Whilst reading the Darth Vader series by Jeffrey Brown, an interesting question appears to me: Is this series as appealing to non-Star Wars fans as to Star War fans? Being a non-Star Wars fan, I asked the opinion of my mother, who is a fan of the Star Wars movies and we came to a rather interesting conclusion.
For the first two titles of this series, Darth Vader and Son and Vader’s Little Princess, Jeffrey Brown illustrates the scenarios of Darth Vader bringing up his own children Luke and Leia. For fans of Star Wars, it is an absolute joy to see the dark villain being so helpless in front of his own children. These two books belittle and ridicule Darth Vader by showing that even if he is powerful, he is still a normal father before his children.
Moreover, there are sometime direct quotations from movies that fans can easily relate to and as a result, give these titles a perfect touch. Darth Vader and Son and Vader’s Little Princess hence will be enjoyed by (adult) Star Wars fans immensely.
For adult readers who have not watched any movies of this franchise, they would still enjoy these titles as they can relate to the problems Darth Vader has to encounter as a parent.
However, these three titles are classified as Children’s Books on their Goodreads pages. Being illustrated books do not necessarily mean that they are targeted towards children. Children usually have not watched any Star Wars movie, nor do they have kids to take care of. As a result, it is definitely harder for young children to enjoy the first two titles.
On the other hand, the third book in this series, Goodnight Darth Vader, is another story. It is more of a bedtime story with couplets and rhythms than a humorous title about parenting. Star Wars fans, being dominantly adults, might not enjoy the poems that Jeffrey Brown has created regarding the characters of Star Wars as much as the kids do.
To them, the hilariousness created due to Darth Vader’s helplessness is lost in this title. As a result, the general readers, especially children, might actually enjoy this title more than the fans as it serves as a wonderful introduction to the Star Wars world.
Disclaimer: A complete set of books is provided by Raincoast Books / Chronicle Books in exchange for honest review / discussion post. All opinions are my own.
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