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May 11, 2017

I am a huge fan of Star Wars, Star Wars trivia, pop culture, and pop culture trivia so obviously this was everything I want in a book.

The earlier part of the book was such an interesting look at the inspirations behind Star Wars and the influence it's had on film, pop culture, technology, etc, etc, etc. It was also fascinating to see the various world events happening in any given year.

Then I got to the 90s and it was my childhood and MY Star Wars and I got emotional about like, Pizza Hut toys I am a huge fan of Star Wars, Star Wars trivia, pop culture, and pop culture trivia so obviously this was everything I want in a book.

The earlier part of the book was such an interesting look at the inspirations behind Star Wars and the influence it's had on film, pop culture, technology, etc, etc, etc. It was also fascinating to see the various world events happening in any given year.

Then I got to the 90s and it was my childhood and MY Star Wars and I got emotional about like, Pizza Hut toys and stuff.

P.S. I will never forgive this for not including Carrie Fisher's career as a script doctor. I mean, there was an entry about ILM's contributions to Hook but no mention of all the writing she did??! ...more
5

Oct 19, 2011

Ive bought a lot of DK Publishings books about the Star Wars universe over the last ten years. Too many, if you ask my wife. Their Cross-Sections books, Visual Guides, and Star Wars LEGO books are fantastic for fans of any age. Filled with full-color pictures, details and trivia about all corners of Star Wars, my young sons have come to enjoy them as much as I do.

The latest I picked up is the massive 2010 book Star Wars Year By Year: A Visual Chronicle. The 320-Page coffee table book is for I’ve bought a lot of DK Publishing’s books about the Star Wars universe over the last ten years. Too many, if you ask my wife. Their Cross-Sections books, Visual Guides, and Star Wars LEGO books are fantastic for fans of any age. Filled with full-color pictures, details and trivia about all corners of Star Wars, my young sons have come to enjoy them as much as I do.

The latest I picked up is the massive 2010 book Star Wars Year By Year: A Visual Chronicle. The 320-Page coffee table book is for collectors and fans of Star Wars who are looking for a broad overview of the saga, but are also interested in the details behind the production of the six films, television shows, animated series, books, comic books and collectibles that have invaded many of our homes as a result of our fandom. Credited to four different authors, this massive undertaking takes disparate timelines and categories and brings them all together in a book that’s entertaining and educational, blending the history of the Galaxy Far Away with our own.

Star Wars Year By Year starts long before the first Star Wars movie (now titled A New Hope) premiered in 1977, with the film experiments of George Lucas. So we find out about THX 1138, and then American Graffiti, and the authors make connections between the themes of his early works with what becomes his life work, the Star Wars movies. Alongside this film history, they include what’s happening in the “real world” in insets and timelines, so you can see how sometimes this fantasy world is a reflection of what’s happening elsewhere. This includes other films, but also things like the developing space programs in the Soviet Union and United States, politics, the Vietnam War, and other historic events.

Like other DK Publishing books, Star Wars Year By Year is highlighted with full color photographs throughout. Many of these are behind-the-scenes photos, production paintings, and candid shots of George Lucas and the stars of the Star Wars series. Many of them I’d seen before, but there were some that were new to me. One of the things I liked best reading this was how it demonstrated the evolution of Lucas’ stories and ideas. How the “city of the clouds” in Alderaan (Princess Leia’s homeworld) would become the Cloud City where Lando Calrissian betrays his friends, for example; or that a sinkhole planet first designed by Ralph McQuarrie in the 1970s wouldn’t be seen on screen as the planet Utapau until 2005’s Revenge of the Sith. I don’t always like Lucas as a screenwriter or a director, but he has a rich imagination, and Year By Year is like a celebration of that vision.

Much of it is also a trip down memory lane for those of us who grew up with Star Wars: the merchandise tie-ins like the Escape the Death Star Board Game, Underoos, and of course Kenner’s action figures are all highlighted in different parts of the book, and taken altogether make their own history of merchandising. Lucas became a master of merchandising, and as much as I’ve resented it sometimes, I’ve also had my imagination fired up with the flights and fights between the Empire and the Rebellion since I was a pup.

The book gives almost equal time to the Original Trilogy and to the Prequel Trilogy, but since much of the foundation for the prequels was laid back in the 1970s, it seems like there's more weight on that end. Extraneous productions, like the Ewoks and Droids cartoons, the current Clone Wars animated series, and even the Star Wars Holiday Special all get their own sections as well.

