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Onward!


So. Onward to (finally) the next section.

More "cut bits," and if I were being especially uncharitable I'd say that Goldman's using this technique as an excuse to get out of writing the boring bits he doesn't want to write, letting him just sum them up instead. Not to mention letting him not so subtly pat himself on the back for some bits of writing, like the "credit for the major-league fake-out."

As for the fake-out itself, it is interesting to see how that morphed into the book-reading to the sick kid by Peter Falk in the movie.

Also as an aside, I have no idea how much of his little editorial snippets are true. Like the bit about Robert Browning, or any discussion he may have had with Edith Neisser (who apparently did exist and write those books, according to Amazon, at the very least). Maybe he was just trying to drum up some business for some books he enjoyed? I have no clue.

We also get the reveal that Humperdinck is behind the kidnapping plot, and plans to do even worse. Such a lovely fellow... oh well, at least it's refreshing to hate such a thoroughly bad villain, with no redeeming qualities! (Not to mention his lovely friend the Count.)

Probably the most sympathetic person here so far really is Fezzik, and really the parts with him being so frightened and lost are just... well... sad. Buttercup's probably runner-up for most sympathetic, but since she brings on at least some of her problems herself, slightly less so.

Anyhow, there's probably much more to say, but I'm sleepy and my brain is malfunctioning so... have at it!


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stormfeather
Jun. 22nd, 2010 11:04 am (UTC)
Yes, the thinking is hard!

I also think I might be being a bit unfair on Buttercup myself... but really I'm finding it harder to feel for her (not *too* hard, but harder than just finding her completely and totally blameless) when she KNEW she loved Westley more than anything, knew that she didn't love the Prince, that she had a second chance she never ever thought she'd have... and just didn't even try to find some way to work with that, instead being like "okay, let him live, that's it," rather than seeing if she could make some other sort of bargain or what have you.

Like I said I do still feel for her though... I mean she still had the whole initial death threat thing going on, and wanted to make sure she saved Westley, and was put on the spot. But yeah, I guess that goes more along with the "life can be unfair" point that Goldman spent so much time working up to in the faux-editorial bits.
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