Book Club of 1: Week 10- As You Wish (Guest Post)

This week I am taking a break and my friend Christi is writing the post.


Books finished:

Eating and Drinking:

  • Drinking coffee and debating on eating something more substantial like my husbands left over cheese quesadillas with sweet potato fries.

Playing in the Back ground:

  • The Princess Bride of course! If you have not seen the movie then I suggest that you close this blog now and watch it right away! Then come back.

From the title you can see that I read/listened to As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride.

The book was not high-end Literature; however it was written well and extremely entertaining. I actually loved it.

Though I think that I loved it because the book was written about a movie based on a book that I enjoyed.

As I said above I actually listened to the book instead of read it and I am glad I did. It felt more like Cary and the cast were telling the story of the making of the movie. Listening to him explain all of the inside jokes, along with the good things and bad things that were happening in the back ground of the film, made me fell like I was apart of it all.

I assume that was how Cary wanted the readers to feel and it worked.

The reason I read this book has to do with the movie. I remember the first time I watched the movie I was a teenager, I don’t remember if I rented it or watched it on cable, but I remember wanting to rewind and watch it again right after. The impact that it had on me was huge. I had been reading a lot of really bad Sci fi and supernatural horror so when I found out that this movie was based on a book I knew I had to read it.

This one movie made me re-evaluate my teenage trend of “Drug store Novels” and set me in the path of frequent visits to the library and book stores to read books like Jane Ayer, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion, The Sevenwaters Series, and many others.  It helped shape my reading list for years to come.

One of my very favorite parts of the books and the movie is that there are so many awesome quotes that have been references by people in all kids of media, movies and even in other books. Cary talks about how even to this day people shout out some of the more famous ones to him and his other cast mates.

Here are some of my favorites:

Grandson: A book?

Grandpa: That’s right. When I was your age, Television was called books. And this is a special book. It was the book my father used to read to me when I was sick, and I used to read it to your Father. And today I’m gonna read it to you.

Grandson: Has it got any sports in it?

Grandpa: Are you kidding? Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles….

Grandson: Doesn’t sound too bad. I’ll try to stay awake.

Grandpa: Oh, well, thank you very much, very nice of you. Your vote of confidence is Overwhelming.

(My husband’s favorite)

Vinzini: No more rhymes now, I mean it!

Fezzik: Anybody want a Peanut.

Vinzini: He didn’t fall? INCONCEIVABLE!

Inigo Montoya: You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

Man in Black: You guessed wrong.

Vizzini: You only think I guessed wrong! That’s what’s so funny! I switched glasses when your black was turned! Ha ha! You fool! You fell victim to one of the classic blunders- The most famous of which is “Never get involved in a land war in Asia” – but only slightly less well-known is this: “Never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line!” Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Ha ha ha….

Buttercup: You mock my pain.

Man in Black: Life is Pain, Highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something.

MIB: Good Night, Wesley. Good work. Sleep well. I’ll most likely kill you in the morning.

Miracle Max: Get back, Witch.

Valerie: I’m not a witch, I’m your wife. But after what you just said I am not even sure I want to be that anymore.

Valerie: Bye Bye Boys.

Miracle Max: Have fun stormin’ da Castle.

Valerie: Think it will work?

Miracle Max: I would take a miracle.


Inigo Montoya: Hello My Name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my Father Prepare to die.

Wesley: There is a shortage of perfect breasts in this world. It would be a pity to damage yours.

Grandson:  Grandpa, maybe you could come over and read it again to me tomorrow.

Grandpa: As you wish.

Those were just a few of my favorites, there are so many more.

On the serious side I loved everything about it and the very awesome thing was that he even had some of the cast members talk about their favorite moments when filming.

I would tell them to you now, but that would only ruin your experience. Read/Listen to “As you wish” but only after you have at least watched The Princess Bride.

You won’t be sorry.

Christi (or Zen Alpaca)

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