he went along, is one I essentially agree with. You don't have to read every version of every script and read every interview with Lucas to know that. You can just watch all six films and poke holes in the plot. Kaminski is also quick to diminish the roles of women, both behind the camera, in t [...]

    28. A great deal has been written about the making (filming, special-effects, art/set design, etc) of the Star Wars films, but this book mostly leaves those details to previous accounts and focuses on the creative process that produced the films' plots and scripts. There's very interesting looks at the great number of influences that Lucas combined to form the original Star Wars film (now Episode IV), early (and radically different) scripts for that film, portraits of the birth of film schools, the [...]

    29. The Secret History of Star Wars is a very long, very well researched, occasionally dry examination of the history behind the creation of, and, more importantly, the evolution of, the story contained in George Lucas' story of Star Wars film. Kaminski's goal in the writing of the book was to try to strip away the layers of mistruth that have been created by Lucas over the years (for example, his claims that he had always known the whole story of Star Wars, and that Darth Vader had always been Luke [...]

    30. If I had to teach a screenwriting course, this would be my text. Why? Because the writer follows--in minute detail--the WRITING of each of the Star Wars movies. The production and theatrical lives of the films are touched on, but this thick book is about the decisions made in the writing stages. I have little more to say. It is just an amazingly detailed look at the writing of six screenplays. If you want to write--fiction or scripts--you owe it to yourself. As someone who really loved the origi [...]

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