For the most part, the dialog in the adult novelization reflects the movie. There are some places with additional dialog and one particular addition caught my eye.
As a rule, Jason Fry’s novelization generally sticks pretty closely to the dialogue in the movie. There are some exceptions, the scene in the library between Luke and Rey has some additional lines as does the second lesson. However, one difference in particular has caught my attention:
“Rey,” Kylo said, speaking her name like it was poison. “Your chosen one. Chosen over me. She aligned herself with the old way that has to die. No more Masters. I will destroy her, you, and all of it. Know that.” (p. 304)
This dialog comes during the confrontation between Luke and Kylo Ren. Only the bolded line is actually in the movie. Now, Fry may have added the extra lines on his own, however the dialog in the rest of the scene matches the movie exactly and the junior novelization has a lot of the same extra dialog:
“Rey,” Kylo Ren said, snarling at her name. “She made her choice. She aligned herself with the old way that has to die. I will destroy her and you and all of it. Know that.”
So it’s highly likely both instances came from earlier versions of the script. (September 11, 2018 update: I confirmed with Jason Fry it is indeed from an earlier script.) Now, what caught my attention is this part:
Your chosen one. Chosen over me.
In the context of when it’s said, it makes little sense. First, Luke did anything but choose Rey in the movie, instead doing his best to push her away. What’s more, Kylo knows this because he was in contact with her the entire time. Second, Kylo considers Luke an enemy and wants to kill him, why would Luke choose him for anything? The line doesn’t make any sense with the situation or what we know. Therefore, it must refer to information we don’t know.
As we know, Kylo has galaxy sized entitlement issues and heavily resents his family. The ‘Chosen over me.’ line suggests Luke made a choice that Kylo was highly jealous of at the time. Perhaps jealous enough to ‘lose’ both his father’s beloved ship and his five year old cousin…
See also: The Last Jedi Case for Rey Skywalker
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