Have Fun Storming the Castle

If the title of this post made you smile, you probably already know about The Princess Bride.  This is a classic, fun, feel-good movie!  It came out in 1987 and it seems to just get better every time you watch it.  It’s the movie I put on when my kids were sick, and even now when they are young adults and sick, they want to watch it.  It has the best quotes and if you have watched it as much as I have, you can pretty much quote the entire movie.  The title of this blog post is one of the quotes, if you are still reading this and do not know The Princess Bride. My husband and I both love to read.  Yet, we tend to read different genres.  A few years ago, for balance, I told him that he can recommend 3 books for me to read each year.  In return, he agreed to the same.  Because of this, he reads (and enjoys) Brené Brown.  And I have read a few mysteries and classics that he has recommended, including an Agatha Christie classic that I truly enjoyed.  He tends to recommend fiction, which is a good balance for me, as I tend to read a lot of non-fiction.  This year, though, one of his recommendations was non-fiction, As You Wish, by Cary Elwes.  Cary Elwes played Westley in the movie, and in the book,  he shares stories about the filming. This book was fun to read and, if possible, makes the movie even better.  You feel like you were in the filming process a bit yourself and know the actors and fun bits around some scenes.  The actors playing The Man in Black and Inigo Montoya trained tirelessly to do the sword fighting scenes.  Billy Crystal cracked everyone up.  André the Giant was apparently one of the kindest people ever. This week, in talking to my husband, we were thinking about the books we read this year.  He asked what the best book I read this year was.  He chose As You Wish as his favorite non-fiction for the year.  It got me to thinking how sometimes we need books and movies in our lives that are fun, light-hearted, and bring us joy.  What are your go-to books and movies for this?  If you haven’t seen The Princess Bride, I would definitely recommend it.  It might be a new classic in your home.  If you have watched it and love it, read the book and see what you think about how it seems to make it even better.  

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