Welcome back to another Write On Purpose book review. Each week, I review a well-written book, highlighting what makes it good from the reader’s perspective and what writing skills and techniques make it an irresistible read. Thus, each review serves both writers and readers.
This week I depart from fiction book reviews to cover a memoir. Perhaps this is a bit selfish on my part, as I am starting to write a memoir of my own, but I haven't yet reviewed a memoir, so why not, right?
Memoir VS Autobiography
Perhaps you, like many people, have some confusion about the difference between a memoir and an autobiography. They're really not synonyms.
An autobiography covers the span of a person's life. I tell my mentoring students that unless you're a gigantic name like Oprah or Donald Trump, or unless you've had a life that is off-the-bell-curve remarkable, people probably don't want to read your entire life story.
A memoir, on the other hand, doesn't require you to be a superstar in order for people to want to read it, because it's a slice of your life, covering a particular theme or experience.
Keep in mind that book genres can be as much a blend of diverse elements as the population of the USA. Many books combine several genres. My first boo, I'll Push You Steer, with which Bonnie K. Tesh and I co-authored, is a compilation of short pieces by each of us about living with our "disabilities" in a positive way. This book can be considered a memoir. We didn't cover our lives birth to present.
so now on to the review of As You Wish by Cary Elwes, AKA Wesley in the movie The Princess Bride.
As you Wish: Inconceivable Tales from The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes
The Princess Bride is the little movie that could. Now an iconic movie and a cult classic, at the time it was a huge gamble.
Iocaine powder, "Mostly dead," the Dread Pirate Roberts, "I am not left handed," "As you wish," "Inconceivable," and so many more classic quotable lines and memorable characters are part of our culture now.
I feel so incredibly OLD when I realize how long ago this movie came out, and I have loved it since the first time I saw it.
Those of us who love the movie can practically speak the lines with the actors, but at the time, it could have been a flop.