Thursday, February 9, 2012

The Princess Bride: A Sweetheart of a Movie!

"Mawwiage. That bwessed awwangement!"

If you haven't watched The Princess Bride, check out this scene Then come back here. Pretty please.

What should be a pompous, royal affair is a circus sideshow that makes you laugh out loud, rooting for our sweet Wesley to come to Buttercup's rescue. Who knew that all our hero really needed was a Holocaust Cloak? And a wheelbarrow?


It's the amazing device we use to evoke emotions in a scene by our play of words and the strength of our characters.

We imply a certain meaning behind the word.

Readers infer from what we've implied.

Okay, enough with the stinkin' English lesson. I love using connotation in character building because once you create a character in a reader's mind, the reader expects that character to behave well... in character. Duh. And using or mis-using words is just plain fun.

Jack angled his gaze left. "Listen, Sweetheart, I don't recall inviting you to this conversation."

Bogart's use of the word "sweetheart" is world renowned.
Do you think Jack's REALLY talking to his sweetheart? I'm gonna' go out on a limb and say "no". How about this:

"Oh. Yeah. She's a real sweetheart." Maeve  drawled the words for effect. "And my hair gets naturally highlighted by the sun about every six weeks, give or take."


"That was a sweetheart deal, Rocky!"


"He's a sweetheart." Mary set the table with gentle finesse. "That man hasn't hurt a soul in his life."

And that might be the only real "sweetheart" we've seen so far.  So how do you do this effectively?

STAY IN CHARACTER.  And if every character you write sounds the same, then you've got to s-t-r-e-t-c-h yourself

Poor sweet Wesley being stretched in "THE MACHINE" in The Princess Bride... He ends up mostly dead.  Mostly dead is nearly alive. Just so you know. Really, just spare yourself my lame attempts to teach you and go watch the movie. You'll love it. I promise. And you'll become a better writer by osmosis. And Valentine's Day is coming up and nothing is more romantic and fun than The Princess Bride.

"I'd die to be able to wear the sweetheart neckline Tiffany's sporting tonight." Stella encompassed the close circle of women and leaned in as she continued, "Or I could just find out the name of her plastic surgeon."

So many ways to use a single word like "sweetheart" and that's only the tip of a very big iceberg. 

As you edit your work, examining/scrutinizing/studying each phrase for length, connotation and f-l-o-w is a huge help to becoming the concise, tight writer you want to be. At least I think that's what you want to be (unless you don't need editing, in which case I'm going to excuse myself and go eat three pies, one cake and a bowl of ice cream, hoping to feel better about myself because edits are my middle name. After "Ruthy" and right before "never get it right the first time Logan".) 

In The Princess Bride, Buttercup is always herself. Sweet, endearing, beautiful and tough enough to stand up to Prince Humperdink. Every word she utters enforces that image.

Humperdink is a dastardly rich prince who cares nothing for Buttercup and everything for fame and power, a total egotistical jerk. But behind his evil air, you sense the heart of a craven coward, a man who cringes before pain like the sniveling liar he is. And that just makes you HAPPY when he meets his match.

Wesley... a simple farm boy, he's in love with Buttercup but must seek his fortune on the treacherous seas of the Dread Pirate Roberts.... Believed dead, we realize that Wesley lives... and comes for Buttercup only to find her heartbroken and ENGAGED TO THE SNIDELY WHIPLASH PRINCE!

Inigo Montoya.... 

Now, you might not see it this way, (you'd be wrong, but it would be rude of me to point that out here) but I believe Inigo Montoya is the glue that brought all the starring roles together. He is a man (Mandy oh-what-a-stinkin'-cutie Patinkin) who must avenge his father's death. He has searched and studied for over two decades, searching for the six-fingered man...  And now he just might find him, with Wesley's help. If they can get Wesley over being "Mostly Dead". And that's a trick.

And of course, there's Fezzik played by Andre the Giant. 

Fezzik's role isn't just to intimidate. He's the "Hoss Cartwright" of the bunch, the sweet gentle giant who doesn't know his own strength, but is loyal to a fault. His self-confidence is shaky and that's led him into trouble in the past, but now he's teamed up with the amazing Wesley and Inigo Montoya. And a holocaust cloak. And a can of matches.

Drat. I dare say no more.

So here's the deal. You gotta love this movie to comment today, OR promise to watch it before you die. That's not too much to ask, right?

And when you're writing (that's right, this is supposed to have something to do with craft, right, because we're a sweet, sharing bunch of Christian gals who love to share our foibles to help you avoid the same mistakes....) umm....  Write carefully. 

And edit.

There you go. 

Come on inside, grab coffee, coke or sweet tea and tell me how you wordsmith things to make them different! Everyone who leaves a comment will be tossed into the basket (it's really the cat's dish, but I wash it out REAL GOOD before I throw  your names in. Only cool people have actual baskets.) for a goodie box that's got a few books, a little something cute and chocolate deliciousness. Because where would we be without a little chocolate on Valentine's Day?

Ruth Logan Herne is having a hoot with this new bend in the road, she still has trouble believing that anyone would really pay money to read what she wrote, but since they do, she'd like them to continue that trend.  You can visit her at, at or at 


  1. Just this evening at Bible Study, this movie was discussed.....and the laughs began. I sat there dumb and numb because I hadn't seen the movie....then here I find it on Ruth's spot on Seekerville. That is nothing but a Godincident! I'd love to read this book or see this movie asap. That means as soon as possible!

    Barb Shelton

  2. Inconceivable! Could there be someone who hasn't seen this movie yet? And the book is great, too - but this is one of those rare instances when you really need to see the movie first.

    Love, love, love this movie! Our family quotes lines all the time - -

    Although, I did have to put the kibosh on the quoting at a recent funeral... It was just bad taste to talk about someone being mostly dead...especially when you're talking about your grandfather. Those kids of mine. (not to worry - he would have appreciated it. After all, that's where they got their sense of humor.)

    Oh and editing - where would we be without it? Poor writers, all. I don't think my husband could understand when I spent more time on revisions and edits than I did writing the original story.

    But it's during edits and revisions that we can put in the fun stuff - like foreshadowing, connotations, driblets of backstory and, of course, that great undertone of the moral premise.

    I've brought a pot of hot chocolate for the late nighters - I'm off to bed. Somehow, I caught Ruthy's cold. It must be hers, since no one around here has been sick.

    And Ruthy dear, please throw my name in the cat dish (AFTER you feed the cat, please!).

  3. "And do you, Princess Buttercwuuuup." That line made a High School friend of mine and I giggle to the point of crying for a good long 20 minutes when we kept replaying it. Good memories.

    JULIE LESSMAN - Have you watched this yet???? Last time it came up you hadn't and if you comment today, Ruthy is making you PROMISE to watch.

    Loved the book, will be reading it to my kids--did anyone else send off to the publisher for the missing chapter?? I did it before the internet, bet I can find it on the internet - yep - Reunion Scene Letter

    How can one live life without Princess Bride quotes?

    I have no idea what I should be commenting on, I just got all slap happy because I get to talk about Princess Bride. :) Well, off to write! and edit, some.

  4. My brother-in-law performed a couple of weddings a few years ago and during the rehearsal he would always begin, "Deerie be-wuv-ed." He would follow up by laughing at himself. Then he would continue speaking strange. I never did get why he thought that was so funny.

    Then I saw Princess Bride and I understood.

