As You Wish

As You WishAs You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess BrideAs You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes by Cary Elwes

I can make this a really quick review: Did you like the movie The Princess BrideThe Princess Bride movie? Then read this book. Go on – you can have the electronic version in moments, or better yet, get the audio version because it’s got those familiar voices reading their sections. In fact, if you’ve been hesitant to try Audible for whatever reason, there is a free 30-day trial of it, and you can use that to listen to this book. Cancel when you’re done if you don’t like Audible, but this is such a perfect book to listen to that you need to try it. I did it, and didn’t regret it at all, and right now I am generally not caring for audio books much – this was a definite exception and so worth the listen!

And if you haven’t watched the movie (gasp! If I’ve seen a movie, it’s rather shocking if someone else hasn’t. I am not much of a movie watcher.) this story will surely make you want to watch it immediately.

Elwes is completely charming throughout the book, and there are some wonderful behind-the-scenes stories included. He does impressions which had me laughing, and Billy Crystal is, not surprisingly, hi-lar-i-ous.

I ended up being so impressed with the work Elwes and Mandy Patinkin put into their sword fights, and mourning the early death of Andre the Giant. I hadn’t known much about Wallace Shawn and have a new appreciation for him and his difficult scenes as well.

There may be a few words I wouldn’t appreciate my children hearing, but honestly that’s just speculation – I was so caught up in the story that I didn’t even notice anything. It was just delightful and I loved it and GO. GET THIS BOOK. (And get the audio version!!) Seriously. Go, read the book or listen to it. It was wonderful, and I highly recommend it. I know, I’m gushing, but I loved reading/listening to this one (I did a bit of both).

Publisher’s Description:
From actor Cary Elwes, who played the iconic role of Westley in The Princess Bride, comes a first-person account and behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cult classic film filled with never-before-told stories, exclusive photographs, and interviews with costars Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, and Mandy Patinkin, as well as author and screenwriter William Goldman, producer Norman Lear, and director Rob Reiner.

The Princess Bride has been a family favorite for close to three decades. Ranked by the American Film Institute as one of the top 100 Greatest Love Stories and by the Writers Guild of America as one of the top 100 screenplays of all time, The Princess Bride will continue to resonate with audiences for years to come.

Cary Elwes was inspired to share his memories and give fans an unprecedented look into the creation of the film while participating in the twenty-fifth anniversary cast reunion. In As You Wish he has created an enchanting experience; in addition to never-before seen photos and interviews with his fellow cast mates, there are plenty of set secrets and backstage stories.

Book Details

Title: As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess BrideAs You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes
Author: Cary Elwes
Category: Nonfiction / Memoir
My Rating: 4 Stars

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  1. I’ve seen this movie so many times! And I had seen that this book was out, but wasn’t sure if it was going to be worth the read (or listen). Sounds like it is! Thanks for the review!

    • I think you would *love* this book if you’re a fan of the movie. It’s really hard for me to imagine someone who likes the movie not liking the book – it was just so much fun hearing some of the stories.

  2. Yay! So glad to hear this one met expectations! I’m really looking forward to listening to this one…..I’m not a big audio book person, but this could be just the thing for an upcoming road trip. Thanks for sharing the review!!!

    • I think it’d be a perfect road trip audio book, just with the warning that if you were listening to it out loud (as in, not via ear buds) I don’t remember if there was any language you might worry about with your little ones. Or I don’t know their ages – maybe your kids are young enough you’re not yet worried about them repeating questionable vocabulary – there was definitely a stretch where when mine were young enough I could still listen to things without concern. Those days are behind me. 😉

  3. I got this book for Christmas and read it all that day! It was so good!

    • If I’d been thinking, this would have been a great Christmas gift for one of my many sister-in-laws – what a fun gift for you!

  4. Another one I need to request from the library once I’m through the current crush. Or maybe just break down and buy it. It was on my wishlist for Christmas, and I bought it for someone else, but no one bought it for me. :'( But now I think I need to look for the audio version, too. Best movie ever, and I’m glad to hear the book is good too!

    • Yes – look for the audio version! Does your library offer audio books via overdrive or on CD? It would so be worth getting it that way.

  5. I am one of those losers who haven’t seen Princess Bride yet. I don’t know why. But it is on my laptop now, waiting for me and your post makes ne so excited to see it. 🙂

    • Not a loser! I have not seen way too many movies for me to ever call someone that for not seeing something. I’m just always surprised when I’ve seen something someone else hasn’t I’m such an infrequent movie watcher.

      Have you seen it yet? What did you think? I’m really curious to know if it’s the sort of movie that works well if you’re seeing it for the first time as an adult, with possible expectations of it living up to hype.


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