I have finally read The Princess Bride! I have always loved this movie and wanted to read the book. This month my Young Adult book Club is reading it for our book club pick. Nominating classic books was crazy in the group. The reaction from the teens in the group about reading classics was astounding. No one seemed to want to. Here is the goodreads description:
The Princess Bride was only a so-so book to me. The book does have some fun parts.. fencing, rhyming, torture, giants, true love, poison, miracles, spiders, and soooo much more. It is the perfect fantasy! It is written in a way I didn't enjoy so much. At first I read the two introductions in the edition I was reading (the 30th I think) and was confused. I finally looked up the book and it's written kind of like a book within a book. The main narrator has re-written a book that some other fictional author wrote (all fake). This narrator does try to be funny but it just wasn't my sense of humor. Honestly if the book was only the Princess Bride parts I would've enjoyed it more. The real title of this book is: The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure: The "Good Parts" Version Abridged by William Goldman. So as you can see this is the story within the story.
The story parts in the novel are almost exactly like in the movie. This is because the author of the book also wrote the screenplay for the movie. My husband loves this movie so much! He is always watching it. In this instance (and I never say this) I enjoyed the movie better then the book. The book does give us the back story of each character (Inigo, Fezzik, and Vizzini) which I did enjoy that part. We learn how the three assassins end up together and really I just love Inigo even more now.
One thing in the book I was curious about was the letter. There is a part in the book when the narrator who is supposed to be writing the book says there is a part in the book he wasn't allowed by the publishers to put in, so if you as a read want to see it you need to write a letter to the publishers and they will send you the cut scene. There is even an address provided in the book to write to. I was curious whether or not you actually get a Princess Bride Letter and apparently you do!! That is pretty fun.
There is another story in this book called Buttercup's Baby. Honestly I didn't bother to read it. It's the first chapter of the sequel. There was another long introduction to it and yet again I was a little confused. It's a made up introduction stating that Morgenstern's family is suing William Goldman and won't let him do a sequel. I googled it and really Goldman doesn't know what to make the sequel about. There is also information that the sequel involves how Stephen King was actually going to do the abridgement, but left it up to Goldman. I guess I just don't get these introductions. I also looked this up and King says it's not true. I don't know confusing.
Really though the story itself is great! A wonderful woman... what woman wouldn't want Wesley coming and saving them no matter what! Even after the Machine. I wouldn't read this again but I am glad I read it at least once. The movie though is a classic!
The crystal ball says:
Fog is coming..... in the middle of the road on this book!