  5. When Mandy Patinkin showed up on Criminal Minds, my husband is like, "That's the dude from Princess Bride."
    I didn't believe him at first. Mandy's still good-looking and I love him in both roles.

  6. OK, so you've twisted my arm and I will watch the Princess Bride before I die.

    I've been smithing lately - wordsmithing- neither of which are real words, but that's an example of what I've been up against as I add in those last 15,000. When I told her that I was crafting, my daughter thought I was making homemade valentines. Humm...Doesn't she know I'm a writer? ;)

    Thanks for the post, Ruthy.

  7. As my daughter used to travel to speech meets she and her friends would quote The Princess Bride" The whole thing, straight through.

    I brought chocolate covered pills, rather large ones. They make you less dead.

  8. This movie has been a family favorite from the very first time we watched it! Some of my sisters and I have the disease of quotingitis. Seriously we quote literally everything, movie, commercial, preview-you name it. And The Princess Bride is one of the most quoted in our house-we could probably quote it from start to finish if we wanted to! One of our favs is:
    Miracle Max: Have fun stormin' da castle.
    Valerie: Think it'll work?
    Miracle Max: It would take a miracle.
    Both: Bye-Bye!!!
    Only we switch the first line out with whatever activity is being done.

  9. Oh, yes, I loved The Princess Bride. I often use the terms R.O.U.S (Rodents of unusual size) when I hear a thump or noise. I need to dust off my copy and watch it this weekend!

    Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.


  10. Barb, don't you just LOVE how God works???? :) Obviously your need to watch this amazingly funny and endearing movie has just been shown to you. What I LOVE is that God is not afraid to show us more stubborn types multiple times, LOL!

  11. Jan, here's my leftover Puffs Plus, a half-bag of dusty Halls Mentho Lyptus strawberry flavor and three pseudoephedrine tablets. So sorry I got you sick! The least I can do is share leftover drugs, right?

    Hot lemonade, my friend. It really helps wash those nasty germs out of your throat and they don't like the acidic environment it leaves. Just imagine the little beasties writhing with pain....Aaaaahhhhhh!

    Yes, to adding in all that good stuff once we punch through the book beginning to end! And I can just see those kids at the funeral. Mine are the same way with odd movie quotes at some of the most interesting moments. But then we are small town folk in a small town environment and I can't deny that the movie quotes totally apply!

  12. Ah, Melissa! I don't have the book or the missing chapter.

    I must fix this.

  13. Connie, YES!!!! Once you see the movie, you can laugh at just about everything in life and be considered normal by your peers. And their children.

    And Mandy.... Great singing voice, too, in case youse didn't know that. Clean-shaven and short hair, you have to HUNT for Inigo Montoya, but he did that role so well that in our heads, Mandy Patinkin IS Inigo Montoya. Anyone who tells you otherwise is selling something. ;)

  14. "Life is pain, Highness!"

    I just love this movie, Lyndee....

    Grab some popcorn and do yourself a favor this weekend. You know, more than anything, The Princess Bride gives you permission AND inspiration to be funnier in your work. (Not YOU specifically, like the nurse's "YOU" meaning a million people) (Or more)

    It's fun to laugh through the pain, and I promise if you don't come out of this loving fire swamps and ROUS's, then I'll just give you a big ol' hug when we meet. I'll hug you anyway because I'm annoying that way, but just watch the movie, okay??? Tina says it's great, too, so if TINA says it, it must be so.

  15. MARY CLINE!!!! Give one of those pills to Jan, she suffers!!!!! ;)

    Just as long as you don't make her suffer humiliations galore!

    I can just see a carload of kids quoting this. Oh my stars, what a hoot. I'm dying! Mostly.

  16. Abbi, we do that with that line, too! And it doesn't matter if it's tearing off a roof, digging up a septic system, heading to the woods to get the big ol' truck unstuck.... Oh my word, it can be as simple as one man taking off in a car with two babies...

    "Good luck stormin' the grocery store!"


    Because you just KNOW the chances of a successful mission are between zero and none!

  17. Eva, good girl. Keep it short and sweet so you have more time to watch the movie!

    Cindy, I've had a few ROUS's in my time, too. No fire swamps YET... But then the day ain't over!

    "Good night, Wesley! I'll most likely kill you in the morning." Who knew that pirates could be so sentimental and cruel all at once??? ;)

  18. Anyone who has seen this movie, loves it. I am no exception. Reading your blog, I was smiling the whole time. It's been a while I've seen it. So, I'm going to cruise netflix and add it my que.


  19. Ruthy you are tooooooo funny.

    I guess I will have to convince dh to find that movie. He's in charge of the remote. LOL

    Thanks for starting my day with a chuckle.

  20. Oh Ruthy, I LOVE the Princess Bride. I loved it in high school, even before I knew anything about writing or had any desire to write a novel of my own. And I remember saying Princess Bride was so great because it had everything a person could ever want in a story.

    True love. A beautiful woman. An evil prince. Poison. Torture. Pirates. A midget. A giant. Rodents of unusual size. And a really hot guy.

    My favorite scene is when Buttercup pushes Wesley down the hill, and he yells . . . Well, you know what he yells. It's so sweet. (And I would totally write a scene where my heroine pushes my hero down a hill and then they end up kissing rather passionately at the bottom. I think I need to figure out a way to put that into my next novel.)

    So now I think Melissa Jagears needs to come back and analyze the Moral Premise of Princess Bride so that Mary has another example to use for her class on Saturday. :-)

  21. LOVE "The Princess Bride" and LOVE Cary Elwes (at least I loved him in this and "Lady Jane" not so much the horror flicks).

    Now I'll be quoting the movie all day. Luckily, my boss also loves it and we've had our share of "who can quote the most lines" fights.

    And thank God for editing. I love that we can go back and make things right. I shudder to think of anyone seeing my stories without it.


  22. LOVE The Princess Bride. There's so much fun and fairy tale and imagery in that movie, it's an old fave of mine.

    I don't have any connotation examples to share because I don't consciously do that. They might pop up, but it's by accident, so I don't think that counts. I'm mostly here because I love finishing up my before-work writing session with a visit to Seekerville :)

  23. BTW, does anyone here own an iPad? I've had my eye on them for about a year now and would really like some feedback from readers and writers on how well it works for that kind of thing.

  24. Wonderful start to my day...and it is quite amazing when we think of ALL the lines from this movie that are so often quoted. For some of us, they've become a part of our daily lexicon.

    Hmm, I don't know if that's good or bad. :)

    This movie, especially Inigo, is a great lesson in perseverance. When something (or someone) gets in your way, just say Hello, my name is...

  25. LOVE this movie, Ruthy! Saw it the first time when it came out in theaters, um many, many years ago. My DH actually pulled it out of our archives not too long ago to watch together a couple months ago. We both quote lines from it and laugh. :) Loved your post today. :)

    How do I wordsmith? Hmmm, still figuring that one out. I'm oh so close to finishing my first rough draft, so I haven't had a lot of practice in this yet. I like what you shared about connotation--I'll have to work on that. One author I've listened to says trying to find a metaphor for each scene helps build great word pictures/things the reader can identify with. I'm going to be crafting those into my scenes more deliberately as I go through and re-write.

    Thanks for a fun post! I'm looking forward to reading what others do. :)

  26. What a way to start the day, Ruthy! I love The Princess Bride. I find a new detail or connotation every time I watch it!!

