MOTIVATION for READING: I enjoy reading the source material for movies and I have seen this on so many ‘best of’ and favorites lists. So I bookmooched it – then decided it would be PERFECT for the Royal Title category of the What’s In a Name 3 Challenge.
WHAT’s it ABOUT: A kid is read this story so you will not only have the adventure of what happens to the Princess who is supposed to wed the evil royal dude but you have the whole “how it came to be that this story is read to the kid” story, too. It’s cute, well done. I think the movie has a Grandpa reading the story but the book has much more on the why and how Goldman came to publish this abridged version from the ‘original’ author and how his Dad was the guy who read it to him when he was but a youngster.
WHAT’s GOOD and/or not: I liked the movie better but I do believe it is because of repetition. I’ve seen the movie so many times! I seemed to skip through the adventure parts in the book; though I did enjoy the fun descriptions, the character development and especially, the clever lines of “As you wish” and “INCONCEIVABLE!”
The movie remains a big favorite and I do want to say that casting was excellent.
But isn’t that the issue with reading the book after seeing the movie? I imagined Cary Elwes as the Man in Black, and of course the Fezzik in the book sounded and looked like he did in the movie and Mandy Patinkin was SO the Spaniard! Right? Am I right? Tell me if I’m wrong.
Of course, I’m right.
FINAL THOUGHTS: When it comes to the genre of fantasy fairy tale, I’m wondering if I just don’t have a very good imagination. I’m reminded of Neil Gaiman’s Stardust – another that I liked the movie much more than the book. I’m rating this THREE PIE but a very strong THREE PIE – I liked it. and I liked the movie better.
Oh, and I thought it cool that Goldman wrote Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. ☺