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One of my all time favorite fairy tales, and Jan Brett does a gorgeous job with it.
I have read this book several times, and it always struck me as a much more layered version of the tale. Several elements are different, and the Beast is truly frightening which really adds to the depth of the story.
Brett’s illustrations are absolutely gorgeous. Such color and vibrancy run through them, they are extraordinary.
One of the better picture book versions of this story.
If only the person they wrote that post about lgbt pining and happy endings wasn’t also known for using that exact sentiment to bully fanfic authors for writing stories with sad endings ;-;
as much as i love myself some pining and yearning and repression, if the end result isn’t a happy ending and if the whole point isn’t love then i’m not interested, thanks
Beauty and the Beast themed books:
- Bryony and Roses by T. Kingfisher
- Beauty by Robin McKinley
- Chalice by Robin McKinley
- Sunshine by Robin McKinley
- Heart’s Blood by Juliet Marillier
- The Fire Rose by Mercedes Lackey
- Fire and Hemlock by Diana Wynne Smith
- Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones
- Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
- Uprooted by Naomi Novik
- Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
- Land of the Beautiful Dead by R. Lee Smith
- A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
- Radiance by Grace Draven
- The Hollow Kingdom by Clare B. Dunkle
- The Darkangel Trilogy by Meredith Ann Pierce
Science Fiction setting:
- Beauty (part of the short story collection Red as Blood, or Tales from the Sisters Grimmer) by Tanith Lee
- Breath of Life by Christine Pope
- Of Beast and Beauty by Stacy Jay
Books I haven’t read yet but sound interesting:
- Beauty and the Werewolf by Mercedes Lackey
- Rose Daughter by Robin McKinley
- Masque by W.R. Gingell
- Beauty by Susan Wilson
- Entreat Me by Grace Draven
- Beast by Donna Jo Napoli
Other people´s recommendations:
- Truth in the Dark by Amy Lane – recommended by @gailcarriger
- Spellbound by Sara Celi – recommended by @bebe-benzenheimer
- The Fire Rose by Mercedes Lackey – @nerdberd
- The Rakshasa´s Bride by Suzannah Rowntree – recommended by @kecharitomene
- The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Choksi – recommended by @kecharitomene
- The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter – recommended by @kecharitomene
- Hunted by Megan Spooner – recommended by @kecharitomene
- The Beast´s Heart by Leife Shallcross – recommended by @kecharitomene
- Beauty and the Clockwork Beast by Nancy Campbell Allen – recommended by @kecharitomene
- The Beauty´s Beastby E.D. Walker – recommended by @kecharitomene
- Roses in Amber by C.E. Murphy – recommended by @kecharitomene
- A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer – recommended by @kecharitomene
- Echo North by Joanna Ruth Meyer – recommended by @kecharitomene
- Before Beauty by Brittany Fichter – recommended by @kecharitomene
- East by Edith Pattou – recommended by @kecharitomene, @bookbeastfeast
- Beast by Donna Jo Napoli – recommended by @momolady, @girlfrien3
- Before Beauty by Brittany Fichter – recommended by @darkladyreylo
- Five Enchanted Roses – short story collection – recommended by @darkladyreylo
- Beastly by Alex Finn – recommended by @abandoned-as-mustard, @tamynightmerz, @thelilessisters
- A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kimmerer – recommended by @thelilessisters
- In the Vanisher´s Palace by Aliette Bodard – recommended by @mlwangbooks
- Goddess of the Rose by P.C. Cast – recommended by @the-lady-mienshao
- The Tigers Bride by Angela Carter – recommended by @missnargaluna
- The beast´s Garden by Kate Forsyth – recommended by @fluffycakesistainted
- Rozalia by Magdalena Wala – recommended by @neoma2
Also a big thank you to the MULTIPLE people who recommended Of Beast and Beauty by Stacy Jay 🙂
DNF (books I´ve tried to read but do not personally recommend):
Eye of the Beholder by Elizabeth Darcy, Depravity by M.J. Haag
It was pretty interesting reading Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve (longest-name-ever)’s original “La Belle et le Bête”. It’s a full-length novel and definitely way too wordy for most kids but has a lot more characters and backstories.
After Villeneuve’s death, Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont (what is with these long names?!?) basically chopped up and abridged Villeneuve’s version and made it into the fairy tale most of us are familiar with, which is why she sometimes (incorrectly) is called the “original author”.
Pro tip: if you’re reading the “original” beauty and the beast and it says Beauty is one of 6 siblings: its probably Beaumont’s. If she’s one of 12: it’s probably Villeneuve’s (the actual original)
And that concludes todays episode of: “Useless Information I Never Asked For”
Well you can’t say he didn’t skip leg day.
Just finished a B&B re-read. Every time I reread this comic, it strikes me all over again. This is a story that’s just going to stick with me……. up there with stories that made me want to be a writer………………. god, why is it so soft.
(also, sorry, I had to send this as a submission because the ask box will NOT let me.)
I was legit about to tag u in that face-caressing, hand-kissing post but then I realized
You clearly have a Deep Understanding of precisely what type of trashwizard I am, kudos!