Return of the Jedi (novel)
|Series||Star Wars Novelizations
12 May 1983
|Media type||Hardcover & Paperback|
|Preceded by||Hard Merchandise|
|Followed by||The Truce at Bakura|
Return of the Jedi is a novel was written by James Kahn and published on 12 May 1983 by Del Rey. It is based on the script of the film of the same name. According to Publishers Weekly it was the bestselling novel of that year.[where?]
Differences from the film
- When Leia is captured by Jabba, instead of him saying "I'm sure" to her warning of her powerful friends, he says, "I'm sure, but in the meantime, I shall thoroughly enjoy the pleasure of your company." Additionally, instead of simply licking his lips as seen in the movie, he is described as planting "a beastly kiss squarely on the Princess's lips".
- On the cover art, Luke's lightsaber is blue, but in the film it is green.
- A deleted scene of Vader trying to get into the throne room and being stopped by an officer is included.
- Obi-Wan Kenobi's account of Luke's parental history is expanded; Obi-Wan states that Owen Lars was his brother, and that Luke and Leia's mother died when they were four (a premise later overwritten by the Prequel Trilogy, in which Owen Lars is seen to be Anakin Skywalker's stepbrother and Padmé dies as soon as both twins are born). Obi-Wan further recounts his battle with Anakin, stating that Anakin "fell into a molten pit", a point of detail which differs somewhat from the battle as shown in Revenge of the Sith. Obi-Wan further tells Luke that Anakin did not know that Amidala was pregnant, while in Revenge of the Sith he is well aware of the pregnancy.
- C-3PO's story alone does not convince the Ewoks to help the rebels. Han attempts to persuade them by telling them the Empire is draining Endor's resources, but also fails. Luke succeeds in acquiring their aid when he talks about the stars above being vanquished if the Death Star is finished.
- There is an expanded version of the initial conversation between Palpatine and Luke. It includes Palpatine questioning Luke about who instructed him after Kenobi's death; upon discovering that it was Yoda, Palpatine proceeds to mock the late Jedi Master by mimicking his object–subject–verb style of speech.
- The battle in space above Endor is given an expanded treatment. The text describes a much larger Rebel fleet than what is seen on film.
- Moff Jerjerrod, acting on orders given to him by Emperor Palpatine, orders the Death Star to turn and fire on the Sanctuary Moon of Endor, but is killed when the Death Star's reactor is destroyed before the station can complete its final task.