Beauty and the Beast Adaptations to Look Out For

So we’ve all seen (or at least heard of) the Disney adaptations – animated, a Broadway musical, and now a live action starring Emma Watson – of this classic fairy tale, and it’s one of my favourite stories of all time. What I wanted to do today, though, was list a couple of other interpretations of the story that may have slipped your notice! In no particular order:

Beastly (2011) Shamefully, I haven’t read the book, so I’ll just say a little about the film. This is the modern-day Young Adult movie version of the story, starring Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Hudgens, Mary-Kate Olsen and Neil Patrick Harris. Pretty heavy-handed with its morality, and uncomfortably obvious in soundtrack choices, it is at least a creative twist on the classic story.

A Court of Thrones and Roses – Sarah J Maas I guess I would call this a New Adult Fantasy interpretation; although it sticks reasonably closely to the fairy tale, it’s set in a world with fairies, and I think it works hard to step outside expectations.

The Wrath and the Dawn – Renee Ahdieh Potentially my favourite on this list (find my review here), this is a Young Adult novel set in a sort of Fantasy, Pre-Islamic Middle Eastern world that puts a whole new twist on the story, and that embellishes the core story elements into a whole new fairy tale.

The Bloody Chamber – Angela Carter This is a collection of short fairy tale re-tellings, two of which are direct re-tellings of Beauty and the Beast. This book is pretty graphic, and uses fairy tale tropes to discuss feminist and gender issues. Carter certainly doesn’t pull any punches.

The Phantom of the Opera – Gaston Leroux Last but not least, we have The Phantom of the Opera! (I reviewed this here) I watched the musical multiple times before realising the connection with the story, and I think that’s what I like about this gothic Parisian re-telling: it is very liberal with its interpretation.

Those are all of my top picks, but I know there are loads more books based around Beauty and the Beast! Are there any you’d recommend?

Thanks for reading, and have a lovely day!

Dani

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Things I Learned from Beauty and the Beast

I’m obsessed with the Broadway version of Beauty and the Beast! I think it’s such a profound work, and I wanted to share some gems of wisdom:

  • Chat-up lines are like Nutella: they should be used in copious amounts, in all situations, at all times.

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Gaston is the perfect mentor in this area; here are a few favourites for you to whack out:

We shall be the perfect pair – rather like my thighs.

You are face to face with destiny.

All’s well that ends with me!

Gaston, you charmer.

  • Eat stuff. It will make you feel better.

Be Our Guest

If you’re stressed, it’s fine dining we suggest.

Thanks, Lumiere.

  • Hunting is in this season. Also next season. Actually, just every season.

Antlers

I use antlers in all of my decorating.

My – what a guy, that Gaston.

  • Do you know what’s cool? Superlatives.

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It’s a beast! As tall as a mountain

Accurate communication is alright, but superlatives are better. Use liberally.

  • The majority is always right, especially if you’re French.

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Here we come! We’re fifty strong, and fifty Frenchmen can’t be wrong

Ah, classic mob logic.

Disclaimer: I am not serious. I love Beauty and the Beast, and I think it is wonderful. Please never use a Gaston pick-up line, unless you enjoy getting punched in the face.

~Dani

Happy Birthday to My Sister!

October 23

It’s my little sister’s birthday today! I promised to mention her in a post today, because she apparently reads the blog. In your honour, my dear, we’re going to talk about October 23rd through history.

  • October 23rd is the 296th day of the year, which means there are only 69 days left of 2014!
  • On this day in 1707 the first parliament of Great Britain met.
  • Today is also Ryan Reynolds’ (Green Lantern, The Croods, The Proposal) birthday!

Ryan Reynolds

 

  • Today is an unofficial holiday called ‘Mole Day’ among chemistry enthusiasts. If that’s actually interesting to you, the Wikipedia page explains a bit more.
  • In Hungary, 23rd October is their National Day. They’re celebrating with speeches and exhibitions.
  • On this day in 2001, Apple introduced the iPod.
  • According to the calculations of Archbishop John Ussher, the creation of the world began on October 23 4004 BC. Who knew?
  • On this day in 1814, the first plastic surgery was performed right here in England.
  • On this day in 1941, Disney’s Dumbo was realeased!

Dumbo

 

  • Les Miserables (the musical) opened in Paris on this day in 1991.
  • You also have the same birthday as Fatmir Sejdiu. He was the president of Kosovo.
  • Michael Crichton shares your birthday, too! He wrote Jurassic Park.

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Happy birthday!

And for those of you reading who have your birthdays on other days, what famous events coincide with yours?

Thanks for reading and have a lovely day!

~Dani

Haikus and Movies

I found a really fun post where the writer summarised Disney movies…in haikus!

Just to clarify, a haiku is a Japanese form of poetry in which a stanza has a line of 5 syllables followed by a line of 7 and a line of 5.

Anyway, I was inspired to try some of my own:

1.
Tale as old as time:
Twisted stairs light darkened hearts
She came back and fought

2.
She trimmed and replaced;
Her weakness was not herself
But their ignorance

3.
And all the lanterns
Were not stars but dreams because
They defied the night

My challenge to you is to ‘Haiku-up’ some of your favourite films! Also, if you can guess which three I described (they’re all Disney) you may have bonus points. I’d love to see what you come up with!

Thanks for reading, and have a lovely day!

~Dani