P is for Princess Bride

Unknown-3The first time I’d even heard of the Princess Bride was in 6th grade.  It was the end of the school year and the teachers were looking for something to distract us all from killing one another.  They put this movie on.

I don’t remember really watching it or particularly liking it, but it stuck in my head, so when I came across the book by William Goldman, I picked it up.

First off, I have to say that the frame story he built in the book fooled me.  He touted it as a “good parts” version, saying that the book had been read to him as a child, and that whoever read it skipped the boring parts, so he rewrote it to also skip the boring parts.  I found out only this year that all that isn’t true.

*sigh*  At least I never thought Paranormal Activity was for real, unlike some of my more gullible friends.

But anyway… I love books that meld genres, but Princess Bride pretty much has it all.  It’s a romance.  And a fantasy.  There’s torture, fantastic animals, revenge, and kissing!

I really believe that what made the book work was a sprinkling of magic.  Some books are just like that.  They can’t be deconstructed or predicted; they’re just amazing.  While the book wasn’t as popular as the movie, I think that it can be said, for both of them, that they were unexpectedly popular.

Yesterday, I wrote about Stephen King’s On Writing, and I think that it’s absolutely important to learn about the how to’s and what-not-to’s.  But I also think that authors need to bring their authentic selves to writing.  At the end of the day, it’s the reader’s relationship with the book that matters.  And who breathes life into the book, if not the author?

“Life isn’t fair, it’s just fairer than death, that’s all.”
― William Goldman


7 comments on “P is for Princess Bride

  1. I’ve only seen the movie, and I was never as enamored of it as other people I know.

  2. The movie is a favorite at our house. All my children can quote it. I have the book but I’ve never read it. It does have everything.

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  3. Janet Miles says:

    I’ve seen the movie. There are some pretty funny parts. I’ll have to pick up the book. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Rob Z Tobor says:

    I have never heard of the book or the movie, but then the world is a grand mystery to me most of the time and I never know what is going on.

    Many thanks for calling by at my little blog it was very kind of you I am finally in full flow and only have two more poems to write and about five pictures to draw. . .PHEW

    Good luck and enjoy the rest of the journey.

  5. Cynthia says:

    I haven’t read the book but I remember enjoying the movie as a kid!

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