    Inigo Montoya is my hero. Talk about smooth. May every hero under the sun exhibit some small trait of his : )

    I hate to say it, but the quotable movies in this household are Taladega Nights and Joe Dirt, with a smattering of The Good,The Bad and the Ugly thrown in for good measure.

    Good stuff, R!!!

  27. Ruthy, I just have to write one more thing. When my DH saw the top of Inigo Montoya's head in this post (I was still reading above his pic), he began quoting, "Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die." I was already laughing, and he cracked me up more.

    I love so many scenes in this movie. One of my faves is when Fezzik comes and saves a sloshed Inigo before the wedding. :)

  28. I love, love, love this movie sweetheart! In the summer when I am off from teaching and my daughter is home from college, we become 'romance' movie marathoners (I wonder if I spelled that right), where we sit up all night watching either a long BBC romance series, like Pride and Prejudice, or North and South, or one that will make us laugh and sigh at the same time, like The Princess Bride. I love the line of "As you Wish" that Wesley courts his Princess with in the beginning of the movie. He says those three words with increasingly intense romantic tone and, eventually, ends with the big kiss. Great connotation.

  29. Okay, okay, I guess this is a sign. Our pastor played this EXACT scene in church on Sunday, and NO, Melissa, I have NOT scene this movie yet!!

    PAUSE FOR BOOS ... as Barb, Lyndee, Sandra and I slowly slink away ...

    I will redeem myself by saying that I have just written a sticky note to watch this movie with my hubby some weekend (which is the only time we watch movies), so back off, all you P.B. Bwats!!

    Fun post, Ruthy!!


  30. Good morning, Ruthy! You're so right--so many nuances of the same word and so much hinges on its context!!

  31. TEREASA, YES!!!! I consider that my job to drag unsuspecting folks to the tv for a truly romantic Ruthy and Dave Valentine's Day. ;)




    Ed will love it. It's a guy movie. He will roll on the floor, clutching his gut, laughing out loud. Keep the defibrillator handy.

    And the insurance paid. I'm just sayin'....

  32. Oh, Naomi, yes. Melissa should DO THAT.

    Because I'd leave Mary out to hang cheerfully and laugh while I'm doing it, but that's what friends are for, right???

    But let's see...

    Two young people. Alone. No family. No ties. No money. Dreams.

    He needs to prove himself, but his life takes a turn he isn't sure she can live with. Still, he's hopeful, until news of her marriage leaks out.

    She's decided to settle for less than perfect because she had perfect and can never have it again.


    And the catalyst is the force of evil masquerading as a leader, ignoring the plight of his poor addled father. "Well. Good night, then."


    Saving grace. Inigo who finds the courage to face his dragons... And not cave to pain. Fezzik who finds the self-assurance to listen to good people, who comes to believe in himself.

    Dagnabbit. Did I just help MARY?????

  33. Kirsten, I agree on all counts, honey!

    And Julie....

    "Fetch me that pitcher."


  34. MIA, m' love!

    Grandpa: She doesn't get eaten by the eels at this time

    The Grandson: What?

    Grandpa: The eel doesn't get her. I'm explaining to you because you look nervous.

    The Grandson: I wasn't nervous. Maybe I was a little bit "concerned" but that's not the same thing.

    I love Fred Savage. And Peter Falk. Holy Moly, he's a great grandpa!

    And I love that Seekerville is that after-writing visit!!!! ;)

  35. Lizzie, I love that use of Inigo's famous saying!

    I must admit to practicing it often, although generally under my breath.


  36. I love The Princess Bride and promise to watch it again. SOON.

    As you wish.

  37. Pass the hot lemonade.

    "Love. True love." The only thing worth living for and the only thing worth getting out of bed with a fever to edit my own scenes.

    "Since the invention of the kiss, there have been five kisses rated the most passionate, the most pure. This one left them all behind." - I've always wanted to write a kissing scene that could measure up to this statement. And still be CBA marketable.

  38. We love Princess Bride. My husband introduced me to the movie years ago he could not believe I had never seen it before. Now it's a family favorite.

    The Grandson: Is this a kissing book?
    Grandpa: Wait, just wait.
    The Grandson: Well, when does it get good?
    Grandpa: Keep your shirt on, and let me read.

  39. Julie - You can come hang out with me and watch it while I convalesce.

    How's that for a big word?

    My nose hurts :(. But even still swollen and stitched up it looks better than it did before. But I still have good drugs.

    I heart this movie! It's one of my all time faves! I may have to watch it while I read A Heart Redeemed [FINALLY} and wait for DH to show up with In Too Deep.

    I'm sure there was a point to this besides "I love Princess Bride and Julie must watch" but I don't remember what it was.

    Stinkin' codeine!

  40. "No more rhymes. I mean it."
    "Anyone want a peanut?"

  41. OH! I did reference the perfect kiss thing in one of my MSs! That a kiss belonged on the list from Princess Bride or something!

    And I need to go find the book and put it on my wishlist on Amazon...

  42. Inconceivable!!!!!!!

    One of my very fave books ever, movie wasn't bad either!

    Thanks for this, Ruthy. :)

    In a course last fall, Brandilyn Collins taught a session. She used the term "Subtext" to describe. Her book on this is: Getting Into Character

    Highly recommended!

  43. yes yes yes - here it is - another favorite scene...

    "But there is something you don't know..."

  44. OHMYGOSH!! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE The Princess Bride. It's our families FAVORITE movie!!

    Julie you MUST SEE IT!! You'll laugh and catch yourself saying many lines in the movie in your every day life. It's been years since we've seen the movie and we can still quote lines from that movie. They are just UNFORGETABLE!!

    TREAT YOURSELF and see this movie!! It's a KEEPER!! Grin!

    Nora St.Laurent
    The Book Club Network

  45. Julie has never seen Princess Bride? That's kinda like saying chocolate's never been paired up with peanut butter.

    Westley: I told you I would always come for you. Why didn't you wait for me?
    Buttercup: Well... you were dead.
    Westley: Death cannot stop true love. All it can do is delay it for a while.
    Buttercup: I will never doubt again.
    Westley: There will never be a need.


  46. Hilarious post, Ruthy! Princess Bride is on a long list of movies I haven't seen. I'm tempted. Is that enough to pass muster?

    I'm hungry for apple fritters so I brought a box. And English muffins for those with will power.


  47. Phew! Thank goodness that Julie Lessman hasn't seen the Princess Bride either. That means that I'm in good company. I've seen snippets here and there during the numerous times it has been shown on television but I could never get into it. Does that mean I don't have a sense of humour? Because it doesn't tickle my fancy at all. Ouch...did someone just throw a rotten tomato at me? (pfffft, slinking off to buy my own chocolate.)

  48. I kept hearing people saying these strange quotes and when they would tell me it's from The Princess Bride, I thought they were talking about The Princess Diaries with Anne Hathaway, which I had seen years before. I was confused to say the least. Finally, my sister clarified it for me and I have since seen bits and pieces of it. You all have made me want to watch it all the way through with my DH and two boys.

  49. Well, first of all, I LOVE The Princess Bride.
    So I get to play.

    The two scenes that pop instantly to mind are of inego Montoya(sp) saying, "My name is Inego Montoya, you killed my father, prepare to die."

    He just said it over and over with such flare. I love it.

    And the scene where that bad guy tries to decide which cup contains the poison. He just thinks and rethinks and keeps tossing out reasons which it might be this one, but might be that one.
    Funny scene. I love the whole movie.

