The Last Jedi novelization author Jason Fry talks about the prologue that featured Luke Skywalker married and still living on Tatooine. What did it mean?
With the paperback novelization of The Last Jedi out this week, author Jason Fry gave Star Wars a treat this week on Twitter. He shared a number of posts, giving insight and information into scenes from the book.
The tweets spanned several days and well worth the read, which you can see here on his feed. But I wanted to take a look at few specific tweets.
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Fry has to get into the mindset of the characters in different ways than fans do. He has to embody them in order to write about them. He’s not just rehashing what happened in the movie for print, but also adding internal dialogues, non-verbal communication, extra scenes and moments too.
One of those extra scenes was actually the prologue where Luke has a dream of himself with a wife. There was so much speculation that here is Mara Jade, who was Luke Skywalker’s partner in the Legends books.
Yet, that was not Fry’s intention at all. In fact, it was the opposite. Here’s what he had to say about the prologue:
The first line of the book is: “Luke Skywalker stood in the cooling sands of Tatooine, his wife by his side.”
Showing that the Force warned Luke was an important distinction. It almost seemed as though a different life was painted for Luke, one free of death, war and destruction.
Yet, it was still a life where he longed for something more. Being complacent was never in his blood. He was never happy as a young man on Tatooine. He longed for a life that meant more and, boy, did he ever get it.
The dream reminded him of that because doing nothing is not acceptable. The Force had to let him know that his time of sequestering himself away from the rest of the universe was coming to an end, especially with the dark side taking over. The light needed to shine again.
It sets up what’s to come for the rest of Luke’s journey. The Force needs him to come out of hiding to balance it out yet again because Snoke and Kylo Ren are winning while Rey still doesn’t know how to wield her power – and she can still be swayed to the dark side.
Check out The Last Jedi novelization. It fills some good information and even more context.