Wednesday, July 13
It's All In The Details
My favorite part of The Princess Bride - book, not movie - is the introduction. Sure, the actual description of The Pit of Despair is amazeballs. But the introduction is killer. It's the part where the author goes on for pages and pages about how bad the first book was and how confusing that was as a kid because he didn't know his dad was 'only reading the good parts'. I've often wished there was some kind of master list of the good parts of books. Wouldn't that be something? Then, rather than reading 50 pages of what it felt like to be at sea, we could just read about the actual fight with "Moby Dick".
And that brings me to my point: the parts of books I really, really like. No, not the sex parts, I knew you were thinking that since I write and primarily read romance. Actually, the sex scenes can get boring. The Good Parts, those parts that make my eyes roll back in my head, drool dripping from the corner of my mouth, rarely occur during the smexy scenes.
So, what are the Good Parts to me? Unlike the sections that were included in Goldman's "Princess Bride", most of my swoon-worthy scenes are emotional in nature, not action-y. Don't get me wrong, I love a good gun battle, sword fight, or cliff-hanging moment. But when authors get the emotion right, I just cry. Happiness, sadness, excitement...jealousy. You name it. Kristina's over there in a puddle of tears.
Here's my example: In the movie version, after Westley is determined dead by pirates, the narrator says: "Buttercup took to her room and didn't come out for days." Okay, she's sad about losing her love. I may sigh a little for her.
But the book version had me reaching for the tissues: At first her parents tried to lure her, but she would not have it. They took to
"You're all right?" her mother asked.
"Yes." There was a very long pause. "But I must never love again."
I know, I abbreviated - this is a blog, not a book. But isn't that so much...more in the book than in that single line from the movie?
So, what are your favorite parts of books?