[He was] a person who struggled with balancing the competing forces of the Light and the Dark, and whose quest for perfection showed him that he was, above all, a complex of contradictions, and that in the end, such perfection did not exist.
He lay before her, an imperfect man. And that was what made him so perfectly–and beautifully–human.
Reylo fanart for the transformation scene by the always incredible @panda-cappuccino . The story is a Monster!Kylo / Beauty and the Beast pastiche based on the amazing prompts of @cobwebbing . It’s part of the Ring in the New Year with Reylo collection on AO3. (And yes, we were inspired by our mutual love for Sophie and Howl, and Beauty and the Beast).
MORE Beauty and the Beast things I LOVE (collected upon a second viewing):
-The Enchantress/Agathe is played by Hattie Morahan, who played Elinor against Dan Stevens’s Edward in BBC’s 2008 Sense and Sensibility, and I love it when actors are brought back together. Gave me the same smiles as watching Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth in their one scene in The King’s Speech
-LeFou paying everyone in the tavern before “Gaston” because you know he choreographed that months before and they rehearse it every Thursday just in case.
-Cadenza is playing “Be Our Guest” when Maurice overhears the music!
-Maurice’s reaction to Chip is everything
-Maurice and Belle’s relationship is so sweet and wonderful and perfect, and the fact that hearing about it and seeing evidence of it is what finally convinces Beast that not all fathers are douchebags!
-Lumiere’s not a womanizer anymore! He’s devoted to Plumette, not just flirting with her and I love it
-I love Mme. de Garderobe attacking fragile masculinity with gowns and makeup, and then shouting “BE FREE” after them like some gender-role smashing fairy godmother
-”I am not a beast.” Ugh. Just, kill me with perfection why don’t you
-The Beast’s face and eyeroll and nine-year-old boy reaction to Belle’s love of R&J, and the fact that he GIVES HER HIS LIBRARY not because he wants to win her over, but because he just wants her to read better material, and if that isn’t 183% what I would also do, I don’t know what is
-Belle’s happy little shriek after the Beast leaves her alone in the library is all of us don’t pretend it’s not
-Belle trying to hide the rope out the window by standing in front of it. Like, sweetie.
-The juxtaposition of the opening and closing dances! With Adam in the first one flitting from partner to partner and even when he’s dancing with someone, he’s always looking around for a better option, versus that final dance when his eyes are 100% on Belle
-The castle getting more and more dilapidated as each petal falls
-THE BANTER YES FOREVER
There were so many more things but I couldn’t remember them all and I need to go see it again with a notebook, but SErIOUSLY until then COME GUSH IN MY INBOX I need to talk to people about this movie and I’m driving everyone in my real life crazy
The Beauty and the Beast Tsum Tsum Collection has been re-released in the UK/Europe! This re-release includes a LeFou Tsum Tsum, taking the place of the Maurice Tsum Tsum from last year’s release of the collection.
For those still hungry for more Beauty and The Beast
If you’re looking for something to satisfy your budding Beauty and The Beast obsession while waiting for the new live action Disney film to come to video (in twelve weeks) here are a few things that might tide you over.
First I highly recommend the original 1740 Beauty and the Beast novel La Belle et la Bete by
Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve. It’s roughly two hundred pages long and there are two unabridged editions available right now on Amazon. Both are the same translation, they just divide the chapters differently.
This one is soft cover and has more chapter breaks (Otherwise they have the same text)
My second recommendation is for the Beauty and The Beast Broadway musical album. It has songs that don’t appear in the animated film or live action Beauty and The Beast and one song on the album “Home” was used as an instrumental in the 2017 Beauty and The Beast.
There is also the TV series Once Upon a Time which merges the story of Rumplestiltskin with Beauty and The Beast and has Rumplestiltskin as The Beast in his glittering, scaled imp form. The most blatant Beauty and the Beast aspects are in the season one episode Skin Deep.
My seventh recommendation is the 2014 Beauty and The Beast French movie.
You may have seen this one on display in stores as it was shamelessly released in the US at the same time as the new live action Disney film. The 2014 Beauty and the Beast movie only recently got an American DVD / Blu Ray Release partly because of the new Disney animated film
You can watch it in French, or with English dub or English subtitles.
The 2014 Beauty and The Beast is a bit odd but visually very pretty. It doesn’t quite follow the novel but has elements of the novel and much like the Disney film it kind of does it’s own thing.
In this version The Prince’s backstory is told in periodic flashbacks. He was married to a beautiful woman and he became obsessed with hunting a golden hind (a magical deer). His wife made him promise to stop hunting to animal and he agreed. However he went back on his word and carried out the hunt anyway, killing the creature with a golden arrow (the only thing that could kill the golden hind). As she was dying the golden hind transformed into his wife, revealing that she had been a forest nymph all along.
Her father, the God of the Forest, punished the prince by turning him into a Beast, his companions into statues, and his hunting dogs into strange, large eyed, bunny-like creatures.
In this version Belle is the reincarnation of the wife he accidentally killed. It’s visually very pretty but I don’t really feel the chemistry between Belle and The Beast in this one and in fact Belle is kind of vicious toward him a few times.
I have mixed feelings about this one’s writing but it’s visually gorgeous and it has a sort of Gothic ambiance.