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The Princess Bride

Abridgment by William Goldman, the original author is S. Morgenstern

‘‘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.’’

Screen Shot 2019-05-14 at 1.43.45 PMI have had countless friends gasp when I say I haven’t read or watched The Princess Bride. I was relieved to find The Princess Bride is on Times Best 100 YA List.

I promise I gave this a fair shot, but I could not finish The Princess Bride.

Thankfully William Goldman worked to cut out the boring parts of the tale with short, yet humorous, summaries. This abridged version is filled with what Goldman calls the “Good Parts Version.” Even with this, reading The Princess Bride was a struggle because this story is 100% satirical nonsense. 

“What’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 Sex. In short, it’s about everything.” Summary from Goodreads.com

If you are into princesses, romance, kingdoms, satire, comedy and silly named characters The Princess Bride is for you.

I made it a little over half way through before I gave up. The Princess Bride was too nonsensical for me. I would have enjoyed The Princess Bride if Goldman would have rewritten the whole story, I enjoyed his brief summaries and introduction to the story.

Do I recommend The Princess Bride? No. The Princess Bride might make a fun read aloud with a younger reader, but overall I would not recommend reading The Princess Bride.

Have you read The Princess Bride? Have you watched the movie?

You can borrow a copy from your local library or Amazon. The movie is available to purchase online but is not streaming on Netflix/Hulu last I checked.

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7 Replies to “The Princess Bride”

  1. Wonderful review, though I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy it as much! I’m a fan of the film, but I’ve been told a number of times not to read the book … a lot of my friends pointed out the same things you did.

    Though you may not recommend the book, I would suggest watching the film! It’s hilarious! I don’t know if fantasy is your cup of tea but if it typically is with some added humour, it’s well done 😀

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  2. Sooooo, the abridgment is fake. It’s all part of the humor of the book. There is no S. Morgenstern, Goldman wrote the whole thing. The story about the abridgment and all the asides are part of what makes the book so ridiculous.

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      1. It’s definitely upsetting. But I think being able to laugh at myself was a big part of why I now find this book to be so stinking funny. That being said, I thought it was funny the first time I read it too.

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