October 30, 2010

The Princess Bride Readalong: Milestone 5, Buttercup's Baby

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This is it. The last milestone in our Princess Bride Readalong- Buttercup's Baby. Goldman gives a long explanation of why he wanted to abridge Buttercup's Baby and why he can't. Stephen King makes a cameo appearance. Goldman has mellowed with age. He's less of a jerk and a nice Grandpa.

For reasons explained by Goldman, he can only abridge the first chapter. It's a complicated first chapter at that, jumping back in forth in time. What we get out of it are the events right after the heroes leave the castle. Westley dies again, Inigo is fading fast and Fezzik gets pierced by an arrow. Rescue arrives in the form of Westley's pirates. They patch them together and leave them on One Tree Island where they live quite awhile. Long enough for Buttercup to have a baby (a strange birth) who grows to girlhood.

At first I wasn't very impressed by Buttercup's Baby. It doesn't make a lot of sense. First, Waverly (the baby) is kidnapped, then Inigo is a young man again, then the group is leaving the castle. What the heck is going on? But then I started to enjoy what was happening. Goldman is giving us what we didn't get- an ending. Plus, he leaves us wanting more. Unfortunately, more never comes because it's only chapter one. Sad.

I wondered what Stephen King made of all this and it turns out he has something to say about it which you can read on his FAQ page.

I hope you enjoyed reading The Princess Bride with me. If you've never seen the movie, I hope you find a copy and give it a look. It's fun and sticks close to the book. Buttercup improves on film. She's useless in the book.

I enjoyed The Princess Bride and if you missed it here are the links to the previous milestone discussions:
Parts 1-4
Part 5
Part 6
Parts 7-8


If you have an opinion on Buttercup's Baby, leave a comment or link to your Buttercup's Baby post. I'll add them to the body of the post as they arrive.

Leeswammes 
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7 comments :

  1. I agree with you - I didn't like it (Buttercup's Baby) much at first, but it kind of grew on me. :-)

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  2. It never grew on me! I even skim-read some of it: http://leeswammes.wordpress.com/2010/10/31/the-princess-bride-read-a-long-week-5/

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  3. While I enjoyed the book and the readalong (thanks!), this last section was like a chore to read. I wish it had grown on me!
    I'm ready to watch the movie again with a new perspective, even though I think I must have most of it memorized.

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  4. Thank you for organising a reason to re read The Princess Bride. Next time I re read I shall miss out Buttercup's Baby - I too found that part dull, for such a great book.

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  5. I didn't like Buttercup's Baby nearly as much as The Princess Bride. I actually found it kind of annoying.

    My final readalong post is here.

    Thanks for organizing this readalong, Chris! I really enjoyed it.

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  6. The "readalong" was the best part of the book! Thanks again for hosting it, Chris!

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  7. I failed miserably, sorry.
    Just posted my wrap up post today: http://www.rikkidonovan.com/index.php/2010/11/08/the-princess-bride-readalong-part-4/

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