Welcome, once again, to Page Turners an online book club that has been put together by two amazing bloggers, Shelly from DIY Mama and Lisa from ExpandNG with August’s PageTurners book selection of The Princess Bride by William Goldman!
In case you don’t already know, or seen the movie enough times to recite it, by heart! Here is a brief synopsis of The Princess Bride by William Goldman!
Now for Shelly’s questions:
1. Who is your favorite character?.
For the book, I am going to have to go with Fezzik, mostly because he was just so amazing! I loved all of his rhymes and the simple, gentle heart that he had.
2. Have you seen the movie? Do you think the movie lives up to the book?
Personally, I think that in this case…the movie is so much better. Which is really because of how well they chose the actors to play the characters. Most especially Cary Elwes as Westley…his dry wit added such an amazing flair to the “Dread Pirate Roberts” as well as him being beyond gorgeous! Of course all of the other character chosen were also superb in their own roles.
3. When we first meet Inigo and Fezzik, they are working with Vizzini to kidnap Buttercup. Later, they become allies of Westley in his efforts to rescue her. What causes Inigo and Fezzik to change . . . or do they really change at all over the course of the novel?
Oh I definitely think, Inigo and Fezzik both had good hearts, they had just been dealt a bad hand, so to speak.
And now now for Lisa’s questions:
1. I read the correct book, right? The one where Goldman keeps interjecting? Where he keeps explaining the story his dad told him and what Morgenstern wrote in the original book?
The hardest part of this book, for me, was really the beginning. Once the real story started, I could picture the movie in my mind, throughout the rest of the story.
2. For me, the book wasn’t funny or interesting until Inigo and Fezzik broke into the Zoo of Death to save “the man in black”. What’d you think?
Again, because I could either picture the movie, or picture what was happening behind the scenes of the making of the movie, after having read Cary Elwes’ book about making the movie…I could not help but laugh!
If you have not read his book, it is a must! Or if you want to read what I thought of the book, here is where you can find my thoughts.
3. Did anyone read “Buttercup’s Baby”, which came after the book?
This one I have never heard of. I may have to look into it!
Now, as for my thoughts. I would definitely give it 5 stars, but partially because of the movie, which will forever be in my heart! But I do have to admit that there were a few parts that were a bit dry, but I am also glad that much of the descriptive content was omitted…I have never been able to read J.R.R. Tolkien or Stephen King, because they are just too descriptive.
Oddly, as much as I love the movie, this is the first time I have read the book…even though I have likely had it in my library of books for probably 10 years! The love story is what does it for me, and well a little piracy adds just a bit of spice, along with a villain or two and insurmountable odds, provide all of the components for a tale to woo any hopeless romantic!
Have you read the book, seen the movie, or both? I would love to hear your thoughts, in the comments!
Be sure to join me next month, as we will be discussing The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick!