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Literature: Revenge of the Sith

The dark is generous, and it is patient.
It is the dark that seeds cruelty into justice, that drips contempt into compassion, that poisons love with grains of doubt.
The dark can be patient, because the slightest drop of rain will cause those seeds to sprout.
The rain will come, and the seeds will sprout, for the dark is soil in which they grow, and it is the clouds above them, and it waits behind the star that gives them light.
The dark's patience is infinite.
Eventually, even stars burn out.

Continuing the tradition of pre-released Star Wars novelizations, Matt Stover, author of other Expanded Universe books such as Shatterpoint and The New Jedi Order: Traitor, was commissioned to write the final book of the prequel films. Revenge of the Sith thus covers the events of Anakin's last days as a Jedi, but does more than merely recap them. Stover's book is often told from the second-person perspective, and makes both the action and non-action events highly psychological. Unusually for a novelization, it frequently references other EU books, such as the events of Labyrinth of Evil, Star Wars: Clone Wars, and Stover's own Shatterpoint. The book also introduces new subplots as part of actions seen in the film, and restores deleted scenes. As such, fans often consider it just as good, if not better, than the film that it is based on.

In addition to tropes inherited from the film, this book includes examples of:

  • Actor Allusion/Mythology Gag: The novelisation says the Jedi Cin Drallig (played by Nick Gillard, the guy who instructed the actors in the original trilogy on sword fighting) is the Jedi order's main lightsaber instructor. He's also in the video game adaptation as a boss for Anakin during the Jedi Temple massacre.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Poor Count Dooku. Seconds from death, he realizes everything he has done or accomplished, all his talent and power and intellect, has been used by Sidious to fulfill his plans with no regard for Dooku's wishes. Even worse, he realizes Sidious had always planned to kill and replace him. "Treachery is the way of the Sith."
  • Amplified Animal Aptitude: Since the reader can hear Obi-Wan's thoughts, Boga's increased intelligence is more obvious. This is partly intentional, as Obi-Wan used the Force to sense which mount would be the most loyal. Sure enough, he sees an almost Jedi-like calm dedication to service in Boga's eyes, she follows spoken orders to go home and then comes back to be there when he needs another lift, and obeys more spoken orders to destroy a specific part of a parked ship with her tail. For his part, Obi-Wan banters as playfully with her as with Anakin or Commander Cody, and acts like she's an intelligent being who can understand him and his reasoning.
  • Becoming the Mask: Anakin finally loses his dread and become the Hero With No Fear, as the public calls him, when he becomes Palpatine's apprentice, Darth Vader. Or so he thinks. His fear slowly begins returning on Mustafar.
  • Body Motifs: The novelization does this with Anakin's mechanical hand. It aches when Count Dooku is near, crushes things when he's angry, and is mentioned often.
  • Bond One-Liner: While the execution of the Separatist leaders is actually one of the better scenes of the entire movie and played entirely seriously, in the novelization it would appear that Stover couldn't resist Bonding it up. Almost every time that Anakin killed one of the leaders, he spouted off a one-liner.
    • Obi-Wan's "So uncivilized" line after he kills Grievous is also interpreted as one, in contrast to the film where the line seems to be referring to the blaster Obi-Wan just used.
  • Call Forward: In the opening battle, Anakin and Obi-Wan lead the tri-fighters pursuing them through a trench in a larger enemy ship. Anakin's call sign for the space battle is also Red Five according to Odd Ball, the same as Luke's will be during the Battle of Yavin.
  • Continuity Nod: The novelization nods often to the Star Wars Expanded Universe, and not just to Stover's Mace Windu book Shatterpoint. The worlds of Corellia, called the Five Brothers. Various EU adventures Anakin and Obi-Wan have been on get mentioned. He never appears in person, but the powerful Corellian senator Garm Bel Iblis is part of the proto-Rebellion. Asajj Ventress is also mentioned once or twice.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: In a deleted scene and the novelization, as well as subtly implied in the movie itself, the Clone Troops, after betraying Obi-Wan on Sidious' command, sent some drones down to search for Obi-Wan's body just to make absolutely sure he had in fact died in the fall. Obi-Wan uses the Force to trick a nearby creature to eat them.
  • Despair Event Horizon:
    • When Sidious abandons him to be killed, Dooku realizes that all his accomplishments, victories, and plans amount to nothing because he was being bred for one sole purpose: Anakin's first murder.
    • In his duel against Sidious, Yoda finally breaks through the cloud of the dark side of the Force, only to realize that he and all Jedi are utterly powerless against the Sith, because the Sith have evolved to the future and the Jedi haven't. He escapes with his life, but knowing he can never hope to stop Sidious.
    "Only my pride [is wounded]", Yoda said, and meant it, though Bail could not possibly understand how deep that wound went, nor how it bled. "Only my pride."
    • Anakin's final scene where he's been assembled into Darth Vader, and is informed that he killed Padme. He tries to shirk off the blame, only to realize there is no one to, and that it was him committing evil all along.
