How do you suppose a lady Beast could get a gu…

How do you suppose a lady Beast could get a guy to fall in love with her? Would he have to be blind, like in that video game you just mentioned?

“Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, and therefore is winged Cupid painted blind”

I think there are many ways in which people fall in love! For example, well into my twenties I thought the idea of love at first sight was something made up for fiction. I didn’t understand what people meant when they said someone was attractive. I’m just not wired that way. I don’t have that sort of reaction. What made someone attractive to me was the way they interacted with others –were they funny, were they kind, were they reliable. None of those things can be determined “at first sight”, only by getting to know someone… But for lots of people, physical attraction is (apparently) one of the first things they notice!

I believe it was Betsy Hearne who wrote about Beauty and the Beast being a romance of the intellect… That the couple are drawn together by love borne of knowing one another’s minds, not of being physically attracted. It’s a slower growing bond, but has the potential to be a deeper one because it’s founded on something that has to be nurtured and tended, rather than something occuring by chance of nature. That interpretation definitely varies by version of the story, but it always stuck with me as being a very true thing to my own experiences.

But could you have a blind protagonist? Absolutely you could! In many versions of the story the Beauty character actually doesn’t see the Beast until very late in the tale… in Cupid and Psyche, Psyche fears that her unseen lover may be a monster, but he turns out to be the God of Love. In The Crimson Flower, the Beast hides himself from Nastenka on his magical island. In Panna a Netvor, Netvor forbids Julie from turning to face him when they are together. It isn’t until she has confessed her love to him, and then accidentally caught his reflection in the window that the truth is revealed… you can get a lot of mileage out of the tension there! Perhaps your Beast believes the protagonist doesn’t know she’s a monster, but he does. Or perhaps her deception is what tears them apart. 

Anyway, I’d love to see how you solve this setup! There’s a ton of potential there.