As I sit down to write this I am mere hours away from sitting down to view Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, a film that is sure to not be divisive AT ALL. I have also managed to navigate the social media minefield, gracefully avoiding spoilers and HOT TAKES that have started to trickle out of the film’s premiere just days ago in Hollywood. My reward for all this will be seeing the film completely free of outside influence and I’ll be able to form my own opinion about it. When you think about it, I’m a hero, really.
I shall also treat myself to these sweet Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker books that were released TODAY.
Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker The Visual Dictionary: With Exclusive Cross-Sections
Pablo Hidalgo (W)
Unfortunately, I’m not giving about awards for the “longest book title” because if I were dot, dot, dot. Anywho, if you’re like me and you tend to get…fanatical about things you like The Star Wars Visual Dictionary series of books are to be considered sacred texts. You know, the kind you store in an old tree and have to save from Yoda setting on fire.
These books are exhaustively curated and display close-up photos of costumes, props, vehicles and all the other stuff that’ only on screen for a fraction of a fraction of a second in the Star Wars movies. I first started picking these books up when I began building my own lightsaber replicas and now I can tell you the difference between Luke’s A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back lightsabers at a glance. If ever there was a sentence that confirmed I was going to die alone and get eaten by my cats, that last one was it.
It’s safe to say that the Visual Dictionary is essential reading for any Star Wars fan and after you see the movie your First Order of business should be picking one up. Strong finish…really distanced myself from the whole “eaten by cats” bit.
You can order Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker The Visual Dictionary: With Exclusive Cross-Sections here
The Art of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Phil Szostak (W)
If you’re not a crazy old hermit living out by the Dune Sea, the Art of Star Wars series of books is a great addition to a coffee table and/or bookshelf. It’s amazing the army of artists that Disney/Lucasfilm employs just for the sole purpose of pre-visualization and concept artwork. Pair that with the fact that these artists are some of the best of the best of the best and you’ve got a book full of spectacular art.
The books are also of note due to them practically bursting with concept art which really gives fans a chance to see how things could have gone or how things changed by the time they made it to the screen. The Art of The Force Awakens contained some pretty interesting tidbits that ended up being dropped from the script early on and I’ve got a feeling that some of that stuff may resurface in The Rise of Skywalker.
I’m really looking forward to adding both of these books to my shelf and I just hope I can find a bookstore that’s open late enough after I get out of the movies!
You can order The Art of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker here.