When The Princess Bride hit theaters 25 years ago it bombed at the box office. No one seemed interested in S. Morgenstern’s classic tale of true love and high adventure. However, the film directed by Rob Reiner has since become one of the most beloved films of the 1980s and exceedingly quotable. As my favorite film of all time I can attest to it’s quotability, having memorized the film practically line for line and I’m not the only one. Even if you haven’t seen the film I’m sure you’ve heard of it, or possibly even one of it’s famous quotes, such as “My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”
The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern’s Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure, the “Good Parts” Version, Abridged by William Goldman was originally published in 1973. Goldman created the fictional S. Morgenstern and the imaginary European country of Florin. This is no abridgement, it is the sole work of Goldman. The choice to create a fake abridged version of a novel was chosen for various reasons, most notably humor, to create a satire of classic love and adventure stories. The film has some differences to the book, but the screenplay was written by Goldman and keeps to the original essence of the novel. This is one of the few cases where I believe the movie is better than the book. Perhaps because I grew up watching the film and only read the book as I got older, however both are extremely enjoyable.
If you haven’t seen The Princess Bride, shame on you. I urge you to check it out immediately. If you have seen the film and haven’t read the book, less shame, but I still encourage you to read it. If you have already watched the film and read the book… well, one good turn deserves another.
Have fun storming the castle!