I’ve seen a few of the Star Wars movies, and I mostly believe that the books are always better than the movie. Not that I was in love with the movies, I wanted to do a little research on Star Wars books in honor of “May the 4th.”
Even as a minimal fan of this universe, I found these facts about how the books and movies intertwine.
Star Wars is not based on a book! It was initially a screenplay by George Lucas, but the first book was written and published in 1966, shortly before the film premiered in February 1977.
In 1990, Timothy Zahn wrote a trilogy about the events following Return of the Jedi. Zahn also created a planet called Coruscant, also known as the Capitol City planet, which may not have ever been a thing if it weren’t for his books.
Bonus fun fact: Coruscant means glittering, sparkling.
“We live in a world now where we, as authors, are first among equals, for sure, but the world that we create, if we’re very lucky, will be taken from us and customized and modified and adorned by many other people.” – Sean Stewart, author of Yoda – Dark Rendezvous
There are many authors that contributed to the Star Wars galaxy.
I lost count, so here’s what I would believe to be the most accurate list: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Star_Wars_books
If you’re interested in learning more about Star Wars, there’s a book for you: Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know, Updated and Expanded (Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi)