The Princess Bride
This is not a review.
While this is the first time I've read the book, I've seen the movie far too many times to be objective. I could practically recite it along with the characters - I mean it. (Anybody want a peanut?) But if you're like me and you've seen the movie approximately seven thousand four hundred ninety-one times, this might help you (and me) put things in perspective.
First off, for those of you who are unaware of this very significant fact, William Goldman wrote both the book and the screenplay for the movie. Though there are a few things that are in the book but not the movie, they're naturally very similar. And therein lies the problem.
Remember two paragraphs ago when I mentioned the 7491 times I've seen this movie? Knowing the lines means I know how they sound as well as what the words are. I know what the scenes look like, how the actors portray their characters, and so on. But when I read the book, it all just sounds like my voice. It's terribly wrong somehow. All the actors in the movie are so very perfect for their roles that it feels like a crime to experience the story without their hallowed presence.
Not that it wasn't fun to read, but it was really weird. It's sort of the opposite problem I normally have; I usually think the books are cupcakes with awesomesauce and the movies are that crap you find on the floor of outdoor public bathrooms, but this time I felt lost without the movie.
There is one thing I wanted to mention about the book itself (unrelated to the movie). Goldman writes as though he's abridging another work, which had me rather confused for a while. (He's not.) The introduction was, oddly, also fiction, which added to the confusion. So keep that in mind if you ever pick this one up.
Fans of The Princess Bride, you should probably read this at some point just because. But prepare yourselves for a really strange experience.