Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast
A strange imprisonment
Beauty has never liked her nickname. She is thin and awkward; it is her two sisters who are the beautiful ones. But what she lacks in looks, she can perhaps make up for in courage.
When her father comes home with the tale of an enchanted castle in the forest and the terrible promise he had to make to the Beast who lives there, Beauty knows she must go...more
beauty and the beast was never one of my favorite fairy tales - i don't know why, particularly, but i usually preferred the ones that didn't have a corresponding disney movie which wou...more
Beauty, whose name is actually Honour, is the kind of girl you and I would like in real life. She values knowledge more than anything in the world, apart from people, nature and co...more
Dudes and ladies alike: Just read it.
I don't know about you, but expect any retelling to bring something new to the original story, some new layers, better understanding of the cha...more
That said, I have trouble thinking of another fantasy novel I would rather have read. Robin McKinley once again takes an old, archetypal fairytale (Beauty & the Beast, in case the title and the large rose on the cover didn't clobber you with recognition) -- and turns it int...more
I think that part of the reason that I didn't like Beauty was not so much due to Robin McKinley's retelling as a general aversion to the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale now that I'm old enough to notice that it's a little creepy to fall in love with not only a man who looks like a beast, but a man who is effectively your jailor and stalker (ahem, Stockholm Syndrome). This guy also gives you an ultimatum to choose between him and your family, which is lame. I also don't like the fact tha...more
This is definitely one for the "gentle" reads list.
I do not love this book.
Perhaps if the story hadn't been told in the first person it would have been more tolerable. As it is, the book already lost the bid to win my interest by page three. Beauty - in the middle of describing herself to underline her 'ugliness' - says she has "muddy hazel" eyes. Muddy hazel eyes? Muddy green, maybe. Muddy brown? Redundant, but sure, why...more
But this is a magic world.
I watched a trailer for a French movie vers...more
Hands down my favorite McKinley. Young, untainted McKinley before she got all artsy fartsy and tried to down play and deny her appeal as a creator of likeable, pleasant, homey - hearth side heroines. There was a time she seemed to go all symbolic and archetypal and shit with her characters - Outlaws of Sherwood, Deerskin - McKinley was like all "I don't need these character to be like, all, you know personable and relateable - that's just for pussies - these characters are my stand-ins...more
basically a maid who didn't get paid....more
Those stars aren't going anywhere, anytime soon. The hard part is not wounding my literary pride. Sure it is..[slap]. And at one point in life you should think that you only have 99.8% other faults besides literary pride. There was not even a voiced term for it when I was growing up yonder (no, really. I just looked out the window and saw it). It was the log-pothole-peat bog you ignored before eating it three seconds later, and it was only supposed to wear one mask, not have a clown-face me...more
This novel brings us the story in the first person POV, past tense, but with a current approach to language. I checked the credits and discovered it was first published...more
The charm of this novel isn't in its creativity with or spin on the fairy tale, but in the way that Robin McKinley tells such a classic story in such a straightforward way, and yet still manages to make it delightful and fresh. In so many longer novelizations of short tales, the authors get caught up in tedious detail to extend the leng...more
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