View all 4 comments. As with a few things in life, I discovered The Princess Bride late in life, this past week to be exact. However, from the first scene onwards I was enthralled and in love. Therefore, and because Ginger said it would be immensely funny and insightful, I had to read this book I'm usually too sceptical about memoirs or making-of books.
It tells the story of how Rob Reiner made the movie adaptation of William Goldman's The Princess Bride as told by "Wesley" aka Cary Elwes, with the kind "help" of his fellow cast members of which several interview snippets are thrown in. Though the print edition has cool production pictures and even some private ones from the cast and crew, this audio version was the best because it made it even funnier and lovelier. We start with the horrendous ordeal almost any movie has to go through to get approval Hollywood is just stupid , followed by Rob Reiner meeting the author and convincing him to grant them the rights after the Hollywood disaster the author had bought the rights back.
Then comes casting and, finally, the actual production and reception which wasn't too good at first. But this description sounds dull. This book, however, is anything but. The way Cary Elwes lovingly retells his experiences, the fact that all the cast members contributed, the humbleness and heart of all involved, the genius of Rob Reiner, Also, some experiences are almost unbelievable. Like when Elwes meets a fan who tells him how the movie saved his life: My favourite story about this involves a man and his son whom I met while I was filming a movie in Rochester, New York.
The father told me how the movie actually saved him from going insane. I always have time for fans but this guy definitely piqued my interest. His base had been located in a highly dangerous area. There were lots of snipers, IEDs, and mortar fire, he told me. After losing a lot of his comrades, morale amongst the unit had sunk to an all-time low.
So every night from that point on, before the soldiers went out in their Humvees to secure the perimeter or go on patrol, their commanding officer would give them their orders and send them on their way with these words: And that did a lot for morale. But, of course, there were some incredibly funny moments too, like the toe story especially that Rob Reiner and Andy Scheinman thought he had just found a wonderfully elegant way of sitting down - bwahahahahaha.
Then there were the impressive parts, most notably the fencing. Cary and Mandy had to learn to fence both left-handed and right-handed, and we wanted to make sure that they could design a really cool fencing sequence. So when we finally got to it, I was so proud of the fact that the two of them - I mean, Mandy had started working on it even before we went over to London; he was working on it I think for about four months, and Cary worked for only about two months - I'm very proud of the fact that every single frame of actual sword fighting is both of them.
There are no doubles except for the acrobatics when they flip off the bar. The actual swordplay, every single frame, is just the two of them. I put it up against any swordfight in movie history. It is also said at one point that the swordmasters made them train with their left hands first and that, in the end, "Inigo" was actually better with his left, despite being right-handed which explains why I thought his fight sequence right at the beginning of the iconic swordfight was better than when he had switched to his supposed strong hand.
What struck me was how many people of the movie business back then I actually know without actively knowing them. Like the two swordmasters Peter Diamond and Bob Anderson both dead in the meantime, sadly. I've been a fangirl of theirs ever since I saw my first swordfight on television! Let me tell you that Elwes' story of his fellow cast members were at least as intriguing as the production details themselves. We don't live so long. He never took a single day for granted, not knowing if it might be his last.
He wanted to share how beautiful life was with everyone he came into contact with. He was as generous-hearted and sweet a person as I ever hope to meet. The kind of guy who would give you the shirt off his back, a shirt big enough for four or five people. He never let anyone pay for a meal or drink as he wanted to be the one to give instead of receiving. Just to show anyone not knowing who I am talking about just HOW BIG this guy was it was genetic by the way and, yes, caused his death before he ever turned even only This is him in the movie with Princess Buttercup aka Robin Wright.
The famous beer can picture, also mentioned in this book. And yes, it's regular sized and has not been tampered with. This is him with "Conan" aka Arnie. He sometimes made fun of his friends by moving their parked cars while they were in a building. It makes you relive the movie and get a deep insight into life back then and it gives you the impression of truly knowing all the people involved there were some surprising and personal revelations from all involved in here. However, it also makes you miss your childhood while still making you feel cozy - just like the movie itself.
I hope the movie will continue to be ageless and beloved and yes, I'm gonna rewatch it tonight. View all 8 comments. Jun 13, Bekka marked it as to-read. Wonderfully narrated by many of the stars from the movie, reading their contributions. CE said he wrote it from his heart, and that comes through on every page.
