Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The Princess Bride Review

The Princess Bride has been one of my favorite movies for my entire life. Seriously. One of my earliest memories is watching the moving, freaking out at the fire swamp scene and being terrified of that creepy old lady. Naturally, I was both excited and hesitant to read the novel. Excited because I knew I loved these characters and this story, and hesitant because I knew I wouldn't be able to separate the book from the movie. And...well...what if I didn't like it?

Hahaha.

In case you haven't seen the movie or heard of the story (WHAT) here's a brief synopsis: Buttercup falls in love with the farm boy, Wesley, just before he leaves. And when he dies, she vows to never love again. Which makes a marriage with Prince Humperdink perfect. Soon before the wedding, chaos erupts in the form of a kidnapping, and another kidnapping, and true love. Swords! Giants! Animal battling! GREAT THINGS!

Reading this book was both a nostalgic experience as well as a new and exciting one. These characters and these jokes are ones that were already a part of me, but reading them changed them into something completely different.

The movie did a spectacular job of keeping true to the book, but there were a few scenes that didn't make it in. Mostly backstory, and I love backstory a lot. There was also an epilogue-like chapter called Buttercup's Baby that was sogoodyouguys. Ohmygod.

Also, you know that whole story about how this is abridged and Goldman's father read this to him or whatever? All a lie. All a plot device. As is Goldman's occasional commentary. I just thought you guys should know that it is actually a part of the book, because I started to get pretty confused and was ready to skip over that stuff.

Anyway. Yes. I fell in love with this book in the way I've always been in love with the movie. And if you've experienced only one, or neither, please change that.

Characters: Uh huh.
Plot: Fast paced and fantastic.
Writing: Sharp/witty/etc.
Ending: Not enough closure. 
Content: Minor swearing, violence, and mentions of sex.
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3 comments:

  1. I've never reas this book!!! I really need to! It's an awesome movie and I've pretty much only have heard great things about the book. Cool review :)

    Michelle @ Pink Polka Dot Book Blog

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  2. I've always wanted to read the book, because of the movie and all. The funny thing was that for the longest time I didn't know there was a book :P And I'm the girl who is always siding with the book over the movie. Oops. :) Thanks for the review!

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  3. I've been meaning to read the book for ages. So glad to hear you liked it.

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