The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure by William Goldman
The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure
A tale of true love and high adventure, pirates, princesses, giants, miracles, fencing, and a frightening assortment of wild beasts - The Princess Bride is a modern storytelling classic.
As Florin and Guilder teeter on the verge of war, the reluctant Princess Buttercup is devastated by the loss of her true love, kidnapped by a mercenary and his henchmen, rescued by a pirate, forced to marry Prince Humperdinck, and rescued once again by the very crew who absconded with her in the first place. In the course of this dazzling adventure, she'll meet Vizzini - the criminal philosopher who'll do anything for a bag of gold; Fezzik - the gentle giant; Inigo - the Spaniard whose steel thirsts for revenge; and Count Rugen - the evil mastermind behind it all. Foiling all their plans and jumping into their stories is Westley, Princess Buttercup's one true love and a very good friend of a very dangerous pirate.
I know a lot of people absolutely love The Princess Bride book as much or more than the movie, but I have to say I am not one of them. I just...the movie is such a classic from my childhood. Whenever I had a sleepover we would stay up late watching it. It is just a great movie and so ridiculous and fun and amazing. So I started the book with high hopes that it would be similar to the movie and maybe add some more fun. The movie is also so familiar it is hard not to compare the two. Well, it does have like every scene from the movie, but the way it was written to me is just not as good. When you are so familiar with the movie it is hard not to picture the actors who played the roles and how they said all the lines and everything. The way it was described was just lacking something. Sure it was fun in parts, but I found myself almost getting bored by parts as well. It just didn't work as well for me.
My least favorite part was all of the interruptions in the story. In the movie when they happened it worked, but in this book I found myself skimming over most of them as they were just not that interesting to me. Sometimes I found them humorous, but they were too often and too long for me. I don't know. I just didn't enjoy them as much.
The book did have a lot of moments that I found quite humorous and fun, but they were just interspersed throughout the story for me. The overall story as a whole was just missing something. I am not sure what it was that I didn't like as much, but it fell a little flat at times. I know like everyone I know just loves this book, but I just couldn't really get into it that much. It just made me want to watch the movie again. So it was an alright read, but not my favorite and one of the few where I think the movie is better than the book. It makes me wonder if I had read the book first if I would have enjoyed it more.
Rating: ★ ★ ★