If you're a die-hard Princess Bride fan, you'll eat this up with a spoon. This is a light-hearted, charming account of the making of the movie from Cary Elwes' Westley's point of view. It's a definite love-fest between and about the cast members--no dirt dished here! That's okay, because we don't really want to think about our beloved PB characters being nasty to each other.
There's plenty of awed admiration for everyone from the young, star-struck Cary, who was only 23 at the time of the film If you're a die-hard Princess Bride fan, you'll eat this up with a spoon. There's plenty of awed admiration for everyone from the young, star-struck Cary, who was only 23 at the time of the filming.
There are some genuinely funny stories, and some behind the scenes info that makes me impatient to watch the movie again. My favorite is the story behind Westley's first encounter with Count Rugen. I've definitely got to watch that again! Anyway, if you're a PB fan, I suggest checking it out. The audio version is especially enjoyable, since you get to hear the entire story in Elwes's smooth British accent, along with inserted remarks from actual cast members.
In this book, the PB world remains a fairy tale! View all 11 comments. Dec 02, Estelle rated it it was amazing Shelves: It was just lovely, heart warming and funny. I listened to the whole thing with a big smile on my face and sometimes tears in my eyes. If you're a fan of the movie, you HAVE to listen to the audiobook. Just make sure you've got the dvd ready once you're done! Finished this one on the day I bought it. I'm thinking about buying it again, this time on audible so I can hear the author read it.
For some reason, nearly everyone of the Andre stories — — of which there are many — — kept making my eyes fill with tears. Sep 24, Meagan rated it liked it Shelves: If you're not a fan of The Princess Bride, inconceivable! Even if you're a big film buff or really enjoy entertainment memoirs, I'd say skip it.
This isn't some Hollywood tell-all or insightful exploration of the movie business. There aren't juicy anecdotes about celebrity misbehavior. There aren't big technical explanations about filmmaking.
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Instead, this is a big, gushy, enthusiastically nostalgic love letter to The Princess Brid First things first. Instead, this is a big, gushy, enthusiastically nostalgic love letter to The Princess Bride and everyone involved in making it. It's sweet and sentimental and affectionate. It also happens to be an incredibly fast read. I finished in two sittings. If you are a fan of what is arguably the most quotable movie ever made and one of my perennial favorites , then this is really worth reading.
I was touched by how genuinely every one of the actors and crew members involved in the movie seem to care for it. They love it, they loved making it, and they love that we, the audience, love it. So we get little anecdotes about the making of the movie: How special the experience was. It's all very faraway, Vaseline-on-the-lens nostalgic.
But that's ok, because fans of this movie don't want to have their affection tainted by stories of bad behavior and arguments and sullenness. This movie is magical to the people who love it, and hearing that the people who made it feel that way too is exactly appropriate. Now, please excuse me. I have to go rewatch the movie. Feb 26, Heather K dentist in my spare time rated it liked it Shelves: A happy, cute, sweet insert sugary words here non-fiction story about the making of the classing movie, The Princess Bride. Honestly, I don't what I was expecting.
There is no juicy dish here, nothing out of the ordinary. Just a great group of actors who genuinely seemed to love each other talking about the rather mundane aspects of filming said movie. The most exciting part of the story was when Cary Elwes broke his toe. A must read for The Princess Bride superfans, but just a mildly pleasant A happy, cute, sweet insert sugary words here non-fiction story about the making of the classing movie, The Princess Bride.
A must read for The Princess Bride superfans, but just a mildly pleasant way to pass the time for everyone else. Louis, Missouri and Kansas City, Kansas. I was traveling with my daughter and husband, and we were all entertained by Elwes' memories of the making of the film. It's really not that easy to find a book that works for all three of us, but this was an absolute hit. I can't recommend it enough and if you're already a fan of the movie, I'm sure that you'll love it even more. Though it starts out a bit self-congratulatory in tone, throwing around words like "timeless", "modern classic", and "once-in-a-lifetime experience", As You Wish is ultimately, like The Princess Bride , a very sweet and and enjoyable memoir about the events behind the making of the film.
