fairy tales are short stories which are read to children with the mission of giving them an important message that they will use at some point in thei fairy tales are short stories which are read to children with the mission of giving them an important message that they will use at some point in their lives. different values and beliefs are experienced through the stories . such tales helped distinguish good from evil and in many cases, fortune would come knocking on one's door and reward the main lead for making all the right choices.
with the classic opener "once upon a time", readers are thrust into the world of the beauty and the beast infused with magical realism, where the main leads are named after their physical traits.
we all know how the story goes. a widowed merchant (in most versions) and his three daughters fall from grace without a penny to their name. then one day, the father stumbles upon an enchanted castle where he seeks shelter, but makes the mistake of plucking a rose from the beast's garden and thus strikes a bargain with the beast, to take one of his daughters in his stead. so .. beauty, the youngest and fairest of the daughters goes to the beast. long story short, in the end the beast transforms into a handsome young man, whose vicious curse is lifted soley through the power of true lurv.
now, this is where it gets interesting, as a lot of people see a many different aspects in the beauty and the beast folklore ...
the disneyfication of the beauty and the beast folklore objectifies beauty or belle, a prize to be won. disney has made many changes from that original. for example, there is a battle in the end of the disney movie instead of a journey, plus they made the final scenes, a fight between two guys over girl, diminishing her role. in the original version, she has returned to him after a visit to her family, deciding to return to him out of a sense of duty, and a love she does not realize until she fights through the forest and reaches him. again, the meaning is lost in the disney retelling. disney tries to return to the archetype and in the end, as the beast lay dying, she does declare her love for him and he transforms into a prince. belle seems like a good role model, she reads and sees through gaston’s handsome exterior, but she still is demeaned into a prize to be protected and won by the end of the movie .
according to maria tater, the beauty and the beast was meant to emphasize the importance of virtue rather than intelligence or looks when marrying. indeed, tater's interpretation of the story can be taken further, as she also argues that beauty and the beast was a tale meant to encourage young women who were forced to marry older men. in this interpretation, the fact that the beast transforms into a handsome, intelligent prince after beauty marries him may signify the fact that a happy marriage can be derived even from those marriages in which there is a great age difference or in which the man is ugly or unintelligent. it may even serve as a way to inform a wife that she can transform her husband . it has even been argued that the beauty and the beast is the prime example of the stockholm syndrome told through the lense of a fairy tale, because how do you overcome fear when you are surrounded by vileness? answer: you embrace it by finding beauty in it as well, of course.
unlike many of the other fairy tales that [the brothers grimm] reproduced, beauty and the beast contains many subtle symbols in its purest form. it shows a girl and how she transfers to a woman; it also shows that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. the one major thing that separates this story from all the rest is that beauty gets to know the beast before marrying him . it shows powerfully, that the deeper you go and the more you want to know, the more meaning and value you will find .
book quote: "well, you are very handsome now," said beauty, with a smile, " but i loved you anyway, the way you were." she stroked his smooth cheeks and his strong hands, pleased to see that his nose was still a little bent and his eyes just as deep, for he looked so much more interesting than the picture-book prince she had always imagined.
sources:  oppapers, beauty and the beast anthropology  oppapers, disneyfication of the beauty and the beast  academon, persuasive essay - a feminist interpretation  studymode, beauty and the beast interpretation  lynetteabel, aesthetics essay
i liked the book back then. emphasis on then. let it be said that i'm grateful too, because twilight is the one book which introduced me to the p 1.5/5
i liked the book back then. emphasis on then. let it be said that i'm grateful too, because twilight is the one book which introduced me to the paranormal & fantasy genre. and there is some good stuff out there waiting to be read! ...more
"Demon Chick" is an awful title for this book. And also, I don't think the cover does the book justice. Not that the book was that amazing, but it was"Demon Chick" is an awful title for this book. And also, I don't think the cover does the book justice. Not that the book was that amazing, but it was way better than I thought the book would be. Definitely more serious than expected, too. Although the ending was a little abrupt. I didn't like Jordan at all and the fact that Jessica jumped in his bed the first opportunity, made me dislike her as well. Shallow. Just shallow.
There are enough books left to read on this little earth of ours. ...more
i found the many bits and pieces of the story intriguing, so no surprise there that it was so many things at once: unsettling, beautiful, dark, grippii found the many bits and pieces of the story intriguing, so no surprise there that it was so many things at once: unsettling, beautiful, dark, gripping, weird, magical & creepy. written in a beautifully refreshing narrative style which emphasized the story (and ultimately its narrator as well), --sometimes easy, often difficult for me to follow--, it is about a girl trying to find a place in the world... in a story centered on (fallen) nobles & all the other people serving those nobles it has many intrigues, conspiracies, playing off people against people and so on, but with lots of space for world building & character development.
since i wasn't able to understand many of the things that happened, i wasn't sure how to rate the book. 2.5 stars for not understand all of it & thus also not being able to enjoy the story in its entirety? or 3.5 stars for being utterly fascinating, never mind I didn't grasp the whole book? my conscience battled throughout the night and decided to settle on ... ~~ dramatic music ~~... 3 stars.
conclusion quote it is blasphemy to separate oneself from the earth and look down on it like a god. it is more than blasphemy; it is dangerous. we can never be gods, after all—but we can become something less than human with frightening ease. still… I could not help drinking in the view. it is important to appreciate beauty, even when it is evil.
