It s amazing that I ve never found time to read this book before I have seen the movie, but it was years ago and I only really remember the one thing that everyone remembers The real strength of this book is that is just ticks every box imaginable It s a fairy tale, full of action, romance and revenge, and it has that timeless quality that the best fairy tales seem to carry It was published in the 1970s but it feels like it should be a thousand years old, passed down from generation to genera It s amazing that I ve never found time to read this book before I have seen the movie, but it was years ago and I only really remember the one thing that everyone remembers The real strength of this book is that is just ticks every box imaginable It s a fairy tale, full of action, romance and revenge, and it has that timeless quality that the best fairy tales seem to carry It was published in the 1970s but it feels like it should be a thousand years old, passed down from generation to generation It s non stop adventure, comedy gold and full of some of the most memorable characters I ve ever had the pleasure of reading about.Goldman s writing style for this novel works so surprisingly well For one, it s such an unusual idea to write a retelling of a story by a fictional author Goldman claims his father read him the S Morgenstern classic as a child and then proceeds to tell us the abridged version with all the good parts It s strange how well his constant sidenotes actually add to the story, rather than take us out of it I think maybe it s the little kids inside most readers who remember the magic of being read a story as a child Because while this is a fantasy story with magic and princesses, it s also a bittersweet tale about how a father introduced his son to the world of stories.And I found it hilarious I want you to know how rare it is for me to find a book that successfully combines silly humour with dramatic action and adventure I ve struggled with authors like Terry Pratchett because I felt the humour took away any serious investment I may have had in the story But this book quietly mocks itself on every page and it works so well At first I wondered if I would be rolling my eyes at the whole notion of Buttercup as the most beautiful woman in the world , but Goldman rolls his eyes for us with the comic portrayal of obsession with beauty and true love The characters here are so rich and vivid that it s hard to imagine that they don t exist somewhere in an alternate fantasy world Everyone remembers and loves Inigo Montoya and the pretty faced Westley, but I was surprised by Buttercup My memory of the movie seems to have done her a disservice because I remembered her as a typical, beautiful princess But no, Buttercup is fierce and brave She might be silly and naive at the start but she grows and develops with age She doesn t sit back and let things happen to her, which I like.Honestly, this was a delight to read I can t believe I waited so long.Blog Leafmarks Facebook Twitter Instagram Tumblr This book has, as you may know Fencing Fighting Torture Poison True love Hate Revenge Giants Hunters Bad men Good men Beautifulest ladies Snakes Spiders Beasts of all natures and descriptions Pain Death Brave men Coward men Strongest men Chases Escapes Lies Truths Passion Miracles.And if you like any of those things, or all of those things, or several of them or none of them, or if you find any of them exciting, or compelling, or curiosity inducing at all, then you simpl This book has, as you may know Fencing Fighting Torture Poison True love Hate Revenge Giants Hunters Bad men Good men Beautifulest ladies Snakes Spiders Beasts of all natures and descriptions Pain Death Brave men Coward men Strongest men Chases Escapes Lies Truths Passion Miracles.And if you like any of those things, or all of those things, or several of them or none of them, or if you find any of them exciting, or compelling, or curiosity inducing at all, then you simply have to read it.This is one of those extraordinarily rare cases when the film adaptation sometimes prompts people to say the uncommon phrase The movie is better than the book Those people are wrong, but less wrong than those who usually say it The movie is funny, and exciting, and brilliantly casted, and truer to the book than anyone has any real right to expect thank you, William Goldman, for adapting your own work.But here s a by no means exhaustive list of what it s missing the full extent of the author s wit character backstories so rich you ll feel their trials and tribulations intensely a fictional history so convincing that I spent most of my childhood and some of my adolescence believing that Europe included long warring countries called Florin and Guilder masterful themes on the meaning of storytelling and truth in literature the chance to be awestruck by a book over and over and over againSo yes, you should watch the movie Sure It s great Butthan that, you should read the book I ll even say it s okay if you ve seen the movie already Your fun won t be spoiled in the slightest Bottom line I truly and sincerely pity anyone who has not read and has no intention of reading The Princess Bride.It s the best thing in the world, after cough drops this book is a dweamwiffin a dweam weview to come me, rereading this book inconceivable First of all, anyone who s rated this less than 5 stars is just wrong, very wrong I know this because I was recently instated Master of all Opinions where mine is the most rightest The StructureI