    Wesley to Buttercup: Why didn't you wait for me?
    Buttercup to Wesley: I was told you were dead.
    Wesley: You gave up for such a small reason as that? You should have known that wouldn't stop me.

    (Okay, I'm paraphrasing but it's a charming, funny, off the wall moment and this movie is full of them)

  50. LoveloveLOVE this movie! (I liked the movie better than the book, but, then again, I read the book long after having seen the movie a LOT.) We are always breaking out into quotes from movies, especially this one. (We're an odd lot, I know.)

    "I do not think that means what you think it means."


    Now I'm in the mood to watch it. Big surprise there.

    BTW, as soon as I started to read this, I thought, "This sounds like the way Ruthy writes..." so it was no surprise to get to the bottom and discover you had written it :)

    I agree--Mandy Patinkin IS Inigo Montoya! And when I see Cary Elwes in "Twister", he isn't Jonas but Westley. That's what I think whenever I see any of the actors.

    Thanks for the laugh and memories, Ruthy!


  51. Ah, Jamie had the correct quote.


    I loved the scene Billy Crystal was in, too.

  52. I have never seen this movie in its entirety. Parts only. A grandfather reading a story to the kid from The Wonder Years. A guy rolling down the hill and Buttercup rolling after him. I guess that's when she discovered her beloved was mostly alive and not mostly dead?

    Oh, pardon my manners. Hi y'all! Just popping in to say hello and express my thanks for great posts (thanks!) Yes, I'm still around, lurking, always lurking. Usually via emailed posts so I don't miss anything.

    My wordsmith examples? Examples off the top of my head, Character 2, in response to Character 1 painting a room blue in anticipation his wife's long-awaited pregnancy, asks, "And how are you going to live in a house with a blue room if the test is negative?" In an earlier scene, Character 2 says to Character 1 (whom 2 refers to as "long in the obtuse") "She wouldn't be talking to you if life were fair, but it isn't." I have a lot of fun with this guy. Is that what you're looking for? If not, I'll be embarrassed, lol.

  53. Ruthy, thanks for the drugs. I feel much better this morning - no more fuzzy head.

    Although the drugs Carol is taking are much better. (So glad you're on the downhill side of this whole thing, Carol!)Codeine is a prescription drug because of people like me. I love the stuff. It's the upside of surgery.

    Just sayin'...

    I unpacked my book boxes over Christmas (Yay! The poor things had been in those boxes for a year!) and found our copy of The Princess Bride - a fresh fountain of quotable lines!

    "Everyone had told her, since she became a princess-in-training, that she was very likely the most beautiful woman in the world. Now she was going to be the richest and most powerful as well.

    Don't expect too much from life, Buttercup told herself as she rode along. Learn to be satisfied with what you have."

    Doesn't that tell you so much more about Buttercup than the movie does?

  54. Ruthy, Ruthy, Ruthy! I am willing and do pay money for your books! And then I read them. Fast. They're awesome!

    Princess Bride? One of my all time favorite movies. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT!!!! :D

    Yes. I edit. And edit. And edit. I'm still editing even though the book is done. I keep thinking of ways to improve it.

    NAOMI! That's my favorite scene, too!!! "AS... YOU... WISH!!!!" "Wesley?" :D LOVE IT!

    MARY! My favorite line: "My name is Inego Montoya, you killed my father, prepare to die." And the quote about not being able to stop true love. :D

  55. Did I need to say I want to be tossed in the hat? Or rather,I want my name tossed in the hat. There's a bit of fun word-smithing. ;-)

  56. Oh, Ruthy, now you've enticed me to go find this movie and watch it again. It's been ages!

    And what a great example of characters acting in character--and there were some good ones! Billy Crystal is always amazing. And the actress who played his wife? Memory fails, but she was a riot!

  57. Oh, Ruthy!!! This has got to be my all-time favorite movie! I got my kids into now and I get to watch it (or at least hear it in the background) pretty often! I went to see this movie with my best friend when it first came out. We were 17 and sooooooo in love with Wesley! And we laughed so hard during the movie that we almost got in trouble! It was tiny theatre and we were almost the only people there, and no one else was laughing but us, and the manager gave us the evil eye!

    I love that movie. So, so, so funny. Love all the accents and fun characters. So many classic lines. Just yesterday, I said to my daughter, "Why don't you just give me a paper cut and pour lemon juice on it. We're closed!" Instead of apologizing for the slight she had just made against me, she said, "I love that movie."

  58. Truly, you can't watch bits and pieces and get it. I remember as a kid catching the torture chamber scene on the TV and thinking it was a bad movie and turning the channel. Thank Heavens for a High School sleep over that started it at the beginning.

    Same thing happened with Star Wars, always saw bits and pieces around Thanksgiving and though it looked dull, but until I had an injury at a track meet and had to lay with an ice bag in the locker room with it one did I see the error in my thinking.

  59. Excellent post, Ruthy. Yes, I've watched the Princess Bride however, whenever someone mentions it, I don't get a visual. Not sure why because as soon as I see a snippet, I laugh and remember it. Weird, huh.

    Totally agree with you on the topic of connotations. Thanks. :)

    Anita Mae.

  60. Mary Cline, pass the chocolate coated pills that make you less dead!!! I need one today!

  61. Gah! Teach me to press the "publish your comment" button before reading through my comment. I truly can spell, promise.

    Moral Premise of Princess Bride, eh? Definitely have something to do with perseverance. I'll have to think about it. :)

  62. Wove. Twue Wvoe. Ah honestly a favourite movie of mine! I quote it constantly, and it even managed to make it's way into my manuscript. :) Unfortunately I usually quote it when I'm tired and at work, and all the younger girls look at me like I've lost my mind when I say: "Let me esplain. No, there is not time. Let me sum up. Buttercup will marry Humperdink in little less than half an hour..." (with the extra emphasis on the H's in true Inigo fashion)... Oh right, and there's that editing thing too... I suppose I should go work on that, although you've almost convinced me to take a break before I even start and watch this movie. :D Loved the post Ruthy, as always you prove to be a kindred spirit. <3

  63. And when you quote this movie, you have to do the accents too. The accents almost make the movie.

    And the movie is better than the book. I've only read the book once, though.

  64. It's true, the movie is better than the book, rather rare to be so, but true. However, I love the backstory that you don't see in the movie. Like Fezzik's yogurt breaks, etc.

  65. I'm reading all Moral Premise comments with interest...and desperation.


  66. To anyone who hasn't seen Princess Bride, it's just an odd little movie. Whimsical, sarcastic, a fairy tale with modern sensibilities set in the past.

    I honestly don't know if reading all these comments about how much we love it is wise, because it's so UNEXPECTED. Do you ever see a movie and think, "Wow, that's a story I've never heard told before."
    The Princess Bride is like that.
    But I'm afraid we're building i all up so much it can't bear up until the praise.

    It is, just simply, a delight. A surprise.
    Silly and fun.

  67. I just ordered the book. And a Pat Simmons book from Julie's post last month.

    Wuv twu wuv is what bwings us togever today.

    And yes. You must do the accents.

    And then those of you on the ACFW main loop... check out my email I'm sending there ;).

  68. Woohoo, Melanie! Just saw an exciting announcement about you on the ACFW loop! Tell us more, girlfriend!

  69. "Humpa-dink! Humpa-dink! Humpa-dink!"