At first, as I said, I was afraid that I was going to be bored to tears. Rob Reiner wrote and narrated the foreward and it is sugary sweet in its praise of the author, the movie, and everything to do with either. This high praise, some may argue, is well deserved, but I thought that it might have fit better in the flow of the tale as an afterword. First, the play then the applause, but, that's just my opinion. Some of the best parts of the memoir, not surprisingly, centered around Elwes' interactions with his colorful co-stars.
Andre the Giant figures largely into this tale, as he did in life, not only because of the enormous size of his body but also his heart. The brightest among us always seem to burn too quickly. Another of my favorite parts is the description of Elwes' and Patinkin's struggle to film the "greatest sword fight in modern times. From day one of filming, Elwes and Patinkin were schooled by some of the best sword fighters in the movie business.
Now that I know, I'm going to have to re-watch the film. I had always assumed that the fight was done by stuntmen. How wrong I was If you enjoy the film, The Princess Bride , you must listen to this audiobook. It is a real treat and you'll appreciate some hidden gems revealed by Elwes' narration. To borrow some descriptors from the book, it was a magical, "once-in-a-lifetime" moment when talent and story mixed together to create a "timeless, modern classic". Jun 04, Debbie Zapata rated it really liked it Shelves: At least five times, if not five dozen.
Then you can come read As You Wish and see the movie in your head while you read. I thought it was just extremely good timing! We all made a trip to the video store this was before DVDs to pick an after dinner movie or two. We rented a blood and guts one the guys insisted on also, but at the house it was ladies first, and we all liked The Princess Bride so much we watched it twice and never saw the gory movie at all.
Since then I've lost track of how many times I have seen the movie, but I know I want to see it again NOW so I can watch for all the other little behind the scenes secrets Elwes shares in this fun book. Since I know the movie so well, reading this book was like being on set during filming. It was a privilege to see just how connected all the actors were, how much they felt like family, how much fun they had during the shooting, how very special they all were individually and how magical they were together.
And be prepared to die I've already started yet another re-read, so I'm off to storm the castle now. View all 15 comments. Sep 20, Reese Copeland rated it it was amazing. A great book on the behind the scenes stories of a great movie. Lots of candid stories from all the cast, but mostly from Elwes. Filled with funny, serious stuff and a passion for doing a great film, detailing the pride and insecurities of the actors.
If somehow you have managed over the last 28 or so years managed to miss The Princess Bride stop what you're doing and get it. Maybe you can find it on line or available on your cable system Now you'll see why I recommend this book and what all we nerds see in this classic gem of a movie. I learned a lot from this books which i got in audio read by the author. The first thing i learned is that for 28 years I've been mispronoun If somehow you have managed over the last 28 or so years managed to miss The Princess Bride stop what you're doing and get it.
The first thing i learned is that for 28 years I've been mispronouncing "Elwes" Really, the story of the making of the movie which it turns out looked for a long time as if it wouldn't get made I predict you'll find, funny, endearing and sad. It seems that the script of this movie had been "floating" around for some years. No one knew what to call it. Wes it an adventure? Was it a parody? Was it a romance? That curse followed it even after the movie was made. If you were around back in you may recall that in theaters the movie didn't make much of a "splash".
However once it hit video we all discovered it and the movie has never looked back. Now multiple generations have seen and loved the movie. So, really read or if you take my advice listen to this one. Apr 28, Marianna Neal rated it really liked it Shelves: This book was such a wonderful and heart-warming experience! Obviously, a must-read for any fan of the movie, but also just such a positive look at everything that goes into making a film.
It really was great to read about how much the cast and crew bonded throughout the filming process while also discovering so many behind-the-scenes stories. Oct 10, Larry H rated it really liked it. I'd rate this 4. Especially when I reach the last few chapters and everything just fizzled out. Jul 22, Krysti rated it liked it. I really love the premise and setting of this story. The idea of an off-the-map, small town that is hiding this magical, and at times dark, secret is absolutely fascinating.
The characters in this story are in this unique situation of getting to wish for just one thing and being guaranteed that that one thing will actually come true. The crux of the situation though, is that the wish has to be made at age 18 and the wishers are forced to live with the consequences of that wish for the rest of th I really love the premise and setting of this story. The crux of the situation though, is that the wish has to be made at age 18 and the wishers are forced to live with the consequences of that wish for the rest of their lives.
