21787I mean, seriously.  Buttercup?

Anyways, I was finally fortunate enough to borrow off my bf William Goldman‘s classic Princess Bride and give it a read.  I had seen enough bits and pieces of the movie over the years to know the basis of the story and have it intrigue me enough to give it a read.

And it was interesting to say the least.

William Goldman takes a new approach to writing this book, and goes to great length to convince the reader that he didn’t.  Rather, The Princess Bride was written by someone else, and was more of a political science book than a fantasy adventure, and all Goldman did was go through and compile a book of all the good stuff.  True love, villainy, sword fights, masters and giants.  And thus we get this version of the Princess Bride.

The story is about a peasant girl named Buttercup who’s true love Westley goes off to make his fortune and dies.  She swears never to love again, and in time grows so beautiful as to catch the eye of the local prince and he asks her for her hand in a purely political marriage to which she agrees.

She gets kidnapped on the eve of her wedding however, is saved by her one true love she thought was dead, betrays him to save his life and winds up throwing him into a torture chamber, but he miraculously comes back from the dead with the help of a giant and a Spaniard to save her from the clutches of the prince who turns out to be quite evil.

If that’s not an epic tale, I don’t know what is.

First and foremost about this book, the author has a prologue telling the reader how The Princess Bride came into being in which everything he says about himself and the conception of the book is a lie.  I don’t know why he chose to take that approach, but there you go.  He depicts his life as rather horrible, with a cold wife, overweight and angsty teenage son, and a job that grinds him down when it’s the exact opposite.

And when he finally gets to the story, he keeps interrupting it with his own footnotes on how he edited the ‘original’ text.  Tad distracting that.

Despite the distractions and the pity party for the author, the Princess Bride was a fun read.  I think I would have enjoyed it more without the author’s interjections, but I still liked it enough to go out and pick up the 50th anniversary edition for my collection, so what does that tell you?

Up next, the latest zombie movie in it’s original form: Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion.

15842439R is having a no-life crisis—he is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he is a little different from his fellow Dead. He may occasionally eat people, but he’d rather be riding abandoned airport escalators, listening to Sinatra in the cozy 747 he calls home, or collecting souvenirs from the ruins of civilization.

And then he meets a girl.

First as his captive, then his reluctant guest, Julie is a blast of living color in R’s gray landscape, and something inside him begins to bloom. He doesn’t want to eat this girl—although she looks delicious—he wants to protect her. But their unlikely bond will cause ripples they can’t imagine, and their hopeless world won’t change without a fight.