Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (novel)
February 9, 2000
|Media type||Hardcover & Paperback|
|Preceded by||Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter|
|Followed by||Rogue Planet|
The Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace novelization was written by Terry Brooks and published on April 21, 1999, by Del Rey. It is based on the script of the film of the same name and released with multiple covers, including Darth Maul, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker and Queen Amidala.
Differences from the film
- More background for Anakin Skywalker is given which ties into later comments in the film, such as Anakin's conversation with a pilot about angels, and Anakin's race in which Sebulba causes him to crash Watto's podracer, and an encounter with an injured tusken raider.
- Background for the Sith is given, showing their origin and reasons for wanting revenge against the Jedi.
- The first fight between Qui-Gon Jinn and Darth Maul does not end with Qui-Gon simply jumping onto the ship. Maul leaps up there as well until he is knocked off.
- Obi-Wan and Maul's duel by the melting pit is greatly extended.
- There is a monologue by Darth Sidious about his plans after the death of Darth Maul.
- Yoda's famous quote in the film in which he alerts Anakin of the path to the dark side ("Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering") was altered in the novel to just: "To the dark side, fear leads. To anger and to hate. To suffering".
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