guess the real place to start with this book is with its structure You may have noticed that the actual title is The Princess Bride S Morgenstern s Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure The Good Parts Version Abridged by William Goldman.Whew That s a mouthful.But that s also the ge First of all, anyone who s rated this less than 5 stars is just wrong, very wrong I know this because I was recently instated Master of all Opinions where mine is the most rightest The StructureI guess the real place to start with this book is with its structure You may have noticed that the actual title is The Princess Bride S Morgenstern s Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure The Good Parts Version Abridged by William Goldman.Whew That s a mouthful.But that s also the genius of this book You see, S Morgenstern s Classic doesn t actually exist, only this abridged, Good Parts version, created wholly by William Goldman This may not be the first time I expound upon the genius of this narrative.The Princess Bride begins much like the movie William Goldman gets sick and his father comes in to read him this story Only in the book, we don t jump right into the story, we go to the future of Goldman s life where he talks about things that actually happened in his life, but also some thing s he s made up.For instance, Goldman talks about writing for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, which he did do But he also talks about his fictional psychotherapist wife that took some research Finally, about 40 or so pages in, we get to the actual story And it s almost exactly like the movie, or at least I should say that nothing is left out of the book that s in the movie except the performances, but I ll get there And that s how it should be, Goldman did write the screenplay.During this time, Goldman explains that the book is actually extremely boring in parts and while he was young, his father only read the good parts Instead he skipped the pages and pages of explanations of Florintine the actual story taking place in the fictional Florin ancestry, which is also explained as Morgenstern being satiric The story begins and just like in the movie, there are multiple interruptions, but in the book they re made as editorial notes Again, this is where the genius of this setup comes in He s able to comment on his own story, add things that the story alone cannot do, even point out things he finds oddin his own story.An example of Goldman pointing out what he finds odd is that throughout the story not the editorial notes , there are always interruptions in the form of parentheticals For instance she examined herself pore by pore in her mirror This was after mirrors I ll leave the lad an acre in my will, Buttercup s father was fond of saying They had acres then Then, rather than continue the argument they had arguments then too , they would both turn on their daughter These were found throughout the book and always made me laugh, but Goldman has an editorial note explaining that if the parentheticals bother you, you should skip them The Good Parts and The MovieIf you re like me, you ve seen the movie so many times that you can quote just about everything, and I m terrible at quoting movies The movie itself follows the book excellently and even exceeds the book in many ways It s so very rare, but the already excellent characters such as Fezzik and the Man in Black are almost across the board improved upon in the movie.I mean, how do you get any better than Andre the Giant and Billy Crystal s performance of Miracle Max I was reading the exact same words that Crystal says, but it was almost flat in the book, whereas in the film, Crystal makes them come alive.But the benefit of the book is, as usual, the fact that you get inside the character s heads and backstory Before each of the famous fight scenes between The Man in Black and Buttercup s three kidnappers, we are let in on the backstory of each These are great We see what actually happened with Inigo and why he seeks revenge and becomes the greatest swordsman in the worldwell, Spoiler Alert almost We find out that Fezzik is even big for a Turk who average 15 pound babies and how he was a competitive fighter who had to learn how to lose to make the crowd like him And best of all, it goes into his obsession with RHYMING Then there s Vizzini , the self proclaimed genius and orchestrator of this most unstoppable team of the world s best.Yet another thing I loved about this book, Goldman s obsessed with numbers and lists Buttercup starts out as not even in the top 20 of the most beautiful women in the world, but quickly jumps to the top Prince Humperdink is the best hunter in the world Buttercup and Westley s kiss is better than the top 5 kisses ever had.This just adds to the epic and fairytale feeling of the story, it can t getnoble than the best of the best, but at the same time, the whole numbering thing is just another comical aspect of Goldman s writing the fact that people would even have a list or the ability to measure such things I love it.Do I needexamples of the genius of this work The wit, the charm, the characters that are larger than life, this is easily one of my favorite books of all time.5 out of 5 Stars This wasn t even a debate Buttercup s Baby The extra short story included in my edition of The Pricess Bride Non spoiler, tl dr review skip it, don t mess with the classic story view spoiler This is a short story and addition to the 30th anniversary edition of the book I m never