Wednesday, November 26, 2014

As You Wish

As You Wish, by Cary Elwes

I spent the afternoon before the Trivia Bee reading this to relax.  It was a great read for that!  Cary Elwes just writes this really nice book about the filming of The Princess Bride--how he got involved, about all the other people on the project, and so on.  There are funny stories about the filming and lots of reminiscing about how they didn't really expect this odd movie to go much of anywhere, but they all felt lucky to be involved.

There are bits and pieces from everyone involved who is still alive, which is neat. The stories are pretty great and it is fun to read about everyone.  A lot of special feeling is reserved for Andre the Giant, who seems to have been just about the nicest person around.

This is in no way a dishy, gossipy kind of a celebrity book.  This is a nice book.  It is very pleasant and happy to read, and it really made me want to watch the movie again despite going through most of the scenes in detail.  My 11-year-old, for whatever reason of her own, thinks she doesn't like The Princess Bride,* and so I haven't watched it for a long time.  I don't have much time to watch TV in anyway.  But I'm jolly well going to do it soon--my husband picked up the Blu-Ray for a song, and it is supposed to be even prettier than the DVD. 





*I say she thinks because she only saw it once when she was about 4, so how does she even know at this point?  She is kind of stubborn about things like that; she usually has to be talked into things and then she enjoys them.
 

Another trivia bee photo with the top 3 teams.  I'm the short one.

5 comments:

Emily Hubbard said...

I heard about this book! I'm glad to hear it was nice and not gossipy. :)

jrleek said...

Is this your second daughter who thinks she doesn't like it? I recently showed it to my girls, and my second daughter has named it as her all-time favorite. So maybe you should just have them chat.

Jean said...

I guess they can do that tomorrow!

majoringinliterature said...

I love the Princess Bride, so I'm glad to hear this is such an enjoyable book! :) The film is definitely timeless, and it would be nice to learn a little bit about what was going on behind-the-scenes.

Jenny @ Reading the End said...

I have been known to dig my heels in about what I like and don't like, based on insufficient evidence, so I sympathize with your daughter. I bet one day she'll watch The Princess Bride again and discover that it is the best. (That's what happened with me.)