With The Princess Bride turning 30 in September 2017, people are falling in love all over again with this tale of adventure and true love.
This story takes a tongue-in-cheek look at pirates, giants, epic sword battles, fire swamps, rodents of unusual size, and of course, kissing. Buttercup is a farm girl who falls in love with Westley, her put-upon stable boy. When Westley goes off to seek his fortune and fails to return, Buttercup agrees to marry the local prince. When Westley finally returns having won his fortune as The Dread Pirate Roberts, he must foil the evil prince’s plan to use Buttercup and a staged abduction as an excuse to launch a war against a neighboring country.
The Princess Bride stars Robin Wright and Cary Elwes as Buttercup and Westley, along with Mandy Patinkin as the determined swordsman Inigo Montoya. Also featured is Andre the Giant, as Montoya’s boon companion, and Wallace Shawn as their ne’er do well employer. Other actors include Billy Crystal, Carol Kane, Peter Falk, and Fred Savage. The Princess Bride was produced by Oscar-nominated director Rob Reiner. The screenplay was written by William Goldman, from his book.
The Princess Bride Online
Now more than ever, fans of The Princess Bride can connect online and find their favorite clips, memes, and quotes.
Princess Bride Forever is the official website for the movie. It features news updates, photo galleries, online games, and an online store, called “Tweasure.” You can also find the official page on Facebook or follow The Brute Squad on Twitter.
The Princess Bride Online Learning Resources
It may be inconceivable that The Princess Bride is more than a couple hours of great fun, but teachers have been using the beloved classic film to teach lessons. Apparently teachers from first grade to 12th want to share their love of this story.
“This guide is useful for exploring topics including English, Literacy and PSHE Education in addition to highlighting themes surrounding literature and adaptations, storytelling, folk and fairy tales, health and wellbeing, and love and relationships.”
Teaching Learners with Multiple Needs
This resource Contains free worksheets for arts and crafts, study guide, viewing sheet and more. The arts and crafts sheets are the best, including Buttercup and Westley paper dolls and coloring pages for the Cliffs of Insanity and the Battle of Wits.
Teachers Pay Teachers
At this site, teachers share their Princess Bride study materials for a small fee. Approaching the movie from a wide variety of angles, there are activities and viewing guides from elementary level to high school.
This site offers resources for teachers and book clubs / reading guides, as well as a copy of the film script.
ELA Share My Lesson
ELA also provides a free lesson plan for language teachers, with handouts and PowerPoint slides.
The Princess Bride Quotes
The Princess Bride is probably one of the most quotable movies of all time. In fact, even Parade magazine did a feature on the best quotes on the movie’s 30th anniversary.
In fact, Princess Bride quotes have mutated over the years, with fans finding new ways to use them.
For fans of the movie who have never read the book, a trip to the ‘quotes’ section of Goodreads is essential. The movie was stuffed with so many great lines, it’s hard to believe there were more in the book than made it into the film script. But there were:
“Enough about my beauty. Everybody always talks about how beautiful I am. I’ve got a mind, Westley. Talk about that.” ― Buttercup
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“I love you. I know this must come as something of a surprise, since all I’ve ever done is scorn you and degrade you and taunt you, but I have loved you for several hours now, and every second, more.” ― Buttercup
Princess Bride Memes
Everybody loves a meme, but Princess Bride memes are multipurpose. Like quotes, fans have repurposed them through the years to comment on contemporary culture, politics, and modern love.
Some fans have even created some great mash-ups with other fandoms, like Star Trek and Star Wars.
If you’re in the market to create your own Princess Bride memes, here are a few tools:
Some of the more popular Princess Bride memes are from quotes from the movie:
“You Killed My Father, Prepare to Die” was repeated by character Inigo Montoya so many times throughout the movie, that the phrase has become part of the geist.
“As You Wish: said by character Westley to Buttercup, is commonly repeated by fans, from teens to seniors, who use it to say “I love you.”
Princess Bride Fan Art
The Princess Bride and its characters, creatures, and settings is a favorite subject for fan creations, including art and fan fiction.
One fan even designed a theme park ride.
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According to Know Your Meme, Deviant Art had over 10,000 Princess Bride fan art pieces on the site in 2014. That number is up to over 13,000 now with some gorgeous renderings. If you’re looking for images to purchase for wall art or to modify into your own designs, make sure you discuss rights with the creator.