The pacing of the plot in which this story was executed was a little bit too slow for me. Though I did enjoy getting to meet many of the townsfolk and learning what their wishes were and what consequences they were living with because of those wishes, the main plot just didn't grab my attention quite as much as I'd hoped it would.
There is some beautiful prose sprinkled throughout the story, and there are a lot of important themes that Sedoti touches on as well, which I also enjoyed seeing. The setting was perfect for the story. That small, secluded town atmosphere really lent itself well to the mysterious tone of the story and made all of the characters feel that much more connected to one another. I can't say that I cared for Eldon as a main character.
He had moments were I was really rooting for him, but overall, he came across as being very selfish and at times even kind of a jerk. While I certainly enjoy a flawed main character, Howthorn from Sedoti's debut novel is a great example of this, I just found it really difficult to connect with Eldon's character in that same way. Jul 14, Cody codysbookshelf rated it did not like it Shelves: Jesus Christ, this was the worst book I've tried to read in a long time.
Maybe young adult fiction is not for me anymore? This book is set in a small town in the desert, near Area Nothing much goes on in said town, except for the occasional tourist on his or her way to find aliens. Oh, and everyone in town can make one wish that comes true on their eighteenth birthday. The characters are drawn in the broadest of strokes, and the main character Eldon? I don't know is the worst.
He's a total brute: And the fact that he was once the best on the football team but no longer is due to other players' wishes making them better has him down, too. So there's a lot of generic teenage angst and confusion about the future, which is okay. This main character is mean to his friends, his parents, everyone. And yet, he constantly reminds the reader that he's super hot and can have sex with any girl he wants. This book is flaming trash and may no one pay full price for this turd when it comes out in January.
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the ARC, which was given for free in exchange for an honest review. Sorry your book sucks so much, but at least the cover is cool. Stars replace the sunset. Out in the desert, creatures creep out of their daytime hiding places. In the hills, the wish cave is dormant, waiting for the next birthday. Specifically about how everyone hates Eldon, but I am happy to say that I really liked Eldon, and I really liked this story. As You Wish is a compelling tale of fate and choice. We follow Eldon as he approaches his 18th birthday and is struggling with his wish.
But I felt like how he was acting was so appropriate and reasonable and well established. Eldon was so complex and compelling and I loved reading from his perspective. You are reduced to your wish, and Eldon resents that. There just this whimsy and small town structure that was perfect for the story. I also liked seeing the complexities of wishing explored.
Does success, love, happiness have meaning or worth if you just wish for them? Do you feel like an impostor for achieving something via wish and come to resent it? It was very thought provoking. I really liked the writing style. They fleshed out the town and made all the citizens real. I loved the fantastic trio that forms with Eldon, Merrill, and Norie.
They just fit well, and even through their fights and anger and uncertainties; they work. They challenge and support each other perfectly. Major Fontaine was super sketchy and got a little cartoon villain-y for me towards the end of the story. I always felt like there was something off about him, and we do learn more about him in his wish history chapter, but he was a little one dimensional. I just loved so many things about this book.
As You Wish is filled with compelling, complex characters who captivated me from the first page. Why is everyone so willing to wish away their lives? I want to scream at them to stop. Except, of course, In Madison, it does. Oct 17, Reading. Wines rated it it was amazing Shelves: In a small fictitious town named Madison in Nevada, when you turn 18 you get 1 wish. What will you wish for? That's exactly what Eldon, the narrator of our story, needs to figure out. His mom is pressuring him hardcore to wish for money because they need it.
His dad just wants him to be happy. I know I for one wouldn't want to be in that position any time, let alone at the young age of I also love young adult for the fact that they are usually much faster reads for me, and As You Wish was no exception. This book felt like it was written in a conversational style. I felt like I was having a conversation with a friend when I read it albeit a rather egotistical one , or reading a voiceover like Morgan Freeman in some parts.
Eldon definitely comes off as a selfish jerk, but I was empathetic I was very surprised at the amount of swearing in this novel since this is supposedly categorized as YA. It read like YA to me, but the swearing made it feel more like adult-fiction for some reason. And don't get me wrong, I have no issue with the swearing.
I was just very surprised that there was so much of it. I'm probably just out of touch with how much teenagers swear these days. Sedoti definitely knows how to pull at your heart strings. It was also a nice change up from the other chapters that were just all about Eldon. The wish history chapters were what read like a Morgan Freeman voiceover.
