The Princess Bride: The Book or the Movie

by Rachel Baker on June 7, 2015

So, I love the movie The Princess Bride, and I will admit, its one story I’ve not actually read. I’ve thought about it, but when it comes time to click that 1-click purchase button, I’m scared. What if I decide the book is so much better than the movie and can’t ever enjoy the movie as I do now?

Below is a good honest review article that weights the book against the movie. I’m not sure I’ve missed too much by not reading the book, and interestingly, reviews of this nature tend to make me want to read the book, just to see what the reviewer is talking about. In this case, though, I’m not sure the hundred pages of superfluous stuff might not be something I’m willing to give up time to right now.

So, I’m back to loving the movie, wondering about the book and never really reconciling that in the literary section of my soul.

Enjoy:The Princess Bride: Weighing the book against the movie

I assume everybody knows and loves The Princess Bride film by Rob Reiner, one of my favorite fantasy films back in 1987, when I was in 7th grade. I fondly recall Fred Savage sick in bed with crusty old Peter Falk as his grandfather reading the story to him, as well as the hilarious group of inept kidnappers Vizzini (Wallace Shawn), Fezzik (Andre the Giant), and Inigo Montoya (Mandy Patinkin, who I was shocked to realize plays the heavily-bearded CIA operative Saul in the TV series Homeland). The villains are equally great, as we learn to despise the pompous Prince Humperdink and cold but cowardly Count Rugen. And who could forget the brilliant cameo by Jason Crystal as Miracle Max? Finally, the love story of Westley and Buttercup was something that I loved but was afraid to admit to anyone at school. The humor and wholesome fun of the film is perfectly achieved by Rob Reiner, who is already canonized thanks to his brilliant rockumentary Spinal Tap. I was at the perfect age to form a lasting attachment to the film, and I watched it again with my family after reading this, quietly hoping my 13-year old daughter would like it just as much (turns out she saw it at school, so clearly her teacher has a soft spot for the movie as well). It’s the kind of story that begs to be passed down from parent to child, just like in the film.

This article was written by: Rachel Baker – Click to follow on Twitter; or you can follow her at The Crafty Veteran on Bloglovin

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