As You Wish by Cary Elwes

As You Wish

From actor Cary Elwes, who played the iconic role of Westley in The Princess Bride, comes a first-person account and behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cult classic film filled with never-before-told stories, exclusive photographs, and interviews with costars Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, and Mandy Patinkin, as well as author and screenwriter William Goldman, producer Norman Lear, and director Rob Reiner....

Details As You Wish

TitleAs You Wish
Release DateOct 14th, 2014
PublisherAtria Books
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Biography, Audiobook

Reviews As You Wish

  • Raeleen Lemay
    *4.5*I'm so mad at myself for waiting so long to read this.This book was absolutely delightful, and made me love The Princess Bride even more than I already did. So many of Cary's stories about quirky, unusual things that took place behind the scenes (but are noticeable in the finished film, if you know where to look) make me excited to re-watch the movie yet again. The only downside was the format. I loved getting little asides from the other ca...
  • carol.
    Three stars? Inconceivable!--I do not think that word means what you think it means--It's true; it is barely conceivable that one could not adore "As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of the Princess Bride." But despite a deep and lasting fondness for the movie (of course I own a copy), this was a mixed adventure, much like a stroll through the Fire Swamp. Despite containing fencing, giants, and the miracle of a sleeper hit, I found i...
  • Diane
    I was the perfect audience for this memoir. I have probably seen the movie "The Princess Bride" 100 times, and I've read William Goldman's book so often that the cover is torn, the binding is broken and some pages are falling out. Oh, and the song "Storybook Love" played at my wedding. So yes, I am a fan."As You Wish" is the story of how the movie "The Princess Bride" got made. Cary's perspective is the main one, but other cast and crew members s...
  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    This is a deeply affectionate, engaging story of the making of the film The Princess Bride, as told by Wesley Cary Elwes. It includes frequent sidebar comments from many of the other actors, the director, Rob Reiner, and others involved in creating this classic tale of pirates and princesses, wizards and giants, swordfighters and devious Sicilians. True love. And fights to the death. As You Wish is told in a chatty, anecdotal style, and is unremi...
  • ❀Aimee❀ Just one more page...
    I am so tempted to give it 5 stars just for how much I love learning any new tidbit about this movie. I am such a Princess Bride fan girl. This is me when I found out the book existed.THIS movie cover is my favorite -- see how the title is the same upside down? The book covers how the different actors came together to be part of movie. Cary talks about his nervousness and how sweet he was on Robin.Cary talks about how grueling learning the swor...
  • Bradley
    This is, by far and away, one of the warmest "let's get together and talk about the making of my favorite movie" books I've ever read, but I really need to remember that it's really nothing more than that. :)I've already heard, from what seems like millions of sources, that Princess Bride touched them deeply and how it always seems to be a personal favorite film for each of us. Hell, I find myself being one of those people. I LOVED the film. It h...
  • MLE
    I have to say, first of all, that I love the Princess Bride. It's one of the few stories where I love the movie as much as I love the book. I can't remember the first time I watched it, whether it was on tv, or I rented it by chance from our local movie place. My sister, who is not a fantasy fan, loves this movie. Her best friend from high school loves this movie. When my sister had to give a speech at said best friend's wedding it was from the P...
  • Nancy
    I remember seeing "the Princess Bride" at the dollar movie at the end of 1987. I loved it completely and wondered why I'd never heard of it. Of course, I was smitten by Westley. I bought the book at the campus bookstore before I graduated the following year. The movie has since become a classic and my children quote it better than I ever did.The actor playing Westley grew up and wrote a memoir on the making of this epic movie. I do not use epic l...
  • Trish