    When you could have been thinking about her, instead you were thinking about yourself. It is then that you realize the final cruel irony of the Sith. Because now yourself is all you will ever have.
  • Everyone Can See It
    • Palpatine knows perfectly well about Padme's pregnancy and prophesied death by childbirth, which he reveals to Anakin at the critical moment when he can also offer his solution.
    • Obi-Wan admits to Padme halfway through the story that he can tell she and Anakin have feelings for each other, and are pretty bad at hiding it. The only reason why he didn't know about their secret marriage and her pregnancy until later is simply because he's too polite to pry further.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Palpatine owns a sculpture made of solid neuranium, a mineral so dense that most sensors cannot penetrate it. A more powerful gravimetric detector would have shown that one part of the sculpture has just a little less mass than it should, because it contains Sidious's Sith lightsaber.
  • Fantastic Racism: Count Dooku doesn't like cyborgs or aliens. Low-class, filthy creatures that they both are. Anakin starts picking up on this too, finding the Chagrian Mas Amedda to be hideously repulsive. Both of these are exclusive to the novelization.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Anakin and Obi-Wan fear this of Mace Windu, due to his heavy distrust of Palpatine and advocating for more direct action against him. Towards the end, once the Council starts planning for a possible Sith attack, Mace himself realizes how far he's gone.
  • The Insomniac: After he had his nightmare of Padme dying in childbirth, Anakin Skywalker swore off sleep and was using the Force to sustain himself. No wonder the guy's about to go Sith.
    "The force could keep him upright, keep him moving, keep him thinking, but it couldn't give him rest. Not that he wanted rest. Rest might bring sleep. What sleep might bring, he could not bear to know. He could remember Obi-Wan telling him about some poet he'd once read—he couldn't remember the name, or the exact quote, but it was something about how there is no greater misery than to remember, with bitter regret, a time when you were happy."
  • Jurisdiction Friction: Discussed in an argument between Anakin Skywalker and the Jedi Council over who commands the Grand Army of the Republic after Palpatine is given oversight of the Jedi Council. When argument breaks out after Anakin clarifies that with his new powers, Palpatine is now Commander in Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, Yoda states "Pointless it is, to squabble over jurisdiction."
  • My God, What Have I Done?: When handling the scene where Vader's just been assembled on a slab, he has a moment of Never My Fault before he realizes that it is his fault. Then he tries to call on the Force to kill Sidious - but he's lost so much of his power that he can only destroy droids and equipment, he can't even touch Sidious - and in the end he doesn't want to, because now this is all he has left. The same person who caused him to kill his wife, their unborn child, and thoroughly alienate everyone he ever thought of as a friend is now the only person who will understand, and forgive, and care. Anakin - or now, Darth Vader - will spend the rest of his life burning in self-hatred the way he burned on the shores of the river of lava. All alone, with himself.
  • Oh Crap:
    • Obi-Wan can say nothing more than "Oh" when Mace tells him they've tracked the Sith Lord to 500 Republica, the most exclusive address on Coruscant, meaning it might actually be true that the Sith Lord may be someone within the Senate.
    • Mace pauses for quite a while when inspecting Anakin through the Force and finding he's become the "shatterpoint" to everything. Moments later, Anakin reveals why: he's just found out that Palpatine is the Sith Lord.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation: The Novelization was a departure from the other movie novelizations in that it wasn't just a prettied-up transcript of the movie. This was written by Matt Stover, who changed parts of the script given to him and expanded on some points while minimizing others, although George Lucas approved of all of the changes he made.
  • Purple Prose: Stover does a lot of this, but it's awesome.
  • The Stars Are Going Out: Early on, Anakin remembers a mission where he and Obi-Wan visited a world orbiting a dead star, made of hypercompacted metals just above absolute zero. Having grown up on a desert world where the twin suns burned him everyday, Anakin is astonished to learn that stars can die. Having also heard legends as a child about dragons that eat suns, he begins to personify his fear as a cold dragon reminding him that "all things die. Even stars burn out..."
  • This Is Gonna Suck: Obi-Wan thinks to himself "Oh, oh this is bad" when Anakin grabs both his arms and starts to crush them in their duel on Mustafar.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Dooku's starts when he realizes he underestimated Obi-Wan and Anakin and culminates in him begging for his life when Palpatine's Uriah Gambit becomes all too clear to him. This part was removed for the movie, since Christopher Lee thought it was out of character, so Anakin just executes him without Dooku saying a word.
  • Xanatos Gambit: The chapter Death on Utapau lovingly details the things that must be part of such a trap before Obi-Wan goes to confront Grievous. After he wins, the narration explains how it was still a perfect trap, since the bait and the killer - Grievous - was going to need disposing of soon and the true purpose of this trap, the one that made the Jedi lose the moment he stepped in, was having him not be on Coruscant at a pivotal moment.

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