Ranking the ‘Star Wars’ Books That I’ve Read; from Worst to Best

Throughout my years as a Star Wars fan I had only watched the movies and had never delved into the fictional book realm of the franchise…until recently. In the past year I have read several incredible Star Wars novels, all of which belong to the new canon created after Disney bought the franchise, and while some were slightly boring others were downright fantastic and helped expand my mind to the overall story of these films. So, I’m here to tell you which books I thought were just okay and which novels excelled my wildest expectations. Enjoy!

The Force Awakens

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While I absolutely love The Force Awakens the novel is surprisingly disappointing. The story is kind of boring and there isn’t anything exactly different from the novel that wasn’t in the movie. Of course it’s Star Wars and it’s always fun to read anything that’s involved with Star Wars but this definitely isn’t a book to own.

Ranking: B-

AfterMath

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The Aftermath Trilogy is a compelling series of books that tell the story of, well, the aftermath following the Battle of Endor. We get new characters to follow, some original faces here and there (one of them being Wedge which was really awesome) and some fantastic storylines. But as cool as the story sounds the trilogy’s first installment is a bit of a bore compared to its next two installments and that’s why I have it ranked next to last on this list. It is, however, a good book to read.           

Ranking: B

Resistance Reborn

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In the buildup to The Rise of Skywalker, the conclusion of the Skywalker Saga, I was as excited as ever. My mother surprised me with this novel as a gift last November ahead of December’s The Rise of Skywalker release and when I read it I was ultimately underwhelmed. (My reaction was the same with the film.)

I recently reread it and I did enjoy it more than I did the first time but overall, this story could’ve been better.

Ranking: B

A New Dawn

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This book follows the story of two Star Wars: Rebels characters, Kanan Jarrus, a rascally type who was once a padawan before Order 66, and Hera Syndulla, a secret rebellion operative trying to stop the Empire’s reign. They cross paths on a planet overrun by the Empire and together they try to free the planet from the tyrannical organization’s reign. This is a fantastic novel full of enticing action, great character interplay, and a perfect introduction to these prominent characters in the Star Wars universe. If you’re a fan of Star Wars: Rebels this book is a must-have.

Ranking: B

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Ranking the ‘Mission: Impossible’ Films from Worst to Best

I saw Mission: Impossible-Fallout two years ago and I can tell you, it’s still blowing my mind. I’ve seen a LOT of action movies but I’ve never seen an action film quite like this before. It’s astounding to watch and an absolute treat. But this doesn’t dissuade from the other Mission: Impossible movies’ awesomeness. For over two decades Tom Cruise has taken the character, Ethan Hunt, to new locations, new heights (literally,) and new insane obstacles that seem, well, impossible to complete. And yet Ethan Hunt still finds ways to save the world, even if it comes at the last. Possible. Second. It’s the best!

But how do these films rank in this action-packed franchise? That’s what I’m here to share with you. Enjoy!

Mission: Impossible II

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I watched Mission: Impossible II a few years ago and while it did possess one of Tom Cruise’s most jaw-dropping stunts in the franchise the movie was really, really bad. There was WAY too much slow-motion and a little bit too much smooching for my liking. It was so bad in fact that I’m kind of surprised they made a third Mission: Impossible film…but I’m glad they did. 🙂

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‘Lawrence of Arabia’ Is Magnificent

A while ago I watched To Kill a Mockingbird for the first time and was absolutely wowed by it. The movie would go on to be dethroned for a chance of Best Picture by Lawrence of Arabia and I couldn’t wait to see if it deserved that honor. In short, it did. Lawrence of Arabia is INCREDIBLE!

The last near-four-hour epic I watched was Ben-Hur, a movie that was just as extraordinary in scale and grandeur. I couldn’t wait to see if Lawrence of Arabia could reach those same standards and I was absolutely blown away by this story that stretched for hours, delivering a powerful epic that kept me riveted until the very end.

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David Lean would win Best Director and deservedly so. The aspect that wowed me the most about this movie was its incredible scope, its wide images that sucked you into the vast deserts with its sprawling skies or towering mountains among the arid landscape.

Not to mention, Peter O’ Toole was an absolute sensation in this film. The eight-time Oscar-nominated actor would lose to Gregory Peck in To Kill a Mockingbird for an Oscar for Best Actor but that didn’t make his role in this film any less exceptional. Continue reading ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ Is Magnificent