    OF COURSE I've seen this movie! I actually remember seeing it in the theater with my parents when I was a really little girl (probably about 5) and for years Wesley was my ideal man. It's always quoted in our family.

    In fact, last year for Christmas, I found my brother a t-shirt that was all black except for a 2x3 inch rectangle that looked like a nametag sticker that said "HELLO: My name is" and then in "handwriting" it read "Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die." So hilarious!

    Also, the book the movie is based on is pretty great as well. One of the first books I read that I realized you could use lots of humor to tell a fantastic story.

  70. Would you believe it I can actually say I've seen this movie??

    My co-worker loaned it to me last week and I got to watch it. A cute movie--though I struggled to always understand what they were saying. ;-)

    But oh I loved it when the Princess found out her prince was still alive!


  71. THE PRINCESS BRIDE was my kids' go-to movie. Rainy day, sick, housebound for some reason? They'd always watch TPB! I think they wore out our copy.

  72. Sweetheart! Finding the perfect word is SO MUCH FUN!

  73. I just bought the DVD of this movie! My kids have never seen it. Never realized how terribly deprived they were. Now I have to tie them to the couch and make them watch it.

    They recently held a reunion of the cast for the 25th anniversary, and they all told some wonderful, funny stories about the filming.

    And yes, word choices are SO important. I'm a fanatic about that. (In fact I just spent about an hour sneaking peeks into my online thesaurus between phone calls, looking for just the right flavor of word.) I also find that beyond writing distinctive dialogue for each character, it helps to use that character's speech patterns for the whole scene in their POV. It helps to hear their separate voices in your head when you stay inside the character throughout, plus your reader can immediately tell whose POV a scene is in even without your naming the character.

  74. Sorry to interrupt, but the noon news just ran a story that choc cake and other sweets for breakfast can help u lose weight. Scientists conducting the test recommend we eat a small portion of choc cake every morning, and those who participated in this study lost an average of 40 pounds a year!

    How can we ignore such sage advice from reputable scientists?

    Brought Chicago treats to share-Frangos or Fannie Mae. Take your pick!

  75. Audra, my boys love Joe Dirt... And Talladega? My buddy Bob (whose littlest is our Goddaughter) is "Ricky Bobby". Really. Funniest thing ever. ;)

    Katie, me too! You are in good company, sweet thing!

  76. Great post Ruthy. I love this movie. Our family also quotes this movie all the time. My youngest son doesn't like watching it with my husband and I because we can quote many of the lines! :) My kids quote it too.

    Love how you pointed out the idiosyncrasies of each character and likened to how we need to do that in our novels too. This is an area I need to work on some more with my secondary characters.

    You are a hoot Ruthy. Loved your post.

    Jodie Wolfe

  77. "Inconceivable!"

    "You keep using that word, I dunna think it means what you think it means..."

    The sword fight at the top of the Cliffs of Insanity is my favorite scene. My eHarl tagline has the "Life is pain, Highness. Anyone who tells you otherwise is selling something." quote.

    My absolute favorite movie ever. So many quotable quotes and just plain CLEVER! Phil Vischer of Veggie Tales fame once told me "Clever is gold - give the audience clever and they'll always come back for more."

    I think that's why I love Mary Connealy's books so much. (with apologies to the other Seeker ladies)

    My favorite animated film (humor me, I'm an animator) is hands down, THE IRON GIANT. I mention it only because when talking favorite films - I cannot pick between live action (Princess Bride) and animated (Iron Giant).

    Ah the memories of college film nights with the entire audience quoting in unison..."Hello, my name is..."

    Thanks for this post!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  78. Eileen, I LOVE your spelling and romance marathons rock. And to have an Abbott's ice cream along with the romantic movie??? Be still my heart!

    Julie, how can the MOST PASSIONATE SEEKER not have a clue about this movie??? And I do believe you've promised before because if nothing else, I AM REDUNDANT and talk about the same things over and over again.

    Like romance... ;) sigh....

  79. Bridgett, you and me both, honey! I'm with you on the scene and the cold! Hey, make the others share the dusty Halls and the drugs.

    We can sip hot lemonade and commiserate!

  80. Carol, I'm sending you virtual hugs and tender Mommy moments. I would bring you chocolate and sweet tea or diet coke or coffee.

    As you wish.

    Westley: I told you I would always come for you. Why didn't you wait for me?

    Buttercup: Well... you were dead.

    Westley: Death cannot stop true love. All it can do is delay it for a while.

    Buttercup: I will never doubt again.
    Westley: There will never be a need.

  81. Connie and Jaime, I knew I could count on you two. I think this should be a Valentine's Day tradition...

    How could a romance get more perfect than Westley and Buttercup?

    KC, isn't Brandilynn wonderful? If I were to ever read a craft book (and that will not happen in this lifetime) but if I did, hers would make the short list. I always loved her early women's fiction. "Color the Sidewalk For Me" was/is a favorite of mine.

  82. Oh, KC!!!!

    "I am not left-handed!"


  83. Janet.


    You, Julie and Sandra will be LOCKED in a room at the next conference and/or Seeker convention and you will watch this movie and laugh uproariously.

    The Albino????

    Who doesn't just want to hug and love the Albino?????




    You rock, Nora!!!!

    "And in studying, you must have learned that man is mortal so you would have put the poison as far from yourself as possible, so clearly I cannot drink the glass in front of me!"

  85. Oh, Jamie, I didn't see you posted that one! Great minds think alike, Sistah!

    "Not to fifty!"

  86. Kav, I love you too much to hold that against you.

    It's okay. Just join in on the chocolate fest, all right?

  87. Buttercup: "We'll never survive!"
    Wesley: "Nonsense. You're only saying that because no one ever has."

    LOL. The Princess Bride is, as described by, "A classic fairy tale, with swordplay, giants, an evil prince, a beautiful princess, and yes, some kissing (as read by a kindly grandfather)." They forgot to mention the despicable six-fingered man and an Albino who has a penchant for stumbling down stairs in an expert and awe-inspiring fashion. :)

    To be honest, when I first pressed "play" on this one about 12 years ago and saw Peter Falk, I thought I was in for another round of "A Storm In Summer", a movie that, as an 11 year old, frankly, had me bored to tears. Anyway... I watched the Princess Bride, then I watched it again. Then I watched it again (I was homeschooled). Then I had some friends over and watched it with them. Simply put, it's great. And I mean 'great' by the Merriam Webster's dictionary definitions 3, 9, 10 & 11. ;)

    AWESOME post, Ruthy!!! When you used the Princess Bride as a teaching example, you had this girl hooked.

    I love looking for the perfect word! Julie Lessman helped me out on this once with recommending's Reverse Dictionary. I'm addicted now. :)



    "Get back, witch!"

    "I'm not a witch, I'm your wife!"


    And this one as they approach the castle gate-keeper...:

    Westley: Give us the gate key.

    Yellin: I have no gate key.

    Inigo Montoya: Fezzik, tear his arms off.

    Yellin: Oh, you mean *this* gate key.

  89. Ruthy, I love Inigo Montoya's voice when he delivers that line: "Fezzig, tear his arms off." So flat, so matter-of fact. I'd "find" the gate key, too.

  90. Ruthie, you're so cute. I knew by the voice in that post that this was you long before I saw your grinning face. I LOVE "The Princess Bride." That big old giant gets me everytime.