The oversized hardcover is massive (more than 10 x 12”) and heavy, making this more of a read-at-the-table book than a fall-asleep-reading-it book, but it’s a good read. Even those of us who think we know everything about Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, their parents, allies and enemies will learn something interesting about them in Star Wars: Year By Year. ...more
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Feb 18, 2018

Fantastic Star Wars fan must read! The Star Wars story is put in context with the time of its release. Wonderful! Fantastic Star Wars fan must read! The Star Wars story is put in context with the time of it’s release. Wonderful! ...more
4

Oct 17, 2016

The book I actually have is titled Star Wars: Year by Year: A Visual History. Goodreads says the ISBN is the same as for this book, but my book is the Updated and Expanded version that came out in 9/2016. The covers are also different and the new version comes in a case to protect the book.

This is a good book for Star wars fans, though in starting out it gives information on a lot of other things, like the Godfather movies, television shows, war, and etc. It's kind of a what's happening for the The book I actually have is titled Star Wars: Year by Year: A Visual History. Goodreads says the ISBN is the same as for this book, but my book is the Updated and Expanded version that came out in 9/2016. The covers are also different and the new version comes in a case to protect the book.

This is a good book for Star wars fans, though in starting out it gives information on a lot of other things, like the Godfather movies, television shows, war, and etc. It's kind of a what's happening for the year as well as what's happening in Star Wars.

Book description:
Painstakingly produced, superbly illustrated, Star Wars™ Year By Year: A Visual History, Updated Edition presents a unique Star Wars timeline—the full history of the amazing Star Wars phenomenon as you've never seen it before.

This updated edition includes a whole new chapter covering Star Wars: The Force Awakens™ as well as the ongoing animated TV series Star Wars Rebels™ and new Star Wars–themed lands coming to Walt Disney World Florida and Disneyland California.

Produced in full collaboration with Lucasfilm and written by renowned Star Wars experts, Star Wars Year By Year: A Visual History, Updated Edition provides a unique timeline of every facet of Star Wars history, as well as the saga's impact on popular culture and world events. ...more
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May 02, 2013

The first problem with this book is that it mostly consists of small photographs with minimal captions beneath, reminding me of something I would find on a fanboy's personal blog rather than a hard-bound coffee table book. The second problem is that much of yearly Star Wars news collection often deals with things having nothing to do with George Lucas' saga, for the sake of filling pages. For example, May 1996 lists the release of "Dragonheart" as "news" only because Industrial Lights and Magic, The first problem with this book is that it mostly consists of small photographs with minimal captions beneath, reminding me of something I would find on a fanboy's personal blog rather than a hard-bound coffee table book. The second problem is that much of yearly Star Wars news collection often deals with things having nothing to do with George Lucas' saga, for the sake of filling pages. For example, May 1996 lists the release of "Dragonheart" as "news" only because Industrial Lights and Magic, (the special effects studio behind the famed saga) was involved in the film's effects. However, as much as I was disappointed, there were quite a few pages that brought back fond memories; these include the mayhem and "Midnight Madness" of 1999 during the pre-release of Phantom Menace, in which fanboys stormed Wal Mart and other retail stores for the dialogue encoded chip'ed Hasbro action figures. (Boy I miss those 24 limited edition Episode I Pepsi cans.) ...more
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Dec 04, 2010

It wasn't what I expected when I reserved the book. I was expecting more of a chronicle of the actual Star Wars stories, but instead it was a chronicle from 1914-2010 and how culture influenced Star Wars and how Star Wars influenced culture. Things like when production started, birthdays of actors, releases of movies, releases of Star Wars toys. Really only a book for the biggest of Star Wars fans. Still interesting, but not what I was expecting. Interesting fact that I learned, George Lucas was It wasn't what I expected when I reserved the book. I was expecting more of a chronicle of the actual Star Wars stories, but instead it was a chronicle from 1914-2010 and how culture influenced Star Wars and how Star Wars influenced culture. Things like when production started, birthdays of actors, releases of movies, releases of Star Wars toys. Really only a book for the biggest of Star Wars fans. Still interesting, but not what I was expecting. Interesting fact that I learned, George Lucas was originally supposed to be the director of Apocalypse Now instead of Francis Ford Coppolla ...more
5

Jul 03, 2017

This book is AMAAAAAZINNGGGGGGG.

And yes, I read every single bit. It's a super-thorough look at the inspiration for and development, creation and production of Star Wars, in every medium.

