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

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Review: As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes five-stars
As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes
Published by Simon & Schuster Audio on October 14, 2014
Genres: Humor, Nonfiction
Format: Audiobook
Length: 7 hours 1 minute
Narrated by Cary Elwes
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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, backstage stories, and answers to lingering questions about off-screen romances that have plagued fans for years!

With a foreword by Rob Reiner and a limited edition original poster by acclaimed artist Shepard Fairey, As You Wish is a must-have for all fans of this beloved film.

There are no words to describe the sheer number of emotions I ran through while reading As You Wish. Extreme happiness, sheer amazement, incredulous laughter, sadness and actual tears. As You Wish is The Princess Bride of non-fiction. (See what I did there??)

“Fencing. Fighting. Torture. Poison. True love. Hate. Revenge. Giants. Hunters. Bad men. Good men. Beautiful ladies. Snakes. Spiders. Pain. Death. Brave men. Cowardly men. Strongest men. Chases. Escapes. Lies. Truths. Passion. Miracles.”
― Cary Elwes, As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride

I read As You Wish in audio and I don’t think I can recommend anything other than the audio. Narrated by Cary Elwes with tons of other cast members making cameos, I was in alt. Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, and Mandy Patinkin, William Goldman, Norman Lear, and Rob Reiner all commented during the book. I swear, As You Wish is pure magic. If you have read the book and loved the movie – you should be reading As You Wish right this very moment.

As You Wish is a combination of the history of the script of The Princess Bride along with a recounting of the actual production of The Princess Bride. Initially [the book says] author and screen writer of The Princess Bride, William Goldman, could not get the script turned into a movie. It was optioned to hell and back but movie studios were afraid of it – it crossed too many genres. The studios were so scared that even the backing/booking of a huge star (Arnold Schwarzenegger was originally cast as Fezzik in one of the options) the script went nowhere. The script for The Princess Bride was so scary but so brilliant that it even was listed in a famous French book as one of the best written but never produced scripts. Eventually Rob Reiner (of This is Spinal Tap fame) would manage to secure both the blessing of William Goldman and the financing to produce my favorite movie EVER. The resumes of the people who would go on to create this masterpiece is like a “Who’s Who” in everything film related. I even recognized the name of the award winning makeup designer (Lois Burwell). The amazing history of the script of The Princess Bride is in itself is enough to read As You Wish.

Almost from the first moment I was instantly transported back to childhood and watching The Princess Bride. OMG! How much I loved this movie growing up! How I adored Westley and Buttercup, Fezzik and Inigo. “Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” The stories told of the Andre the Giant during As You Wish brought me to tears every.single.time. I’m old enough to have been a huge fan of Andre’s and I can only imagine how wonderful it was to work with him.

I love the way As You Wish was written. It’s like the perfect love letter to the perfect adaptation movie of a perfect book. *swoon* Cary Elwes wrote this with all the joy, excitement and wonder that he must has felt while in actual production. It’s literally the perfect companion to the movie. I know I’m going to buy a hardcover edition because I heard there are pictures. OMG!

I’m a card carrying geek. Most people who know me only in passing aren’t aware of how geeky I am. Or, they were unaware but are totally aware now, lol! I’ve been singing about the wonder of this book to anyone who would listen (and a few who tried not to, lol).

Gosh. There are no words. I’m just grateful that The Princess Bride was written and the movie created. The book and the movie brings joy to my heart…and I think I need to buy a copy for mom.

RECOMMENDED!

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