There are certain lines that will forever be seared in my brain:
“There is another.”
“It wasn’t over. It still isn’t over!”
“We have to go. I’m almost happy here.”
But I think I can speak for most kids who grew up in the same decades that I did and say that one line stands above the others when it comes to the instant quotation:
“My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”
Just reading this line on your computer, you’re picturing Mandy Patinkin duel to the death with the six-fingered man, right?
To me, The Princess Bride is more than just a movie. There are whole scenes I can recite from memory. There was an ill conceived Halloween costume one year when I decided I simply had to be Princess Buttercup.
I liked this movie a lot.
Then I got older and discovered something amazing.
It’s not just a movie.
It is also a book. In fact, it is also two books but one of them is long out of print and no one ever reads it because if the later book is to be believed, it is thousands of pages of dry, dull history that no one really cares for.
Really, we just want to read about the true love, the sword play and the ROUS’ right?
It’s so fun that I’ve been curling up with a paperback instead of a movie most nights since the beginning of November. Now, I’m a big reader. Some have even called my reading habits a little sick. But I like to vary my entertainment from time to time, and my routine usually includes TV or a movie at the end of a long day.
But lately I cannot wait to get back to Princess Buttercup and the Dread Pirate Roberts.
I always fall into a book around this time of year. Something about the approaching holidays or the wind that is getting the biting edge again drives me into the corner of the couch with a paperback that smells like old paper and glue. Nothing can yank me out short of a crowbar.
In a month, I’ll be rereading Little Women. I do every Christmas.
In the new year, I’ll be calmly devouring whatever spoils of the gift-giving season were passed around in bright paper.
Then it’ll be back to looking for recommendations and scouring the new fiction tables at bookstores for another year.
I love the density of my reading list at this time of year. The Princess Bride and Little Women really only scratch the surface of this year-ending list, and I know I’ll get through probably an additional three or four titles before it’s 2012.
Do I care that it makes me a bit of a hermit as the leaves crackle under the feet of those more social and outdoorsy than I? Nope. Give me a good book and a hot drink and leave me to my reading.
I need to keep adding to my memorable line collection after all.
Bonus points if you can name the sources of the quotations above!
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