Return of the Jedi by Joan D. Vinge has two strikes against it before readers even crack the cover.
First, it’s a book based on an action-fantasy-adventure movie packed with special effects.
Second, it’s a sequel to two previous storybooks, The Star Wars Storybook and The Empire Strikes Back Storybook, both of which were based on action-fantasy-adventure movies packed with special effects.
The storybook doesn’t have any special effects.
When readers to the first page, Return strikes out.
Here’s a paragraph from page 1:
An Imperial Star Destroyer moved toward the monstrous superstructure of the half-finished Death Star. Darth Vader, the Dark Lord of the Sith, was on board the destroyer. He had come to check on the progress of construction at the battle station. He boarded a shuttle and flew toward the waiting Death Star.
Don’t those lines sound like something read aloud by a fifth grader in a special ed class?
Return of the Jedi does have some good points. It’s short—about 60 pages—and every page has one or more stills from movie.
Unfortunately, the photos have no captions, so they are meaningless to anyone who didn’t see the movie.
If you didn’t see the movie, get the DVD instead of reading its appalling storybook.
Return of the Jedi:
the storybook based on the movie
By Joan D. Vinge
Random House. © 1983. Unpaginated
1983 bestseller #1. My grade: D+
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