movie:-beastly

Book vs. Movie

Book: He was 12
Movie: 30, you say. Got it.

Book: She had short blonde hair.
Movie: Long flowing ebony and raven locks, check.

Book: He was tall.
Movie: We already hired this dwarf.

Book: She was black.
Movie: We literally hired a vampire.

Book: They do these things in books 3,4 and 5.
Movie: Let’s cram everything into the 1st 8 minutes of the 1st movie.

Book: This is the character’s goal. Here is exactly how they do everything.
Movie: Let’s rewrite the entire plot, keep nothing, change their names and then $$$

Book:…I give up…
Movie: wHy ThEY nO LikE mOViE???

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Top 9 Beauty and the Beast retellings

Survive the wait for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (2017) by reading some of the best BatB retellings out there!

Beauty and the Beast by K. M. Shea
Short, simple and sweet. I loved that the “Beauty” character actually knew the conditions of the curse and worked with the knowledge. This book is also a part of a series of fairytale retellings that all take place in the same world. Aside from this one, Cinderella and the Colonel is also nice.

Beastly by Alex Flinn
Not a very popular book in the fairytale fandom, but I admit that I enjoyed it quite a bit and reread it several times. Sure, compared to some of the others, Beastly is pretty simple and superficial retelling, but it has its charm and some bits are hilarious. Also, don’t judge it on the basis of the movie.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Ok, I cheated a bit with this one because ACoTaR isn’t a straight retelling of BatB, more like a faerie fantasy with elements from Beauty and the Beast, East of the Sun & West of the Moon and Tamlin. But can you blame me? This series is AMAZING!

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
This surpringly controversial book is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast with references to Rumplestiltskin, Tamlin and Greek mythology. The beginning is not great but it gets better as the story progresses and the ending is very strong. You either love it or hate it. 

Beauty by Robin McKinley
Are you new to fairytale retellings? This is where you start your reading journey. McKinley’s take on the classic story is an evergreen that – according to some people – inspired the Disney’s 1991 animated film. Whether it’s true or not, I do not know. I will tell you this though: every single time I reread Beauty I find something new and fascinating about it and it makes me love it even more.

Entreat Me by Grace Draven
It has TWO couples and lots of smut ;). Very refreshing take on BatB from the author of the Radiance series.

Rose Daughter by Robin McKinley
Very different than McKinley’s first retelling of Beauty and the Beast – though just as good. It’s more lyrical and poetic than other retellings and I admit that I didn’t like it that much when I read it for the first time. But it grew on me and when I reread it several years later it was like discovering a whole new amazing book.

Heart’s Blood by Juliet Marillier
Two words: Juliet Marillier. This lady is such an amazing storyteller. If you don’t know her, she is the author of Daughter of the Forest (aka the best “Six Swans” retelling out there) and Wildwood Dancing (one of my favorite “Twelve Dancing Princesses” retellings). I would say that Heart’s Blood is more mature than most of the retellings I featured in this list, but it is not as depressing as e.g. Daughter of the Forest. In short, you WON’T REGRET reading this book.

The Fire Rose by Mercedes Lackey
This one is a part of Elemental Masters series by Mercedes Lackey. I admit it wasn’t exactly my cup of tea but I enjoyed the historical setting (dawn of 20th century) and the series seems to be quite popular in the fairytale fandom.

What are your favorite Beauty and the Beast retellings you would recommend? Let me know in the comments!