Tuesday, January 12, 2010

The Princess Bride

If you loved the movie, you'll love William Goldman's book. And how could you not love the movie?

I am beyond enamored with both the film and novel version of The Princess Bride. There is something beautiful about having a screenwriter write a novel. The imagery is incredible, the reader feels like she is actually in the story with Westley, Buttercup, and Inigo Montoya. I breezed through this book in one day, even though it is a very lengthy tome. The cinematic pacing (and my ability to recite the movie verbatim) sped things along. The most interesting thing is that it never gets old! As soon as I finished reading the novel, I wanted to go watch the movie.

I am going to be pushing this book very hard to all of my fantasy readers. The prospect of saying "Does anybody want a peanut?" to all my students is just too enticing.

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