History Literature / ThePrincessBride

13th Mar '16 9:03:02 AM LordGro
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* HeroicAmbidexterity: Both Inigo Montoya and Westley are right-handed, but have trained their left hands so much they can beat most other swordsmen even when fighting with their off-hands. This enables them to fight a left-handed duel against each other, with neither of them realizing that their opponent is only feigning to be left-handed.
21st Jan '16 3:17:31 AM dvorak
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* AnachronismStew: The setting is "before Europe", yet "after America" and before the invention of the word "glamour." Also, there is a mention of Australia being populated entirely by criminals, and Westley is described as wearing blue jeans. Oh, and stew is older than everything, except taxes. In-universe William Goldman states that this drove his editor bonkers, and had to explain that S. Morgenstern was being satirical.

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* AnachronismStew: The setting is "before Europe", yet "after America" and before the invention of the word "glamour." Also, there is a mention of Australia being populated entirely by criminals, and Westley is described as wearing blue jeans. Oh, and stew is older than everything, except taxes. In-universe William Goldman states that this drove his editor bonkers, and had to explain that S. Morgenstern was being satirical.satirical (and put them in to let a savvy reader know the story's fiction).
20th Jan '16 7:17:26 PM Chariset
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* EvilStepmother: Spoofed with Humperdinck's non-evil stepmother Queen Bella.



* HairstyleMalfunction: A potential bride for Humperdinck visits, bringing along her hugely famous collection of hats. Unfortunately for her, a high breeze blows through the dining hall while she's there and her hat comes off to reveal her (heretofore hidden) baldness. Humperdinck decides to go to war with her country for no other reason than his embarrassment and outrage at being offered a bald princess.

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* HairstyleMalfunction: A potential bride for Humperdinck visits, bringing along her hugely famous collection of hats. Unfortunately for her, a high breeze blows through the dining hall while she's there and her hat comes off to reveal her (heretofore hidden) baldness. Humperdinck decides to go to war with her country for no other reason than his embarrassment and outrage at being offered a bald princess.
20th Jan '16 7:06:30 PM Chariset
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* AmbiguouslyGay: Prince Humperdinck is the only character not swayed by Buttercup's beauty. He just views her as a political tool to convince his country to go to war over.

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* AmbiguouslyGay: Prince Humperdinck is the only character [[NotDistractedByTheSexy not swayed by Buttercup's beauty. beauty]]. He just views her as a political tool to convince his country to go to war over.war.



* ContemptibleCover: There exists a mass-market paperback edition that came out about two years after the book's first release in 1973. [[http://www.goodshowsir.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/Princess-Bride.jpg The cover art]] depicts a dark-haired woman with very few clothes surrounded by skulls, snakes, tentacles and other horrifying objects. Apparently, not only did the artist not read the book beforehand, he must not have even seen a ''plot summary''.

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* ContemptibleCover: There exists a mass-market paperback edition that came out about two years after the book's first release in 1973. [[http://www.goodshowsir.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/Princess-Bride.jpg The cover art]] depicts a dark-haired nearly-nude woman with very few clothes surrounded by skulls, snakes, tentacles and other horrifying objects. Apparently, not only did the artist not read the book beforehand, he must not have even seen a ''plot summary''.



* DamselInDistress: With two exceptions -- jumping off the boat and pushing the Dread Pirate Roberts down a hill -- Buttercup takes no assertive action in her own defense. This is particularly evident in the Fire Swamp where she fails to assist Westley in any way.

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* DamselInDistress: With two exceptions -- jumping off the boat and pushing the Dread Pirate Roberts down a hill -- Buttercup takes [[NeutralFemale no assertive action action]] in her own defense. This is particularly evident in the Fire Swamp where she fails to assist Westley in any way.



* ExactlyWhatIAimedAt: Vizzini instructs Fezzik to pick up a rock and smash The Man In Black's head in. Fezzik decides it's too unsporting, and smashes a rock right near his head, informing the Man in Black that he ''could'' have smashed his head, but wanted to settle things differently. The Man in Black believes him.

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* EvilStepmother: Spoofed with Humperdinck's non-evil stepmother Queen Bella.
* ExactlyWhatIAimedAt: Vizzini instructs Fezzik to pick up a rock and smash The Man In Black's head in. Fezzik decides it's too unsporting, and smashes a rock right near his head, informing the Man in Black that he ''could'' have smashed his head, head in but wanted to settle things differently.give his opponent a fighting chance. The Man in Black believes him.



* GetItOverWith: After being defeated in a duel, Inigo asks the Man in Black to kill him quickly, so he won't have to live with the shame. The Man in Black denies this request, but does knock him unconscious.

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* GetItOverWith: After being defeated in a duel, Inigo asks the Man in Black to kill him quickly, so he won't have to live with the shame. The Man in Black denies this request, but he does knock him unconscious.



* HairstyleMalfunction: A potential bride for Humperdinck visits, bringing along her hugely famous collection of hats. Unfortunately for her, a breeze blows through the castle while she's there, her hat comes off to reveal her (heretofore hidden) baldness, and Humperdinck is ready to go to war with her country because of the embarrassment he suffered seeing her.

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* HairstyleMalfunction: A potential bride for Humperdinck visits, bringing along her hugely famous collection of hats. Unfortunately for her, a high breeze blows through the castle dining hall while she's there, there and her hat comes off to reveal her (heretofore hidden) baldness, and baldness. Humperdinck is ready decides to go to war with her country because of the for no other reason than his embarrassment he suffered seeing her.and outrage at being offered a bald princess.
1st Jan '16 3:22:16 PM AnotherGuy
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* TheBrute: Subverted. Fezzik is really quite a nice guy.

