The Princess Bride

by William Goldman

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Is the princess bride a fairy tale? Do you think the princess bride is a fairy tale? To what extent does this show adhere to the conventions of a fairy tale?

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No, I don't see the book or film as being a fairy tale.  Rather, it is a satire which mocks fairy tale conventions.  Consider the prince and princess, the "monsters" in the woods, the giant, true love overcoming all odds, the evil villain, etc.  William Goldman includes these elements to exaggerate typical fairy tale features.

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