As You Wish

The Man in Black, from the Princess Bride, holding a sword
Cary Elwes
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Monday, May 4, 2015

“Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” “Inconceivable.” “Have fun storming the castle.” “Never get involved in a land war in Asia.” “Life is pain, Highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something.” “Get used to disappointment.” “Mawidge. That bwessed awangement!” “You seem a decent fellow. I hate to kill you"..."You seem a decent fellow. I hate to die.”

The Princess Bride is one of the most widely quoted films of all times. The swashbuckling/fairy-tale/romance/adventure story is enjoyable for both young people and adults, suitable for the former, sophisticated enough for the latter, and humorous to both.

In As You Wish, Cary Elwes takes us behind the scenes of this iconic film, from its history (it almost didn’t get made) through casting and filming, and finally to the 25th anniversary screening. While mostly Elwes’ tale, he speaks about all the major players, and they speak for themselves in inserts sprinkled throughout the book.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who has seen the film. If you haven’t, I would strongly recommend you watch the film and then read the book.

Diane H.

Written by Diane H.

Fun fact: Corinth was my neighborhood library when I was a kid.