I thought the characters had plenty of depth to them, and it was very much a growing up story. The only small issue I had with this book - and why I knocked it down a half star - was that I don't think Eldon really learned enough. I mean I know it takes time to make changes, but he just felt so selfish the entire book, and didn't seem to grow up much at all. Although I did approve of the ending, that helped me out a little bit.
Besides the issue with Eldon that I had, I really truly enjoyed this book. YA used to be all I read, and I really liked this one. Be warned though, there really isn't too much of a plot here. It mostly all just deals with wishing and some other underlying character issues. However, it was a fun read that was on the lighter side, but still had some feels. If you like YA I recommend checking this one out. I can't want to read more from Sedoti because I loved her writing style. Dec 04, Dani - Perspective of a Writer rated it it was ok Shelves: Check out more reviews Perspective of a Writer It's rare that a book makes me as hot and bothered as this book did I thought it was rather a strong premise so that is why I sought a copy of the book.
I really loved the original cover with the beautiful purple night sky and the shadowed house and person peering up into the stars. It felt like Nevada and really made me excited for the tone of the book! After I had received word I would get a copy and before I obtained that copy they changed Check out more reviews Perspective of a Writer After I had received word I would get a copy and before I obtained that copy they changed the cover to this unisex birthday cover that saps away the magical realism of the book!
Thus my 2 star cover rating below! That sent up warning signs and I wrote this post So now the cover is off putting and I wished as hell that I hadn't sought out this book The thing is at first Eldon seemed like a kid who had to make some pretty essential decisions for his future and was crazy scared he'd mess it up! I could relate to that kid and even though I didn't have a magic wish I have needed to decide what I want to do with my life, what school and job I would get into and other things that would determine my happiness level with my day to day life.
Here's the thing I read the first couple chapters and then had to wait a month! Red flags are waving and sirens are starting to blare. And I don't read much magical realism and the fact that when I do I got this Here's some of the ways Eldon offended! And so damn arrogant and self serving! And I don't find his words later much of an apology but self centered Eldon is too concerned with Only those with money, like Merrill, were happy and only because he had something he was going to DO with the money.
AND I hated the platitude that came at the end with his ex-girlfriend who accused him of only seeking out unhappy wishers! I felt it was so contrived that her heart didn't melt when her husband agreed with her, causing her to compromise as well and think of him for his sake!! Like there aren't such sexual beings as bisexuals!! Though it makes a sort of sick sense Yes, he took away their ability to choose perfect revenge. The mayor wanted to control the wishes Except the mayor just wanted to maintain the status quo in a sick way and Eldon literally TOOK his power and made the decision irreversible!
The only reason families stayed in this dead end town was to supply gas and to get wishes! When their wish "didn't make them happy" they stuck around to try to hijack their children's wishes What's to keep them now?! Those getting money may stick around a while but the rest would drift away She was able to give Eldon a serious wakeup call with his friend and even though I wasn't sure he internalized that like he should, I still applaud the attempt!
I also likes his relationship with Fletcher, Penelope - the save the world girl, the annoying wish guy forgot his name and the teacher who was a little too earnest does his name matter at this point?! There was this great attempt to flesh Eldon's life out with people I also understand that some of Eldon's actions were a way to process his loss This just isn't the kind of character that I want to follow into a magically real story I sincerely regret picking this book up!
Thanks to Bookish First and the publisher for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review. It has not influenced my opinions. See my special perspective at the bottom of my reviews under the typewriter Jun 17, Cesar rated it liked it. As You Wish caught me by surprise when I first started reading it. Before, I knew about the book and didn't have much interest in reading it. Then after some thought, and seeing mixed reviews, I decided to pick it up just to see why it got such a mixed reception. Now that I'm done with it, I can understand why some people liked it or hated it.
As You Wish centers around Eldon and his upcoming birthday. He lives in a small town in the middle of nowhere called Madison and on the surface, it 3 stars.
He lives in a small town in the middle of nowhere called Madison and on the surface, it's just a small town but it holds a secret. When someone turns eighteen, they can make a wish that can alter their life as well as others. And Eldon's eighteenth birthday is arriving. He doesn't know what to wish for. What starts out as a teen questioning his desires turns into a story of questioning one's outcome of life, second chances, and finding answers in a fog of doubt.
