Title: The Empire Strikes Back
Author: Donald F. Gult
Obviously, it's easy to enjoy a book when I already have a deep affection for the story. Reading the novelization offers new perspectives on an old friend. For the most part, the book is very close to the movie but there are subtle differences in details. Yoda is blue in the book whereas he's green in the movie. Darth Vader's light saber is also a different color: blue instead of what would become standard Sith red. The dialogue is not always identical either. For instance, the classic exchange between Han and Leia as he's descending into the carbon freeze chamber - "I love you." "I know." - is absent from the book.
More significant are the qualitative contrasts in the portrayal of the characters emotional states - clearly spelled out in the book but conveyed differently on screen. In particular, the budding romance between Han and Leia is more thoroughly developed and, if anything, more tender in the novelization.
The book is no substitute for the movie but I imagine it would be enjoyable for most fans of the franchise.
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