Ever since the prequel trilogy (to quote Simon Pegg on Spaced: ‘it still hurts’) came to a stuttering end with Episode III: Revenge of the Sith in 2005, Star Wars fans all over the world have been waiting for the glory days to return to this out-of-this-world franchise.
With the upcoming release of J. J. Abrams’ Episode VII: The Force Awakens on 17 December this year, people are starting to get excited about Star Wars again – and what better way to feed this addiction than with awesome intergalactic books. Despite the muted critical response to the prequels, the brand remains as strong as when the Jedis first arrived on the big screen in 1977.
We know Star Wars merchandise will be at the top of many fans’ Christmas lists this year and we have some amazing books and gifts. Whether you want a very cool R2-D2 rucksack or a Haynes User’s Guide to the Millennium Falcon (or Death Star, if you prefer the Dark Side), you’ll find it at Book People.
Designed especially for younger children aged 7 and over, Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know reveals little-known facts about everything from the magic behind the special effects to who cleans the floor of the Death Star, while The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight is full of concept art focusing on the hero of the original trilogy.
With behind-the-scenes shots from The Force Awakens alongside a chronological history of pretty much everything else we’ve seen so far in the six films and the animated series of The Clone Wars, Ultimate Star Wars is a book to help anyone understand the Force of this phenomenon. For something completely different and very fun, Star Wars: Doodles is full of creative fun as it asks children (and adults!) to finish off the scenes from a galaxy far, far away.
We also have sticker books, LEGO Star Wars titles and even a book that shows you how to make your very own R2-D2.