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Though, the road to the end is bumpy, hence the 3-star rating. For the most part, the story, while entertaining, was slow paced and took a while for some plot development to go on. It's over pages and most of it is about Eldon and him contemplating what his wish is going to be.
Along the way, there is family drama, friendship, finding answers to the unknown, and much more. Aside from a slow pacing, there's our protagonist, Eldon. Eldon is a hard character to like because he does some douche-y things throughout the story. Not to mention he has some anger issues and can say some things that don't make him a humble person. I felt indifferent toward him. The story does shed some light on how he feels about his family and friends, making him seem almost relatable to an extent.
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But he does some things I don't like. So I don't hate him or love him. Plus, the town of Madison is full of cliche characters. You've got the town drunk, the power-hungry mayor, the weird old ladies who are Moving on to what I liked, I did enjoy the magical realism aspect of the story. The main focus of the story is wishing and how wishes can either make your life happy or miserable.
There are so many good examples of people living happy or unhappy lives in Madison because of these wishes. It showed how some people are willing to wish away their problems or wish for something good to happen instead of actually doing something. As much as I want to say more, I can't find the words not because there's so much to write, but how there isn't much else to talk about. So yeah, a short review.
Verdict As You Wish was a decent novel with its flaws. Not too outstanding, but if you are interested in it, then give it a go. Thanks for reading my review! On the outskirts of Las Vegas, in the Mojave desert, there lays a small town called Madison - where almost nothing exciting ever happens. Everyone knows everyone else's business, there's one park that's usually left empty, there aren't any churches since the people of Madison really only follow their own religion and everyone always seems to get 'stuck' living there; its a small, dusty, hot and desolate place located in the middle of no where.
But its one with a very, very big and interesting se On the outskirts of Las Vegas, in the Mojave desert, there lays a small town called Madison - where almost nothing exciting ever happens. But its one with a very, very big and interesting secret. Tons of tourists pass through on their way to visit places such as area 51 in search of extraterrestrial phenomenon, never realizing that this bleak town is where the magic really is.
Which is just fine to the people of Madison - while they're friendly enough, they aren't exactly inviting towards outsiders. In fact, the residents work extra hard to keep tourists uninterested in staying longer than need be, in hopes of keeping their secret to themselves. On everyone's 18th birthday, the residents of Madison get a very special gift: The whole town is built around the wish cave - where all the magic happens.
Children are raised to think up the perfect wish, high schoolers attend wish classes, teenagers receive wish counseling and on and on. Instead of dreaming up and working towards their futures - they're wishing them. Once their wish day comes, however, they don't have anything else to look forward to besides dealing with the consequences of their wish. That's where Eldon Wilkes comes in. He and his friends are all seniors now, but instead of looking towards graduation, they're all anticipating and some are even dreading their wish day.
Despite having his whole life to come up with his perfect wish, Eldon still has no clue of what to wish for. He could wish for money to maybe save his sister, for his ex-girlfriend to love him, for his uncle to live a sober life, or even for his popularity back that he lost due to other wishers - but none of those things seem right to him. With the help of his friends, Eldon does some soul searching and works on his "wish project" by interviewing other wishers and learning the outcomes of the choices they made.
It isn't until he hits rock bottom that he finally knows what to wish for. Every action has consequences, and the choices you make can effect those around you. How will Eldon's wish effect him and the people of Madison? As You Wish by Chelsea Sedoti is a YA magical surrealism story about making wishes and what its like to have them come true. Since this is YA I feel I should warn everyone that this story includes mentions of suicide, substance abuse, and some wishes even grant characters power over others' free will like forcing someone to be in love with you.
The writing was easy to follow but the pacing was extremely slow , and like I said not a lot happens in Madison.
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It took me a long time to read this book and there were a few times I almost gave up on it. The world building was just alright , but there was a lot that was left unexplained: When was it discovered and how long has it been going on? Who made or figured out the wishing rules? No one seemed to know anything about it, which was frustrating. There wasnt very much character depth, either. The most in depth character we get is Eldon, but he was such an unlikable one at times that not even his tragic story really made me feel for him. He acts with out thinking, he's harsh to everyone around him, he's sometimes violent and despite all the the other things everyone else is going through he really only thinks about himself.
