January 21, 2012

Why Do I Dislike Beauty & the Beast?

I was watching TV with my son, Dean, and a commercial for the new revised 3D Beauty & the Beast, along with the announcement of the new short from Tangled, came on. Dean was like, let’s go see it and watch the Tangled show and then leave. I was like, yeah, I don’t like Beauty and the Beast, either.

So that got me wondering, why. Why do I dislike Beauty and the Beast? I’ve been using fairy tales as story inspirations for a long time – sometimes I go on what I know about the fairy tale from childhood, or Disney, and from other adaptations, and sometimes I read the classic tale.

I do have a short story based on Beauty and the Beast, which I will post in a couple of days, but this was one I just went from my memory of the story line. I had never read the original – so it was kind of unfair to say that I didn’t like that particular fairy tale if I had never really read it. I had to change that.

First, I had to find out who wrote the original and go from there. I found the English translation of Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont which appears to have first appeared in 1757. An interesting fact is that Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve, actually wrote the original Beauty and the Beast but Le Prince de Beaumont rewrote and shortened it into the story we know today – so she is usually said to be the author.

I then searched Amazon for a copy and was very happy to find a Kindle copy for .99 cents – Yay!. Here is the link for that: http://www.amazon.com/Beauty-Illustrated-Unique-Classics-ebook/dp/B006P407VM/

So after reading Beauty and the Beast by Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont, I realized it is really difficult to review a classic fairy tale. You know, it is what it is: “fairy tale” narrative style, moralistic, jealous sisters, good vs. evil, beauty is more than skin deep, love conquers all, and to me, a picture just waiting to be colored in… A fairy tale. And I adore fairy tales! And this one was no different.

My conclusion: I don’t like Disney’s version of Beauty and the Beast. All I can figure it’s the talking teapots and candlesticks, or the color of Beauty’s dress, or the bow in Beast’s hair. I really don’t know for sure. Was there a lot of singing in the movie? It actually has been a long time since I watched the movie – Maybe I should go see it…


Morella said...

Good heavens I'm scared of anything made by Disney!

Dorlana said...

Hi Morella,

lol - I get it. You know, I think there are 3 types of fairy tale people - the classics, the Disneys, and those who enjoy them in any form. I'm more of the latter - with a lean toward the first. However, I do appreciate how Disney has brought attention to them since Snow White, creating little fairy tale lovers who grow up to read the classics.
Thanks for stopping by :)

Mark. K. aka - EvilDM said...
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Mark. K. aka - EvilDM said...

argh... *original* Seems I have dyslexic fingers today.

Mark. K. aka - EvilDM said...

Maybe it's the transition from actual enjoyable Disney, to that yucky, sugar-coated crap they started churning out for a period between the 80s & 90s?

You should always go with your gut instinct, that's what I always try to do.

Many thanks for joining me at the hearth. I hope your stay there will be a pleasant one :)

Love the flash fiction, 'The Guard'. But why do dragons have to be the bad guy, I wonder?

PS - deleted original posts due to a typo I saw after posting - sorry :) Normally I'm so much better at this!

Dorlana said...

Howdy Mark,

Thanks, and you're welcome - Looks like an interesting site.

Disney - what gets me is that I've been enjoying the series Once Upon a time - but couldn't believe it when they did their Beauty and the Beast episode last week and used Disney's version (with the teacup!) for reference. What?

And IDK - I didn't really see the dragon as being the "bad guy" just hungry. If there was a villian in this tale, i think it was the princess - lol.

Thanks for comments and for stopping by!

Mark. K. aka - EvilDM said...


Just wondered what your thoughts are on the tv series 'Grimm'? No doubt the US has had it way before us in the UK, but seeing as it's (sort of) based around the fairy tale aspect, I was curious as to your take on it?

Kind regards,


Dorlana said...

Hey Mark,
Well... I was very excited when I first heard about the 2 new shows, Grimm and Once Upon a Time, but now I'm only still watching Once Upon a Time. Not that I don't appreciate the fairy tale theme of Grimm, it's just that it turned into a just another cop show. And I don't care for that genre. However, I might have even been able to overlook that, but there were other little things that bothered me like - didn’t people noticed the bizarre crimes (fairy tale or not) before or did they just start when he found out he was a Grimm – I did like his sidekick, though – but he wasn’t enough to keep me watching.

What about you?