Beauty and the Beast by Bayard TaylorIm a fan of Disneys Beauty and the Beast. Its one of those stories that has been told over and over again, so I decided to read this version.
When Beautys father takes a rose to give to his youngest daughter, a Beast comes out of nowhere and demands the merchant send his daughter to him. Of course the merchant doesnt want to because he loves his child. But unlike her sisters, Beauty is willing to do whatever it takes to help her father and goes to the hideous Beast willingly. And because her heart is in the right place, she sees beyond the outer shell and into the very heart of the Beast...
So romantic, right?
I was surprised at how short this story was and expected it to be rushed, but it really wasnt. Although it is short and gets to each point very quickly, it still felt right.
This is just one of those stories that while being told/read seems like its missing too many details but, when you think about it afterwards, everything totally fits and becomes SO MUCH more in your mind.
Even as I write this and recall how quickly Beauty falls for the Beast and vice versa, it feels real. Love at first sight might be a trope people dislike these days*, but it doesnt mean it cant be a beautiful way to tell a story. And I think it totally works here.
The differences between this one and the Disney version are many--the bookish love, the sisters, the villain, the circumstances, the household servants, the rose--but the essence of the story is there. This will always be a love story about seeing past the way someone looks, and about two strangers finding safety in each other. Not to mention that Beauty is kind-hearted, devoted to her father, and willing to get to know the Beast no matter what he looks like.
Yeah, theres a nice moral to this story.
It might not be the most detailed tale. It might seem rushed in some places. But the heart of what makes Beauty and the Beast a timeless classic well continue to retell, and one of my favourites, is still right there.
* Personally, I have no problem with love at first sight and insta-love. 😀
Beauty and the Beast Plot holes
Wakefield, RI boxoffice. One night, an old Beggar Woman requested shelter in the Prince's castle in return for a single red rose. Repulsed by her haggard appearance, the Prince sneered at the gift and turned the old woman away. The Beggar Woman warned the Prince "not to be deceived by appearances, for beauty is found within. The Prince tried to apologize, but it was too late; she had seen that there was no love in his heart.
You see, the introduction of Belle in the French village is during the beginning of autumn. All trees are either green or red and not a single leaf looks like it is going to land on a cold frozen soil. And yet, when Maurice returns to the French village - a mere 3 days after he left, the village is covered deep in 3 feet of snow. WTF Disney? Major Plot hole: The first scene of the movie introduces us to the villain of this story: the Enchantress — who placed a curse on a selfish year-old boy and all his innocent servants as a bonus.
Sign in. A selfish prince is cursed to become a monster for the rest of his life, unless he learns to fall in love with a beautiful young woman he keeps prisoner. Disney's animated classic takes on a new form, with a widened mythology and an all-star cast. A young prince, imprisoned in the form of a beast, can be freed only by true love. What may be his only opportunity arrives when he meets Belle, the only human girl to ever visit the castle since it was enchanted. As punishment for his actions, a young prince is transformed into a monstrous beast by a mysterious enchantress. Only condition is if he can learn to love someone and earn their love in return, the curse will be lifted.
Beauty and the Beast is a American musical romantic fantasy film directed by Bill Condon from a screenplay written by Stephen Chbosky and Evan Spiliotopoulos. The film is a live action adaptation of Disney's animated film of the same name , itself an adaptation of Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont 's 18th-century fairy tale. A live-action Beauty and the Beast remake was first announced in April , with Condon hired to direct it; Watson, Stevens, Evans and the rest of the cast signed on between January and April The film received generally positive reviews, with many praising the performances of the cast particularly Watson and Stevens , and its faithfulness to the original animated film, as well as elements from the Broadway musical, visual style, production values, and musical score, though it received criticism for some of the character designs and its excessive similarity to the original. A beautiful enchantress disguised as an old beggar woman arrives at a castle during a ball and offers the host, a cruel and selfish prince, a rose in return for shelter from a storm. When he refuses, she reveals her identity. To punish the prince for his lack of compassion, the enchantress transforms him into a beast and his servants into household objects, then erases the castle, the prince and his servants from the memories of their loved ones.