Writing a book called Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know is a daunting task, no matter what the theme might be! I’m part of the “vintage” Star Wars generation, so I’ve been watching the saga my entire life. Nevertheless, I learn a lot every time I work on a new Star Wars book. When you write reference books, you learn to see things in new ways and notice all the little details. No matter how many times I watch Star Wars, there are so many little details I may overlook — droids in the background of a scene, how many credits a bounty hunter is being paid for a job, a Jedi’s midi-chlorian count, how many Sha’rellian toops sit atop Mama the Hutt’s head, which docking bay Han Solo uses in Mos Eisley, or proper greetings in Huttese! Fortunately I had three other accomplished writers — Cole Horton, Michael Kogge, and Kerrie Dougherty — to help me in this task.
Our book focuses on the characters, creatures, locations, and ships of Star Wars, but along the way, we cover everything in-between. We delve deep into the obscure facts and trivia of Star Wars, all displayed within a jungle-gym of fun and often humorous text, photos, diagrams, hidden gems, Easter Eggs, and oddities. If you love numerical trivia, foreign language phrasebooks, comparative charts of alien livestock, lists of obscure Ewok paraphernalia, perusing the edible delights you might find inside a Hutt’s tummy, digging for hidden lifeforms inside a clone’s nostril, or just amazing your friends with endless trivia to both delight and overwhelm, then this is the book for you!
This is the most difficult book that I have ever written. At the end of some days I felt like my eyes might pop out! I spent many hours cross-eyed, scanning through DVDs and Blu-rays and flipping through piles of reference books on every desk, table, and chair…at times up to my knees all over the floor. And this doesn’t include the time I spent scouring the Internet. The scope of material is expansive: the six original films, Star Wars Rebels, Star Wars: The Clone Wars — there is even material added from Star Wars: The Force Awakens! The work was incredibly fun and rewarding, but also challenging. Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know is a bit like a pile of motley spoils that the bounty hunter Amanaman might lay out for Jabba after a long search across the entire galaxy. There are pages and pages of “information trophies” — the most obscure, strange, and overlooked nuggets from Star Wars that we could find!
DK’s Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know Tour kicked off this month, and I hope to meet some of you fans out on the road. For more information about the tour and a list of stops around the country, please visit DK’s website, and enjoy a sneak peek at the book below.
Author of DK’s Star Wars Rebels: The Visual Guide?, LEGO Star Wars: Into Battle!, Star Wars: What Makes a Monster? and co-author of Ultimate Star Wars, follow Adam Bray on Twitter at @AuthorAdamBray.