I wouldn't mind all that if he actually showed character growth and we got to see him become a better person, but that never happens. By the end of the story its implied that he's going to try to make a change - but its never actually seen. He doesn't change and doesn't really show that he's learned anything from what he goes through.
Another character that I really didn't like was Eldon's mother. She wished for his father to love her when he wasn't even attracted to her beforehand. I can sort of understand a young person making a selfish mistake like that But later on she apparently falls out of love with her husband and makes life even harder for him because of it. Then, when Eldon's younger sister gets injured in an accident, she tries manipulating her son into making a hopeless wish to save her life. Not only does she put that weight on his shoulders, but she crushes him by saying that if he doesn't make that wish then he'll be responsible for her death.
Out of everyone in the world - his sister means the most to him, so that really hit him hard. She was so controlling and manipulative that she could be considered abusive , and her " apology " at the end doesn't make up for any of it. I did like Eldon's father, his best friend Merrill, and other friends Norie and Penelope. Unfortunately, there wasn't much to them, so I never really felt connected to any of the characters. Mostly, I just either felt bad for them or hated them.
I did really enjoy the premise of the book. The idea of being able to make any wish you have come true seemed like it could make an interesting story. It was fun to see how different characters made their wish, learn why they wished for those things and to see how they felt about them afterwards. It made me think about what sort of wish I would make if I was given the chance and imagine what the outcome of my choice might look like. Unfortunately, there wasn't much to the plot of the story. The book follows the MC as he thinks up what to wish for and complains about the things that bother him.
The entire story just drags up until he makes his wish and we don't even really get to see what happens afterwards. I would have maybe liked if there was an epilogue where we get to see the effects of his wish and hopefully how he changed into a better person But I'm not sure that I could have read much more.
Overall, this story wasn't for me. I didn't hate it - there were a very few things I did enjoy, but mostly it just frustrated me. Every time something interesting happened the story dropped back down to being dull again. It was long, boring and I just couldn't connect to or enjoy any of the characters. Dec 30, Angelica rated it it was ok Shelves: This was one such case. Sadly, while the idea was pretty cool, the delivery was not.
This is a book that I was really looking forward to after reading the synopsis. Could you just imagine, living in a place where your greatest wish could be granted, no matter what it was? How amazing would that be? Also, I was really excited to get into the magical realism of the story. The main problem with this novel, other than being maybe a little too long and a little too slow, is the main character, Eldon. To put it plainly, I hated Eldon. I love character driven stories above all other and sadly, this particular character was a pain to deal with.
I understood his pain and his resentment of the wishes, but that did not excuse the things he did and the way he acted, especially in the end. He was a downer to read about and an unappealing narrator. Now, I admit that there were parts that were very well thought out. But, it is always accompanied by the consequences for the wisher and few times for those around them. We also see some of the stupid things that people would undoubtedly waste their one wish on were this real life. Might things have been different for me had I said yes? But this much seems certain: In fact, I might not have even been considered.
You could say I was rather lucky, for as it turned out, I happened to be in the right place at the right time. By the time Rob Reiner had started looking for someone to play his leading man, I had a body of work that was thin but perhaps worth investigating. Through fate or skilled representation or a combination of these I came under consideration for the role of the farmhand turned pirate, Westley—a character created in a renowned novel that had long been considered incapable of being adapted for the screen.
And one that I had already read and enjoyed as a kid. How did that come to be? The film version was released in under that same title in Britain but was renamed Harper for release in the United States, where it became a modest hit and helped further establish the stardom of its young lead, Paul Newman. Needless to say, I loved it. When the call came from Harriet, I was in Berlin shooting a little indie film called Maschenka, based on a semiautobiographical novel by Vladimir Nabokov, the man who gave us one of the most controversial examples of twentieth-century literature, Lolita.
This was the early summer of , only a few months after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, which had caused quite a fear at the time. I recall a crew meeting being called on a set in a place called Katajanokka, in Helsinki, only a week before and being told that there was nothing to fear because the winds were in our favor and that the fallout was likely to be blown in another direction. At least not until it had been declared safe.
We were, after all, only eight hundred miles away from the accident. Anyway, not exactly what you want to hear, but the show did indeed go on. And, as far as I know, no one got sick from the experience, thank God. The last few weeks of the shoot took place in Berlin at Studio Babelsberg, which is how I came to be staying at the Kempinski. I pressed for more information from Harriet. She said all she knew was that Rob and Andy were trying to meet as many British actors who might be right for the part, and that they were obviously interested in me.
