Star Wars Episode 1 The Phantom Menace,was the official novel adaptation of the film Star Wars which was released in 1999, written and directed by George Lucas. It was the fourth live-action film to be released in theaters, but is chronologically the first film of the saga.It was also the first and, to date, only Star Wars film to be re-released in 3D. The film was produced by Rick McCallum and stars Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Jake Llyod, and Ian McDiarmid as the primary characters.
- The junior novalization of Star Wars Episode 1 The Phantom Menace was written by Patricia C. Wrede and published by Scholastic in May 1999.
- Yoda’s famous quote in the film in which he alerts Anakin of the path to the dark side (“Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering”) was altered in the novel to just: “To the dark side, fear leads. To anger and to hate. To suffering”.
Star Wars Episode 1 The Phantom Menace
Two Jedi Knights escape a hostile blockade to find allies and come across a young boy who may bring balance to the Force, but the long dormant Sith resurface to reclaim their old glory. The evil Trade Federation, led by Nute Gunray is planning to take over the peaceful world of Naboo. Jedi Knights Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi are sent to confront the leaders. But not everything goes to plan. The two Jedi escape, and along with their new Gungan friend, Jar Jar Binks head to Naboo to warn Queen Amidala, but droids have already started to capture Naboo and the Queen is not safe there. Eventually, they land on Tatooine, where they become friends with a young boy known as Anakin Skywalker. Qui-Gon is curious about the boy, and sees a bright future for him. The group must now find a way of getting to Coruscant and to finally solve this trade dispute, but there is someone else hiding in the shadows. Are the Sith really extinct? Is the Queen really who she says she is? And what’s so special about this young boy?
Patricia Wrede Biography
Much-loved YA author Patricia Wrede (Dealing with Dragons, Calling on Dragons) retells here the storyline of Episode I, The Phantom Menace from opening shot to final scene. Since much of the action in Phantom Menace centers on 14-year-old Queen Amidala and 9-year-old Jedi-to-be Anakin Skywalker, Wrede takes the opportunity to focus on the thoughts and struggles of these two scrappy youngsters. And young Star Wars fans will appreciate that Wrede’s adaptation is faithful to the screenplay – the events and dialogue mesh seamlessly with memories from the movie, only complementing the action with added details and inner dialogue. (We all knew what Anakin was thinking when he rolled his eyes at Qui-Gon’s mollycoddling, but this book confirms our suspicions as Anakin groans to himself, “Grown-ups!”) An inset section with 28 color stills from the movie adds a nice visual touch to a well-told story. (Ages 9 to 12) –Paul Hughes
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