  91. Oh, Ruthy, I LOVE "The Princess Bride"! This is a great movie, and its actually one of the movies I like to study to see what makes it great. I think it's main winning quality is the unique character cast and the comedy throughout. You're right -- Inigo Montoya brings them all together.

    I try to create unique characters and a thread of comedy in my own writing, and "The Princess Bride" is a great inspiration to me. :-)

  92. Raises hand. Yes, Jan.

    My daughters love this movie and have a copy but I've never watched it. Guess I'll have to.

  93. I promise to watch this movie before I die. Since I got all cheap and cancelled netflix, I'll have to find someone to loan it to me. I don't think it's gonna be at the redbox.
    I'm clearly an epic fail for having not seen it yet, haha.

  94. Donna, right now I'm thanking the good Lord that you have a sister!!! Hug her!

    Melanie, I'm not sure if recognizing me in the post is good or not, but I'm voting YES IT'S GOOD because that makes me distinctive.

    Or sadly repetitive. And predictable.

    Well, now I'm depressed. I might be dead upon the morrow, but....

    "There's a shortage of perfect breasts in the world. It would be a pity to ruin yours."

    "Oh! My sweet Westley!"


  95. Kimberli, you totally played correctly!

    First, I love the blue room... excellent and thought-provoking, poignant.

    And the snark in the second comment rocks! Good girl! Ya gotta have some fun with your characters. I like this guy!

    Jan, I have to get the book. Gotta do it.

    Right after Sandra, Julie and Janet watch the movie. Umm... girls...

    You know why you haven't watched this movie, right??? What do the three of you have in common????

    I'm just thinking out loud. :)

    Somewhat MEANLY.

  96. Moral premise of Princess Bride.

    I see it as seizing opportunity and doing what has to be done for others.

    Westley (is there a "t"? Some websites have it, some don't) must sacrifice to care for Buttercup.

    Buttercup needs to follow the royal edict. Is that obedience? Service? Settling for a creep?

  97. Mary, you might be rightl. It might be better if they STUMBLE on the movie and get dragged into the TPB cult by unintentional design.

    Okay, then let's talk Steel Magnolias.

    Oh my stars, talk about a great chick flick. Weeza... Clairee... Melynn... Shelby....Truvy... Annelle.

    Grab the tissues and the chocolate.

    Clairee: I've just been to the dedication of the new children's park.

    Truvy: Yeah, how did that go?

    Clairee: Janice Van Meter got hit with a baseball. It was fabulous.

    Truvy: Was she hurt?

    Clairee: I doubt it. She got hit in the head.

  98. Kayla, I concur. About the movie and the spirit stuff... after all, I do not CARELESSLY use names as heroines, and Kayla Dougherty in Winter's End is just a wonderful, wonderful character....


    Gotta love that name!

  99. It's in my DVD cabinet, so I'm good to go.

    Why can we all recognize Wesley in that mask and Buttercup can't?

  100. I love the Princess Bride. It's the only girl movie that my brother will watch. LOL.
    Yes, characters are so important and how they each are different yet all weave themselves together in a way that works.
    Great post!

  101. LOVED this post, Ruthy and please don't tell anyone, but I've never watched The Princess Bride (GASP!!!). BUT, I promise I will...SOON! ~ You are truly a sweetheart (meant in a very nice way!). Of course, if you lived down here in the south I'd say you're a Georgia peach! ;) Anyway, speaking of peaches, here's an afternoon snack of Peach cobbler (right out of the oven) with ice-cream melting over it. Enjoy! Thanks again for this post (and the laughs). Hugs, Patti Jo :) p.s. LOVE that you toss names in the CAT dish!! ;)

  102. My late 20-something can still recite most of this movie to each other, to the particular amazement of my Chilean born-and-bred son-in-law. Who likes the movie just fine, btw, but can't understand why two teenagers once watched it so many times they can still recite it 15 years (ish) later.

    And yes, of course, it has a great plot, too.

    Toss my name in the hat :) ( dish...)

  103. JAMIE SAID: "Julie has never seen Princess Bride? That's kinda like saying chocolate's never been paired up with peanut butter."

    LOL!! No, honey, saying Julie hasn't seen Gone With the Wind would be like saying chocolate's never been paired with peanut butter!! :)

    Anybody who has ever read my books knows that I like a lot of serious, high-drama angst in my romance, which I'm thinking the Princess Bride does not have -- it's mostly a Mel Brooks kind of funny romance, right? I am a VERY serious romantic rather than a light one, although I do love Doris Day movies, so maybe I need to reassess ... :)


  104. KAV SAID: "Phew! Thank goodness that Julie Lessman hasn't seen the Princess Bride either ... I've seen snippets ... but I could never get into it. Does that mean I don't have a sense of humour? Because it doesn't tickle my fancy at all."

    Uh-oh ... I'm with Kav!! I've seen snippets as well, but have never been motivated to watch it all the way through even though everyone and their mother has told me to watch it. So I guess you need to let fly with the tomatoes at me, too!! Thank God I love tomatoes anyway I can get 'em ... :)

    I'll tell you what, Kav -- I've written a sticky note to watch it with my hubby, so after I do, I'll let you know if I like it since you and I are two peas in a pod on this one. :)


  105. CAROL SAID: "I heart this movie! It's one of my all time faves! I may have to watch it while I read A Heart Redeemed [FINALLY} and wait for DH to show up with In Too Deep."

    WHAT??? Watch Princess Bride WHILE you are reading A Heart Revealed??? Not while you're reading a Katie/Luke honeymoon scene or Charity/Mitch fight scene, I'll wager ... :)


  106. Oh heavens, Ruthy
    I knew it was your voice by the end of the second sentence! LOL

    And the Princess Bride is one of my all-time fav movies. It's also a great way to teach how supporting characters truly SUPPORT a good story. Each character has a purpose...even the gatekeeper who doesn't want is arms ripped off :-)

  107. a fabulous 'the princess bride' movie ;)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  108. Julie I'm on day four of the weight watchers diet and may have been a bit hungry when making that comparison lol (what I wouldn't give for a Reeses Peanut butter cup)

    Gone With the Wind's a great movie :)

  109. Yes, Steel Magnolias, Gone with the Wind and Terms of Endearment - for me, those movies span all emotions and that's what entertains me.

    You've really got me thinking, Ruthy. I have this idea that I have to concentrate during comedies, and I don't like to think when I watch movies. I just like to get on the ride and let it rip me up and down the emotional roller-coaster.

    Jamie- go eat fruit and a bit of protein. It works! No need to be hungry. Been on WW since last March and lost bunches. Hang in there!

  110. What can I say after all that?? LOL.

    I concur whole-heartedly! LOVE that movie. Loves Wesley's character.

    Big sigh moments and lots of laughs! Good combo.


    PS. Am very grumpy about words right now so I'll keep my 2 cents to myself. Am editing my entry for a contest and gritting my teeth. Next - the dreaded query letter. Arg.

  111. Jamie, BTW one Reese's Peanutbutter cup is 3 pointsplus. If that hits the spot then do it!

  112. Susan, re your comment that you're grumpy abt words - I hear you! Today it seems as though I was cking the thesaurus for about every five words! My brain goes into a rut and I use the same word over and over, lol. Get it? Over and over... ;)

    Ahem, back to the words...

  113. Chocolate cake for breakfast diet.

    I'M IN!!!! Lyndee, you are my favorite friend, you know that, right? Anyone who goes out of her way to give me advice like that is a true bosom friend a la "Anne of Green Gables". You rock!