It starts off talking about the sci-fi genre in general, and I actually hunted down many of the titles (film and book) that were mentioned, like the original Flash Gordon serials (they're on YouTube), Rocket Ship Galileo by Robert Heinlein, books of space artwork by Chesley Bonestell... the list goes on and on. This book is AMAAAAAZINNGGGGGGG.

And yes, I read every single bit. It's a super-thorough look at the inspiration for and development, creation and production of Star Wars, in every medium.

It starts off talking about the sci-fi genre in general, and I actually hunted down many of the titles (film and book) that were mentioned, like the original Flash Gordon serials (they're on YouTube), Rocket Ship Galileo by Robert Heinlein, books of space artwork by Chesley Bonestell... the list goes on and on. Then it gets into the state of sci-fi films in the 70s. It inspired me to finally watch THX-1138 and to rewatch Silent Running. It describes George Lucas's childhood hobbies, education, and career. It explains lots of details about the production of the original movie and the phenomenon it became. Then, they cover all the spinoffs in various media, from the comic adaptation (I cannot believe that the comic and the novelization both came out BEFORE THE MOVIE. That seems so insane to me!), to the first original novel (Splinter of the Mind's Eye), etc. etc.... I went off and read that too and it's vaguely disturbing reading about Luke's reaction to his sister since Alan Dean Foster (and everyone else) still didn't know they were siblings.

Cue more info on production and reception of Empire and RotJ. There's a little on the various RPGs etc. but what I didn't realize is that there was such a huge gap before the explosion of novels and comics and video games. I really thought they'd been spewing out novels all along. This finally inspired me to start the Thrawn trilogy, too, and I immediately could tell why it's a favorite. The characters all really feel like themselves.

Then... Clone Wars! I just adore that series, so I liked reading production notes on that, too.

Anyway, I found this entire book fascinating, and sometime I'm going to read the updated version, too. This is one of those neverending kind of reference materials that will probably always be playing catch-up. ...more
4

Mar 30, 2018

I love all things Star Wars and all things history, so this book was a natural fit for me. The only reason this isnt 5 stars for me is because it felt a little too much like the authors wanted to sell me more useless Star Wars crap I dont need. I mean, not EVERY image from EVERY movie/TV show/comic book/video game MUST be described as iconic, as the authors here seem to think. Also, George Lucas is fantastic and all, but he is no infallible creature sent to us from the cinema gods like this book I love all things Star Wars and all things history, so this book was a natural fit for me. The only reason this isn’t 5 stars for me is because it felt a little too much like the authors wanted to sell me more useless Star Wars crap I don’t need. I mean, not EVERY image from EVERY movie/TV show/comic book/video game MUST be described as iconic, as the authors here seem to think. Also, George Lucas is fantastic and all, but he is no infallible creature sent to us from the cinema gods like this book would have you believe. Seriously, they spend WAAAAAY too many words trying to convince you that Strange Magic was good, all the reviewers and critics were wrong. Let George Lucas be flawed like the rest of us please! ...more
4

Jan 07, 2019

I can see why some people were disappointed with it being not only about Star Wars but also touching subjects around SW but to me it was a strength of the book. It showed the various things that influenced Star Wars and how Star Wars influenced the world. It showed how Star Wars ascribed into various trends in the world as well as how people and the studios that created the Trilogies used their knowledge, experience and skills to create other films.

More of a trivia book, but still interesting.
5

Nov 12, 2019

A brilliant, rich in all kind of information chronicle of the world where the Star Wars universe was created. I didn't expect such an interesting background painting of the cultural, economic, cinematographic, and political situation in the US preceding and accompanying the making of Star Wars - and yes, I read all of it :)
5

Apr 23, 2020

A year-by-year walk through five decades, displaying Star Wars movies and memorabilia next to pop culture and historic events? It's like they asked me what my dream coffee-table book would be. Given that it ends in 2010, it is a little poignant how extraordinarily proud the Lucasfilm-licensed book is about an Expanded Universe that was about to be summarily dumped from canon.
5

Jul 06, 2017

Great book! An exceptional account of the large history of the best film saga from 1977 to 2016. With only a few typos, it is overall a great reference book.
4

Mar 23, 2020

Very fun look at how Star Wars has interacted with and operated around pop culture. It is a very visual book and has fun tidbits and nuggets here and there of all genres and types.
3

Jul 30, 2018

Information was just eh. Great photos & timeline of everything, though.
3

Jun 28, 2011

Star Wars: Year by Year is a fascinating, visual history of George Lucas and his vision of Star Wars. Beginning in the 50s and finishing in 2010, Wallace and his team of co-writers examine America, the World, and Cinematic history in order to furnish an encompassing story of George Lucas and the world he has lived in.

