I hated Episodes 1-3. I wish Disney would redo them. Lucas had the chance of telling a great story and totally failed.
I've never read any books associated with Star Wars, but I would outline something that mimicked the story of the American Revolution and other revolutions in history. I would have certainly made Anakin a likable character and start with him as a teenager. Very little CGI. Darker in tone.
Show the rise of the Empire and the brutality, enslavement, total domination and control of everything, and lack of hope, freedoms, etc... Make them an unstoppable force. Then show the beginnings of the revolution. The danger at just thinking about being free. The writing of their declaration of independence, a small group of "founding fathers". The first spark of hope. End the first movie with Anakin playing a role in the first small victory against the Empire.
In the second movie I would show the rebellion spreading and the Empire beginning to take them really seriously and have a lot of setbacks and losses for the rebellion, but I would end it with Anakin being a big hero pilot in a major victory over the Empire. This would be a large scale war movie. You would have to plant seeds of his becoming Vader of course.
In the third movie I would show Anakin turning into Vader fairly early on, and leading the Empire to all but crush the rebellion and have Obi Wan's heroics be the only thing that allowed it to survive and for some to escape. I would have almost and escape/survival movie in this one. Post apocalyptic after the devastation of the war and the emergence of Vader.
Anyway, those are my musings.