    As with a few things in life, I discovered The Princess Bride late in life, this past week to be exact. However, from the first scene onwards I was enthralled and in love. Therefore, and because Ginger said it would be immensely funny and insightful, I had to read this book (I'm usually too sceptical about memoirs or making-of books). It tells the story of how Rob Reiner made the movie adaptation of William Goldman's The Princess Bride as told by...
  • Lisa Kay
    ★★★★★ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Wonderfully narrated by many of the stars from the movie, reading their contributions. I did miss Billy Crystal and Mandy Patinkin’s voices, but it is still a wonderful listen.Even if you only liked The Princess Bride, and didn’t love it like I did, you'll enjoy this book. CE said he wrote it from his heart, and that comes through on every page. Sorry... can’t write more, I’m off to re-...
  • Estelle
    4 stars for the book itself, and 1 additional star for the wonderful narration. It was just lovely, heart warming and funny. I listened to the whole thing with a big smile on my face and sometimes tears in my eyes. If you're a fan of the movie, you HAVE to listen to the audiobook. Just make sure you've got the dvd ready once you're done!
  • Cindy Newton
    If you're a die-hard Princess Bride fan, you'll eat this up with a spoon. This is a light-hearted, charming account of the making of the movie from Cary Elwes' (Westley's) point of view. It's a definite love-fest between and about the cast members--no dirt dished here! That's okay, because we don't really want to think about our beloved PB characters being nasty to each other. There's plenty of awed admiration for everyone from the young, star-st...
  • Noetic_Hatter
    Finished this one on the day I bought it. I'm thinking about buying it again, this time on audible so I can hear the author read it. For some reason, nearly everyone of the Andre stories – – of which there are many – – kept making my eyes fill with tears.
  • Meagan
    First things first. If you're not a fan of The Princess Bride, (inconceivable!), then I wouldn't bother reading this book. Even if you're a big film buff or really enjoy entertainment memoirs, I'd say skip it. This isn't some Hollywood tell-all or insightful exploration of the movie business. There aren't juicy anecdotes about celebrity misbehavior. There aren't big technical explanations about filmmaking. Instead, this is a big, gushy, enthusias...
  • Heidi The Reader
    Before I start my review, I want to mention that As You Wish is the perfect audiobook for a road trip between St. Louis, Missouri and Kansas City, Kansas. I was traveling with my daughter and husband, and we were all entertained by Elwes' memories of the making of the film. It's really not that easy to find a book that works for all three of us, but this was an absolute hit. I can't recommend it enough and if you're already a fan of the movie, I'...
  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
    A happy, cute, sweet (insert sugary words here) non-fiction story about the making of the classing movie, The Princess Bride. Honestly, I don't what I was expecting. There is no juicy dish here, nothing out of the ordinary. Just a great group of actors who genuinely seemed to love each other talking about the rather mundane aspects of filming said movie. The most exciting part of the story was when Cary Elwes broke his toe. A must read for The Pr...
  • Debbie Zapata
    First of all, if by some odd chance you have not seen the movie The Princess Bride, GO WATCH IT BEFORE YOU READ THIS BOOK. At least five times, if not five dozen. Then you can come read As You Wish and see the movie in your head while you read. You can say to yourself "Okay, let me go watch again to see if I spot the USS Coral Sea baseball cap in the little boy's bedroom!" And "Westley really was knocked unconscious whenthe Duke hit him on the he...
  • Mike (the Paladin)
    If somehow you have managed over the last 28 or so years managed to miss The Princess Bride stop what you're doing and get it. Maybe you can find it on line or available on your cable system...go ahead, the rest of us will wait. Go watch it.....Okay, caught up? Now you'll see why I recommend this book and what all we nerds see in this classic gem of a movie.I learned a lot from this books which i got in audio read by the author. The first thing i...
  • Marianna Neal
    This book was such a wonderful and heart-warming experience! Obviously, a must-read for any fan of the movie, but also just such a positive look at everything that goes into making a film. It really was great to read about how much the cast and crew bonded throughout the filming process while also discovering so many behind-the-scenes stories.
  • Reese Copeland
