The Princess Bride by William Goldman (Book + Movie)

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The Princess Bride

by William Goldman

Ebook, 148 pages

Published January 1st 2007 by Mariner Books

William Goldman’s modern fantasy classic is a simple, exceptional story about quests–for riches, revenge, power, and, of course, true love–that’s thrilling and timeless.

Anyone who lived through the 1980s may find it impossible–inconceivable, even–to equate “The Princess Bride” with anything other than the sweet, celluloid romance of Westley and Buttercup, but the film is only a fraction of the ingenious storytelling you’ll find in these pages. Rich in character and satire, the novel is set in 1941 and framed cleverly as an “abridged” retelling of a centuries-old tale set in the fabled country of Florin that’s home to “Beasts of all natures and descriptions. Pain. Death. Brave men. Coward men. Strongest men. Chases. Escapes. Lies. Truths. Passions.”

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The Book // ✰✰✰✰

It took a while for me to read this book, mainly because it is very rambly. Like there are so many pages where the authors just rambling about things that do not move the story forward. Even the introduction was so long! But as much as I hated it and how it slows down my reading, it is also part of the charm. I don’t think I would enjoy the book as much as I did if it’s not for the rambling.

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The humor was done really well! It wasn’t my taste, really, but there are times where I just laugh out loud. This book is just funny and outlandish, but it was such an adventure reading it! The characters are also amazing; I couldn’t say much about Buttercup because well, she didn’t do much. But Inigo, Fezzik, and Westley? Boy oh boy, I LOVE them! They are the most unlikely hero from the most unlikely ones. I love their story, their characters, and how they ended up together! The story is predictable, but I still had tons of fun reading it.

The Movie // ✰✰✰

Well, I can see why the movie became a beloved classic. It’s charming and it’s really good to see everything brought to life. Unfortunately, the movie does not have the same “fun” feeling as the book, as it condensed it into 1.5 hours and left out a lot of inner monologue- which even though it can be rambly, actually set the tone for the book. The short time cause the story to be condensed and the characters to be toned down. Buttercup is not as foolish, Rugen is not as cruel, and Fezzik is not as dependent, for example.

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As the case with most adaptation, I prefer the book over the movie. It was a good movie, the humor was more pronounced, the scenes more dramatic (I really love the climbing of cliff of insanity and westley and buttercup falling from the hill scenes 😂😂😂), and Westley is even more swoon worthy, but it wasn’t as fun as the book 😶

Have you seen the movie? Read the book? Or both? Which one do you like better?

tasya

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9 Replies to “The Princess Bride by William Goldman (Book + Movie)”

  1. I tried to read this book for my English class once but never got around to finishing it. xD The writing was lost on me, but I’ve heard good things about the story and the humor, so I might just try to see it visually (I mean watch the movie!) before I give the book another try.

    – Aimee @ Aimee, Always

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  2. Both the book and the movie are in my favorite lists! I love them both. I watched the movie and fell in love with it years before I discovered the book existed. The biggest thing missing was the whole Zoo! Though I understand why they cut it. I love how the book was written as if he were abridging another book, I thought it was brilliant.

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  3. I agree with all your observations, we just wound up having different opinions because of them! 😂 I wasn’t a fan of how much the book meandered but I loved how the movie captured its spirit and cut away (what I thought of as) the unnecessary bits to tell a great story. Either way, I’m so happy that one of the versions worked well for you 🙂

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  4. Yeah, I read the book and the book is better….
    the book is ALWAYS better,
    but
    I still LUV that movie!

    {I do not know why it is stated above that this was published in 2007. This novel was published in 1973. The movie is from 1987. Perhaps this is a 2007 edition?}

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