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* TheBrute: Subverted. Fezzik is really quite a nice guy. He does end up serving on a Brute Squad, though.
14th Oct '15 11:07:32 AM BillWoods
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* AluminumChristmasTrees: Goldman hangs a lampshade on this in the framing story, complaining that he had to argue with his editors about Max and Valerie being "too Jewish" for a medieval fantasy story - as though crotchety Jews were invented in the Catskills in 1952. He also relates a similar battle he went through with the "bifocals" line in ''Film/ButchCassidyAndTheSundanceKid'', fighting a studio executive who didn't know and didn't care that Ben Franklin invented bifocals nearly a century before the movie's period.

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* AluminumChristmasTrees: Goldman hangs a lampshade on this in the framing story, complaining that he had to argue with his editors about Max and Valerie being "too Jewish" for a medieval fantasy story - -- as though crotchety Jews were invented in the Catskills in 1952. He also relates a similar battle he went through with the "bifocals" line in ''Film/ButchCassidyAndTheSundanceKid'', fighting a studio executive who didn't know and didn't care that Ben Franklin invented bifocals nearly a century before the movie's period.



* NeutralFemale: Buttercup is useless until the end, where she manages to [[spoiler: drive off the ''entire Brute Squad'' by standing up in the saddle and declaring, "[[AC: [[PunctuatedForEmphasis I - am - the - queeeeeeeeeeeen!!!!!]]]]"]]

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* NeutralFemale: Buttercup is useless until the end, where she manages to [[spoiler: drive off the ''entire Brute Squad'' by standing up in the saddle and declaring, "[[AC: [[PunctuatedForEmphasis I - -- am - -- the - -- queeeeeeeeeeeen!!!!!]]]]"]]



* {{Padding}}: [[invoked]] The reason for the "Good Parts" version. One entire chapter was devoted to the wedding preparation - with PurpleProse describing ''everything''. It apparently makes [[GiftedlyBad Amanda McKittrick Ros]] look succinct.

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* {{Padding}}: [[invoked]] The reason for the "Good Parts" version. One entire chapter was devoted to the wedding preparation - -- with PurpleProse describing ''everything''. It apparently makes [[GiftedlyBad Amanda McKittrick Ros]] look succinct.



* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: In the framing story, to reassure the boy, who was not GenreSavvy.
--> "She does not get eaten by the sharks at this time," my father said.\\
... but I'll tell you the truth: I was getting a little too involved and I was glad he told me. I mean, when you're a kid you don't think, Well since the book's called ''The Princess Bride'' and since we're barely into it, obviously the author's not about to make shark kibble of his leading lady.
::Subverted, in that she never ''does'' get eaten by sharks.



** Humperdinck is presented as a JerkAss for claiming Buttercup as a trophy wife - though he seems sincerely concerned that Guilder kidnapped her and plans to kill her - and later imprisoning Westley to get him out of the way. Then he reveals that he was behind Buttercup's abduction all along, and was trying to frame Guilder for it, and will instead murder her on the wedding night and frame Guilder for ''that'' instead.

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** Humperdinck is presented as a JerkAss for claiming Buttercup as a trophy wife - -- though he seems sincerely concerned that Guilder kidnapped her and plans to kill her - -- and later imprisoning Westley to get him out of the way. Then he reveals that he was behind Buttercup's abduction all along, and was trying to frame Guilder for it, and will instead murder her on the wedding night and frame Guilder for ''that'' instead.
26th Aug '15 10:30:28 AM Fluffness
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* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules: Inigo sweetens his revenge by offering Rugen false hope.

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* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules: Inigo sweetens his revenge by offering Rugen [[spoiler: Rugen]] false hope.
26th Jun '15 12:33:48 PM beack7
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* AuthorFilibuster: Parodied; the original version[[note]]which does not in fact exist[[/note]] was apparently riddled with these, but the 'editor' didn't realize until adulthood because his father only told him 'the good bits' as a child. The editor promptly cuts pretty much all of them from his annotation, as they apparently completely bog the novel down in irrelevant minutiae and pompous tangents, but his descriptions of them are entertaining in their own right -- for example, the editorial on the removal of chapter 3: 56 and a half pages of Buttercup packing her luggage.

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* AuthorFilibuster: Parodied; the original version[[note]]which does not in fact exist[[/note]] was apparently riddled with these, but the 'editor' didn't realize until adulthood because his father only told him 'the good bits' as a child. The editor promptly cuts pretty much all of them from his annotation, as they apparently completely bog the novel down in irrelevant minutiae and pompous tangents, but his descriptions of them are entertaining in their own right -- for example, the editorial on the removal of chapter 3: 56 and a half pages of Buttercup packing her luggage.



* MetafictionalDevice: Used, lampshaded and parodied ''everywhere.'' The "original" book doesn't actually exist as a discrete piece of literature, and basically serves as a prop for (in-story) Goldman to play off for additional humor.

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* MetafictionalDevice: Used, lampshaded and parodied ''everywhere.'' The "original" book doesn't actually exist as a discrete piece of literature, and basically serves as a prop for (in-story) Goldman to play off for additional humor.
20th Jun '15 11:36:20 AM Lythande
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* AltarDiplomacy: The ailing King and Queen of Florin want to marry Prince Humperdinck to the Princess of Guilder to forge an alliance between the two rival countries. Humperdinck breaks off the engagement when it turns out during a banquet that his fiancee is [[BaldWomen congenitally bald]], and comments that he'd always planned to just conquer Guilder instead.
9th Jun '15 9:33:25 AM Fighteer
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* BreadEggsBreadedEggs : The idea for this book came from his daughters asking for a book. One wanted a princess story, and the other one about a bride. Hence the title.
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