Friday, January 17, 2014

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

Sometimes you fall in love with the movie. Sometimes you fall in love with the book. And sometimes you are swept off your feet by both!

I first fell in love with The Princess Bride watching the movie as a child. My VHS tape wore itself out from being rewound and replayed over and over again. So when I discovered Goldman’s abridgment of S. Morgenstern’s classic, I was more than a little skeptical. How could any book live up to the wonder of my beloved film? Boy was I wrong! Not only did the book hold all the magic of my favorite movie, but it offered me more insight into my favorite characters.

The Princess Bride is the story of a peasant girl named Buttercup, who—devastated by the loss of her true love—finds herself swept up into the world of royalty when the prince of Florin chooses her to be his bride. On the brink of war, Guilder sends a gang of criminals to abduct and murder the princess. Buttercup finds herself rescued by a masked man. The same masked man who killed her true love! But nothing is as it seems and even more sinister motives are revealed as the time for Buttercup’s royal wedding approaches.

This edition takes an even deeper look at the story as William Goldman interjects with notes and anecdotes taken from his time researching this famous story. The book also harbors a brilliant literary twist… but you’ll have to read it to find out about that!

If you enjoy this classic tale of romance and adventure, try Beastly by Alex Flinn or Howls Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones. These books and more are available at the Virginia Beach Public Library.

1 comment:

Lennis said...

I, too, love both the movie and the book. I can't help but sigh every time Westley says "As you wish." I'll have to check out this edition! Thanks for the recommendation.