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PostSubject: The Princess Bride (novel)   Tue Nov 13, 2007 8:35 pm

Son of a bitch.

I am a huge fan of this movie, it's easily one of my favorites. A long time ago I found the book, figured it would be worth a read. But the first chapter has the author going on about how he is writing an abridged copy of a previously written 'The Princess Bride' book from years prior. There are little side notes in the first few chapters where the author makes little comments about the original material, I finally got pissed and stopped reading it.

Well.

I just read online that it was all bullshit. Dude pretended it was based on an earlier work.

Brilliant. I must now read it again.

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PostSubject: Re: The Princess Bride (novel)   Tue Nov 13, 2007 8:45 pm

I've heard about that before too! I never really got it, myself. I saw it in a book store and though stuff it, I seen the movie. But I did read online about that abridge copy deal, but it all being some hooey.

Kind of reminds me of The Never Ending Story, where the writing is in different colours depending on whether it's the real world or in the story. I mean, in that, they play around with the usual format of what a book should be like.

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PostSubject: Re: The Princess Bride (novel)   Tue Nov 13, 2007 10:10 pm

It's a unique way to go about it, but I had no idea. I might crack it open again for s & giggles.

Didn't know The Neverending Story was a book. Guess it makes sense. I know that lawyer on the Simpsons is suing the maker of the movie.

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PostSubject: Re: The Princess Bride (novel)   Tue Nov 13, 2007 10:14 pm

Yeah, Never Ending Story was a big. A freakin' long book, too. The movie ends about half way through the book. I remember hearing that the author of the book hates the movie with a passion.

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PostSubject: Re: The Princess Bride (novel)   Tue Nov 13, 2007 10:23 pm

Really? Interesting.

The parts I did read of The Princess Bride book where okay. I think the movie was just on a different level. It had a singular wit, a certain style to it. Billy Crystal's cameo was priceless. You can't write that.

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PostSubject: Re: The Princess Bride (novel)   Tue Nov 13, 2007 10:26 pm

Love the Princess Bride movie. I've thought about getting the book, but it's kind of gay. I got the weirdest looks for reading The Nanny Diaries about a year back, so I'm not going through all that again. Also, it's never really been one that's considered a literary masterpiece, has it? The movie's been touted as a masterpiece, but never the book.

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PostSubject: Re: The Princess Bride (novel)   Tue Nov 13, 2007 10:30 pm

Heh, that's funny about the Nanny book.

I don't know that Bride was held in that high of regard. The thing is 30 years old and the guy has been trying to write a sequel ever since.

But he did at least co-write the movies screenplay though, so that's big. He should get a lot of credit. Rob Reiner's direction was great. The cast was perfect.

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PostSubject: Re: The Princess Bride (novel)   Tue Nov 13, 2007 10:37 pm

Just looked the brother up, his screen work is quite good. Some of these suck, but quite a few are really good.

Masquerade (with Michael Relph) - 1965
Harper - 1966 (Edgar Award)
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid - 1969 (Academy Award)
The Hot Rock - 1972
The Stepford Wives - 1975
The Great Waldo Pepper - 1975
Marathon Man - 1976
All the President's Men - 1976 (Academy Award)
A Bridge Too Far - 1977
Magic - 1978 (Edgar Award)
Heat - 1987
The Princess Bride - 1987
Twins - 1988 (uncredited)
Misery - 1990
Memoirs of an Invisible Man - 1992
Year of the Comet - 1992
Chaplin - 1992
Last Action Hero - 1993 (uncredited)
Maverick - 1994
The Chamber - 1996
The Ghost and the Darkness - 1996
Fierce Creatures - 1997 (uncredited)
Absolute Power - 1997
The General's Daughter - 1999
Hearts in Atlantis - 2001
Dreamcatcher - 2003

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PostSubject: Re: The Princess Bride (novel)   Tue Nov 13, 2007 10:41 pm

Ah man, good find. Those are some dope flicks. He's obviously making some coin in Hollywood. I read an excerpt from an interview, Goldman said he tried to start writing the sequel but can't. Writers block. Too late to write a sequel to the movie.

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PostSubject: Re: The Princess Bride (novel)   Tue Nov 13, 2007 10:42 pm

The novel was annoying with the first chapter. It was an o.k. book, but it was a good movie. Isn't it odd that some work out that way when most Stephen King books are great and the movies suck? *hides from Whidden

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PostSubject: Re: The Princess Bride (novel)   Tue Nov 13, 2007 10:47 pm

Somewhere Whidden has dropped his beer and feels the need to get on the internet.

Majority of King inspired movies are weak. But by and large they're loosely based on King's work. Stuff like 'It' was really good because it was stretched out into a mini-series. Shit like 'The Lawnmower Man' was terrible.

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PostSubject: Re: The Princess Bride (novel)   Tue Nov 13, 2007 10:50 pm

Somewhere in Tulsa, a woman slaps a man across the face.

