Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones Literature Review

Episode II: Attack of the Clones Novelization (22 BBY)

Written by: R.A. Salvatore

R.A. Salvatore has long been a fantasy favorite, so it was interesting to see him at the helm of a space adventure. Of course Star Wars has always been more fantasy than science fiction. And he succeeds. He takes almost of all the weaknesses in Lucas’ script and is able to flesh them out to give them the depth that the film never quite achieves.

Of course it can’t solve the editing massacre that was Episode II, but you can’t ask for everything in a novelization. What you can ask for is to help with any character deficiencies. The relationships between several main characters makes much more sense and you understand motivations slightly better.

Mainly of course is Anakin and Padme. While their relationship was always questioned on scene, allowing us to see Padme’s motivation (and the included family bits) really help make us understand how she fell so quickly with stalker boy. It doesn’t excuse her willingness to quickly gloss over his mass murdering a tribe of Tuskens but hey every story has faults.

Furthermore, Anakin and Obi-Wan’s development is also strengthened even if it needed less that Anakin-Padme. The two seem to be more on edge and yet more closely entwined as master and padawan.

In addition to the relationships though is the fact that Salvatore made what was good about Episode II and strengthened it. Obi-Wan’s detective mission was souped up a bit and his meeting with Dex seemed more natrual. Likewise the intrigue in the Jedi Council behind whether or not Anakin is the chosen one is more in depth and more engaging.

The action is more streamlined, the drama is more engaging, and overall the script just tends to flow better.

Oh and the soundtrack isn’t mangled in the novel.

B+

-Paul Talon

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