You know when you are looking forward to something because you loved something related. Then with inevitable huge, crushing disappointment, you get more and more sad about continuing said thing?
So, anyone within a certain age range would have watched The Princess Bride and most of those people would say that they loved it. I am one of those people. So I was looking forward to the book.
I generally try to keep mediums separate and judge upon their own merits - but it's hard when I go from a medium that is not a book to a book, rather than vice-versa. For example, I love the Lord of the Rings films and the book. I watched Wicked the musical before reading the book and thus I hate the book.
I don't know why this is.
Don't get me wrong, the book isn't terrible. It's just disappointing. I think the most disappointing fact is the Buttercup is by far the dumbest, least interesting and frustrating character in the book. SHE CAN'T EVEN DO BASIC MATH. She's...vacuous!
If Westley is all sorts of amazing, I'm pretty sure he wouldn't be interested. Also he acts like an asshole.
"You'd do it so much better," Buttercup replied. "I'll get the sashes, but I really think you should do the actual tying." "Woman," Westley roared, "you are the property of the Dread Pirate Roberts and you...do...what..you're...told!"
WHAT WAS THAT.
There are bits of gold. The familiar, favourite lines and sequences. But...ughhh...Buttercup.
It took me forever to read because it was just so soul destroying.
I give it a 2/5. One for Inigo and one for Fezzik who were by far the best parts of the book.