The Princess Bride – William Goldman

For my (sometimes) monthly book club, it was Amanda’s turn to select the title. She picked THE PRINCESS BRIDE by William Goldman, and I couldn’t have been happier!

I’ve been meaning to get around to reading this book ever since I learned it was a book. The film is one of my favorites (to my horror my boyfriend had never seen it….had to fix that immediately). I was not disappointed by this book. The movie was true to the book, and almost better in some cases.

Once we meet, I’ll have to fill you in on what the other three ladies thought of this book!

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My Thoughts: 5/5 stars!

This was our book club selection for June/July and I was so excited to finally read it! THE PRINCESS BRIDE is everything I was hoping it would be. I love the movie and would watch it all the time growing up, so I’m happy that the movie stayed true to the book. I may have even liked it a little better! Such a rare thing.

If you aren’t familiar with the story (film or book) then you’re seriously missing out. Buttercup grew up on a farm and she loved to torment the farm boy, Westley. To her every request he would simply reply, “As you wish.”  Their relationship turns into true love. When Westley goes away for better opportunity to return with riches for him and Buttercup to share a life together, she receives word that his ship was taken over by the Dread Pirate Roberts. He is known to never take hostages – upon this news Buttercup vows she will never love again. Even though she resists, Prince Humberdinck is persistent and plans to make her his wife.

This begins a story like no other. What other story can you think of that contains fencing, fighting, torture, poison, true love, hate, revenge, giants, hunters, bad men, good men, beautifulest ladies, snakes, spiders, beasts, chases, escapes, lies, truths, passions and miracles. I loved the writing. So fluid and it was a quick read. Goldman does an incredible job selling this as the more modern and “good parts” only version of the original book by S. Morganstern. When in reality, there is no S. Morganstern – this book is completely fiction. That doesn’t take away from how well he does in convincing the readers! With this edition being the 25th anniversary release, I really enjoyed the intro added to this one.

As many people have said about this book, it’s one of those great stories of true love. All the obstacles you’ll overcome in order to be with your one true love. The miracles that can happen and what you can defeat together. While this is a romance at it’s core, there is plenty of adventure to keep every reader interested and hooked.

The characters that we all love from the movie are all that I wanted them to be in the book. If anything, the film did much better at furthering the characters. I’m sure everyone who saw the movie first, had the issue of trying to NOT hear the amazing actors in their heads as they read through. How can you not when it has an incredible cast – Robin Wright, Carry Elwes, Andre the Giant, Christopher Guest, Billy Crystal, and so many more!

Overall, it was all that I hoped it would be. If anything, I feel like the movie is completely on par with the book, if not better at times. Not just because it’s a movie, but the characters really came to life in the film. I’d highly recommend this book to anyone – especially if you love the movie!

Has anyone else read this one? Do you love the movie – silly question, everyone does!

–Jess

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