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I have turned to the Book Side.

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Nov. 1st, 2005 | 11:57 am
posted by: senrats in think_anakin

I am cruising in blissful hyperdrive with the ROTS book by Matt Stover. At this point, the movie is a visual monitor serving only as a visual reference of condensed action. The movie enables one to clearly see Anakin in the image and form of Hayden, and likewise Ewan as Obi Wan. Nonetheless, the book proves to be the real journey. It should have been no surprise really. I am having a GOOD feeling about this novelization and you will too. Even villains are rendered as relatable and worthy of some sympathy from the reader. The books is far more engrossing and in some ways "unnatural". If you are tempted by depth and dynamic "not-so-flat" characters, come join the book side.

The ROTS novel copyright states 2005, but my feelings tell me that this vision came before the movie was crystallized. It's as if the script was skimmed like cream off the top of the book, taking fluff and visual cues, but none of the character development. Sullen I am with GL now, for in his hands he had a dramatic miracle and reduced it he did, to routine and flash. Much pain and suffering now over what could have been.

Power is the promise and the promise has been made in the book-side Anakin. Skywalker is the Galactic Achilles, the force manifested flesh and much more. We also see that Anakin is a mindful Jedi, who has learned to control the nuclear storm raging in his heart. Obi Wan's guidance at times helps him stay focused, to Anakin's chagrin sometimes. We finally see Anakin the best and brightest and understand he has Zen like mastery over his soul; the hurt is still there and his fury is natural, but he somehow finds a way. He is the warrior unfettered. A machine.

Dooku, set up for failure by Sideous, is much admired and then pitied as he realizes his doom to the unstoppable machine of Anakin. The appointed sith lord Tyranus is actually taken back when the book-side Anakin uses force powers against him in combat. We never see this force display in the film. The book battle continues and Anakin and Obi Wan play Dooku the fool by feigning other fighting forms (Ataro and Shii-Cho), Dooku had assumed for them. Those display forms were ploys, much like pretending to be a left handed fencer, when you actually favor your right hand. As soon as Dooku saw through the clever ploy, the truth of both Jedi Knights are all over him and Dooku begins to panic. (Again.. urgency and drama we don't really feel in the movie's combat scene)
He then decides this is no comedy and a sentence must be exacted. The old Count calls dark force power to dispatch Obi Wan to a heap on the ground and drapes him in not so-heavy hydrofoamed permacrete. Obi fan boys take note: Dooku received NO warning via Sids of Obi's approach... Dooku had force power kicked Skywalker away for a second and then in mid air kicked Obi Wan on the chin, propelling him from the platform to the floor below. As Obi was falling, Dooku used force energy to further accelerate Kenobi into the floor and against the wall. Sids never intervened, for he knew the newly matured Anakin was capable of defeating Dooku. He knew that Anakin would win.

This ruse was a trap for Dooku and a step forward into the dark for Anakin. Sids masterminding as Palps all the way. Sids is silent until he hears Dooku taunt Anakin, which causes the young Jedi to lose his mental grasp and become more reckless.


"The angrier he got, the more afraid he became, and the fear fed his anger in turn...."
"now that he had started 'thinking' about what he was doing; he could no longer walk" (couldn't function in the Zen like Jedi fashion that was natural)

Only then does Sids intervene:

"Don't fear what you're feeling, Anakin, use it!"
"Call upon your fury. Focus it, and he cannot stand against you. Rage is your weapon. Strike now! Strike! Kill him!"


Dooku suddenly sees his life before him reduced to nothingness. The joke's on him. The rest is Dooku's doom.

The written testament of Anakin broils his inner anguish and mastery of his inner demons into a mesmerizing wave of empathy that washes over the reader. Every player is masterfully, yet succinctly dealt. Obi Wan is given the inner warmth we all know, a good dose of humility and his own doubts of self. The movie by contrast portrays Obi Wan as infallible in thought, word and deed (battle mostly). Like the eye buzz of a video game, Obi's fun to watch, but we receive nothing of this person as a human.
He two years shy of entering his forties with no personality blemish, misstep and no thoughts of his own.


All of the written personalities are full and even the flat ones somehow parabolically become round. I never felt pity for someone like Dooku, but Stover's last few paragraphs of Dooku reduced the sum of the Count's life to a sick bad joke played out by the dark chasm that is Sideous. He was never anything more than a tool, just as apprentice Maul (never a sith lord) was never anything more than a beast. Anakin was the natural. Anakin was already half sith, with his true power and fury only contained by Jedi training and Obi Wan's voice of reason.

Understand you will, once read the book you have.

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the ricky the bartender fanatic.

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from: vorrothiel
date: Nov. 1st, 2005 11:45 pm (UTC)
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I've read the ROTS novelization... it blew me away. It was awesome. Stover is my favorite Star Wars novelist (if reading NJO, Traitor is a must-read). I clipped an article about him and his writing the book; he received a working draft of the script sometime in 2004 and worked on his book, sending in his manuscript to GL for some revisions.

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senrats

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from: senrats
date: Nov. 2nd, 2005 03:45 am (UTC)
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If only GL would have asked Stover for script advice...
I feel that instead of trusting the intellect of children, GL doubts it and constantly tries to pawn his sentimentality on to them.

Just gives us the mature drama and intensity of the book and make the movie 3 hours long to accommodate it.


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ladylavinia

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from: ladylavinia
date: Aug. 9th, 2006 10:48 pm (UTC)
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I wish I could say that I enjoyed the ROTS novelization. But I didn't really care for Matt Stover's writing style. And he had a tendency to put Obi-Wan's character on a pedestal.

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