Book Review: The Princess Bride

 Title: The Princess Bride

Author: William Goldman

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Classics

Publication date: 1973

Page Count: 398 (Paperback)

Rating: 5 stars out of 5

Blurb courtesy of Goodreads

What happens when the most beautiful girl in the world marries the handsomest prince of all time and he turns out to be…well…a lot less than the man of her dreams?

As a boy, William Goldman claims, he loved to hear his father read the S. Morgenstern classic, The Princess Bride. But as a grown-up he discovered that the boring parts were left out of good old Dad’s recitation, and only the “good parts” reached his ears.

Now Goldman does Dad one better. He’s reconstructed the “Good Parts Version” to delight wise kids and wide-eyed grownups everywhere.

Thoughts:

People who watched the movie adaptation tend to claim that the movie is much better than the book, but I’d say they are both great in equal terms and I will admit that there are certain aspects in the book that I preferred over the movie and vice versa. Regardless, The Princess Bride has become one of my favorite books. The funny thing is the fact that the book actually reads like a movie so in regards to the level of difficulty of reading, there was none. I love fairy tales and this book has everything you could ever possibly want–there is romance, adventure, comedy, princess and princes, pirates, giants, sword fights, revenge. It is inconceivable how good this book really is.

William Goldman writes the book as if it is an abridged novel, the original being by S. Morgenstern. He cuts out all the boring parts leaving only the “good parts” just like when his father read it to him when he was little. But don’t be fooled there really is is no S. Morgenstern nor an original story. As you read through the novel there are “interruptions” by the author. At times they were entertaining; however, found them to be unnecessary so that’s probably one of my least favorite aspects of the book.

I found this book hilarious in a good a way. It’s very rare to find a book that can combine humor with dramatic action and make it work.  I thought I would be rolling my eyes the whole time but this was not the case.  Even the whole idea that our main heroine Buttercup being the most beautiful woman in the world I found to be so hysterical. She is indeed beautiful but the notion made me laugh.  The book quietly mocks itself and it totally works.

What makes the book is probably the characters. They are the type of fictional characters that will be forever embedded in your mind after reading–simply put memorable. Each of them are so unique and very well crafted.  We have Inigo Montoya, a master swordsman whose response to seeing his father murdered by a nobleman is to train around the continent for ten years and rehearse the famous line.

And then when he does catch up to his father’s murderer, the Count runs away squealing like a coward.

And of course the handsome Westley…

How can you not fall in love with him? Even when Buttercup is mean to him and is being childish, he still doesn’t give up on her. Even Buttercup despite her naivety in the beginning, she grew on me.

Honestly I truly enjoyed this book that gifs from the movie would be sufficient enough to describe my feelings toward this book, but of course, it’s a book review so I had to put my feelings into words somehow. Overall, as silly as this book may have been it was such an entertaining read and would recommend it for anyone who just want something light hearted with a mix of action and adventure.

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35 thoughts on “Book Review: The Princess Bride

  1. I saw the movie once yeaaaaars ago but I actually don’t remember that much and I don’t remember if I liked it very much or not xD I didn’t even know that there is a book too! Maybe I´ll check it out sometime…it does sound kind of good (:

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    1. Oh you should definitely re-watch it again! 😉 HAHA

      Most people seem to be unaware that the movie was actually based on the book. I hope you do check it out if you have the time. Maybe I’m biased since it’s a favorite of mine. Hopefully when you do get the chance you will like it as well. 🙂

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    1. …and you did not finished it?! *gasps* You need to finish the movie and read the book! I know I’m making it sound like it’s the best book ever, but it’s definitely a must-read. Your best friend has great taste. HAHA

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    1. Glad to hear it! HAHA I actually just read your review right now and noticed that I already read it before since I’ve “liked” it. But I definitely agree on the book being very clever. I also agree that it’s one of those movies that really stayed true to the book with the exception of minor differences that can be overlooked. Both were great. I’m glad that someone shares similar sentiments in regards to both the movie and the book. 😀

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  2. Lovely review! I loved the movie when I was younger and I’ve always had a small place in my mind that said: maybe you should read the book – but to this day I haven’t. It sounds so great though, and thinking back to the time I watched the movie brings back all the feelings I had that long ago!

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    1. Thank you. 🙂

      I’d definitely recommend reading it, but seeing that there are so many other books out there I wouldn’t blame you for not picking it up. Only do it when you actually want to read it. 🙂

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  3. I feel super out of this discussion because I never read the book OR watched the movie. BUT IT LOOKS SO GOOD. Looks like I have something to watch for today 😉 I’m definitely adding it to my TBR. ALSO, from what I’ve heard of the characters I think I love them already omg. And lovely review, Erika ❤

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    1. Thank you Nirvana! 😀 HAHA don’t feel bad about it. You should definitely watch it. I am not sure if you are based in the US but ABC family broadcasted the film a week ago I believe–don’t know why I even mentioned this since it already past. LOL

      But yea anytime you have the chance I hope you watch and read the book. Hopefully you will share similar enthusiasm as me in regards to both the book and movie. 🙂 Thanks for reading.

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  4. I read this a few years ago and loved it! I’m glad you like it too 🙂 I watched the movie as a kid and still love it to this day, so I’m glad the book is good 🙂

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  5. I tried starting the book a while ago but there was a long introduction that put me off of reading. Maybe I should try again.

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    1. As bad as this may sound I sometimes don’t even read the introductions but I skimmed the intro for this one. I hope you do pick it up again…but it’s understandable if you don’t. 🙂

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    1. Glad to hear it! A majority of people seem to be unaware that The Princess Bride was a film adaptation….While I enjoyed it, I think the part with Buttercup’s baby was sort of unnecessary if you read the edition that had it. Though that’s just my personal opinion.

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      1. I did read that edition, and I have to agree. The whole part with Buttercups baby kinda confused me a bit. I had to reread a few parts to make sure I understood what the heck was happening. It just seemed pointless.

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