“As You Wish.”
Just three simple words become the center of one of the most amazing stories of all time. It appeals to a wide range of audiences from romance, to adventure, to historical.
Princess Bride is quoted in a wide range of venues and its story still impacts us although it first became a movie over twenty years ago in 1987.
Why does this story have such a long lasting impression?
3 Characteristics of Stories That Stick:
*Courageous Characters. Is there any doubt that Wesley has all kinds of courage? He goes off to make money and is forced to become a pirate until he has enough money to come back and save the Princess. He faces sure death to be with his true love.
Princess Buttercup rises to the occasion when she realizes that she has not been abandoned. She refuses to become the queen, even if it means she will die.
Indigo will do anything to avenge his father’s death. He is willing to try to break into the castle and go after a high adviser to the king.
*Varied Plot Elements. This story has adventures, pirates, sword fights, true love, and revenge. It reaches such a wide range of interests while still maintaining its core elements.
If you are writing a romance, you can still have elements of adventure, suspense, or mystery. You don’t have to include them all, but try to add a bit of fun to your genre with other elements that readers enjoy.
*Memorable Dialogue. This is one of the elements of the story that keeps it alive today. There are so many great one liners and quirky comments that we just keep talking about them. I can think of more than ten of them in less than a minute. How about you?