belle book

You know what i think is kind of funny? In art and merchandise and everything, people always show Belle with the enchanted rose and/or the magic mirror. But like in the actual movie…those don’t even belong to her. They’re the *Beast’s* symbols. They represent his fate hanging delicately in the balance and his yearning to be among other people again. The only objects really associated with Belle are her books.

I just think it’s interesting that these two traditionally “feminine” objects are the symbols for our male romantic lead, whose foil Gaston is a more traditional macho man that likes beer and guns. And then the Beast’s human form is actually very soft-looking (the long hair, the full lips), which I’d say is meant to represent what he already is underneath his beastly exterior. I’d call all of this a big “F you” to stereotypical gender roles. But then Disney conveniently forgets that in order to sell princessy merchandise.

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The most beautiful things in this remake are costume and scenic design: i would love live in that castle, even if is dark and ruined, and the yellow dress is amazing. SOme friend tell me that the beast i draw is too kawaii, and resemble my beloved husband, i tell him and he was pretty proud about, maybe because this is the scene where we can clarely understan that there is love and understanding. And afterall i always prefer the beast than the prince ahahah

Belle: “Romeo and Juliet is my favorite.”

Beast: *scoffs* “Really?”

Me: “I have never related to a Disney character more in my life.”

Later: *Belle and Beast reading their books while they eat*

Me: “Ok, NOW I have never related to a Disney character more in my life.”

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Happy birthday to bell, book, and candle by @skittidyne which shook my world almost 2 years ago and I hope everyone reads it because seriously, it’s exquisite.

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SO, I’m back to using ArtRage bc THAT’S MY BABE. And I drew a couple of Isabelles!!! <3 Hope you enjoy these small sketches! 

OH! And a little guest star from The Violet Diaries is in here :D (Hope you don’t mind, @helthehatter :P) 

Enjoy!!