I love A Princess Bride.
The first time I saw it, I was a freshman in high school on vacation with my (obsessed) friend, and I just didn’t get it. I mean, what’s so great about this story? Cheesy romance, overacting, I don’t get it.
Then I watched it again. And again. Then I got it – all that was the point. Then I read the book, which is super funny, and now I’m a huge fan.
Last year, when Em @ The Keystroke Blog posted this tag, I knew I had to steal it. I couldn’t help myself. It’s been sitting in my “Post Ideas” stack for a year and now I get to share it with y’all! YAY.
Also – prepare for Fun With GIFs. 🙂
This tag was originally created by Sam’s Nonsense over on YouTube – check out her original video!
Favorite Romantic Hero
Just at the moment, I am feeling Locke Lamora (The Lies of Locke Lamora) for this one. Poor, determined Locke gets all the worst things thrown at him. I certainly hope he gets an ending a little more like Wesley’s, but I have a feeling the end of his story is going to be dark and terrible.
Favorite Rags to Riches Story
So. I had a hard time thinking of this one – I suppose there are a lot of rags to riches books, but the ones I can think of (Luckiest Girl Alive, for example) are definitely not favorites. Then I remembered Agnes (The School For Good and Evil). Agnes lives in a graveyard and everyone assumes she’s destined to be a villain. Then she lands in the School for Good and everybody talks about how it’s such a big mix-up. At the end of the day, it’s a perfect story of climbing out of other people’s expectations and letting your light shine. 🙂 That’s like rags to riches, right?
Dread Pirate Roberts
Your Favorite Pirate Book (or One You Want to Read)
I have had horrible luck with pirate books so far, and I feel like it’s a fantasy/adventure sub-genre that is just starting to get some decent books. I have loads on my TBR, but my favorite pirate thusfar has to be Lila Bard (A Darker Shade of Magic). While ADSoM is not strictly a pirate book, Lila is a pretty great character.
A Villain You Love to Hate (Or One That Is Just Funny)
Haha, so there are a lot of great villains out there – devious, crooked monsters – but the “funny” factor of this prompt just pulled me in. I think my favorite amusing, incompetent mini-villain of all time is still Draco Malfoy (Harry Potter). I genuinely love Draco, but he’s an adorable bouncing ferret. He wants so bad to be a villain… and he’s just so terrible at it. I like his complicated character story, and I sorta love watching him try.
Best Fantastical Monster
Even though I haven’t read the book, I have fantastic respect for Smaug (The Hobbit). He’s the epitome of everything that it means to be a dragon, and as such, a force to be feared. Also, while I am not a major Benedict Cumberbatch fan… he was a perfect choice for the voice of Smaug.
As You Wish
A book with a sweet romance
I don’t know if I’d call it sweet (sweet sappy romances are not my jam), but I like the sloppy, adorable, flailing romance between Lulu and James (Not the Girls You’re Looking For). I thought James was a really strong leading male, quietly stumbling and doing his best for learn and grow. Plus, he just had infinite patience, which makes him perfect for Lulu. PLus I love everything about Lulu.
Name 2 Book Characters You Ship, and 2 You Don’t
For as much as I don’t go into a book looking for a great love story, I love love love Katsa and Po (Graceling). Again – this isn’t really a sappy romance. The pairing is predictable but that’s not the part of the love story that gripped me. It’s a bit of a star-crossed love story packed inside an epic fantasy… I loved it.
On the other hand, wanna talk about a book with a lot of potential that crumbled around the building of an uninteresting love story? Meet Ciara and Leif (Beyond a Darkened Shore). This book had the foundations to be really good, but the research, worldbuilding, and plot all went out the window in order to support this romance. And sadly? It wasn’t an original or exciting romance (to me).
Fezzick, Vezzini, & Montoya
Favorite Book Crime Group
For me, I think I need to bow down to The Irons (Ace of Shades). Well, more specifically, this one goes to Levi and Jac and their adopted mini-crew of Enne and Lola. We’re only just starting to get to the know the crime underground in New Reynes, but I think these guys and gals have something excellent in store for us.
Best Revenge Story
I gotta go old school with this one, guys. The creepy, slow, manipulative nature of Roger Chillingworth (The Scarlet Letter) is classic. For those not familiar – Hester Prinn’s husband had gone away on a trip and while he was gone, she had an affair. Rather than come home and be the cuckold husband, Chillingworth fakes his death, leaves his wife to the wrath of the townspeople, and proceeds to haunt and morally torture the man (Arthur Dimmsdale) until he is a shell of a person. Brutal. Effective.
Book vs. Movie
Which is your favorite? Why?
A Princess Bride is one of those rare occasions where I find both the book and the movie to be an absolute delight. The movie is a classic and a bit different from the book in some places, but overall it’s a very loyal adaptation… right down to the interruptions by the kid and grandfather.
The movie makes me smile, the book makes me laugh – you can’t go wrong either way.
I really want to tag people on this one but asdjkl; I’m not sure how many of you have seen or read A Princess Bride? If you’re familiar with the story and you love it, I’m tagging you! 🙂