adapted by Elizabeth Rudnick
'Belle wants more out of life than the small provincial town of Villeneuve can offer. There she stands out from the crowd with her unique point of view, her strong-willed independence, and her love of books. She longs for travel and adventure, for a life as exciting as the stories she reads.
But when Belle's beloved father is taken prisoner by a beast in an enchanted castle, her path is forever changed. Risking her freedom and her future, she takes her father's place, secretly vowing to escape. But as she learns more about the Beast and his mysterious castle, Belle realizes there may be more to his story -- and her own -- than she ever could have imagined.'
Can you believe I have never read Beauty and the Beast, have never seen the classic Disney cartoon version, did not even know the story??? When this new Disney version came out recently I was curious because I'm really drawn to these live action adaptations of the Disney classics, but I wasn't wowed enough to pay much attention because I just didn't know anything about it. I like to buy the books of these movie versions too as they come out. I have Maleficent and Cindrella, and I grabbed Beauty and the Beast when I saw that one on the shelf.
It's a short and easy story to read, only 275 pages. I finished it last night and oh my gosh, why did it take me so long to come around to this story??? I absolutely need to see the movie now. I think it's even still playing in my local theater. Ah, who are we kidding? I'll probably wait for the DVD to come out. But anyway, I loved this story! Yeah, it's predictable as all fairy tales tend to be. I mean, we all know they're going to fall in love and live happily ever after, right? The thing that makes this one so much more appealing to me than, say, Cinderella, is the fact that there is a *beast.* It sort of fits into that weird fascination I have with seemingly dark, very powerful people still being good and caring underneath it all.
By the way, does The Beast have a proper name?!
I do have a couple little gripes about this adaptation of the story. Maybe some of these things are answered in the movie? Like, how did Belle's father escape after Gaston left him tied up for the wolves to find? Did no one else see Gaston fall and apparently die at the end? Did no one wonder about where he was? Did no one care because the spell was broken and they were all thinking clearly now? Why was The Beast cursed but Gaston, who was just as bad, never was? I'd started to wonder if there was some time warp or alternate universe thing going on where Gaston and The Beast were the same guy.
And didn't the enchantress put an unfair curse on The Beast? How was he supposed to learn to love if she'd also cursed the castle and the townsfolk, so they'd eventually forget it existed? How was he ever supposed to encounter anyone that he could learn to love??
I'm being nitpicky, I suppose. I just want more of the story though! LOL
I finished the book last night, and first thing this morning I looked up the movie trailer on YouTube. And yeah, I cried. I can't wait to see it now!
So am I the last person on earth to learn the story of Beauty and the Beast?
Are you a fan of this story? Have you seen the movie?
Can you answer any of my questions??