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…