    A great book on the behind the scenes stories of a great movie. Lots of candid stories from all the cast, but mostly from Elwes. Filled with funny, serious stuff and a passion for doing a great film, detailing the pride and insecurities of the actors.
  • Larry H
    I'd rate this 4.5 stars.I was a freshman in college in 1987 when The Princess Bride was released in theaters. (Egads.) I didn't know what to expect from the movie, but I'm a big fan of noble quests, swashbuckling heroes, and true love, so it was no surprise I was completely enamored of it, and saw it twice more in the theaters. (What else was I going to do, study?)Even though The Princess Bride is one of my favorite movies of all time, it was onl...
  • Steve
    I’m a huge, HUGE, HUGE fan of the movie. My kids have watched it with me year after year since its release on VHS in 1988 (I have since bought it on DVD, Blu-Ray, and Amazon Prime). I even quoted it during my son’s wedding reception earlier this year while I was giving my “best man speech”. I’ve watched it at least a dozen times with my young granddaughters, acting out many of the parts as we play afterwards (I’m usually Fezzik to the...
  • Jessica
    A fun behind-the-scenes look at the making of The Princess Bride, as remembered by The Man in Black himself. That's right, our sweet Westley wrote about book about the making of the world's most quotable movie! The book is delightful in that there's no dirt dished, because there is none. No one threw temper tantrums, none of the co-stars hated each other and couldn't be in the same room after the director yelled, "Cut!" No, the filming was a big ...
  • MrsJoseph *grouchy*
    2014-10-17 are no words to describe the sheer number of emotions I ran through while reading As You Wish. Extreme happiness, sheer amazement, incredulous laughter, sadness and actual tears. As You Wish is The Princess Bride of non-fiction. (See what I did there??)“Fencing. Fighting. Torture. Poison. True love. Hate. Revenge. Giants. Hunters. Bad men. Good men. Beautiful ladies. Snakes. Spiders. Pain. Death. Bra...
  • Barbara (The Bibliophage)
    Before I review this, I have a plea. Please, please, please listen to this as an audiobook! Not only will you get to hear the voices of The Princess Bride's cast, director, producers, and writer but you'll also hear Cary Elwes' fantastic impressions. The book chronicles the making of The Princess Bride. This movie has become a cult classic, if by cult you mean everyone who loves it. That might be the world's largest cult! Elwes is primarily self-...
  • Jacob Proffitt
    Melissa and I listened to this months ago and I've been meaning to review it since. It was an amazing listen and I highly recommend that if you're at all interested, take the extra pains to listen to the audio version. Cary Elwes obviously loves this movie and the book is a great remembrance and tribute to the cast, crew, author, and director. It's the kind of tone that could easily come across as disingenuous or try-hard but Elwes reading it him...
  • Marla Mei
    I laughed, smiled and I may have teared up a bit. There wasn't a moment that made me miss the film I love any less. Thank you Cary Elwes for not only ruining me for all the other men because of your impeccable portrayal of Westley but most of all for bringing back all the memories. Brb. Will watch again the movie.
  • Elliot A
    I have been eyeing this book ever since it was first published in 2014, but waited patiently for the paperback version before finally adding it to my ever growing library. Even before I began reading it last night at around 7pm I knew that it would become one of my favourites instantaneously. An engaging, well-written and honest autobiography, As You Wish is a treasure that keeps the reader captured until the last page.I have to say that biograph...
  • Naksed
    Cary Elwes is a class act. His behind the scenes memoirs of the filming of one of my absolute favorite movies of all time, The Princess Bride, is as sweet, funny, and sincere as the film itself. Listening to the audio book had the added bonus of hearing the various actors, from Billy Crystal, Carol Kane, Mandy Patinkin, Chris Sarandon and of course Robin Wright, the affable director Rob Reiner, and the famed screenplay writer William Goldman, all...
  • Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)
    Basically, this book is made for a Monday. Not only does Cary Elwes read this, but you have cameos from Miracle Max, Prince Humperdink, Rob Reiner, and many others to read different things that had to do with them.I really love the movie, so this was just perfect for me. Some of the behind the scenes things Elwes talked about, I'd heard of one way or another over the years. Then there were others that were just hilarious. I almost laughed out lou...