The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern’s Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure – William Goldman

As it most likely is for most people, The Princess Bride to me was a movie. It didn’t occur to me until much later that there might have been an original book. My son gave the book to me last year as a Christmas gift and I finished it today.

As I started reading the book, I was drawn into the overall story. For those who have only seen the movie, in the book there is considerable background information about S. Morgernstern and the author’s efforts of actually writing The Princess Bride. I should put a spoiler alert in here if you are planning on reading the book and are totally unfamiliar with it, so consider yourself warned at this point. At first, I was taken in by the whole story. I had never heard of S. Morgenstern nor of the details of the writing of this tale. As I kept reading, though, I realized that everything was part of the story, not just the tale of the princess bride, and that it was all fictional.

While the whole book was entertaining, the background story actually started to intrude a bit too much into the actual tale. The movie, of course, disregarded all the background material. If I were to introduce someone to The Princess Bride, I would recommend watching the movie first. Not only is it the pure tale, it also provides the voices you will hear in your head when you read the book. I found that I also was able to enjoy the book more because I already had the whole story in my head from seeing the movie, making the background information a bit more tolerable.

(Finished 2/7/15)