a fan of these sorts of things To be honest, it just messes with the purity that is the original and can leave you with a sour taste in your mouth The Matrix the movie should have been left alone along with things like Ender s Game and Dune It really is okay to leave people with a sense of wonder and imagination at what could have happened instead of milking things for all they re worth.With that said, this wasn t a terrible addition, it was just unnecessary It deals with the time after the ending of The Princess Bride when everyone lives happily ever after The first chapter is Fezzik Dies, so already you re world is shattered Buttercup s baby is stolen and Fezzik is chasing the culprit, but then it never really goes back to this, it goes to a couple chapters that only slightly fit together even admitted by Goldman , but which explains how they get to someone running away with Buttercup s baby.Before this story is an explanation of how this story came about in the fictional way, not an actual explanation and it involves how Stephen King was actually going to do the abridgement, but left it up to Goldman I guess I just don t get these parts.I m sure this is better for people who have read the story ages ago and come back to something new, but reading them all together just messed with the original too much hide spoiler I must say that the humour in this book is quite special I must court her now, said the Prince Leave us alone for a minute He rode the white expertly down the hill Buttercup had never seen such a giant beast Or such a rider I am your Prince and you will marry me, Humperdinck said Buttercup whispered, I am your servant and I refuse I am your Prince and you cannot refuse I am your loyal servant and I just did Refusal means death I must say that the humour in this book is quite special I must court her now, said the Prince Leave us alone for a minute He rode the white expertly down the hill Buttercup had never seen such a giant beast Or such a rider I am your Prince and you will marry me, Humperdinck said Buttercup whispered, I am your servant and I refuse I am your Prince and you cannot refuse I am your loyal servant and I just did Refusal means death Kill me then It s a comedy, with a scoop of tragedy, and an adventure at all times Not simply an adventure, a journey.Danger awaits the characters at every chapter and the obstacles they are faced with and their ways of dealing with them are peculiar.Even if you try to, you will not be able to take the story seriously More than half of the characters are sheer idiots yes, even Buttercup is na ve, unoriginal and, very often, stupid.But that s, to some extent, normal One cannot write a comical story without having silly characters in it.There are many overused tropes in this fairytale a damsel in distress, beauty beyond imagination, a rescuer, villainous villains, villainous villains who lose their villainy and the true love theme.The first half is a lot of fun With a humorous, one of a kind narration, William Goldman entertains us or at least tries to throughout the book The only problem is that the story slows down past the half mark It s less hilarious past that point, also A dark humour stars to appear, and it s up to you to accept it or not.I was not a fan of it Or the way the author decided to wrap things up to rescue the princess What I can say is that the first half is incredible and the second half very different but for me, not in a good way.Further, while Westley seems like the perfect gentleman lover man husband at first, he has real issues Not only does he hit Buttercup, but he also orders her around, brusque as a soldier I cannot say I admire him or the couple in general Beauty is such an important theme in this novel it s hard to see what else Westley may see in Buttercup We re left to speculate, because it is not as if they have tons of conversations.To sum it all up, the love story did not convince me, but the characters are interesting to follow around and I truly appreciated the originality of the narration.Blog Youtube Twitter Instagram Google Bloglovin Okay, I like the movie better than the book I mean I love watching all of my characters So There Anyhoo, I m adding some pictures from the book There are a lot of them but I m just going to add a few I thought they were wonderful On the inside front and back pages there is a map but I only added one part of the map so you can get the idea Happy Reading Mel MY BLOG Melissa Martin s Reading List Okay, I like the movie better than the book I mean I love watching all of my characters So There Anyhoo, I m adding some pictures from the book There are a lot of them but I m just going to add a few I thought they were wonderful On the inside front and back pages there is a map but I only added one part of the map so you can get the idea Happy Reading Mel MY BLOG Melissa Martin s Reading List I am one of the few people in the world who does not think the book is better than the movie here There is an undercurrent of bitterness in this book that I find off putting I am given to understand by a friend that those elements i.e., the autobiographical stuff in Goldman s own persona are actually fictional But I found that they soured my enjoyment of the story they framed I couldn t enjoy the writing of a writer who seemed as misanthropic and hateful as Goldman came off to me TPB is s I am one of the few people in the world who does not think the book is better than the movie here There is an undercurrent of bitterness in this book