If you have a pulse there’s a good chance you’ve seen The Princess Bride, and if not, you go sit in time out for five minutes right this instant. Not nearly as many people who have seen and love the movie, however, have read the book that it’s based on.
If you’re one of these people a new video has been released by CineFix for their “What’s The Difference?” YouTube series that goes over the differences between the book and the movie. It’s a lengthy video, running nearly 15 minutes in length, but it’s good if you’re not a big fan of that reading thing. In which case why are you still up here when you can be down there watching the video?
The Princess Bride is a book within a book that was adapted into a book within a movie that garnered most of its success on home video. Now it’s time for us to read between the lines to find the differences between the book and the film.
The Princess Bride is a romantic comedy about lost love, revenge, torture, kidnapping, desire, and much more. Farmhand Wesley falls in love with the beautiful Buttercup, but before they can be together forever they must endure many trials. The book and film have many similarities, both dealing with long lost lovers being reunited only to be pulled apart again and then finding their way back into each other’s arms, but many of the characters in the film look significantly different than their book counterparts, plus Buttercup is not nearly as dimwitted in the movie. At that, it’s time pull back the proverbial shower curtain on all the differences between the book and the film.
Have you read The Princess Bride? Are you a fan of the film? Were you disappointed about any of the parts of the book that were left out of the movie? What is your favorite romantic comedy? What is your favorite meta book?