As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride

Like many other things in my life, I was introduced to The Princess Bride at an older age… and by my boyfriend. And I remember watching this, knowing how long it’s been around and wondering “why in the world was this brilliant movie not shown to me at an earlier age?!” It is such a fun and hilarious story that has clearly become a cult classic over the years. Just another thing on the list of reason to thank my boyfriend for choosing me every day.

So, with that said, back at the beginning of March, The Florida Theater was doing a 7ef2507b-d57d-4503-bb22-e8ffa9deb5d5showing of The Princess Bride with Carey Elwes (Westley/Dread Pirate Roberts) as a special guest who would do a Q&A after the movie. I thought that it could be interesting, so I had gotten Anthony tickets for Christmas. We are both big movie buffs (him more so, let’s be honest) and love hearing about the behind the scenes stories that go along with the making of a movie. The stories he told were wonderful! And Carey seems like a genuinely nice guy, who is also great with accents (it was like Rob Reiner was in the room with us).

Anyway, it was at this showing that I found out Carey had written a book about his time making The Princess Bride. It was a whopping $20 for the paperback at the show, ($40 if you wanted it signed), but I found it for $8 on Amazon while we were waiting for the show to start and decided that was a steal, considering (I seriously don’t know what I would do without Amazon Prime and the free two day shipping). Here is a brief outline:

As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride
By: Carey Elwes, Joe Layden, Rob Reiner (Foreword), Various
Published: October 14, 2014
Published By: Touchstone
Source: Purchased, paperback
Brief synopsis from GoodReads:
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.

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I couldn’t help but smile the whole way through the book. As someone who, like I said, likes to know the “BTS” stories, I felt like I grew to love this movie even more after reading everything that went into it. What was also cool for me was, some of the same stories that Carey told at the viewing were also in the book, so while I already knew about it, I could read it remembering the inflection in which he told the story, not how I would have perceived it otherwise.

For anyone who likes, loves, or simply appreciates The Princess Bride, this book is worth reading. And when you finish, you’ll probably want to go watch the movie again. Or maybe that was just me.


Have you seen The Princess Bride? Did you grow up watching it, or did you come to find it’s magic at a later age? Have you read Carey Elwes book? Let me know in the comments!



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