Tesia Dobrydnia has plenty of hobbies, from deep-diving into her own home improvement projects to reviewing her favorite book-to-movie adaptations. While Tesia has plenty of favorites when it comes to book-to-movie adaptations, including massive franchises such as Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, and The Lord of the Rings, she is also fond of the classics. A few classic book-to-movie adaptations that Dobrydnia enjoys include One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Godfather, and Interview with a Vampire. However, Tesia has one book-to-movie adaptation that stands out above the rest — The Princess Bride.
The Princess Bride is a timeless classic that has captivated audiences for generations. The novel, written by William Goldman in 1973, tells the story of a young woman named Buttercup and her true love, Westley. The book has been adapted into a movie of the same name, which was directed by Rob Reiner and released in 1987. The film is widely considered to be one of the best book-to-movie adaptations of all time, and for good reason.
The Princess Bride is more than just another action and romance book. It includes whimsical elements, hilarious comedy, and nonstop wit that has earned this book-turned-movie the title of one of the most popular adaptations of all time. Not only is The Princess Bride a massively popular book, but it is one of the most successful book-to-movie adaptations in recent modern history. In fact, those who enjoy The Princess Bride typically do so in the same manner that they once did when it was originally released to the public.
The Princess Bride knows how to maintain the spirit and tone of the original novel, which is not always easy to do when it comes to book-to-movie adaptations. In fact, oftentimes many of the movies that are adapted from a book do not reflect the same tone or style that was originally intended. With The Princess Bride, this is simply not the case. The tone and style are closely monitored and integrated directly into the movie, allowing for a seamless transitional immersive experience for those who have read the book, including Tesia.
“The Princess Bride is one of those films that you simply cannot get out of your head. The merging of the spirit and tone of the book with the movie adaption is perfection. If you love the book ‘Princess Bride’, you simply cannot miss this movie.” – Tesia Dobrydnia
Perhaps, one of the most impressive things about “The Princess Bride” is the way it manages to elevate the essence of the book into a two-hour film. Goldman’s novel is a sprawling epic that spans generations, and the film manages to capture the heart of the story while streamlining it into a tight, cohesive narrative. The movie hits all the major beats of the book, from Westley’s daring rescue of Buttercup to Inigo’s quest for revenge against the six-fingered man. Even small details, like the use of the word “inconceivable,” are lovingly included, making the film a true homage to the book.
Finding a Great Book-to-Movie Adaptation
When it comes to finding a great book-to-movie adaption for your own viewing, there are a few tips to keep in mind, such as:
- Original tone and style: If you are a bookworm and enjoy immersing yourself in a story from beginning to end, you may want to review the tone and style of a book prior to trying the movie adaptation. Does the movie preview or trailer seem familiar and similar to the book version? How important are these elements of tone and style to you when seeking out a great adaptation?
- Storyline and plot: Does the plot matter to you when reading a book? What plot points are most important to you, and do they matter in the movie adaptation version of the novel?
- Characters: Oftentimes, when a book is made into a movie, characters may be changed or edited in order to suit a particular narrative or tone. If you are someone who grows extremely close or attached to characters while reading, be sure to verify that the characters in the movie are also true to the book. If you are fond of character development and a movie has eliminated or changed a character entirely, you are likely to find yourself feeling let down and disappointed.
- Quirks: When reading a book, you may find yourself getting into a certain style or rhythm, especially if the book was written with that intent. Whenever you are interested in a crossover movie adaption from a book that has plenty of quirks and original tones, it’s important to ensure the movie still aligns with the book’s original message, intent, and origin.
- Ending: You may need to watch a movie to see how the ending compares to your book, but this will be a clear indicator of a great adaptation or one that falls short of expectations.
Whether you consider yourself a movie aficionado or you simply enjoy reading books that have been turned into movies, Tesia Dobrydnia has plenty of recommendations and tips on how to get started. From major motion pictures to indie flicks from novels, Tesia enjoys all movies in their own right.
About Tesia Dobrydnia
Tesia Dobrydnia has worked in the petroleum industry for over 15 years, since graduating from Oregon State University where she studied Chemical Engineering. Her oil and gas industry experience includes a rich portfolio of safety management, process design, and small project management work. Tesia loves the outdoors and enjoys an array of activities including snowboarding, hiking, and backpacking. She can often be found in her downtime reading a good book or working on a home project.