History Literature / ThePrincessBride

6th Dec '16 12:43:24 AM JustTroper
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* ExtraDigits: count Rugen's six fingers.
3rd Dec '16 4:30:32 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* BigThinShortTrio: Fezzik, Inigo, and Vizzini respectively.
26th Nov '16 11:14:08 AM Morgenthaler
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* AbridgedForChildren: This is the in-story reason Mr. Goldman abridged ''The Princess Bride''. He wanted his kids to enjoy it, and there was far too much boring stuff. However, he did leave in all the torture and death (though he ''does'' warn us about what's coming at one point, telling us that this isn't ''Curious George Uses The Potty''). Mr. Goldman's (in-story) father's Good Parts abridgment fits the trope more accurately. He tried to leave out the scary parts until he was called on it.
19th Sep '16 4:15:33 PM timotaka
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* {{Postmodernism}}: Trying to sort out the metatextual structure of the book is enough to make your head spin. In the book Goldman claims he first encountered the original novel (which doesn't exist) when his father read it to him as a kid. he found it terribly boring, and after he read it himself as an adult he still found it terribly boring but with plenty of good bits so he decided to make an abridged version where he left out all the boring bits. Narrator-Goldman repeatedly interjects during the book, briefly describing what happened during the boring parts he left out. At the end of the book [[spoiler:it suddenly stops just before the final resolution, where Goldman says he's not sure what happened next, but he says he ''thinks'' there was a happy ending.]]
9th Jul '16 8:37:09 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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* ConservationOfNinjutsu: Played straight, but it only works for Fezzik, and with a caveat. In his past, Fezzik used to fight people one-on-one for money. Audiences got bored of the {{CurbStompBattle}}s so Fezzik started taking on more and more people, and found that if he changed his strategy a little bit, it wasn't much harder than fighting single people. During his fight with the Man in Black, Fezzik realizes that his years of fighting groups have left him confused as to how to fight one person. He adjusts his strategy, but by that point, it's too late.

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* ConservationOfNinjutsu: Played straight, but it only works for Fezzik, and with a caveat. In his past, Fezzik used to fight people one-on-one for money. Audiences got bored of the {{CurbStompBattle}}s [[CurbStompBattle curb-stomp battles]] so Fezzik started taking on more and more people, people; and found that if he changed his strategy a little bit, it wasn't much harder than fighting single people. During his fight with the Man in Black, Fezzik realizes that his years of fighting groups have left him confused as to how to fight one person. He adjusts his strategy, but by that point, it's too late.



* CruelMercy: In his ToThePain speech, Westley offers to allow Humperdinck to retain his ears, so he can hear the cries of children and wailing of women at his hideous apperance.

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* CruelMercy: In his ToThePain speech, Westley offers to allow Humperdinck to retain his ears, so he can hear the cries of children and wailing of women at his hideous apperance.appearance.
22nd May '16 10:35:54 PM SparksOfTheTempest
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* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Fezzik is terrified of being alone.

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* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Fezzik is terrified of two things: being alone.alone, and king bats.
22nd May '16 10:34:02 PM SparksOfTheTempest
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* ConfessionDeferred:
** Inigo trying to convince Miracle Max to work cheap:

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* ConfessionDeferred:
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ConfessionDeferred: Inigo trying to convince Miracle Max to work cheap:



** When Yellin tries to resign because he can't find the rumored saboteurs from Guilder, Humperdinck (who needs a regent in Guilder after the war, only trusts Yellin and Rugen, and knows Rugen is too busy with "his stupid Pain Primer") promptly tells him what's really going on and what planted evidence he should find later.
--->'''Humperdinck:''' I do ''not'' accept your resignation, you ''are'' doing a capable job, there is ''no'' plot, ''I'' shall slaughter the Queen myself this very evening, ''you'' shall run Guilder for me after the war, now get back on your feet.


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* ResignationsNotAccepted: When Yellin tries to resign because he can't find the rumored saboteurs from Guilder, Humperdinck (who needs a regent in Guilder after the war, only trusts Yellin and Rugen, and knows Rugen is too busy with "his stupid Pain Primer") promptly tells him what's really going on and what planted evidence he should find later.
--->'''Humperdinck:''' I do ''not'' accept your resignation, you ''are'' doing a capable job, there is ''no'' plot, ''I'' shall slaughter the Queen myself this very evening, ''you'' shall run Guilder for me after the war, now get back on your feet.
11th May '16 8:18:57 PM AnotherGuy
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* {{Discontinuity}}: The entire faily tale was supposed to be completely fictional, but later anniversary editions of the book have forwards in which William Goldman goes to Florin and Guilder to visit the exact places where events took place - which have become popular tourist spots.

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* {{Discontinuity}}: The entire faily tale was supposed to be completely fictional, but later anniversary editions of the book have forwards in which William Goldman goes to Florin and Guilder to visit the exact places where events took place - which have become popular tourist spots. [[invoked]]
11th May '16 8:18:32 PM AnotherGuy
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* {{Discontinuity}}: The entire faily tale was supposed to be completely fictional, but later anniversary editions of the book have forwards in which William Goldman goes to Florin and Guilder to visit the exact places where events took place - which have become popular tourist spots.
11th May '16 8:11:11 PM AnotherGuy
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* WorldsMostBeautifulWoman: Buttercup -- though at first she's only in the top twenty. The first couple of chapters are in fact a lengthy parody of the trope, as the narrator somehow has access to a list of "Who was the most beautiful woman in the world at any given time," and on what qualifications, pays careful attention to Buttercup's rise through the ranks, and even gives anecdotes on what happened to the ''previous'' holders of the title (in order: chocolate, smallpox, and [[SelfFulfillingProphecy wrinkles brought on by worrying about how to hold on to the title of "World's Most Beautiful Woman.]]")

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* WorldsMostBeautifulWoman: Buttercup -- though at first she's only in the top twenty. The first couple of chapters are in fact a lengthy parody of the trope, as the narrator somehow has access to a list of "Who was the most beautiful woman in the world at any given time," and on what qualifications, pays careful attention to Buttercup's rise through the ranks, and even gives anecdotes on what happened to the ''previous'' holders of the title (in order: chocolate, smallpox, and [[SelfFulfillingProphecy wrinkles brought on by worrying about how to hold on to the title of "World's Most Beautiful Woman.]]")]]") In the end, despite the beauticians working on her while she's Humperdinck's fiance, it's her maturity and sadness that puts her over the top.
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