Review: As You Wish

Title: As You Wish Inconceivable Tales from the Making of the Princess Bride

Author: Cary Elwes and Joe Layden

Publisher: Atria Books

Date: October 14, 2014

Genre: Memoir

As a young, fairly unknown actor, Cary Elwes was chosen to play the dashing and romantic Westly in William Goldman’s adaptation of his book, The Princess Bride. Years later, he writes about his memories, recollections, and experiences on set. He also gets others who worked on the film to add their thoughts as well.

This was such a wonderful book. Told with love and a lot of heat, Cary goes back to the moment his agent called him about auditioning to years later when this little film that almost didn’t had turned into a huge hit. He tells personal stories about the other actors with a lot of fondness, especially about Andre the Giant, whom he greatly admired.

I put off reading this for a long time, and I wish I hadn’t. This book made me super excited to both rewatch and reread Princess Bride again. The way Cary wrote about it made me remember how much I love it.

Story time: When my parents decided to rent the movie, I flat out refused to watch it. I threw a fit in the middle of the video store (a small one, just tears) because I was so sure I’d hate it. On the back of the box was Westly lying in Pit of Despair with his shoulder bloody and torn, and I. Did. Not. Want. To. See. It!

Fast forward three hours later, it was my favorite movie and I was going to marry Westly when I grew up. I wrote two books with him as my hero. I’ve memorized almost every line. It’s magic.

As is this book. If you haven’t read it yet, get a copy. Even better, go get it on audio and have him read it to you. You won’t be sorry.

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