1976 *** 260 pages
Five months before the legendary film was released, this novelization was released to little fanfare. Although George Lucas is credited as the author, it was actually ghost-written by Alan Dean Foster. As brilliant and amazing as the film is, the novelization is a major disappointment. It follows the film word-for-word, and drifts seemingly aimlessly from one scene to another, without even changing chapters or even having a line break. The writing is sloppy, and the only merits it has is the great story and the description of Jabba the Hutt that appears here, which was written long before he ever became realized on film. This novelization need be read only by hardcore Star Wars fanatics.