ByNET Alliance, writer at
NET Alliance

What’s up my NET Soldiers! I am the NET Alliance, and today I have a different type of video. While at my parent’s house I found an old book of mine. This book was the novelization of Star Wars Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith. I read this for a book report back in school and I decided to take peek at it again. Even though I don’t like reading, I managed to finish this in just a few days. I must say that although this book is very similar to the film it’s based on, there are a few key differences between them. I decided to highlight some of the bigger differences and display them in this video. However, bare in mind that most changes aren’t that different to the actually plot. Some of these scenes may have warranted an R rating, which may be why they were altered in the films. You’ll know what I’m talking about.

For the video, click below:

1. The Lightsaber Fight

The first lightsaber fight of takes place between Anakin and Obi-Wan against Dooku. In the film, this is a relatively quick fight. Dooku enters, they all fight, Obi-Wan gets knocked out, Anakin kills Dooku, next scene.

However, in the novel, before the fight even begins, Dooku and Palpatine go over their plan together. Palpatine essentially tells Dooku to kill Obi-Wan and then surrender to Anakin. However, as we know, Palpatine had other plans for Dooku.

The fights are fairly different. In the movie, Dooku seems to be on par with both Obi-Wan and Anakin, keeping them at bay until Dooku manages to knock Obi-Wan out. In the book, Dooku still takes down Obi-Wan, but both Jedi are depicted as overpowering Dooku in the fight, as he is constantly on the back peddle, hurling chairs at them, in attempt to gain some distance. The old Count actually begins to panic and spends most of his energy trying to kill Obi-Wan.

Both the book and movie are the same in regards to Count Dooku’s death. However, the book gives us more insight into what Dooku is thinking when he realizes he’d been betrayed by Palpatine. Dooku’s last thought before being beheaded by Skywalker was: Treachery is the way of the Sith.

Anakin defeating Count Dooku.'Revenge of the Sith' [Credit: 20th Century Fox]
Anakin defeating Count Dooku.'Revenge of the Sith' [Credit: 20th Century Fox]

2. Yoda On Kashyyyk

In the film, we see Jedi Master Yoda travel to the planet of Kashyyyk, where he assists the Wookies in battle. However, in the book this battle never took place. Yoda still went to Kashyyyk, but he went to lure the Sith out of hiding.

Yoda on Kashyyyk.'Revenge of the Sith' [Credit: 20th Century Fox]
Yoda on Kashyyyk.'Revenge of the Sith' [Credit: 20th Century Fox]

3. Palpatine's Arrest

In the movie, when Mace Windu and his fellow Jedi went to arrest Palpatine, Palpatine managed to slay all three of the Jedi rather quickly before engaging Windu in a one-on-one duel. However, in the novel, this transpired a little differently. Palpatine could feel the four Jedi coming for him, so he prepared for the confrontation, grabbing his lightsaber.

Now here’s where things changed from the film. Had this version been used in the film, it may have received an R rating. In the film we see Palpatine lunge forward, stabbing Agen Kolar through the abdomen, then turning quickly enough to slash across Saesee’s chest, effectively killing both Jedi. In the book, Palpatine decapitated Saesee first then stabbed Kolar through the face.

From here, Mace Windu, Kit Fisto and Palpatine battle into the next room. Eventually, Kit is decapitated as well, rather than being cut across the chest (like in the film).

The rest of the fight is pretty much the same in both the book and film.

Mace Windu standing over Palpatine 'Revenge of the Sith' [Credit: 20th Century Fox]
Mace Windu standing over Palpatine 'Revenge of the Sith' [Credit: 20th Century Fox]

4. Yoda And Sidious's Final Fight

The final fight between Yoda and Sidious is relatively the same, with just a few small changes. In the film, before their battle begins, Palpatine tries to leave his room, but Yoda doesn’t let him. However, the book depicts Palpatine as the instigator of the fight — he seemed to be super excited to finally kill Yoda himself.

The rest of the fight follows the film exactly until the end. In the film we see both combatants use their force abilities against each other, forming a force bubble of sorts. The bubble explodes, sending both combatants backwards. This causes Yoda to fall and effectively lose the fight.

The book is a tad different. Yoda becomes very tired and tries to jump at Palpatine in one final attempt to slay the Sith Lord. Unfortunately, Palpatine shocks Yoda in mid air. This causes Yoda to fly backwards, slamming against a podium and then falling.

After the fight, it is then explained the reason Sidious did not stay longer to continue looking for Yoda was because he sensed Anakin in trouble.

Master Yoda and Darth Sidious clash their blades! 'Revenge of the Sith' [Credit: 20th Century Fox]
Master Yoda and Darth Sidious clash their blades! 'Revenge of the Sith' [Credit: 20th Century Fox]

5. Anakin And Obi-Wan's Final Duel

The final duel between Anakin and Obi-Wan is much shorter in the novel than in the film due to the story focusing on each combatant’s internal struggle compared to the actual fight itself. The fight still ends the same — with Anakin losing the appropriate amount of limbs and being burned.

In the film we see Vader say “Nooooooooooo” when he learns of Padme’s death. However, in the book we get more exposition on what he is actually feeling, mostly about the sadness and anger he feels for the death of Padme and their unborn child.

Anakin becomes Darth Vader! 'Revenge of the Sith' [Credit: 20th Century Fox]
Anakin becomes Darth Vader! 'Revenge of the Sith' [Credit: 20th Century Fox]

The movie and book have nearly the exact same ending. These were the biggest differences between the Revenge of the Sith movie and book. I don’t read many books, but if you would like to see another video like this let me know in the comments below. Please remember to like and subscribe if you enjoy my videos. Until next time guys!

Want to know what else didn't make it into the theatrical release of the film? This deleted scene below:

Which One Do You Prefer: The Book Or The Movie?


Latest from our Creators