Don’t Worry, It’s Star Wars Forever


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I’m a diehard “Star Wars” fan. I’ve seen the original trilogy dozens of times. I’ve seen the prequel trilogy ... well, let’s not talk about the prequel trilogy. 

It probably goes without saying, but I saw “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” on opening night at The Moviehouse in Millerton, NY. I was firmly planted in the Nerd Zone, as Patrick L. Sullivan referred to it in his review. The film was everything I hoped it would be and more. It was the perfect mix of action and humor, and it combined the nostalgia of the original films with new characters, planets and aliens galore.

If you enjoyed the movie as much as I did, you may want to read more stories about a galaxy far, far away. Disney and Lucasfilm recently launched a publishing program called “Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens” which features at least 20 books and comics that — you guessed it — tell tales tied to the film.

Adults can start with “Aftermath,” a novel by Chuck Wendig that takes place between “Return of the Jedi” and “The Force Awakens.” I haven’t read it yet, but it’s on my Christmas list. The book is part of a trilogy, and the second installment — “Aftermath: Life Debt” — is scheduled to be released in July 2016.

Young adults can pick up “Lost Stars” by Claudia Gray, which shows readers important events in the “Star Wars” universe through the eyes of two friends who end up on opposite sides of the war.

For junior readers, there are three books featuring the main characters of the original movie trilogy: “Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure,” “Smuggler’s Run: A Han Solo & Chewbacca Adventure” and “The Weapon of a Jedi: A Luke Skywalker Adventure.”

Comic book fans have plenty of new “Star Wars” titles to browse, but you should definitely look for Marvel’s “Shattered Empire,” a four-part miniseries set between “Return of the Jedi” and “The Force Awakens.” Without giving away any spoilers, you’ll meet some family members of a “Force Awakens” character.

Also keep an eye out for Marvel’s special C-3PO one-shot comic in February, which will explain how the droid received his red arm.

If you want some reference books for your coffee table, you can pick up “Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know” or “Star Wars: Ships of the Galaxy.”

All these books and comics will keep us busy until the standalone film “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” hits theaters on Dec. 16, 2016, followed by  Episode VIII on May 26, 2017.