that I find off putting I am given to understand by a friend that those elements i.e., the autobiographical stuff in Goldman s own persona are actually fictional But I found that they soured my enjoyment of the story they framed I couldn t enjoy the writing of a writer who seemed as misanthropic and hateful as Goldman came off to me TPB is still a great book better than three stars, but I couldn t quite bring myself to give it four.Stick to the movie It has the opposite problem, but you can always fast forward through the saccharine Fred Savage bits 5.0 stars HOW AMAZINGLY GOOD IS THIS BOOK YOU ASK.so good it is almost This is a literary treasure and one that I can not recommendhighly Let me start by saying that prior to reading this book I had probably seen the movie version a dozen times or so and ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT I only mention this so that you know where I m coming from in case you are not a fan of the movie as I think if you like one you will like the other and, conversely, if you didn t like the movie, the book may 5.0 stars HOW AMAZINGLY GOOD IS THIS BOOK YOU ASK.so good it is almost This is a literary treasure and one that I can not recommendhighly Let me start by saying that prior to reading this book I had probably seen the movie version a dozen times or so and ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT I only mention this so that you know where I m coming from in case you are not a fan of the movie as I think if you like one you will like the other and, conversely, if you didn t like the movie, the book may not appeal to you as much As for the book, I was AMAZED at what a superb adaptation of the novel the movie was Along with the Lord of the Rings trilogy and No Country for Old Men, this may be the best adaptation of a classic novel that I have ever come across This may lead you to ask whether it is even worth it to read the book given that much of what is in the book is on the screen My answer to that would be a resounding YES First of all, the book is as much fun as the movie and the tone of the writing is unique, playful and very funny Despite knowing the plot of the book intimately, I found the reading experience to be fresh and new I am going to assume that people reading this have seen the movie, read the book or at least have an understanding of the basic plot If not, the book description and other reviews do a very good job of explaining it Instead, I thought it might be helpful to mention those parts of the book that were not included in the movie or that I thought the book s treatment was superior i.e Book is Better and those aspects of the movie that I thought were superior to the source material i.e Movie is Better BOOK IS BETTER 1 Prince Humperdinck s Zoo of Death not mentioned in the movie and I thought it was interesting and gave great insight into the character.2 The Book does a much better job than the movie in describing Prince Humperdinck as a truly evil person and thus a top notch villain 3 The book contains a whole Chapter on Inigo Montoya that provides details of his childhood and his Father s original encounter with the Six Fingered Man this is dealt with in a very brief conversation in the movie I really enjoyed the expanded version.4 The book also contains a whole chapter on Fezzik and shows his childhood and early years This was excellent and I really liked learning about his trouble in adapting to deal with his enormous size 5 The beginning of the book describes how Buttercup becomes the most beautiful woman in the world and the fate of the women in front of her This is absolutely HYSTERICAL I wish they would have found a way to incorporate this into the movie because it was very enjoyable 6 All of the interruptions in the Narrative where the author is explaining why he cut out whole sections of the original Morgenstern novel the fictional novel of which this novel was supposedly the abridged good parts were very funny and made the book a unique experience MOVIE IS BETTER 1 I must begin with Miracle Max The book is really good, but Billy Crystal was absolutely AMAZING as was Carol Kane who played Miracle Max s wife Crystal s dialogue in the movie was better than the book and is a great example of making the original even better without messing with the feel of the story 2 Wallace Shawn as Vizzini pictured above gives a truly great comic performance and made the Movie version of the character evenfun then the book version All I kept hearing in my head whenever he was on stage in the book was him shouting INCONCEIVABLE 3 Similarly, Mandy Patinkin as Inigo Montoya is another example of amazing casting that made the on screen version of the character evenfun than the book version 4 The final scene between Westley and Prince Humperdinck wasfun in the movie than in the book Bottom line, if you have enjoyed the movie but have not read the book, I strongly recommend it Similarly, if you have read the book and have not seen the movie, I strongly recommend that as well Both are terrific What happens when the most beautiful girl in the world marries the handsomest prince of all time and he turns out to bewella lot less than the man of her dreams As a boy, William Goldman claims, he loved to hear his father read the S Morgenstern classic, The Princess Bride But as a grown up he discovered that the boring parts were left out of good old Dad s recitation, and only the good parts reached his earsNow Goldman does Dad one better He s reconstructed the Good Parts Version