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Subject: So, who's READ The Princess Bride?
Date Posted: 1/19/2009 11:12 PM ET
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Everyone has seen the movie. But have you read the book?

The book has a little bit of a weird intro. But once you get to, "Chapter One: The Bride," you're in for an adventure. Goldman is an amazing writer. You know the scene where Buttercup and Westley fall into the snow sand? I was almost to the end before I started gasping, and realized that I had been holding my breath with them.

And the only scene that is drastically different from the movie, is better. In my opinion.

Any fan of the movie should read this book. Try it out, and tell me what you think!

HML

Date Posted: 1/20/2009 2:39 AM ET
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The first edition was printed in two different colors of ink, I think red and black, to distinguish the introduction and comments from the tale.

Date Posted: 1/20/2009 7:09 AM ET
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I read it back in high school (eons ago) before it even was a movie and don't recall the details of how the two differed. I have it here on my TBR too, I really should read it again 'cause the movie is one of my all-time favorites.

Cheryl

 

Date Posted: 1/20/2009 10:30 AM ET
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I read the book, and it was terrific. I was disappointed when I saw the movie, but that's not an unusal reaction when comparing the two.

In fact, it's been a while since I read it, and that's one I could easily read again. Thanks for the reminder!

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Date Posted: 1/20/2009 1:04 PM ET
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I read the book to my kids a few  years ago. I had the 25th aniversary addition which had some parts different from the movie. Last year, the 30th anniversary came out in Hardback and I bought it.  I have been wanting to re-read it and see if they changed anything in this addition.

Date Posted: 1/20/2009 3:19 PM ET
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Oh, I love the book... I had seen (and loved)  the movie years before I knew it was a book, and the book is just as great (one of the rare occasions where I can actually say that!).

 

Date Posted: 1/20/2009 5:15 PM ET
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I agree with Alex V. I saw the movie years before I even read the book - and I adore them both!!!

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Date Posted: 1/20/2009 7:29 PM ET
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I read it!  I thought it was great.  I've also read Marathon Man and its sequel, Brothers by William Goldman.  He's an interesting writer...not cheery, but brilliant.

Date Posted: 1/21/2009 2:04 AM ET
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I haven't read it yet, but it's on my TBR pile.  I'm really looking forward to getting to it.

Date Posted: 1/21/2009 5:24 PM ET
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William Goldman did not wright The Princess Bride. He abridged it. The author is S. Morganstern.

William Goldman wrote the screenplay for the movie. He then published an abridged version that, thankfully, removed the boring and long winded - (like 105 pages of scenes of people packing and unpacking clothes - not joking or exaggerating)

The actual book The Princess Bride is political satire. The William Goldman version is just "the good parts" as he calls it. 

ETA - I agree though - "Brothers" is one of my favorites!

Edited to add again  -Go ahead and laugh all you want- I believed that the book was really abridged. The book itself said so. Bring whatever jokes you would like- I am a big girl and can take it. Laughing at myself - Courtney



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Date Posted: 1/22/2009 8:01 AM ET
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Courtney,

 *Grin* When I first picked up the book, I didn't have enough cash to buy it, and so I set it down, and left with my dad and brothers. The next day was my birthday. Guess what I got from my dad?

But, imagine my consternation when I looked more closely. I hate hate HATE reading abridged works. We looked it up online. Did you know that all of the stuff about his son and wife was absolute nonsense? He has two daughters. And his wife wasn't a psychologist.

One of the things that makes Goldman a genious in my mind is the creativity with which he approached the writing of this book--making up not only the characters and storylines, but a country, a history, and a fictional life for himself. I think that is part of his sense of humor.

I don't think it was written by someone else. The book was written over ten years before the screenplay. But you are absolutely entitled to your own opinion. *Grin*

I'm so happy that people have read this book!

HML



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Date Posted: 1/22/2009 1:01 PM ET
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Please don't throw things...but, I didn't like the book. The movie is my favorite ever, and I was excited to read the book - because general truth is the book is always better....nah uh, I didn't think so this time. I was disappointed, but oddly enough can not give the book up.

Date Posted: 1/22/2009 9:27 PM ET
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Melissa,

 Really? Well, don't worry, I won't throw anything. *Grin*

 I'm really curious, though. Were there certain things about it that you didn't like, or just the whole air of the thing?

