|This is Eilean Donan Castle in Scotland, but can't you imagine Fezzik and Inigo running a cheerful scam together on the bridge?|
And if you think The Princess Bride is a story that grandpa reads to Fred Savage, think again. The book has an incredibly elaborate frame story that convincingly weaves together a fictional author named S. Morgenstern, William Goldman's fictional favorite elementary school teacher, his fictional desire to connect with his fictional young son, and a fictional bathing beauty in Los Angeles. Goldman weaves such an elaborate yarn, you'll actually believe that his father read The Princess Bride to him when he was a boy--but only the good parts!
I'm a little embarrassed to admit this, but I Googled it to see if the frame story was real.
And if you're like my neighbor, who saw me reading and teased, "Is it sooooo romantic? Is it even dreeeeeamier than the movie?" the answer is NO! It's biting and silly and lots of fun, but if you want to read the romantic reunion scene that takes place at the bottom of the hill, you're going to have to write to the publisher and ask for it nicely. No joke!
Edit: Now you can request the reunion scene online here. Thanks to my friend Bill for alerting me to this! Haha, it's not what you expect... :)