The novelization by Ryder Windham is a junior adaptation of the film, aimed at younger readers. It follows the same plot and dialogue as the film, but adds some extra scenes and details that flesh out the story and the characters. For example, the novelization includes a prologue that explains the origins of the Jedi and the Sith, a scene where Luke witnesses the space battle between the Rebel blockade runner and the Imperial Star Destroyer, and a scene where Darth Vader interrogates Princess Leia using a mind probe. The novelization also gives more insight into the thoughts and feelings of the characters, such as Luke’s frustration with his life on Tatooine, Han’s skepticism about the Force, and Leia’s determination to resist the Empire.

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Star Wars: Episode IV
A New Hope

George Lucas, 1977

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Star Wars: A New Hope
Ryder Windham, 2004

NOVELIZATION

Star Wars: A New Hope is a movie novelization written by Ryder Windham in 2004 and based on the movie Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, directed by George Lucas in 1977. The movie features Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Cushing, Alec Guinness, Anthony Daniels, and others.

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Movie Poster: Star Wars: Episode IV<br>A New Hope (George Lucas, 1977)

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Storyline

The galaxy is in a period of civil war. Princess Leia, secretly one of the Rebellion ‘s leaders, has obtained its schematics, but her starship is intercepted by an Imperial Star Destroyer under the command of the ruthless Sith Lord Darth Vader, an agent to the Empire.

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The novelization by Ryder Windham is a junior adaptation of the film, aimed at younger readers. It follows the same plot and dialogue as the film, but adds some extra scenes and details that flesh out the story and the characters. For example, the novelization includes a prologue that explains the origins of the Jedi and the Sith, a scene where Luke witnesses the space battle between the Rebel blockade runner and the Imperial Star Destroyer, and a scene where Darth Vader interrogates Princess Leia using a mind probe. The novelization also gives more insight into the thoughts and feelings of the characters, such as Luke’s frustration with his life on Tatooine, Han’s skepticism about the Force, and Leia’s determination to resist the Empire.


Poster of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, the 1977 movie by George Lucas

Year

1977

Minutes

121

Movie Rate

8.60

Source: IMDb

Movie

Star Wars: Episode IV
A New Hope

Original title: Star Wars

Country: USA

Year: 1977

Length: 2h1m

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Cover of Star Wars: A New Hope, the 2004 book by Ryder Windham

Year

2004

Pages

215

Book Rate

7.98

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Book

Star Wars: A New Hope

Country: USA

First published in: 2004

Length: 215 pages

Genre: Fiction

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