With every new Star Wars movie I’ve gotten into the habit of buying two books
- The visual dictionary
- The art of Star Wars
I enjoyed both books for The Force Awakens so picked up The Visual Dictionary on Amazon for £11.99.
These books are a great reference if you want to know a bit more about the characters, vehicles, weapons and worlds. The great part about them is that they show characters that appeared in the background and smaller parts. One that I was keen on was the commander of the dreadnought at the beginning of the movie.
They are full of rich images showing costume design and details that you just can’t get from watching the movie alone. For each of the images you’ll find accompanying text descriptions showing details of a costume or item in a scene.
One difference with TLJ (The Last Jedi) vs TFA (The Force Awakens) is it doesn’t seem so rich, it’s also thinner. I’m not sure if that’s because we know more of the characters or there’s less background stuff going on.
A larger portion of the book is around the casino based planet, a lower point of the movie for me. So, apart from reading about a few characters flipped straight past (it’s a bit prequel for me).
So, at £11.99 it’s on the expensive side. Wait until after Christmas and pick up when it gets to £5.99 or less.