I (Allison) love The Princess Bride.
There. I’ve said it. It’s out for the entire internet universe to do with what it will. And I guess now that it is out there, I should also admit that up until recently the only version of The Princess Bride that I had taken part of was the movie version. I just never got around to reading the book but now I can say that I finally did, and I think now I have an even greater appreciation for the story of The Princess Bride as a whole.
The Princess Bride is seriously a literary treasure. I feel kind of guilty that I had not read it before this but instead chose to simply rely on the movie. The movie is amazing in its own right but the book holds the true essence of the story. For starters, the whole concept of William Goldman tracking down a story of his childhood, and breaking it down to make it a little more understandable and enjoyable was simply brilliant. It just shows you how important books can be to children, and how important reading is in general. Books and stories can have a lasting impact on a person. Also, part of me wishes that S. Morgenstern was real so that I could pick his brain and see what his thoughts were on the liberties that William Goldman took with “his” story. I think that would be fun!
I loved all the characters in The Princess Bride, and loved how you really got to know them in the context of the book. You really did get to learn how evil and conniving Prince Humperdinck really is. You get to learn how distraught Buttercup really was without Westley (albeit could be a little much at times), and of course you get to spend the time swooning over Westley, and gallivanting with Inigo, Fezzik, and Vizzini which is always fun as there is never a dull moment with those three characters!
It was very obvious to me that the movie had stayed very true to the book which was so nice to see. I loved seeing key character moments and key lines that I already had memorized from the movie also in the book. It made my heart very happy. For example:
- You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.
- As you wish..
- I’m not a witch I’m your wife!
- Life is pain, Highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something.
- Death cannot stop true love. All it can do is delay it for some time.
- This is true love. You think this happens every day?
And of course, the ever popular:
If you’ve never read The Princess Bride or seen the movie, you’re really in for a delight. There are good men, bad men, true love, revenge, fighting, fencing, poison, giants, torture, pain, death, bravery, magic, chases, escapes, lies, truths, miracles, and creatures galore. And really … that is only scratching the surface! It really is a break from reality, and it makes me you appreciate the concept of true love and of the innocence of childhood. The world that William Goldman crafts is simply magical and contains a story that is strictly filled with high class adventure and fantasy. It’s the perfect book to curl up with under a blanket and a warm drink of your choice, and it truly did my heart some real good to read the basis from where one of my favorite movies came from.
Disclosure: Borrowed copy from April (a LONG time ago)
Other reviews of The Princess Bride of William Goldman:
Book Addict: “I really liked this novel..”
Only The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy: “The wit, the charm, the characters that are larger than life, this is easily one of my favorite books of all time.”
Foil The Plot: “You are in for a magical treat.”
Thoughts At One In The Morning: “The Princess Bride is by far one of the best books written.”
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