Laura Parkinson (stormfeather) wrote,
Laura Parkinson

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Parasha: The Princess Bride June 21st reading


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!

Tags: books, parasha, parasha_princess_bride
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