Did anyone notice that most of the people who kept insisting Beauty and The Beast is “Problematic” and “abusive” and “promotes the unrealistic idea that yo can change a man” are now the same people posting about how hot Dan Stevens is?
So much for the moral about not judging by appearances, eh? I guess those rants only happen when the Prince isn’t that pretty (2014 French version / Disney animated version / Rumplestitlskin in Once Upon a Time)? But once he’s Dan Stevens singing in a sexy growl baritone it becomes “Aww, look how tragic he is! And his back story is so sad!” I like Dan Stevens too, but bitch, please. Rumple was crippled thread spinner but because he’s not young and pretty it’s “He probably deserved everything that happened to him!”
And Once Upon a Time’s Hook fans, who often irrationally hate the show’s version of Beauty and The Beast are now talking about how (Insert Beauty and The Beast song here) reminds them of Emma and Hook. It’s maddening.
I don’t often do this, but I did a repaint of the Rumpelstiltskin I painted back in December–I sort of underestimated the power of the Rumple fandom and was not expecting the original to get quite so many reblogs, and every time I saw a notification pop up in my feed I just felt like youknow, maybe I should fix his noodle hands and give him some eyebrows? I felt a little guilty about leaving you such a noodle boy.
So I did–unfortunately I can’t reblog and change the original photo at the same time, so I’ll leave the other one in it’s separate post. That picture has a slightly different vibe anyway.
I am sure other Rumbelle fans may have noticed this long before I did but I just noticed this and thought I should share it.
First I’m going to flash back here to season two when we saw Milah mock Rumplestiltskin with her pirate friends at the tavern. Later when she’s hung over (despite how she treated him) human Rumplestiltskin offers her a cup of tea but she does not take it.
(Ironic that there are some haters who insist this guy somehow abused her. She left their child home alone with a fire while she mocked her disabled husband to pirates. And later when she’s hung over he tries to give her tea. Sooooo abusive. That’s sarcasm, by the way…)
In Season four during the AU where he is “The Light One” it’s Belle who offers him a cup of tea to help clear his thoughts.
He ends up dropping it and it becomes that universe’s chipped cup.
The point here is that tea has always had a special significance to Rumple before he even became the imp, before even Belle’s chipped cup.
Now back to Skin Deep. After Rumplestiltskin kicks Belle out we see Rumple alone at his spinning wheel when Regina barges in. He was not expecting her that day. She’s there to discuss “a certain little mermaid.”
However… look at the tea he has out. Rumple had two tea cups ready. I think he was hoping that despite having kicked her out, that Belle would again return and he could make amends over a cup of tea, as he would have when he was mortal.
Look. There are two cups. He wasn’t expecting Regina. They both make that clear. She just helped herself to the tea. So who was that second cup for?
He was hoping Belle would return. He wanted to talk to her, he wanted to be the one to serve her tea.
And what is the first thing he does for Belle in the very first episode of Season two? Well, it’s interrupted by the heroes barging into his shop but he’s preparing her that tea finally.
I think that after Rumplestitlskin kicked Belle out in Skin Deep he kept setting out two cups and tea in case she’d come back, hoping she’d come back. And after he believed her to be dead he would have given anything to have that cup of tea with her…
It was always there in the back of his mind so when they were finally reunited it was the first thing he did with her, besides admitting he loves her.
When he serves you tea it’s his way of apologizing or an act of humility. In any event it seems to be his go to instinct for “making things right.”
I wonder if that’s something child Rumple got from the spinsters who raised him, that when things are bad, or you are fighting with someone, pour them a cup of tea. Tea makes everything better. Even the AU Belle set it. “Things always look better after a nice cup of tea.”
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.