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Avatar for KaliO KaliO said:
Most of us know The Princess Bride best as swashbuckling action-adventure romantic comedy movie from the 1980s. But first The Princess Bride was a book, and that book is just as swashbuckling and even—if you can believe it—funnier than its big screen counterpart. This is in part because the book’s author, William Goldman, also wrote the screenplay. Goldman frames the book as an abridged version of an old classic by a certain long-winded S. Morgenstern. So Goldman presents the “Good Parts” version, skimming over the supposedly boring (but actually very funny) historical bits and getting right to the good stuff—the adventure of Buttercup and her farm boy Westley. The road to true love is never smooth, and Buttercup and Westley are up against a prince, a pirate, a genius, and a giant—not to mention a drunken swordsman, a six-fingered man, and a species of rodent of unusual size. The Princess Bride is Goldman’s baby from start to finish, and his unique brand of witty humor translates equally well to page and to screen. The film has a narrative frame of a grandfather reading the story to his grandson, home sick in bed. The book goes a step farther—Goldman writes himself into his own book through the notes to the abridgment and becomes as active a character as Westley or Buttercup. Fact and fiction mix for a unique tongue-in-cheek reading experience. And still, of course, there’s the classic Princess Bride story, the real stuff of fantasy, adventure, and legend: “Fencing. Fighting. Torture. Poison. True love. Hate. Revenge. Giants. Hunters. Bad men. Good men. Beautifulest ladies. Snakes. Spiders. Beasts of all natures and descriptions. Pain. Death. Brave men. Coward men. Strongest men. Chases. Escapes. Lies. Truths. Passion. Miracles…”
posted Jun 9, 2009 at 9:30AM
Avatar for Miss Jenny Miss Jenny said:
The film was very popular with my friends and family. Princess Buttercup truly is a buttercup. And the evil prince truly is evil. Oh...and by the way....the good prince truly is good too.
posted Jun 14, 2009 at 1:04PM
Avatar for KaliO KaliO said:
Most of us know The Princess Bride best from the charming 1987 film version, but it was a book first, and an equally delightful one at that (due in part, no doubt, to author of book and screenplay being one and the same in William Goldman). The Princess Bride takes all the glory, revenge, and romance from classic swashbuckling adventure stories (like The Three Musketeers, Zorro, and The Scarlet Pimpernel) and turns the whole mess on its ear. There’s still adventure galore, but Goldman frames his book as an old classic that needs all the boring historical parts edited out in order to get readers to the good action bits. It’s a hilarious premise, since Goldman’s descriptions of what’s been cut (and why he’s decided to make those cuts) are as clever as the rest of the adventure, which pits the beautiful Princess Buttercup and her true love Westley against an evil genius, a six-fingered man, and a power-hungry future king (not to mention a giant, a pirate, and a down-on-his luck swordsman). Filled with comic duels of the mind and the heart, The Princess Bride is a charming story that both critiques and celebrates the classic swashbuckler.
posted Jun 23, 2009 at 2:00PM
Avatar for poohbubba poohbubba said:
This is the embodiment of Saturday afternoon swashbuckling heroes, you rescue the fair maiden.
posted Dec 22, 2009 at 1:51PM
probablynarnia said:
Imagine my thrill when I discovered that my favorite movie was originally a book. Then, imagine my jubilation when I read that book and found it was more halarious, adventurful, and all-around awesomer that that same movie the I had fallen in love with. Trust me, you won't be dissappointed.
posted Sep 23, 2010 at 10:34PM
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