The first time I saw The Princess Bride I was in middle school. And in middle school, there’s nothing better than the sheer thrill of the teacher rolling out a TV on that trolley thing that all schools (by law) must house their entertainment systems in. When that happens you know it can only mean one thing, it’s movie time!! *dazzle hands*
Whether it was a screening of the classic flick Milo and Otis (Otis, being the fella who kicked off the whole pug movement) or a #basic 80’s documentary about the digestive system, we were bloody euphoric.
I really couldn’t believe our luck when we got to watch a top-notch film like The Princess Bride. Especially considering it was a whole 98 minutes long meaning we got to delve into the world of princes, princess’ and Billy Crystal pretending to be an old man, for three lessons in a row! Hurah!
Due to the circumstances described above I always had fond memories of the film so when I saw The Princess Bride in book form (and on sale for a total steal!) I thought ‘treat yo’self!’
For those of you who somehow missed this cult classic, The Princess Bride is a tale of the almost nauseatingly over-the-top love between Princess Buttercup and her forever bae, Westley. The ol’ course of true love however does not travel smoothly in this story with the lovers being torn apart by evil Prince Humperdinck, a six fingered man and an army of rodents of unusual size.
Sure, this story has all the element of a fairytale (there’s a princess, a castle, true love and a bad guy who shouldn’t be messed with) but it is so much more than that.
This book is funny. Really funny. The humour is whimsical, often dark and so eloquently woven into William Goldman’s fantastical story.
The reader gets to see real friendship between Fezzik and Inigo. And with it, just how much strength and support you can find in a pal. The reader is also lead to question whether or not they even like the heroine of the story with Buttercup’s often pathetic damsel in distress routine becoming challenging for us ladies who don’t need no man.
One of the themes repeated throughout the book is the concept that life isn’t fair. When discussing the progression of the story Goldman warns “The wrong people die, some of them, and the reason is this; life is not fair.” I mean it’s true, and I’m not mad at Goldman for keeping it real.
A great read for those of us who love to emerce ourselves in a new world and indulge in some literary LOL’s while we’re at it.
Until next time… That’s what she said.