Patricia C. Wrede was the guest of honor at Conjecture, a sci-fi/fantasy convention in San Diego, this past weekend. While known more for her young adult fantasy work (including The Enchanted Forest Chronicles and Frontier Magic series), Wrede is also the author of the middle school novelizations of the three prequel movies (from Scholastic). As part of Star Wars Reads Day, she and voice actor Mark Biagi performed a reading of different scenes from her junior novelizations. I got a chance to chat with Wrede about getting into the heads of Amidala and other prequel characters as well as other aspects of writing the novel adaptations for movies that weren’t complete at the time she was writing. She also discusses her most recent Frontier Magic novel, The Far West, the conclusion of a tale of magic in frontier America.
As a panelist at Conjecture, I got to moderate a panel entitled “What Didn’t George Lucas Steal?”, with Patricia Wrede, David Brin (of Star Wars On Trial), and Donna Keeley. While we started on topic about original concepts in the Star Wars films (and whether original ideas in storytelling even matters), we soon moved into the usual dissection of the saga, with Brin serving up his usual gripes against the moral lessons of Star Wars and George Lucas. Wrede had some good counters when examining the parallels between Revenge of the Sith and Return of the Jedi, and Keeley broke down how haters of “Do or do not. There is no try.” are missing the context.
Learn more about Patricia C. Wrede on her official website.
Heads up, guys: There are Clone Wars themed choose-your-own-adventure books coming. So the actual series is Decide Your Destiny, but…
The unique Decide Your Destiny series allows readers to make choices to determine the direction their adventure takes. Not only will they decide which page they should turn to next but in an amazing twist, they’ll be able to continue the story online with codes that unlock exclusive content here at StarWars.com. Stay tuned for details and links!
Oh, the fun times we’ll have mocking these one day…
The Random House catalog is listing the fourth Clone Wars novel with the title of Gambit: Stealth, as reported by NJOE. The Karen Miller novel, first of a two-parter, is due out on February 23.
In other Clone Wars fiction news, here’s your first peek at S2 in the form of a young readers adaption, The Holocron Heist.
We got confirmation of two upcoming Clone Wars books geared towards young readers last night: Jason Fry’s The Official Episode Guide covering the first season, and a new series, Ryder Windham’s Secret Missions, which leads off with Breakout Squad in September.
With August and the release date bearing down, the news is (finally, overwhelmingly) starting to flow…
StarWars.com has the first look at on Penguin’s line for younger readers, including a cover gallery. (Above, the relevant bits of the junior novelization cover.)
The official site has some details on the Penguin and DK kids books that will tie into The Clone Wars movie and TV series. The books all have a release date of July 26 in the U.S. and August 7 in the U.K. One publisher announcement down… Hopefully we’ll get the others soon!
We’ve never had much interest in the doings of the young kids books, but Paul over at TFN (via Once Upon a Galaxy) has an interesting find: The Clone Wars books for ‘young readers’ and ‘readers’ and published by Penguin’s Grosset & Dunlap imprint. I don’t think this would really effect the adult novels – clearly there are a variety of different contracts at work here. (Including the one with Dorling Kindersley, which is also an imprint of Penguin.) Still, an interesting development.
As for the books themselves, you can check out the lineup on their Star Wars sell sheet (Warning: PDF.) It lists six books with a July 26th release date, and even less plot details than TV Guide.