The Year by Year guide focuses primarily on actors that eventually starred in one or more Star Wars films, events that led to the opportunity to create a film, advances in Star Wars: Year by Year is a fascinating, visual history of George Lucas and his vision of Star Wars. Beginning in the 50s and finishing in 2010, Wallace and his team of co-writers examine America, the World, and Cinematic history in order to furnish an encompassing story of George Lucas and the world he has lived in.

The Year by Year guide focuses primarily on actors that eventually starred in one or more Star Wars films, events that led to the opportunity to create a film, advances in technology that inspired Lucas' dreams, and the world that became receptive to a new space mythology. This book is more than trivia and less than a complete record, but it includes elements of both, and presents the strange, often serendipitous, events of a life that led to the cultural phenomenon that is Star Wars.

Also made record of is the immense world of secondary Star Wars products, including works of art, literature, cinema, and music inspired by the films, and the mega-world that is Star Wars merchandising. These events and landmark creative endeavors are put in their proper historical place alongside the major events of the Star Wars creationary timeline, showing how one influenced the other in a feedback loop that engendered an ever expanding universe.

The only places in which the book lost traction was from 1985-1996 when there was no major Star Wars work in progress. Left with a creative void to fill, and a lack of major productions helmed by George Lucas, the Year by Year guide focused more and more heavily on the licensencing endeavors of LucasFilm and began to feel like an encyclopedic advertisement of Star Wars branded merchandise.

Similarly, the years after the final film, Revenge of the Sith (2006-2010) felt less interesting to me, but I chalk that up to my peculiar habit of remaining quite heavily informed of the goings and comings of LucasFIlm. Less connected readers will still find these chapters as interesting as the archived factoids from the early days of Star Wars.

All in all I give the book a good rating because it is completely unique, in my experience, being the collected history of one individual and his fictional empire, told through a visual medium, and told rather well. ...more
5

Nov 26, 2013

The perfect gift for the fan who has everything because this book chronicles everything

DK Publishing continues a trend of producing lavish coffee table books filled with page after page of montages of full color images. In this case, the topic is the Star Wars phenomenon.

Star Wars Year by Year: A Visual Chronicle is a very large coffee table book - one inch thick, 10 inches wide and nearly a foot high.

This book could just as easily have been called "George Lucas Year by Year." Star Wars The perfect gift for the fan who has everything because this book chronicles everything

DK Publishing continues a trend of producing lavish coffee table books filled with page after page of montages of full color images. In this case, the topic is the Star Wars phenomenon.

Star Wars Year by Year: A Visual Chronicle is a very large coffee table book - one inch thick, 10 inches wide and nearly a foot high.

This book could just as easily have been called "George Lucas Year by Year." Star Wars dominates Lucas's career like the Eiffel Tower dominates the Paris skyline. Perhaps, even more so.

As the title states, the book is a visual timeline of George Lucas, the Star Wars franchise and the people and companies involved in its production and promotion. We see early handwritten notes about "Journal of the Whills" - one of the first drafts of Star Wars Episode IV . Later on, we see further updates, including the introduction of a character named Luke Starkiller who, of course, became Luke Skywalker in later revisions. We learn about Lucas's early life, his early films and his influences and a bit about the research he did to create the series.

Included in the timelines are...

Read more at: http://dwdsreviews.blogspot.com/2010/... ...more
4

Dec 27, 2011

An interesting concept, this is essentially a time-line of the Star Wars saga (in its entirety - films, books, toys, comics, etc), broken down by year and then by month, interspersed with key news events and links to other projects - films and books - that involve people who either are, or will become, involved in the saga. By placing the series into a historical context, it allows you to see how certain things in the films were shaped by the times and how sometimes - such as with the Pixar An interesting concept, this is essentially a time-line of the Star Wars saga (in its entirety - films, books, toys, comics, etc), broken down by year and then by month, interspersed with key news events and links to other projects - films and books - that involve people who either are, or will become, involved in the saga. By placing the series into a historical context, it allows you to see how certain things in the films were shaped by the times and how sometimes - such as with the Pixar Imaging System - real life has benefited from advances made by Lucasfilm. The book is broken into five sections - “Life before Star Wars”, “The Original Trilogy” (both written by Ryder Windham), “Between the Trilogies” (by Daniel Wallace), “The Prequel Trilogy” and “Clone Wars & Beyond” (both by Pablo Hidalgo) - and all of them are interesting in their own way. However, as someone who was 8 when “Star Wars” was released here in December 1977, the original trilogy section is the one that speaks loudest to me. It’s also interesting to note the between section, where Wallace comments that the films are in danger of slipping out of the public eye - I remember thinking the same thing myself, back in the late 80s and early 90s. Great fun, a really absorbing read and with some excellent photographs, I’d say this was a must-read for Star Wars fans. Highly recommended. ...more
5

