I’m not a bonnets and buggies kind of girl. So if it were up to me, no prairie western or Amish romance would ever become a best seller. And forget about horror stories, they’d be full of fluffy bunnies.
Today, with a little help from The Princess Bride, by William Goldman, I’m going to list some of my literary loves.
1) Villains you love to hate. Who didn’t cheer as Inigo Montoya finally faces the evil Count Rugen?
“My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father, prepare to die!”
2) Courtesy between enemies. Inigo Montoya got all the good lines. Here he prepares to fight the mysterious Man in Black:
“You seem a decent fellow, I’d hate to kill you.”
“You seem a decent fellow, I’d hate to die.”
3) Great dialogue. The Princess Bride was full of great dialogue. This piece occurred between Vizzini, the man who abducted Buttercup, and the Man and Black who is trying to save her.
“One more step and I cut her throat.”
“Then we are at an impasse.”
“Apparently so, since I’m no match for your strength, and you’re no match for my brains.”
“You’re that smart eh?”
“Ever hear of Plato? Aristotle, Socrates?”
4) A good love triangle.
5) A tragic death that makes me cry.
6) A loyal dog. My husband made me watch Old Yeller after hearing this lyric from Confederate Railroad:
“She never cried when old yeller died and I ain’t gonna cry when she’s gone.”
7) A noble sacrifice.
8) A touch of humor. Princess Bride is still one of the funniest movies I’ve ever seen. This exchange occurred between two of the villains.
“Tyrone, you know how much I love watching you work, but I’ve got my country’s 500th anniversary to plan, my wedding to arrange, my wife to murder and Guilder to frame for it; I’m swamped.”
“Get some rest. If you haven’t got your health, then you haven’t got anything.”
9) Spunky Heroines. She’s got a sword and knows how to use it!
10) A complex hero with a troubled past.
11) Tight prose. No Michener for me!
12) Unexpected plot twists.
13) A knockout ending.
14) Unusual settings.
What are some of your literary loves?