Cover Love: The Princess Bride

The Princess BrideThe Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure by William Goldman by William Goldman was originally published in 1973 and has had many covers since then. I stuck with English-language covers only this time (to put some limits on how many I was featuring).

The original cover from 1973:

The Princess Bride 1973 Original Edition

A paperback from 1977 that absolutely SCREAMS ’70s cover to me. Please note the “A Hot Fairy Tale” line – I’ve never heard of that before, and I’m not sure I want to go searching for what it means:

The Princess Bride 1977 Paperback

The 1990s brought the 25th anniversary of the publication, and some fresh covers.

The hardcover 25th anniversary edition:

The Princess Bride 1998 25th Anniversary Hardcover

The paperback 25th anniversary edition. This one seems pretty awful to me, and would not remotely make me pick it up and try it:

The Princess Bride 1998 25th Anniversary Paperback

A paperback version from 1999, featured only because I am horrified by the depiction of Westley:

The Princess Bride 1999 Paperback

Not enough? There was a new cover for the 30th anniversary:

The Princess Bride 2003 30th Anniversary Edition

And a new one for the audio book:

The Princess Bride 2006 Audio

One featuring the stars of the movie in 2007:

The Princess Bride 2007 Hardcover

And another one in 2008 that does no justice to Westley:

The Princess Bride 2008

Finally, the newest cover is in honor of the 40th anniversary. It’s a beautiful one too:

The Princess Pride 2013 40th Anniversary

This new “Cover Love” series is inspired by the “Judging Books by Their Covers” series previously run at Quirky Bookworm.

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  1. I’ve got the “hot romance” cover.

    • Do you know what that means/meant? I tried Googling it a bit, but only ever came up with links to this particular book, and nothing about it beyond “it’s the ‘hot romance’ version.”

  2. I had no idea there were so many covers for this book! I think the first one is still my favorite!

  3. I like the 30th and 40th anniversary covers the best. I actually didn’t know this was a book until recently. I thought it was just a movie. I kind of hate the movie – I watched it too much in my younger years. My husband and son just recently watched it, while I was out of town. Christopher loves it, and Jim was happy to have someone to watch it with since I’ve been refusing to watch it for the past 12 years. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Awww, that makes me kind of sad that you burned yourself out on the movie.

      Does your husband like to read? If so, has he read As You Wish? I feel like I’ve talked about this one a ton (and maybe already have talked about it with you?) but it was *so* good, and I think any fan of the movie would love it. Especially the audio version. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I didn’t realize all the different covers either. The first and last are the best. You know, my husband’s family is cleaning out their parents house. I found a copy of Pilgrim’s Progress from probably the late 60’s. You would not believe the cover!!! It is so funny. It is orange and yellow with a hip looking 60’s guy on the front. I should share that on my blog in my next post.

    • You should – but I would absolutely believe the cover. For whatever reason 60’s & 70’s books often have lots of orange and yellow in their covers.

      And I *know* I’ve had this discussion before somewhere with someone else about the orange covers of that era. Probably in the comments of one of my other cover posts. If I have time I’ll go see if I can find it.

  5. Can I admit that I don’t like any of these covers that much? The 1977 is what my head calls ‘the original’. The 30th or 2007 version are probably the ‘best’, imho.

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