Sunday, 3 May 2015

Sunday May 3rd, 2015 May the Fourth Be With You

Tomorrow is an exciting day for Star Wars fans. Sorry, it’s not the release date of the new Star Wars movie Episode VII: The Force Awakens. That won’t be in theatres until December. Tomorrow is May the 4th, also known as Star Wars Day!  Celebrate by heading down to your Thunder Bay Public Library and picking up a copy of the Star Wars movies or one of the many Star Wars books.

If you haven’t seen the Star Wars movies, TBPL has Episodes I to VI for you to borrow. But if you’re wondering which movie to watch first; Episode IV: A New Hope which was the first movie of the original Star Wars trilogy, or Episode I: The Phantom Menace, the first movie of the prequels, that question is still being debated.

The Thunder Bay Public Library also has large selection of Star Wars books for all ages. Along with the numerous fictional series, you will also find Star Wars visual guides, character encyclopaedias, craft books and cook books. Find inspiration for your Star Wars themed parties in The Star Wars Cook book by Davis Robin and The Star Wars Craft book by Bonnie Burton. Learn more about the movies with the Star Wars Character Encyclopedia by Simon Beecroft or Star Wars Year by Year: A Visual Chronicle.

The Star Wars adventures have continued though novels, comics, TV shows and videogames in what is known as the Expanded Universe (EU). As the Expanded Universe became more extensive, and Disney/Lucasfilm announced new Star Wars material, it was decided by the Lucasfilm Story Group that all EU works would be called Star Wars Legends. New Star Wars material created by Disney/Lucasfilm will be part of the Star Wars canon, which includes the original six Star Wars movies and the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, that will be consistent with the true Star Wars history.

The Library has several novels and series from the Star Wars Expanded Universe. Though once again people new to reading these stories are faced with the question, which one do I start with. You could begin by reading the stories as they take place chronologically. Dawn of the Jedi: Into the Void by Tim Lebbon takes place 25,793 years before the Battle of Yavin and tells the story of the origin of the Jedi Order in the world of Tython. Star Wars: Crucible by Troy Denning takes place 45 years after the Battle of Yavin when Han, Leia, Luke and Lando must reunite for another adventure. There are many websites that will provide a chronological list of all Star Wars stories to help you, but if you would rather just start reading without the research,  choose one of the many series such as Star Wars: Rebel Force or Star Wars: Jedi Quest.

Another option would be to select stories based on your favourite Star Wars character. Fans of all ages who want to join Luke Skywalker on more adventures can read Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor by Matthew Stover and The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight by Tony DiTerlizzi. Fans of Darth Vader will find him in novels including Star Wars: Dark Lord, the rise of Darth Vader and the graphic novel Darth Vader and the Ninth Assassin.

So whatever side of the force you choose, spend May the 4th cooking Han-burgers and Wookie cookies, watching your favourite Star Wars movie, reading a new Star Wars book, or building your own droid.

Lindsey Long

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