So, I have a confession to make.
*removes all throw-able objects from the immediate vicinity*
I’ve never seen The Princess Bride. Until this month, I’d never even read it.
*checks if it’s safe*
*creeps back out*
Now, you may or may not know that a few other authors and I set up a lovely little Facebook group called Worlds of Wit & Wonder, where we mostly pass our time exchanging bad puns and sharing articles with any tangential connection to fantasy, sci-fi, horror and humour. It’s fun.
We also have a book of the month, where quite a few of us read a book together, and offer up whatever insights we may glean from it. And this month we were reading The Princess Bride.
You may remember from some of my precious book chats that I have issues when it comes to hype. Very popular books that everyone tells me I must read, or should read, always fill me with alarm. Or orneriness, I’m not sure which. Either way, I’m always desperately behind the times with discovering new authors and new books, with the rare exception where I read them either before the hype or while being blissfully unaware of it.
Tell me everyone’s reading something, the odds are I won’t, or not until everyone’s stopped talking about it. I don’t know quite why this is, but it’s generally stood me quite well. A lot of the hyped books I have read have been just, well, hype.
But The Princess Bride has definitely stood the test of time, so I was looking forward to reading it. I mean, I know half the lines! It’s full of puns and silliness, and things like the Fire Swamp and the Pit of Despair! There are six-fingered men and fights to the pain and daring escapes! It honestly sounded like it was going to be just my sort of book.
*removes anything throw-able, roll-able, or otherwise potentially dangerous from the vicinity*
I was really disappointed.
*waits some more*
I explain why it wasn’t, in the end, my sort of book in the video, and really comes down to the fact that, as ever, we all like different stories. And isn’t that a rather wonderful thing?
Please say yes and put down the very large, very throw-able vase.
How about you, lovely people? Have you read or seen The Princess Bride? What book or movie that everyone told you that you must love just didn’t work for you? Let me know below!
And don’t forget to come join us at Worlds of Wit & Wonder!