Thursday 2 September 2010

The Inspirations of George Lucas

Original Post - Wednesday, July 14, 2010

The Short film George Lucas in Love creates a myth of creation for Star Wars and is very funny. It's well worth watching if you haven't seen it and have ten minutes to spare.

The reason I was reminded of this film is that I have just been reading The Witches of Karres which seems to be the likely source for a number of the elements that make up the aforesaid blockbuster.
It includes a spaceship the size of a planet which is set to takeover the universe, a force (called klatha) which flows through the universe and can be manipulated by certain people, political intrigue in the ruling Empire and a spaceship with a drive which allows it to reach superfast speed and escape pursuers, war robots...

It also includes a planet ruled by ex-pirates, the discovery that the father of one of the three young witches is also his uncle ...

It's also a fairly rollicking read, although I felt it started and finished a little awkwardly. My familiarity with Star Wars has been somewhat refreshed recently by living with a young Darth Vader! If you are a Star Wars fan it is certainly worth reading this.

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