I know that Lucas said he framed the story in the original trilogy around R2-D2 and C-3PO, based on the peasant characters being at the center of the action in Kurosawa's The Hidden Fortress.

But have any books or other media been written from the perspective of the droids? I am particularly interested in any insights into what R2 makes of the events in which he plays a part.

Note: The higher the level of canon, present or past, the better, but anything along these lines will do.

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    The novelisations contain elements of first-person narrative from the perspectives of all of the main characters including the droids.
    – Valorum
    Commented Dec 14, 2015 at 22:22
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    – Valorum
    Commented Dec 14, 2015 at 22:26
  • @Richard Gimme something I can upvote so you get rep!
    – Wad Cheber
    Commented Dec 14, 2015 at 22:28
  • I'll leave it to someone else to do the write-up
    – Valorum
    Commented Dec 14, 2015 at 22:59
  • @Richard - are you talking about animated film, or DH comic? Commented Dec 15, 2015 at 3:27

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  1. LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales:

    will tell the entire Star Wars saga – in the medium of Lego – from the perspective of R2-D2 and C-3PO, following the pair as they witness some of the most memorable (or in the case of the prequels, regrettably unforgettable) moments in the history of the Skywalker family album and the Star Wars galaxy.

    The new five-part series will air on Disney XD and kicks off just after the victory celebration in the Ewok village on Endor at the end of Return of The Jedi, with R2 and 3PO "accidentally kidnapped" and taken on a new hop around the galaxy. (source)

  2. Star Wars Special: C-3PO #1, an upcoming Marvel C-3PO comic, according to Starwars.com:

    Today, Marvel announced , a new story from the Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens publishing program coming in December. Reuniting the acclaimed and award-winning writer and artist team of James Robinson and Tony Harris for the first time in nearly two decades, the tale follows “golden rod” on a solo adventure leading up to his appearance in Star Wars: The Force Awakens — and reveals what led to this change in appearance.

  3. "Dark Nest" trilogy book "The Joiner King" had what probably counts.

    It had a scene of Anakin Skywalker and Padme - as well a later discussions of Anakin between Obi-Wan and Padme - as seen and recorded by R2-D2.

    This one is kind of iffy since it's basically a holorecording of what happened in the Prequels.

  4. Star Wars: Droids from DC Comics is sometimes listed in this class.

    However, it's only true from a certain point of view - being a comic, it's hard to definitively declare that it's told from anyone's perspective, other than cartoonist's. But there are scenes where R2-D2 and C-3PO alone talking, so presumably that counts, e.g. this one from "Protocol Offensive":

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  5. Star Wars Animated Adventures: Droids

    This was a 2004 DVD release of earlier 1985/6 TV series "Star Wars: Droids: The Adventures of R2-D2 and C-3PO". (Hat/tip: Richard's comment)

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  6. Star Wars: Droids comics series from Marvel.

    NOT to be confused with #4 above (same-named comics from Dark Horse) which was wholly independent

    Also NOT to be confused with #5 above (same-named animated TV series from the same people who brought you Ewok Adventures) - however, the Marvel comics are closely related to TV series, being somewhat based on TV show ("somewhat" is well-deserved - see the Wookieepedia link for extremely confusing details).

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  7. The Droids Re-animated was a series of posts on Star Wars Blog, based on #4, #5 and #6 above (both DH and Marvel comics and TV series), as well as a couple of other sources and original canon material.

  8. Beaumont Studios strips Sabotaged Droid and Troublesome Outing were published in Spanish under MyCompic imprint. They are quite similar to Dark Horse comics comics above and were included in canon by having mentions in "The Droids Re-animated" from #7.

  • I do believe you've covered everything.
    – slebetman
    Commented Dec 15, 2015 at 8:27
  • There was at least one SW: The Clone Wars arc where C-3PO and R2-D2 were the protagonists.
    – Rogue Jedi
    Commented Dec 15, 2015 at 13:52
  • Hilariously, the Shakespeare's Star Wars series does a fairly good job of this for the original trilogy. Everyone gets asides including the droids, the Wampa, and the giant space slug. Obviously not canon but could be interesting.
    – kaine
    Commented Dec 15, 2015 at 14:29
  • @RogueJedi - problem is, protagonist doesn't necessarily mean perspective. LitCrit is HARD (the proper scholarly kind, not the postmodernist junk) Commented Dec 15, 2015 at 18:11

Stay tuned - there is a new C-3PO one-off comic in February that will explain his new red arm. POV uncertain at this time but that might be an answer.


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  • Why red arm? Did Tony tune him up?
    – PTwr
    Commented Dec 15, 2015 at 7:29
  • @PTwr- You'll have to wait until February to find out. Commented Dec 15, 2015 at 9:06
  • Wait... are those... lense flares? Commented Dec 15, 2015 at 18:12

There was a comic written a while ago in the tales comics that was told from the perspective of the droid with the bad motivator. Skippy the Jedi droid.

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