The Princess Bride (William Goldburg)

In and amongst visiting small towns and historic houses and walking trails, I was reading my friends favourite book: the princess bride by William Goldburg. I watched the movie a while back, it was hilarious and I hope they never remake it because it was awesome. When I arrived here, my friend lent me her copy of the princess bride to read during my stay (Also a small pile of Miss Marple books, but I’ll cover those in one review).

The Princess Bride is a mickey-take of traditional fairy tales. It’s about a farm girl called Buttercup being the most beautiful woman in the world, even more when she gets her heart broken after her true love Westley dies at sea. Then she gets spotted by a Prince (Humperdinck) and it is decided that Buttercup is to marry the Prince. She gets trained to be a Princess and presented to the people. Then she gets kidnapped by a trio and the trio get chased by a man in black.

Honestly, the princess bride is practically iconic. I’m not sure if I can add anything further to the discourse around the film and the book. Having read the book and seen the movie, I prefer the movie a little, but the book is equally well paced and all my favourite lines are there so it was all good. In the book there are little breaks where ‘the author’ interjects with some comparison broken on the ‘original’ text before the abridgement, or comments about his son or his wife (neither of which exist). I had the feeling that William Goldburg enjoyed creating William Goldburg as much as writing the rest of the story.

Honestly I like how it mocks the genre so completely. If there had been a line in this movie saying ‘that can’t be right, have you checked the script?’ It would have fit perfectly. Everyone is an exaggerated caricature and it is just funny.

That being said, the version I was reading was the 25th anniversary edition. There were three introductions. THREE. That is too many and I think I must have missed some important point as I skimmed the never ending, rather repetitive introduction. Then at the end, there is a ‘short sequel’ or something called Buttercup’s Baby, about the arrival of Waverly, daughter to Buttercup and Westley. That section made little to no sense. The asides and the commentary outweighed the actual text of the story, and I’m still not entirely sure what the point of the addition was, except maybe to prove they got out of their sticky situation? I could have done without it, if I’m perfectly honest.

I read this book because it’s one of my closest friends favourite books. I’m glad to be able to tick it off the TBR list, but I probably won’t be reading it again. I have every intention of rewatching the movie many times though.

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