Such an innocent statement. Who knew it would launch me into this fiasco? Seriously, I just need to clarify the fact that The Princess Bride has been a long standing favorite of mine. So much so that I have probably watched the movie at least 100 times. One summer, my best friend and I watched TPB almost every day. Every word was memorized, voices were impersonated. The movie even makes a guest appearance in my WIP, that's how much I love it. Now the book, I've read that at least 15+ times. Don't believe me? Below are a couple pics of my much abused and tattered copy. I'm afraid it's so old it's had to have a tape job. Shh...don't tell it!
Ok, now that that is said let's continue with Gennifer's and my conversation. Sigh, if only I hadn't tried to impress her with my knowledge of TPB. *hangs head*
@GenniferAlbin Me too! Although William Goldman had to abridge the original by S Morgenstern because supposedly it was boring and political
@GenniferAlbin He made it the "good parts" version, so there's hope for us yet...lol
@amberafterglow omg, I bought that for years...lol...I use to look for the original until my mom, who thought it was funny, finally told me
I'll admit, for a moment her comment confused me. But I brushed it off, and continued on.
@GenniferAlbin I know what you mean, I bought a copy at a library sale years ago and was amazed by how much he says he cut from the story.
@amberafterglow just googled it and someone was questioning goldman's sanity for creating morgenstern...lol...it's creative metafiction!
Wait, Rewind!! What?! Morgenstern is fictional? Goldman made him up?! How was I not aware of this?
@GenniferAlbin Here I am giving a history and it's false information, I am literally cracking up
Her absolutely nice reponse, even though I have an inkling she is secretly laughing at me
@amberafterglow awesome! reread the book now..it's absolutely genius writing!
@amberafterglow I'm so tired and I was sitting here going " does she know?" I don't want to ruin it for her...lol
I am now frantically Googling The Princess Bride. I click on Wickipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Princess_Bride OMG, it's true! Not only did he make up Morgenstern, but he made up an entire back story. I'm speechless! I mean I believed in this story so wholeheartedly that I even wrote into Ballantine Books (now Random House) for Goldman's version of the reunion scene. The ruse even continues today http://www.harcourtbooks.com/PrincessBride/request.asp And, just to defend my utter stupidity, below is a picture of the title page.
I mean why wouldn't I believe this? So let the convo continue.
@GenniferAlbin I can't wait to tell my own husband, he's going to die of laughter! I've been trying to sucker him into reading it for years
And so I went to bed, thinking about what a creative genius William Goldman really is. I mean he had me believing wholeheartedly in his story, and I'm sure there are hundreds out there still unaware of his duplicity. Or at least I hope I'm not the only smuck that fooled. Isn't that what every writer craves, for someone to lose themselves so completely in your story that they forget what is fact and what is fiction? So I say well played Goldman, well played.
When I woke up this morning, this was the first thought on my mind.
So here's to Gennifer for still talking to me and for laughing at me. Because if it wasn't me that had been fooled I'd be laughing my butt off. What am I talking about, I'm still chuckling over being duped. Sorry if you found this post boring, but sometimes embarrassing moments are just too hilarious not to share!