This not a novel. It is more like the various Star Wars encyclopedias but devoted (almost exclusively) to the character of Han Solo. It basically spans from the early concept of the character from notes and excerpts of early drafts of the script for what would ultimately become A New Hope, through to the Solo: A Star Wars Story movie. It discusses the casting of Harrison Ford, how the character evolved over the course of the original trilogy and even how the character was written in the expanded universe novels and comics. There is also a section on other characters from movies and TV shows that were inspired by the character, or outright clones of the character.
Throughout the course of the book, you really get a history of Star Wars in general. It contains quotes from Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill as well as George Lucas, Peter Mayhew, Billy Dee Williams, and many of the other actors. It seems that at least some were interviewed for the book, but it is possible at least some of the quotes were collected from interviews that occurred over time. There is a lot of good insight into Ford's well-publicized feelings about the character, and the role. It was really the role that propelled him to stardom and was the reason that he could not go out in public as much, which seemed to the basis of some of his hard feelings toward the character. It was also interesting to read about the advice he gave to Alden Ehrenreich about how to handle playing the character.
Overall, it is not necessarily a book that you will read word-for-word, cover-to-cover. It is definitely something that you will pick and choose portions of to read. There are a ton of great pictures throughout the book, including early sketches of concept art, behind-the-scenes photos and production stills, and pictures of the various toys and other memorabilia which existed over the years. Some of the pictures fold out from the pages almost centerfold style, sometimes there are drawing sheets attached to the pages, so you definitely want to be careful going through it otherwise you may accidentally tear some of the pages and/or inserts.
It is a great character history, as well as giving a large chunk of Star Wars history overall. If you are a fan of the various movies, TV shows, novels, or even just a big fan of the character, it is definitely worth picking up.
- Hardcover: 241 pages
- Publisher: Insight Editions; Media Tie In edition (2 April 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1683834968
- ISBN-13: 978-1683834960
- Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 2.8 x 27.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 2.1 Kg
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)