Now that you’ve read the first couple of chapters of the book, what do you think? Did your copy of the book include some introductions? Mine did, and I have to admit that I had a really hard time reading those parts. I wasn’t used to Goldman’s writing style, so I felt a little confused. But once I made it to the actual story, I was hooked!
In the forward, Goldman introduces us to the frame story. In it, he first heard the story when he was a sick little boy, so he didn’t realize that the original story was actually long and boring. He decides to write a “good parts” version and publish that, and this is the story that we will be reading. Do you like that this story is presented as a frame story? Do you think it’s an interesting way to grab the reader’s attention? I kind of like it because I feel like it’s a different way to tell a story.
In the first chapter, we meet Buttercup and her first love, Westley. Can you imagine how stressful it would be to have to be the most beautiful woman in the world? I would hate that pressure. Do you think that Westley and Buttercup will see each other again? It was sad that he went to go find his fortune, but he was captured by pirates instead.
What do you think of Prince Humperdinck? He seems pretty unpleasant, if you ask me. That Zoo of Death that he created is terrifying. Can you imagine being one of the women who was being considered to be his bride? I think I would run for the hills if he were my suitor. The first princess he interviews ends up being bald, so he won’t consider her a worthy princess. Then he turns to Buttercup. Buttercup vows to never love another, but she agrees to marry Humperdinck. How do you think that’s going to work out? I think it’s a bad idea to trust someone like Humperdinck, and I can’t imagine starting a marriage knowing that we don’t want to love each other.
Finally, did you wish that you had an account of any of the preparations that Buttercup had to endure to become a princess? Goldman cut out those parts, but do you wish you could have read about any of them?
If you’re a fan of the movie version, make sure to watch these two short interviews with actors Robin Wright and Mandy Patinkin. They are pretty fun.
I hope you’ll join us next week!. Make sure you finish the book! And, don’t forget to leave your thoughts in the comments.