He Who Shall Not be Named

The Solo: A Star Wars Story novel is being released September 4, but we are already getting leaks of tidbits that stand out from people who have received advanced copies.

One of these tidbits, is how the author, Mur Lafferty, fails to name “Him.”  If you do not know who “Him” is yet, then this article is spoiler territory.  Then again if you haven’t seen the movie or don’t know of whom I speak, then the spoiler is irrelevant at this point.

In an Interview with Starwars.com, Lafferty goes in depth into the creation of the novel and certain scenes.  Among them, why Maul went nameless in the book.  Maul is simply described as a force-wielding Zabrak.  Maul’s name was kept under lock-and-key in script form, but even after she knew who it was, Mur left the name out.  Here is what she had to say:

“I don’t think she would have known who he was,” Lafferty says. “They sort of implied that Dryden was beholden to someone a lot more powerful than he was. And so she knew that whoever it was scared him, but she didn’t know that the guy used to be a Sith Lord. She didn’t know who he was. She just knew that that button would call Dryden Vos’ boss.”

Of course fans knew exactly who he was on the big screen, but Qi’ra would not have had that type of knowledge.  It is often small things like this that can help authors really add something special to their novels, especially when they are copying a script.

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Greater Adaptations

One thing a great many of the new movie-to-novel adaptations have done in the new canon has been to really add and expound to what we as audiences experience on the big screen.  They do not just copy the script word for word from the script. The novels add feeling and depth and perspective that the movies either do not have time to loiter on, or simply cannot do in that format.

When I read the books for Empire or Jedi, I could recite the movie right along with it.  There was little to no difference between the two, and the books added nothing to the experience.

The two best examples of great adaptations are Rogue One written by Alexander Freed and Revenge of the Sith written by Matthew Stover.   Both books add to the movies brilliantly and are must reads.  When Lafferty talked about how she added her own voice to the novel she said the following:

“The expanded stuff was really — it was challenging because it was all new and it still had to fit within everything else, and yet it was a lot more fun because I had that freedom. I’ve never done anything like a novelization before.”

Mur goes on throughout the interview to talk about other little adds she was able to contribute.  From what she has to say, it sounds like Solo will be another book worth picking up even though one has seen the movie.  It promises to add some great scenes and feeling to the movie.  I can’t wait to get my hands on it on Sept 4.