The Princess Bride: Book vs. Movie

This post was inspired by Andra’s post.

The Princess Bride” is one book that must be read at least once in a lifetime, especially if you’re a romantic (like me).

The novel was written in 1973 by William Goldman and the movie was made in 1987 (my birth year). I just finished reading the novel a couple of days ago and I loved it.

Umm, okay I didn’t read it I listen to it because I have the audio version of the book. I really loved listening to Rob Reiner. I believe that I loved the book so much because he was really good at narrating it.

Is it wrong to love storytelling even as an adult?

As the author says, this novel combines all the good parts of comedy, adventure, fantasy, romance and fairy tale of the original version of “The Princess Bride” by S. Morgenstern. Yet the original book does not exist (yes I tried to look it up) but I guess that adds a little more charm to the “abridged version”.

The main story revolves around the true love between Buttercup – a beautiful woman, not the most beautiful woman in the world, but a top 20 beauty that had potential – and Westley,  a farm boy.

Well, like any romance tale out there, our two lovers are separated by fate. Westley leaves to seek his fortune and ends up being killed by the Dread Pirate Roberts. On hearing this, Buttercup vows to never love again. Yet she becomes engaged with Prince Humperdinck, the heir to the throne of Florin. Buttercup makes it clear she will never love the Prince but agrees to marry him nonetheless. Well, what would you choose: marriage or death?

And around this part the action starts and we get to meet the masked man in black, the criminal genius Vizzini, the fencing wizard Inigo Montoya and Fezzik, the giant wrestler who loves rhymes.

The story has many twists and turns and one of the characters dies but it’s best to read the novel and find out on your own.

It’s really a fun book to read/listen and I will probably read it or recommend it to my children. Probably the last option, since I’m not good at all at storytelling.

Well, it also turns out the Rob Reiner is the one behind the movie version with the same: “The Princess Bride”. I guess he loved the book as much as I did.

I first saw the movie on TV when I was little. I don’t remember much about how it was and who played in it, but I do remember thinking the movie was horrible. I don’t know exactly why, my memory isn’t as good, but I just didn’t like it.

So, just to make things fair I decided to re-watch it just to be sure.

Yes with my memory refreshed I must say I’ve been an idiot.

It’s an amazing movie, and I mean it. I don’t remember the last movie that made me feel this happy, and I don’t mean entertained but really happy.

It was uplifting. A true fairy tale. I don’t know what was in my mind when I was little. This is a movie that shall be added to my collection.

Besides a few minor details, the movie tells the story as it is.

The great part of it all was seeing the young Fred Savage playing the sick grandson and the late Peter Falk playing the grandfather that comes for a visit. I was a really big fan of Columbo (it seems I have a thing for detectives) and Fred Savage was so cute when he was little.

You know, the book was good but the movie was amazing. And as I say this I realize that not many will agree with me. But, for once I feel that the actors have done justice to a beautiful story.

The thing that got me hooked to the book was Westley line “As you wish” but with the movie, I was hooked with this line: ” When I was your age television was called books“. And how true that is.

Note to future self: don’t buy a TV.