6 Books Similar to “The Princess Bride”

Loved the movie? Then you'll probably enjoy these six titles, each of which has something in common with the cult classic.

6 Books Similar to “The Princess Bride”

Whether you’ve seen it three dozen times or (gasp) just once, chances are you liked “The Princess Bride.” Or at least got a kick out of the brilliant Mandy Patinkin’s character: “My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” (We decline to consider cases where you’ve either not seen the movie or did not like it.)

Here are a few books that might strike that same delicious, witty, romantic chord for you:

  • The Princess Bride by William Goldman. No Cary Elwes, but otherwise, this book bears something of a resemblance to the movie.
  • The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle. Like The Princess Bride, this novel of a fantastical quest of concealed identity was made into a moving, if at times cheesy, movie.
  • Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott. This adventure may not have quite the wit of our exemplar, but it has all the romance.
  • The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell. Jaw-dropping evil, the strength of true love, and a few doses of cunning and poison put this excellent novel on the list.
  • Candide by Voltaire. Pirates? Check. Intrepid adventurers? Check. Love and revenge? Check and check. Plus a wee bit of philosophy thrown in on the side.
  • Stardust by Neil Gaiman. A young boy in a magical land pursues his one true love in this charming story featuring adventure, humor, and even poison.

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