Princess Bride Read-A-Long, Milestone 5

During the month of October, Chrisbookarama is hosting a read-a-long of The Princess Bride.

For this week’s milestone, we have read Buttercup’s Baby.

I didn’t realize that this part was an add-on to the original story. I’m so confused about this entire edition that I have now!

Honestly, I’m not sure how I feel about the addition of Buttercup’s Baby to the end of this book. I’m not really sure that it adds much in terms of the things that I liked about the story to begin with: it’s simply a continuation of the sarcasm and fantasy-parody. To be honest, I liked where the story ended originally, even with the cliffhanger. Once you go on into the future, that just adds detail and an unfinished trajectory that just isn’t needed! The Princess Bride stands alone well, why did Goldman think it would be a good idea to add this extra section?

Having said that, I did find the extra bits interesting once I resigned myself to reading through the end. It was good once it was there and I was reading it, but I wouldn’t have felt like I missed out if it hadn’t been there.


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