The novelization follows the movie closely, with only minor additions and changes to some scenes and dialogues. It also includes some background information and descriptions that are not shown in the movie, such as the history of the Jedi, the origins of the Force, and the details of the Rebel Alliance.

Aimed at younger readers, with a simple and clear writing style, short chapters, and illustrations, the novalization also features some trivia questions and answers at the end of each chapter, to test the reader’s knowledge and comprehension of the story.

Star Wars: Episode V<br>The Empire Strikes Back (1980) Movie poster and book cover compared.

Star Wars: Episode V
The Empire Strikes Back

Irvin Kershner, 1980

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Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
Ryder Windham, 2004

NOVELIZATION

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back is a movie novelization written by Ryder Windham in 2004 and based on the movie Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back, directed by Irvin Kershner in 1980. The movie features Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, David Prowse, and others.

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RATING

8.7

/ 10

Movie Poster: Star Wars: Episode V<br>The Empire Strikes Back (Irvin Kershner, 1980)

8

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Book Cover: Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (Ryder Windham, 2004)

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Storyline

Three years after the destruction of the Death Star, the Rebel Alliance, led by Princess Leia, has set up a new base on the ice planet Hoth. The Imperial fleet, led by a merciless Darth Vader, hunts for the new Rebel base by dispatching probe droids across the galaxy. Before Luke succumbs to hypothermia, the Force spirit of his deceased mentor, Obi-Wan Kenobi, instructs him to go to the swamp planet Dagobah to train under Jedi Master Yoda.

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The novelization follows the movie closely, with only minor additions and changes to some scenes and dialogues. It also includes some background information and descriptions that are not shown in the movie, such as the history of the Jedi, the origins of the Force, and the details of the Rebel Alliance.

Aimed at younger readers, with a simple and clear writing style, short chapters, and illustrations, the novalization also features some trivia questions and answers at the end of each chapter, to test the reader’s knowledge and comprehension of the story.


Poster of Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back, the 1980 movie by Irvin Kershner

Year

1980

Minutes

124

Movie Rate

8.70

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Movie

Star Wars: Episode V
The Empire Strikes Back

Country: USA

Year: 1980

Length: 2h4m

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Cover of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, the 2004 book by Ryder Windham

Year

2004

Pages

240

Book Rate

8.00

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Book

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

Country: USA

First published in: 2004

Length: 240 pages

Genre: Fiction

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