I’m not a huge videophile (probably because I’d much rather bury my nose in a good book) but there are some movies that are worth watching over and over because they stand the test of time. They touch all the right spots.
And why is that? What makes a story stand up to the test of time? Well, it’s certainly not the framing story, of a grandfather reading a story to his reluctant and sick grandson.
Grandson: A book?
Grandpa: That’s right. When I was your age, television was called books. And this is a special book. It was the book my father used to read me when I was sick, and I used to read it to your father. And today I’m going to read it to you.
Grandson: Has it got any sports in it?
Grandson: Hold it, hold it. What is this? Are you trying to trick me? Where’s the sports? [suspiciously] Is this a kissing book?
Grandpa: Wait, just wait.
For the romance lover in me, there’s the nature of true love. Of separated lovers Buttercup and Westley, reunited years later. Under the dark cloud of Westley’s supposed death, Buttercup agreed to marry the local prince, only to find Westley had returned in the guise of the Dread Pirate Roberts and wasn’t very happy to find she’d ‘forsaken’ him.
Westley: I told you I would always come for you. Why didn’t you wait for me?
Buttercup: Well… you were dead.
Westley: Death can never stop true love. All it can do is delay it for a while.
Which Westley goes on to prove later in the story. After Buttercup’s evil fiancé prince kills Westley, Miracle Max is able to bring him back to life because of true love.
Miracle Max: What’s so important? What’s here worth coming back for?
Miracle Max: Sonny, true love is the greatest thing in the world. Except for a nice MLT: mutton, lettuce and tomato sandwich, where the mutton is nice and lean and the tomato is ripe. They’re so perky, I love that.
Inigo Montoya: Hello! My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die!
Count Rugen (the six-fingered man): Will you stop saying that!
Have you seen The Princess Bride? Who’s your favorite character? What’s your favorite quotable quote?
Elaine’s release this month is A Disgraceful Miss available from Harlequin Historical Undone! It’s book two of the Fortney Follies series, a Regency romance.
Julian Kenneway, Earl of Vinedale, has a secret: he is in love with innocent debutante Angelica Fortney. She's the one thing he desires more than the tenuous peace he has regained since returning from India. Yet everyone, including Julian, believes he's unsuitable for her—and seducing her could ruin both their lives.
But when a rival for Angelica's affections arrives, Julian realizes he can't lose her—and can no longer control his passion for her....