I subsequently found out that Rob had gotten a call from the casting director, Jane Jenkins, suggesting that he watch Lady Jane, and if he liked it, fly out to meet me. It seemed reasonable to think that I was in good shape if they were traveling such a long way—and not only that but to a region that might be contaminated with radioactive material. As an actor you lose far more roles than you gain at readings.
Although the novel was published in to immediate acclaim and passionate reader response, it was already thirteen years old by the time I was approached to play the role of Westley. So all I remember is it was right after Chernobyl. And literally leaving a thousand-dollar jacket behind. I just left it. Having arduously penned the script himself, Goldman had long declared it to be his favorite among those he had written. And then years later I went back and finished the book.
Everyone who cared about rock music or comedy instantly fell in love with the movie and memorized its largely improvised dialogue. It was the first and maybe the best of what would become a new category of film and television: Tom Petty once declared his fondness for the dim-witted, aging rock stars by revealing that he and his bandmates routinely gather and recite lines from the film before going onstage. Around this same time Rob was putting the finishing touches on Stand by Me, an adaptation of a Stephen King novella that would be recognized as one of the best coming-of-age stories Hollywood has ever produced.
Later on, after I arrived in London, he arranged a private screening for me at Pinewood Studios, and I remember being deeply moved by it. His films were all very different in tone and genre, and they all ended up doing very good business. He was a director with a unique vision who made memorable films.
There was really no one else doing the kind of work that he was doing. So with that impressive body of work behind him, Rob had earned the right to choose his next project based primarily on what he wanted to do rather than what was expected of him. Essentially, he was given carte blanche. As I understand it, the conversation between Rob and the then head of Columbia Pictures, which was releasing Stand by Me, went something like this: And so for a while the project seemed to stall.
Although he has an extraordinarily warm and generous spirit, and is not at all prone to the sort of rampant ego that is not uncommon among some of the upper echelon of Hollywood talent, he is hardly a pushover. In fact, it was his sheer determination and his vision that were largely responsible for making the film happen.
Time has obviously proven that Rob was the right man for the job. Like most people who read it, he had been a huge fan of the novel. He also had supreme confidence in his ability to blend all the different genres that filled its pages: He would take these elements and turn them on their heads. He would have fun doing it and, in turn, create a movie that would be fun for others.
He tricks you with good writing. One whose success had left him with nearly complete artistic control over his projects. He was able to release his films the way he wanted them to look, as he had final cut in the editing rooms, something that hardly exists today. And he used his clout not to accumulate staggering wealth with superficial blockbusters, but rather to tackle something far more ambitious.
Something near and dear to his heart. I read literally every book he had ever written. He was doing a book about one season on Broadway in called The Season, and my dad had had a play on that year, titled Something Different, which Bill had devoted a chapter of his book to.
Shortly thereafter, Bill finished The Princess Bride and sent it to my father to see if he was interested in making it into a movie. I mean, I just fell in love with it. And after the first couple of movies I started thinking, Well, they make movies out of books, and I started thinking about what book did I really enjoy, and I remembered The Princess Bride was my favorite book of all time. Norman Jewison, Robert Redford, etc. It was in one of those cinema books as one of the greatest screenplays ever written that had never been produced.
I had my agency get in touch with Bill to see if he would be willing to meet with me. It was still in a rough-cut form, but I arranged a screening for him to see it. This was all just for Bill to agree to meet with me. How could one not admire that? He took with him the person who accompanied him to all his meetings: As Rob and Andy were to soon discover, the writer had evidently nearly lost all enthusiasm for the movie business.
Nor had he had any luck with them, or with anyone else for that matter, trying to get it made. In order to better understand Mr. Which is when Goldman bought the rights to his book back from Fox unheard of to this day, I imagine , to protect his cherished work and prevent them from letting someone else rewrite the script.
And believe it or not, the Greenlight Guy was in the middle of negotiating with Goldman when he, too, was fired over the weekend just as the deal was about to close. Another small movie studio literally folded during negotiations. And so it made sense that Goldman was naturally reticent to let his heart get excited all over again only to be potentially disappointed.