You can find prints, sculptures, and textile fan art at Etsy, too.
Movie Art and Logos from The Princess Bride
If you’re looking for art for posters, DVDs, or logos for adding your fandom to your site or social media, take a look at FanArt.tv. You’ll find labels for your DVD backups, banners, and backgrounds, too.
The Princess Bride Trailers
Along with the original movie trailer that came out before the film debuted in 1987, the much-loved film has also gained some remakes as well as fan-made interpretations.
The Princess Bride also warranted a fresh, high definition trailer for its 30th Anniversary. The movie was distributed to theaters nationwide as part of the celebration in Oct 2017 and got this spiffy new trailer for the occasion.
You can compare it to the 1987 version here:
And it is a truth universally acknowledged that The Princess Bride is such a magical, perfect movie, that even the satire YouTube web series Honest Trailers couldn’t tarnish it. The spoof series even admits that The Princess Bride is:
“A satire of all those sappy, swashbuckling medieval love stories that happens to be the best sappy, swashbuckling medieval love story ever made.”
The Princess Bride Merchandise
We would be remiss if we did not start with the one piece of memorbilia that no true Princess Bride fan should be without, the book.
The Princess Bride Deluxe Edition HC: S. Morgenstern’s Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure
You can also find the movie, to rent or to buy, in any format on Amazon Videos.
Hand-made Princess Bride themed Merchandise
If you’re looking for original hand-made fan merch from The Princess Bride, try Etsy.
Princess Bride Merchandise, Everything You Didn’t Know You Needed
This classic has such longevity and staying power with its fan base, that despite being a couple decades old, you can still find awesome gifts for your resident Princess-Bride-ophile. We searched for you to find the very best gifts and great PB buys, so you don’t have to.
The Princess Bride: As You Wish: Memorable Quotes to Color
Funko Pop Movies: the Princess Bride-Buttercup Collectible Figure, Multicolor
Vandor The Princess Bride 2-Piece 16-Ounce Glass Set
Princess Bride Nametag Mug
Princess Bride Collectibles
If you’re looking for official merch, like figurines and props, there’s a number of stores online to shop. Along with cute fan-made pieces, check out the following:
The Bradford Exchange has created a number of fine collectibles. Most noteworthy are the Princess Bride Precious Moments figurines.
- The “As You Wish” figuring features Buttercup and Westley, and makes a great wedding cake topper.
- You can also get single figures of Westley, Buttercup, Inigo, and Vizzini
Princess Bride Tweasure Shop carries a wide variety of cool stuff, and is part of the official website. Tweasure features professional wall art, home goods, posters, buttons, phone cases and even a plushy Rodent of Unusual Size!
Entertainment Earth is a large franchise merchandise retailer that carries a rotating stock of Princess Bride collectibles. It’s worth checking out, because they run frequent sales.
Princess Bride Costumes
Whether you’re doing the con circuit, the ren faire, or throwing a themed wedding, you can find Princess Bride costumes and cosplay from a number of vendors.
Start with the Tweasure costume shop on the official website. You’ll get an officially licensed product with all the right accessories, and the prices are very good.
Amazon offers similar items, but they’re not always licensed.
For a more elegant look for a Princess Bride wedding or cosplay contest, you can tap the talents of a number of excellent seamstresses and tailors. Brielle Costumes does a custom Buttercup and Westley pair that is not only screen accurate, it’s beautifully made.
And of course, if you’re crafty, you can make your own Princess Buttercup and Westley costume from DIY guides you can find online.
Princess Bride Games
You’d be surprised at how many games are based on this classic movie. From video games to board games to card games to online games. First, check out the Battle of Wits page at the official site. This page is a directory of trivia quizzes, activities, and fan-made videos and spoofs.
Here are a few others:
The first Princess Bride video game was released in 2008. This PC game was a great downloadable game, but is no longer available. It’s sad, because it looked pretty awesome.
Princess Bride Opoly Board Game
This game has 75 percent 5 stars, with no 1 or 2-star ratings at all, you can’t go wrong here!
The Princess Bride is a movie classic that will last the ages. This timeless movie hits all the right notes: humor, adventure, romance, and even some funny accents. Beloved by both kids and adults for over three decades, movies with pirates and princess never seem to go out of style.
Featured Image: Promotional poster via IMDb