    Stephanie, I love that shirt story! Great fun, and it's a movie that everyone in the family loves. Hard, crusty guys... Goofy teen girls... Sweet tweens.... 8-year-old brats.... loving mothers... grandmas.... It transcends age. How rare is THAT?

  114. Deb Giusti, we're on our second copy, too. And now that they're grown, they all have their own copy at home.

    Because you just should, that's all.

  115. Mel, congrats on the two-book deal! Suh-weeeeet!

    I'm glad it's public knowledge now because I am not good at keeping secrets.

    Really. Do not tell me anything. Not that I'd tell anyone, and I don't see anyone, but somehow, my filter breaks and THINGS SPEW OUT.

    Keep us both safe.


  116. Casey, I can interpret for you, dahlink.

    Or pick the subtitle version, honey. ;)

  117. Thanks Lyndee! I'm glad it's worked for you. I really haven't been as hungry as I expected to be. Although,last night after dinner my first thought was 'what am I going to have for breakfast'

    I do have a Weight watchers peanut butter cup sundae waiting for me n the freezer. :)

  118. Deb H, we're actually okay with Mary's mercurial rise to stardom and we mostly just stand in awe and wave grape leaves to fan her. She writes faster if we keep her cool.


    Okay, I might have GAGGED, just a little.

    But we are okay with riding Mary's coattails to whatever heights she soars. Hey, it's good to have FAMOUS friends. We are mature enough to know that yes, indeed, you are perceived by the company you keep.

    You like me best, right Mare?????

  119. EC!!!! I love what you said about hearing or discerning their separate voices in your head.

    That's so huge. What a great, simple way of stating it. Thank you!!!!!

    FRom Steel Magnolias:

    Truvy: Honey, time marches on and eventually you realize it is marchin' across your face.

  120. Jodi, I think we all need to work on that. Character differentiation is a big thing to me when I read.

    I like diverse characters, quirky characters, weird towns, sweet towns, setting as character. All of that layers flavor in a book, and without it, the book falls flat to me.

    And that's tricky to do in shorter books. I had to re-think and re-teach myself (with help from Seekers, youse guys and Melissa Endlich) how to follow that natural arc for a romance. And it's so much fun!

    Awesome learning experience.

  121. Natalie, what a great comment. First because you love TPB and you understand how important that is.

    But you get the ALBINO. How can anyone not love the Albino?????

    Poor, misguided sweet soul of torture???? Of course Fezzik would understand him because they have reflective conflicts. Different, untrusting, misled, unattractive, just wanting to be loved for their sweet inner selves. Very Shrek without the farting. ;)

  122. Linda, hello, girlfriend! ;)

    It's the teeth, honey. They don't fit in my mouth so I have to smile, it's like ordained by God. There's little choice so why fight it? (big grin here)

    I always smile when you pop in... Last week (I'm tattling) Virginia e-mailed me and said, "Did I imagine that Linda Goodnight stopped in to congratulate me on my sale??? Was it really her or am I delusional?"

    So I lied and said you were that nice. :)

    Laughing in upstate....

  123. Here's a quote from Steel Magnolias Truvy: Laughter through tears is my favorite emotion.

    I love a book that leaves me with happy tears.

  124. Gwen, I do that too! I think really well done ensemble casts start with good writing... or great writing, maybe... but then so much is dependent on how each person carries out that role, defining the character.

    Linda said she's got a soft spot for the giant... And who doesn't because he's got a heart of gold in a monster body. And Inigo? We feel his pain of not being able to save his father all those years ago. I mean those are the emotions we strive for in books, but it's tough to nail them.

    And did I see Mary C say she has to watch it??? Mary, yes, you do!!! And then tell us what you think, okay? :) But pretend we didn't fill you with hoopla or Connealy will yell at me. She likes to blame me for EVERYTHING when it's mostly her fault. Or Julie's. Because I'm the sweet Seeker.

    Oh, wait, that's the irritating Missy Tippens.


  125. Nancy, I'll loan you my copy. Send me your snail mail addy to my e-mail.

    If you hate it, DON'T TELL MARY.


  126. Patti Jo, peach cobbler??? Oh, I haven't made that in so stinkin' long!!!! With ice cream?

    Don't you think they should make jeans with even more elastic than they already do??? I'm just sayin'...

    And Faye, isn't it cool that it appeals to guys? What a stroke of brilliance that is! Hugs to you, my beautiful young friend!

  127. It was those clever side comments that made it, that gave the characters such depth! The name Princess Buttercup could have doomed the entire movie IMO, but you started right out with "Nothing gave Buttercup as much pleasure as ordering Westley around". She redeems herself right there, doesn't she? Then the name is suddenly perfect. What great writing! Bet a whole lot of editing went into that script. What I loved about that movie is that it was full of unexpected, fun details. We got to know those characters so well, we still remember them.

    The devil is in the details, and how true is that when it comes to editing? I have been trapped in my editing cave forEVER, trying to weed him out or in, depending on what I'm attempting to convey. Sorry Ruthy, I'm not luving on editing, but I might come around when I get it right.

    Go ahead and toss me in the cat bowl, just because I've never been there before. One more thing to cross off the bucket list, "Places I've been". I'll add it right beneath "memorize The Princess Bride and quote it to my teens regularly". Check.

  128. Oh, I’ve been so busy—I almost didn’t make it to… NATIONAL THE PRINCESS BRIDE DAY AT SEEKERVILLE?!

    Okay, so there isn’t a National The Prince Bride Day. But there should be.

    This is my all-time favorite movie. I used to put it in the DVD player and go to sleep listening to this enchanting story every night. As you can guess, I have seen this move over 100 times and can quote most scenes word for word. Who needs CGI, cars blowing up, and bedroom scenes when you have quality movies like The Princes Bride?

    The hidden better-writing message in this post works, too. By the way, Casablanca is another of my favorite movies!

    Thanks so much for sharing and paying homage to this awesome tale!



  129. NANCY, you’ve never seen The Princess Bride? I’m disappointed in you. :p Go out and buy it now! You can get it for around $6.99 on Just sayin’!

  130. For Casey and all those who've never seen or only seen Princess Bride once.

    Princess Bride is one of those movies you understand more each time you watch it. Inigo's accent was hard for me to understand as well.

  131. Julie, please please please let me know what you think of The Princess Bride because I am so curious now. But Julie and all you other people who haven't seen the Princess Bride, you can't just watch it once. You have to watch it at least a couple of times in a row to understand everything they are saying, because the accents are THICK. And you will want to know every word, because it's so funny.

    Myra and Ruthy, thank you so much for the congrats! I am so, so, so thankful for this contract. God is so good. And Ruthy, I am lousy at keeping secrets too. I spilled the beans weeks ago, as some people here know! Two and a half months is too long to keep a secret, and that's how long I've known about this! :-)

  132. Marvin, it's a psychosomatic thing. He's DEAD so why would he be wearing a mask????

    Silly you.

  133. Valerie, them furriners just don't get it. He was probably like, well... doing HOMEWORK or something back then.

    Whereas we will watch fave movies ad nauseum and wonder why our math scores have slipped.

    Silly us! You're in the cat's dish, dear.

  134. Lessman has thrown the gauntlet...

    She knows not whereof she speaks.

    But that's OKAY, we'll let her go all high brow GWTW on us.

    She knows I hate Scarlett, the little witch.