"Dave are you alright? Is it a stroke?"

The man stares blankly at the wall and raises his voice to the heavens "FUSCIAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA"

"Damn man has hit the wild turkey again, I'd better go get some Mickey Ds"

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PostSubject: Re: The Princess Bride (novel)   Tue Nov 13, 2007 10:53 pm

Mike Garris usually does okay on the King material, but some of them suck. I like Carrie, Christine, and the Shining. Also, The Dead Zone's alright.

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PostSubject: Re: The Princess Bride (novel)   Tue Nov 13, 2007 10:54 pm

I liked The Shining, The Stand, Eyes of the Dragon, and Pet Cemetery.

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PostSubject: Re: The Princess Bride (novel)   Tue Nov 13, 2007 10:55 pm

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Somewhere in Tulsa, a woman slaps a man across the face.

"Dave are you alright? Is it a stroke?"

The man stares blankly at the wall and raises his voice to the heavens "FUSCIAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA"

"Damn man has hit the wild turkey again, I'd better go get some Mickey Ds"

The Dirty Bird has struck again.

I haven't had McD's in a while. Last time I was there I got the Chicken Nugget meal, f'n thing was $6. No super size, just regular. What the hell happened?

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PostSubject: Re: The Princess Bride (novel)   Tue Nov 13, 2007 10:58 pm

$6? You've got to be kidding... last time I was out there, I forget what kind of meal it was, but they seemed to be around $4-something.

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PostSubject: Re: The Princess Bride (novel)   Tue Nov 13, 2007 11:36 pm

I'm telling you. I guess I don't go there often enough to notice the gradual price increase, but I can't justify laying down 6 bones for McDonalds shit food. Even though it is tasty. It's the same with Carl's or Jack In The Crack. I'd just as soon do the dollar menu. 2 tacos for a dollar at Jack, can't beat it.

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PostSubject: Re: The Princess Bride (novel)   Tue Nov 13, 2007 11:44 pm

2 tacos for a buck sounds good. They tried to bring taco chains out to Taiwan, but they didn't take. Their tacos tasted like a piece of doodie in a bag of doritoes anyway.

So yeah, lovin' that Princess Bride movie.

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PostSubject: Re: The Princess Bride (novel)   Tue Nov 13, 2007 11:53 pm

Doodie in Doritos indeed.

Well, for $1 the tacos are good. But they're not great. They're deep fried and actually pretty offensive if you're not drunk or starving.

I bought some once when I was coming home after a night out. Jack In The Crack is open 24 so we usually grabbed grub there. I'm walking up the stairs to my apartment, holding the bag against me, unlock the door, drop the bag on the table and hit the bathroom. I look at myself in the mirror and see this big wet mark on my shirt. I smell it, and it's not water. I go in and check the bag and the f'n thing is nearly transparent with grease leakage. I still ate them, but I think I had an odd heartbeat the next day.

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PostSubject: Re: The Princess Bride (novel)   Wed Nov 14, 2007 12:05 am

Anything that's greasy enough to turn paper transparent is okay with me.

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PostSubject: Re: The Princess Bride (novel)   Wed Nov 14, 2007 12:09 am

In & Out though isn't as greasy. As far as fast food goes it isn't as bad. The food is fresh, fries are fresh cut, it's a clean opeartion. I had a few buddies who used to work at one years back. Of course one of them sweat into the fries he was cutting so that particular place wasn't as clean at the time.

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PostSubject: Re: The Princess Bride (novel)   Wed Nov 14, 2007 12:13 am

Gross.

Have you known anyone who's actually spat in a burger or put a booger in something before? I haven't, but it totally freaks me out everything I think about eating fast food.

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PostSubject: Re: The Princess Bride (novel)   Wed Nov 14, 2007 12:21 am

Let me say this: I worked at a McDonald's for a little under a year with one of my tightest homies back when we were in high school. I've seen things that would make the average person never go in there again. I do go there on occasion, but it's only fried stuff. Fried.

And to better answer your question, yes, yes I've seen it all. The grill man would use the spatula to scratch his bare foot. The assistant manager dumped a whole tray of Big Mac's and served them. The meat would stay in the bin all day rather than its 20 minute shelf life. If customers gave lip, there were some employees who gave them dirty food. No gloves. Sneezing. Taking out the trash, not washing hands, then serving food. Boxes being accepted off the truck that were damaged and exposed. I could go on.

Oh, and once a few guys got in this awesome wrestling match in the supply area.

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PostSubject: Re: The Princess Bride (novel)   Wed Nov 14, 2007 12:31 am

I thought I was gonna throw up a little bit, but I managed to swallow it.

Gross.

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PostSubject: Re: The Princess Bride (novel)   Wed Nov 14, 2007 1:20 am

I heard about this one guy taking a shit in the chili at Weinerschnitzel.

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