to delight wise kids and wide eyed grownups everywhereWhat s it about Fencing Fighting True Love Strong Hate Harsh Revenge A Few Giants Lots of Bad Men Lots of Good Men Five or Six Beautiful Women Beasties Monstrous and Gentle Some Swell Escapes and Captures Death, Lies, Truth, Miracles, and a Little SexIn short, it s about everything One of my all time favorites Long before the movie existed, I stumbled across this book in my college bookstore This cover spoke to my YA fairy tale loving heart So I bought it, without knowing a thing about the story And the book was NOT what I was expecting It was way, WAY better.If you love the movie, read the book and don t let yourself get bogged down in the long, offbeat intro Skim it if you need to You ll get a lot of background history on the various characters, which can be One of my all time favorites Long before the movie existed, I stumbled across this book in my college bookstore This cover spoke to my YA fairy tale loving heart So I bought it, without knowing a thing about the story And the book was NOT what I was expecting It was way, WAY better.If you love the movie, read the book and don t let yourself get bogged down in the long, offbeat intro Skim it if you need to You ll get a lot of background history on the various characters, which can be extremely funny, and a little poignant The movie is in large part very true to the book, but William Goldman has a dry, satirical sense of humor that doesn t entirely come through in the movie The part about the Greatest Kisses Ever cracks me up every time But it s still about Beasts of all natures and descriptions Pain Death Brave men Coward men Strongest men Chases Escapes Lies Truths Passions And it s wonderful Cynics are simply thwarted romantics So true I could not have said it better myself Allow me to introduce myself I am Evgeny and I hate beloved classics In my justification I can only say this time I did not hate this book, I was just not impressed at all So William Goldman s favorite book was The Princess Bride written by S Morgenstern when he grew up Way in his adulthood he found a copy of it and realized his father skipped the boring or as S Morgenstern s scholars call it, satiricaCynics are simply thwarted romantics So true I could not have said it better myself Allow me to introduce myself I am Evgeny and I hate beloved classics In my justification I can only say this time I did not hate this book, I was just not impressed at all So William Goldman s favorite book was The Princess Bride written by S Morgenstern when he grew up Way in his adulthood he found a copy of it and realized his father skipped the boring or as S Morgenstern s scholars call it, satirical parts and if you read the whole thingy you would be torturing yourself in a way that makes hardcore masochists to pale, shake uncontrollably, and faint So William Goldman rewrote the story dropping the boring satirical parts and faithfully copying the rest Here comes the first problem I had with the book Goldman removed the boring original pieces, but added his own instead I could not care less about his flashbacks where he appeared to be full of himself Once he explained the reasons for rewriting there was noneed for his own inclusions, it is not his autobiography after all The first half of the book was lighthearted and funny In particular the first chapter grabs you and do not let you go By the mid book the humor became darker and kept getting even darker as the story proceeded, to the point where I was not able to call it humor any My guess is this only works for people that find mass shootings humorous I freely admit it is not Goldman s fault and shift the blame to S Morgenstern where it belongs I can attribute another problem to the original author as a heroine Buttercup is absolutely utterly useless What do we know about her Only that she was the most beautiful woman alive Beautiful women are nice to look at, but after a while they become boring if they do not have any character to speak of just like Buttercup Not this Buttercup, by the way Incidentally this cartoon character haspersonality Coming back to Goldman I find his selection of what to cut out to be questionable sometimes For example, why did he choose to cut the scene of search for resurrection pill ingredients It sounds to me interesting enough.As to the positive points I already mentioned the first chapter and the first half The story is also full of great quotes ready to be used and abused like people have done countless times already Please refer to the first quote Also who have not heard the following This one became a meme a long time ago I am not sure who of the two writers is responsible for the quotes Let us say both equally As to the plot everybody and their sister know it Buttercup grew up on a farm where she fell in love with a local Farm Boy Trying to make some money to get married the latter took a boat to America which was attacked by a pirate with reputation of taking no prisoners Brokenhearted Buttercup agreed to marry a local prince with sadistic tendencies Kidnappings, last minute rescues, sword fencing, battle of wits, showmanship of brute strength, and other entertaining scenes followed And then the second half of the book came I do not want to talk about it It is still not a bad novel, but I fail to see why people call it the best book since Johannes Gutenberg invented a printed press In my opinion it is worth 3 stars no , no less In other words, the good and the bad parts keep in perfect balance