    And Julie loves her.

    I'd be slapping her. Scarlett, not Julie. I love Julie.

    But we'll agree to disagree on this one. While I love what a great epic Gone With the Wind is, it'll never be my favorite because I'm not a Scarlett fan. And I'm okay if she never watches TPB (although I've watched GWTW which puts me at least ONE UP on her, right????) because then we can keep all the joy to ourselves.

    The Grandson: A book?

    Grandpa: That's right. When I was your age, television was called books. And this is a special book. It was the book my father used to read to me when I was sick, and I used to read it to your father. And today I'm gonna read it to you.

    The Grandson: Has it got any sports in it?

    Grandpa: Are you kidding? Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles...

    The Grandson: Doesn't sound too bad. I'll try to stay awake.

    Grandpa: Oh, well, thank you very much, very nice of you. Your vote of confidence is overwhelming.

    I'm dying laughing just imagining Fred Savage and Peter Falk with this exchange!!!!

  135. Jamie, honey, do not let her intimidate you!

    I think your analogy was spot on, but that's because you and I know what we're talking about.


    Julie, have your kids watched it? Did they like/love it?

    Because they're the right age to be groupies with the rest of us crazies.

  136. Steph, this is your first major whole book edit, right?

    That's tough, because it's new. Like any job, it gets easier as you go along because your story arc and your plot evolve (I think, anyway) more naturally and then you don't have to scrap half the book to edit it.

    Hang in there. I've got your back and I'm only a couple of hours away so we can get coffee sometime and share war stories.

    With or without ROUS's.

  137. Whitney, I think you're right. I think this should be a Ruthy Rite of Passage, that we disseminate this movie for a day each February. I'm totally rockin' that idea!

    And Connie, I agree. It's tricky if you're only half paying attention to hear all the accents (Fezzik's lisp, Inigo's Spanish Main blend, the British curl of Westley and Buttercup...._) But we'll be lucky to get these guys to watch once....

    They may just not be of the Princess Bride Society. Our job?

    To love them anyway.


  138. Ruthy, you inspired me! My son who just turned 18 is having friends over tomorrow before they go to mid-night bowling. I'm going to try to find Princess Bride for them to watch together. Can you think of a better movie for a mixed group of teens to watch together?

  139. It's been awhile since I've watched The Princess Bride; this post makes me think I need to watch it again soon. Maybe my daughter and I can watch it when she's home for spring break next month. Thanks for the reminder about what a great movie this is.


  140. I love this movie. I have a copy of it and I watch it often. It drives my wife crazy.

    However, I have to admit that I didn't like the book that much.

  141. After leaving a comment here last evening,I've read all the comments and Ruth's comments, and just seconds ago I ordered this movie from Netflix and will be watching it very soon. I'm laughing already - and love the sayings. Can't wait!

    As You Wish,
    Barb Shelton
    barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

  142. Linnette and Pam:

    DO IT!!! DO IT!!!!! DO IT!!!!!!!





  143. I'm with Walt!
    It was one of the few times the movie was actually better than the book.

    And I watch it at least twice a year (maybe more). Loved visiting the 'castle' wehre it was filmed. It made me want to stand up on the stage and suddenly have trouble saying my 'r's. :-)

  144. I'm with Walt!
    It was one of the few times the movie was actually better than the book.

    And I watch it at least twice a year (maybe more). Loved visiting the 'castle' wehre it was filmed. It made me want to stand up on the stage and suddenly have trouble saying my 'r's. :-)

  145. NATALIE!!! Soooo thrilled I could introduce you to -- it's AWESOME, ISN'T it??? That and Onelook's Reverse Dictionary!!

    And, RUTHY, noooooo, my kids didn't watch it!! My son would not watch anything without a hockey stick in it and my daughter??? Had to pay her $20 to read the first chapter of my first book, so 'nuff said there! :)

    And, you best watch your mouth, or our Scarlett may just take a whack at you ... she's certainly up to it. Keep in mind I fell in love with her at 12. What do you know at 12, anyway?? All I knew I was gaga over Rhett and if he liked her, I liked her. :)


  146. I have not watched this movie. But I promise it is on my list now of movies to get. Would love to win.
    jrs362 at hotmail dot com

  147. My husband watches TPB a lot, often he fastforwards straight to the sword fight, a movie that both men and women love....I don't trust anyone who doesn't say that The Princess Bride is their favorite movie. I mean, I don't ask, "What's your favorite movie?" I ask, "Besides The Princess Bride, what's your favorite movie?" :)

    Hubby picks his favorite scenes from a Knight's Tale to watch over and over as well. Another silly fairy tale, set in Medieval Times with 80s music. What's not to love about Medieval and 80s mixed together?

  148. ok, maybe they weren't all 80s in A Knight's Tale, but classic rock songs....I just love the 80s. :)

  149. I love this movie and the music that goes along with it!
    Thanks for the pictures too!


  150. THE PRINCESS BRIDE is such a classic movie - very funny. I should read the book.


  151. Julie, your son should have been born up here. I live in hockey-land.

    Although I'd make him watch the movie.

    I'm just glad I'm not the only one of us who loves watching favorite movies once or twice a year. I swear, I rarely see a movie the first time. It's usually an accident, then love. :)

    Pepper, darling, that seems to be the consensus except for Jan, but I think I'll get the book just to have it here. I think it's because those actors (God bless Rob Reiner and his wonderful sense of humor) made each character shine.

    And that's a personal goal of mine, to learn how to make characters stand out from the crowd. Be notable and noticeable, even the bit parts. I love that in a well-crafted book.

    J, you're in! And feel free to pop back and let us know what you think when you do see it. We love chattin' it up with you!

    Melissa, you tell your hubby he's good people! And that swordfight! Oh mylanta, my boys would act it out on our little hills. HYSTERICAL. They used the polite nuances and moves. Oh my gosh, that's such a great memory of Zach and Luke. You would die laughing watching them.


  152. Janet, good to see you! :)

    And Marybelle-of-the-cool-name, you too! And I love it when folks agree with me....

    especially about movies, right???

    "Oh, my sweet Westley!"


  153. I love the fight scene between Wesley and Montoya! The dry humor through out the movie is priceless. Now I'm going to have to watch the movie again.

  154. I love the Princess Bride! It is one of my very favorite movies and I never get tired of seeing it. I now know I need to see again this weekend. I am glad I bought the DVD.

  155. I'm running to Target today to see if I can find a copy. :D

  156. OK - so I love the Princess Bride just like everyone else. My kids even loved when they were little and they're all boys! But here's the thing. Don't make the same mistake I did. The book is always better than the movie, right? Wrong! Don't read the book. It will ruin the movie for you. No offense intended toward that author-guy-who-I-can't-remember-his-name.

  157. Woved Twulwy Woved the pwost.

    Hated the Mwovie



  158. Ruthy, I can't believe I missed your post yesterday! Where was my brain???

    I LOVE this movie!!! I'm so glad you mentioned it. Will have to pull it out on video tape and watch it again if we still have a VCR somewhere in this house that works. :)

  159. Thanks for the great post. My husband and I love watching this movie. There's so many great parts. One part I like is when the little boy says he doesn't want to hear about the kissing, and then near the end he says he's okay with it. The characters in the main story and the ones reading the story are memorable.

  160. Oh my...LOVE Princess Bride!
    Anyone want a peanut?
    How about pouring lemon juice in my cuts?
    Prepared to die.....