BOOK REVIEW: As You Wish By Cary Elwes

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Book: As You Wish by Cary Elwes

Genre: Nonfiction, Autobiography

As You Wish is a compilation of Cary Elwes memories of the making of The Princess Bride. If you haven’t watched The Princess Bride, this is pretty much the only situation where I will tell you to watch the movie before you read this book. But seriously. Watch the movie before you read this book. Preferably a hundred times or so, and become such a crazy fan girl for the movie that you stop to fangirl squeal multiple times while you’re reading, pop The Princess Bride into the DVD player the instant you’ve finished the book, and proceed to interrupt the movie at least 25 times to recount various anecdotes from the book with inappropriate fangirl glee… much to your husband’s amused tolerance and astonishment.

Not that I speak from experience or anything.

As you’ve probably guessed… As You Wish was delightful. Sometimes actors’ accounts of their lives or movie experiences disappoint me, because the actors don’t quite measure up to the ideal I’ve imagined of them. That was not the case in this book. Cary Elwes’ narrative was just as candid, witty, and utterly charming as I hoped it would be.
The Princess Bride has really become a cult classic. This is a movie that people will watch, and rewatch, and then watch again, and it is a delight to get a glimpse into the incredible work and talent that went into creating it.

I loved this book. It was spectacular, and I recommend it for anybody who has seen The Princess Bride… so basically everybody, because if you haven’t seen it, you must. And if/when you do, you’ll need to read this book.

5 out of 5 stars

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