This book is hilarious. The premise is that it’s an abridged version of a book written by “S. Morgenstern,” but in reality, it’s all a big joke. Morgenstern never existed, and the book was actually written by William Goldman.
All in all, “The Princess Bride” is a satirical tale about a way-too-beautiful yet not overly brainy young girl named Buttercup who is forced (sort of) to marry the evil Prince Humperdink. The characters are outrageous representations of the various clichés: the world’s greatest swordsman, the dashing young hero, the evil count, etc. The dialogue is witty, funny, and insightful. Very sharp stuff. Goldman is pretty damn brilliant at times.
The plot breaks down a bit near the end. It almost seemed like Goldman didn't want to be bothered coming up with a more clever scenario - or maybe he just didn't think it was necessary for a story that is meant to be ridiculous. But I thought the rest of the book made up for it.
I’ve never seen the movie. Maybe I will.