So let’s get this fairy tale club started! March’s fairy tale will be my ultimate fave, Beauty and the Beast. The movie retelling will be the new Disney film, but I cannot decide on the book retelling. I’ve narrowed it down to a few options. Please let me know your opinion on this post, to make it easier for me to count votes!
Beauty by Robin McKinley- one of my personal favorite novels, it’s a straightforward fairy tale retelling. Disney’s animated film took many bits of inspiration from this novel (uncredited, of course, but read it and you’ll see.) However, I’ve already read it and though I love it, I can say it can be slow-paced for many readers. It’s also very much a straightforward fairy tale retelling, no unusual twists or turns. However, it could be fun to compare it to the animated classic and then the ensuing live action.
Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay- a new, YA retelling of the fairy tale with Asian influences and a blind Beauty. I have not read it, so I cannot comment on possible triggers. It looks like there may be a war between races, which can always skew super racist. But I won’t know until I read it! I like this option because it is the least Disney option and most unlike the original tale.
As Old As Time by Liz Braswell - a Disney-approved Disney author’s retelling of the Disney version, which suggests that Belle’s mother is the enchantress who cursed the Beast.
There are other YA retellings out there, but so many of them seem to have an abusive Beast- I understand that the nature of Beauty and the Beast as a story invites possible abuse (even in the Disney version), but eh. Feel free to offer other suggestions but know I have probably already looked at them and decided against it for various reasons (A Court of Thorns and Roses and Cruel Beauty, to name a couple).
Future fairy tale months will not be so Disney-heavy, and most likely with no Disney influences at all. However, I couldn’t resist the chance for all of us to discuss the new movie and enjoy all the BatB related stuff coming out in the next month!
What do you vote for - 1, 2, 3?