Buttercup begins the story as a very beautiful and obnoxious milkmaid who is always bullying the farm boy, Westly. Westly takes it only ever replying with “as you wish”. Then one day, Buttercup realises she loves him and he confesses to have always being in love with her but he feels he must leave and make his fortune in the Americas o they can get married and live a happy life together.
That’s when he dies.
Heartbroken, Buttercup vows never to love again, accepts the proposal of marriage from Prince Humperdink, becomes Princess Buttercup and is kidnapped. And that’s when the Man in Black begins to chase her.
Yes, there is the film. Yes, much is the same… actually most of it (I struggled not to picture the film Westly with his perfectly timed snarky comeback, but it was too difficult and the lines were so memorable in the film and the dialogue works so well with black comedy). I strongly recommend you read the book because it does fill in some blanks like the dungeon and the Albino have a bigger part and aren’t just there for the Count’s pleasure in pain, they’re there for the Prince’s love of hunting and has more to it. Fezzik’s back story is given (I really want to give him a big hug and never leave him alone) as well as explain how he ends up on the brute squad and finding Inigo again. Its little things that make more sense.
Read it because it’s fun. High adventure and true love. We don’t have stories like this anymore. Unfortunately. Everything seems more based in reality and lacks a Westly. I like Westly. And reality is overrated, bring on the dashing hero.
It’s written as a storybook being read aloud with little interjections here and there as if the narrator worries that we’re getting too involved and need to be reassured. Very much like the film with grandpa reading to the little boy. At first the interruptions and the play that this was written by someone else was a little annoying, then it becomes part of the charm of the story, not really adding anything because it slowed me down when I really, really, really wanted to know what was going to happen next.
Westly is lovable and superhuman. I want a Westly. Can I have one? Pretty please? Even though most of what he does is out of this world, it’s still in the realm of believable, like you know he’ll come to the rescue and do exactly what he sets out to do because it’s him and he believes in himself and just solves each problem as it comes. Mentally strong. We should all learn from him to be that strong. Buttercup has complete faith in him and that makes her strong too.
Definitely read the book. Even after watching the film so much I was surprised by things. Plus, if you read the book outside of the house in a way it’s like watching the film on the go and that makes the work day go quicker.