The Princess Bride (Discussion)

I’m so excited to discuss The Princess Bride with you today. I can recite the entire movie and have listened to the book several times but had never read the book. Lisa and I wanted to choose a fun read for August since everyone is so busy with back to school (and in my case, moving) so I loved having this mandatory fun reading time to unwind.  If I could give the book a 6/5 I would. I loved the story tellers voice as well as the playful characters throughout the story.

I have 3 questions below, and Lisa’s got 3 over on her blog. Feel free to discuss any or all of the questions in the comment section or link-up your post at the bottom. Lisa and I are sharing the same link-up, so you don’t have to enter on both blogs. The linky will close in a week. Alright, let’s get started!

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And now, for the discussion. Before I begin, I’ll remind you that there will be spoilers ahead.

1. Who is your favorite character? This is a tough question that I thought about for days because I knew I wanted to only choose one (unlike my fav Harry Potter characters of which I have two for each gender). For The Princess Bride, I chose Fezzik as my favorite character. I love his big kind heart and how excited he gets at simple pleasures (like the rhyming game or when Wesley shakes his head at the castle wall). He seems like such a great companion on an adventure like this. Just so you know, my runners up were Wesley and then Miracle Max.

2. Have you seen the movie? Do you think the movie lives up to the book? I have seen the movie at least 20 times. I had a poster of Wesley and Buttercup kissing (the best kiss in history) in my college room as well as a tshirt that I wore out. I attempted to be Buttercup for Halloween one year but fell quite short of her beauty. I think the movie is a perfect adaptation of the book. They chose just the right parts to cut and the right parts to embellish. They emphasized the character’s quick wits which is my favorite part of the book. It’s the perfect action/adventure/love story and will be my favorite movie for years to come.

3. When we first meet Inigo and Fezzik, they are working with Vizzini to kidnap Buttercup. Later, they become allies of Westley in his efforts to rescue her. What causes Inigo and Fezzik to change . . . or do they really change at all over the course of the novel? I don’t believe they changed. I think their hearts were always in the right place (Inigo doing anything he could to revenge his father and Fezzik being taken in by people who cares about him). Although they started out as thieves and kidnappers, I don’t think they were every ‘bad guys’.

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Now, it’s your turn! Answer my questions, ask your own, or start your own discussions. I’ll be responding to comments in the comment section, and you’ll get an email when I (or anyone else) does so. Or, link-up a blog post with your review and/or the answers to these questions. Also be sure to check out Lisa’s discussion questions on her blog. We’re sharing the same linky, so no need to link-up on both blogs.

Remember our September selection is The Silver Linings Playbook. We’ll be discussing it on September 24th.

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2 thoughts on “The Princess Bride (Discussion)

  1. Great questions! I’m so glad you loved this book! I don’t know. It just didn’t do it for me. I didn’t get it. What’s wrong with me lately LOL???

    (1) My favorite characters were Fezzik and Inigo, together. They played off one another really well, like brothers. I like the scene when Fezzik got mad at Inigo for tricking him into fighting off that snake for a rhyme. But then Fezzik assumed they were even after Inigo fought off the bats. Inigo said ok. Very endearing.

    (2) I think the movie was better, but I’ll have to rewatch it to be sure.

    (3) You’re absolutely right. Both Inigo and Fezzik joined Vizzini because they were lost and wanted a leader. They were always good guys.

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