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Laura Reviews: The Princess Bride
, March 28, 2009
This review is from: The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure (Mass Market Paperback)
Very, very, very few movies are better than the book. Having watched The Princess Bride approximately 546 times, I thought it was high time to read the actual book. I thought it was high time to read the actual book. A few years I go, I took the leap and assumed, of course, it would be just as riveting.
It is still inconceivable to me that the book was such a far cry from the magic of the movie. After I finished reading it, I almost cried. No, wait, I actually did cry.
The book and film essentially tell the same storyline. The author writes two stories in one; one tale is a archetypal fairy tale adventure, the other one is a contemporary story of how such timeless fantasies keep us spellbound, no matter our age, location or shoe size.
The Princess Bride has includes so many themes it's hard to keep up, but that's part of the adventure. True Love, Revenge, Giants, Poison, Brave Men, Beautiful Women, Rodents, Torture.
Let me sum up. Princess Buttercup and servant boy Wesley embark upon a true love story. Life circumstances initially draw them apart, yet ultimately they come together in fairy-tale romance style through a series of clever trials and tribulations. Inigo Montoya and Prince Humperdinck excel as supporting antagonist characters, contributing to the witty banter that ensues throughout the movie and film.
Things happen along the way. Miracle Max comes to the rescue to revive Wesley after he is tortured and supposedly dead. Ant then finally, Buttercup and Wesley are reunited because nothing can stop True Love.
Essentially, the plot and themes of the book and movie are the same. What I could not cope with was Goldman's use of the fictional tale of the author. Yes, those parts were italicized, but if I wanted to go from one "scene" to the next, I had to wade through 50 pages just to get there. Major detraction. The only stylistic credit I'll give to Goldman is his masterful use of the run-on sentence.
Come to think of it, I think I'll do a review soon that is a 500-word run-on sentence and see if anyone notices.
No, reading The Princess Bride didn't put me off books forever. It just reminded me that I had to go back to the beginning.
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