Dec 26, 2012

If you are a fan of star wars eager to know more then this book is perfect for you. It has every aspect of the details that went through the mind of george lucas and even a breif history of his life before star wars. it tells you how people are casted and the original name of the movie and all the great star wars facts. Its basically broken down into before star wars, the first trilogy,between the trilogies, the second trilogy and after the movies including the cartoon on. the biggest down fall If you are a fan of star wars eager to know more then this book is perfect for you. It has every aspect of the details that went through the mind of george lucas and even a breif history of his life before star wars. it tells you how people are casted and the original name of the movie and all the great star wars facts. Its basically broken down into before star wars, the first trilogy,between the trilogies, the second trilogy and after the movies including the cartoon on. the biggest down fall of the book is that it is giant. it has to be at least 10 pounds. ...more
4

Sep 07, 2013

A large-format, picture and fact-stuffed chronicle of what fellow nerds will dub the "Star Wars" years.

Major world events jostle with developments in the larger "Star Wars" world for the reader's attention - if you've ever wanted to know what was going on at any point from the inception of the first film to the release of "Revenge of the Sith", this is the book for you.

Impressively presented and housed in a swish slipcase, this book is an ideal gift for the "...Wars" devotee in your life and A large-format, picture and fact-stuffed chronicle of what fellow nerds will dub the "Star Wars" years.

Major world events jostle with developments in the larger "Star Wars" world for the reader's attention - if you've ever wanted to know what was going on at any point from the inception of the first film to the release of "Revenge of the Sith", this is the book for you.

Impressively presented and housed in a swish slipcase, this book is an ideal gift for the "...Wars" devotee in your life and also functions as a handy anti-mugger device.

If you can lift it, that is. ...more
5

Jan 09, 2011

This is an amazing book for any fan of Star Wars films/books/merchandise, etc. Filled with amazing photographs, illustrations, and documents, the author does a masterful job of starting from the very beginning of George Lucas' life and shows you not only the things about him that influenced his creations, but some of the big events happening around the world that might have impacted him too. This is an amazing treasure of resource information and trivia for anyone interested in the world of Star This is an amazing book for any fan of Star Wars films/books/merchandise, etc. Filled with amazing photographs, illustrations, and documents, the author does a masterful job of starting from the very beginning of George Lucas' life and shows you not only the things about him that influenced his creations, but some of the big events happening around the world that might have impacted him too. This is an amazing treasure of resource information and trivia for anyone interested in the world of Star Wars. A awesome coffee table sized book! ...more
3

Dec 25, 2012

A compendium of popular Star Wars memorabilia and associated licensure, it is ambitious as an attempt to relate licensed material to Star Wars movies, and create a timeline that includes games and animation. Like similar Star Trek compendiums, the scope is so broad however that the volume only includes the briefest descriptions, thus limiting various cross relations that an exhaustive work requires, in short, an enjoyable foray that requires more like five volumes to be what it can be.
3

Jul 14, 2015

I read this at Derek's house in Burbank. I'm such a nerd for this stuff. It reminded me to look up Kurosawa films and read Campbell's Hero with a Thousand Faces. I love that scholarly work is behind Star Wars. Oh, and the teamwork. So many people helped the world of the films come alive. Everything is communal.
5

Nov 06, 2010

a very interesting reference book - will be reading it for a long time. lots of interesting facts relating to starwars timeline.
15th Dec 2010
this is a great book for any starwars fan who is interested in obscure & interesting facts.
5

Feb 24, 2016

Whew! So much info! There's tons to sift through. The historical snippets intertwined with all the Star Wars information is a nice touch. Probably the best thing about this book is the large amount of pictures. A perfect book for any Star Wars fan!
4

Apr 19, 2013

This was a great book to read and look at all of the things these films have moved through in the last 30 years as well as being able to tie them to where I was when they happened.
Great Christmas present Mom, thanks!

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