Friday, April 6, 2012
"It's still my favorite book in all the world."
Praise be to the Once Upon a Time Challenge. I have finally read The Princess Bride! And what did I think of William Goldman's, a.k.a. S. Morgenstern's, "classic tale of true love and high adventure"? Well, to be honest ... it made me want to watch the film again (which I promptly did). There were things I loved in the book that weren't in the movie (The Zoo of Death scene with Inigo and Fezzik) and things that I was hoping to read that just weren't there (the word "putrescence" ... you know where it is!). I couldn't help but see all of the book characters in my mind cast as the film characters. The only one that ended up not working for me was Humperdinck -- I had to recast him based on the book description. But the meta format of the book was fun -- even more so than Peter Falk and Fred Savage in an 80's kid bedroom.
So thank you to Heather and her list of books she couldn't live without. This was number one and I can see how, if you picked this book up at the right time, you could easily fall completely in love with it. I wish I had seen fit to pick it up about 20 years ago. Instead, I'll always have fond memories of sitting with my friends at a GT (a "get-together", for anyone not familiar with that term) shouting "anybody want a peanut" or rolling down a large grassy hill at the park screaming "AS YOU WISH" at the top of our lungs. This story will always be a favorite no matter the format.
Happily ever after,