Because I would think that after seing the movie, maybe the witty air would annoy some people. It's almost like Goldman was making fun of the fantasy genre. He wrote it in a very melodramatic style. I can understand if people don't like that. :-)

 

HML

 

Date Posted: 1/22/2009 9:28 PM ET
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Plus, Goldman wrote the sreenplay himself, so that helps. It's not like you feel traitorous if you like the movie better. I know that feeling. :-)

Paul H. (PaulH) - ,
Date Posted: 1/24/2009 4:10 PM ET
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Like most I saw the movie first (on VHS, it must have slipped past me when it ran in the theaters - I think it was one of those movies that gained a cult following thanks to the invention of home video!)  Eventually I bought the book, and loved it too, although it's been so long I don't remember all of the little differences.  A rare occasion when I like both the novel and movie equally - it's usually one or the other (and usually the book, naturally!)

Just of curiousity, on a similar topic, has anyone read The Neverending Story by Michael Ende?  That's one I definitely prefer the book!

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Date Posted: 1/24/2009 6:41 PM ET
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I agree though - "Brothers" is one of my favorites!

That has the craziest and most surprising ending of any book I've ever read.

Date Posted: 1/24/2009 6:50 PM ET
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Art, I didn't enjoy Buttercup's character in the book and I didn't enjoy the end. I think part of it might be that the movie came out when I was 8, and I didn't read the book until my early 20s so it was the prefect romantic movie for an 8-year-old girl - the book didn't live up to the exception. I think the movie was so ingrained in me that I just couldn't embrace the book. However, maybe I need to go back and read it again to give it another chance!
Date Posted: 1/25/2009 9:33 AM ET
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Melissa,

 That does make sense. Buttercup is not exactly brilliant. I personally liked the ending, because it left room for imagination. I DIDN'T like the first chapter of Buttercup's Baby that was included in my copy.

 It is interesting how with some books, the sequel just doesn't cut it. Like for me, Pride and Prejudice. It ends with the marriage of two couples, mostly. Then it is left to the reader's imagination how their lives go after that. So many people have written sequels now, and when I hear about them, they just don't appeal to me, because in my imagination I already know what happens to the characters. I think it's the same with the Princess Bride. That one doesn't need a sequel.

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Date Posted: 1/27/2009 4:29 PM ET
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Courtney is partially correct.

Goldstein wrote the screnplay and the abridged version of the book which is a political satire by S. Morgenstern.

it is however a fake name invented by Goldstein so the entire novel is truly written by Goldstein. I laughed the day this information broke on the web.

Date Posted: 1/28/2009 10:54 AM ET
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I read the book and absolutely loved it. I re-read it several times and lent it to many friends. I somehow lost my copy, but got another on PBS. :)

Date Posted: 2/2/2009 2:38 PM ET
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There is a Princess Bride gasme, I haven't played it yet though     http://www.princessbridegame.com/

I have loved the movie since I as a little girl. I just recently got the book from PBS, it is on my TBR list.

I wanted to read the original version too by "S. Morgenstern", but never could find anything. I assumed it was a made up intro after that.

Date Posted: 2/2/2009 11:19 PM ET
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This has been on my TBR for a while - I love love LOVE the movie though.  :)

Date Posted: 2/3/2009 7:47 AM ET
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Sara E,

 Yes, it was made up. Goldman wrote the whole thing. *Grin* Gotta love his sense of humor.

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Date Posted: 2/3/2009 8:07 AM ET
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i have to admit to being duped into believing it was an abridged version of Morgenstern's book as well. I had never even questioned it. In the begining when he talks about cutting out all the boring things that he is sure the reader doesnt want to hear about, I thought, well that is a bit rude to the author, but oh well. lol. Now I am definately going to have to reread the book.

Paul, I have the Never Ending Story on my TBR shelf. I loved the movie as a kid, and now my kids love it. I thought it would be interesting to read it.

Date Posted: 2/7/2009 11:19 PM ET
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Sorry, but I guess I am in the minority - really liked the movie.  Finished the book because I kept hoping it would get better, but IMHO it never did.  Donated it to the library the day I finished it.and good riddance.