2 stars for the (view spoiler)[reincarnated (hide spoiler)] deadly beautiful (aren't they always, --sigh) star crossed lovers plot device 3 stars for a2 stars for the (view spoiler)[reincarnated (hide spoiler)] deadly beautiful (aren't they always, --sigh) star crossed lovers plot device 3 stars for atmosphere, setting & writing
the rights to laini taylor's imaginative story about a mysterious girl, an otherworldly romance and demons who traffic in teeth has been bought by universal pictures, according to a statement from the studio. [ article ]
random notes it's got bits and pieces of different books thrown in like ...
* a soul/totem which manifests itself in an animal form(the golden com2.25/5
random notes it's got bits and pieces of different books thrown in like ...
* a soul/totem which manifests itself in an animal form(the golden compass), * on a mission to find the lost (twin) brother (blood red road) and * a dark tinge not unlike that of the dark angel trilogy(view spoiler)[come to think of it .. the red garden too (hide spoiler)] * various myths, * aborigines culture and * the magical feel (including the relationship between humans between animals and nature) of miyazaki films woven into it (particularly princess mononoke, imo) * and all of that in a post-apocalyptic setting, talk about random. it definitely sets itself apart from other ya-books, but it just wasn't my cup of tea. still, the gorgeous cover begs you to pick up the book and take a peek["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
notes on two problematic things: one: female protagonist, miranda relies on male counterpart (whether it be a friend or father figure) for her hap1.5/5
notes on two problematic things: one: female protagonist, miranda relies on male counterpart (whether it be a friend or father figure) for her happiness. she defines herself dependent on males (due to her own family, marak, but also herself). it remains this way till the end, with no change in her nor does she gain much on self-confidence.
two: miranca inflicts injuries (view spoiler)[dunkle mentions it a couple of times (hide spoiler)] on herself when she's (a) lonely, (b) waiting for marek to shower her with attention and heal her, (c) both. okay, got it ... but why didn't dunkle touch upon this issue further? this is a young adult book, as such i'd have hoped that the aspect of miranda participating in self-mutilation would have been addressed at least in the end. what happens? will she continue to inflict injuries or not? does she at least seek help? the reader has no way of knowing.
likeable female protagonist on a quest to save her sister. loved the parts about the family. as an individual pal (you know, drinking beer on th3.75/5
likeable female protagonist on a quest to save her sister. loved the parts about the family. as an individual pal (you know, drinking beer on the porch with), i'd have liked him, but as a serious love interest, he was .. bleh so far.
cover the cover sums the story of the book in just one picture up: dark, creepy, terrifying, but also with flashes of beauty. i get goosebumps jus2.5/5
cover the cover sums the story of the book in just one picture up: dark, creepy, terrifying, but also with flashes of beauty. i get goosebumps just by looking at this cover.
story daphne (daughter of lilith and lucifer) and a mortal boy, truman meet in hell, because he tried to kill himself. but circumstances allow truman to return to earth. daphne stays in hell. when her brother goes missing, she leaves her home behind to find truman, the last person to see her brother. one thing leads to another and they find out some surprising things..
the good, the bad & the ugly the story read nicely, although sometimes a little stiff.
angels aren't all downright good or evil, more like somewhere in between, just like the demons who are in hell. that added a nice touch. i like my characters with shades of gray. there are even some horror elements (that's a plus point, btw!) (view spoiler)[a baby who can talk and doesn't need food for a month with pointy metal teeth (flashbacks to angelfall) (hide spoiler)]
there's no love triangle (hooray), there were some nice and touching moments and dialogues between the lead characters, but overall it still wasn't enough. maybe i'll feel differently at some point, but right now? nope. also the secondary characters like lilith or beelzebub (view spoiler)[In later Christian and Biblical sources he appears as a demon and the name of one of the seven princes of Hell. [ article] (hide spoiler)] or obie (her brother) were underdeveloped. i wish the author had polished the characters a little bit more, to give them a little shine.
the showdown wasn't much of a showdown. it was pretty ... anticlimactic to tell the truth.
quotes daphne & truman: "I have a toothbrush,” I tell him, trying to make him feel at home. “You can borrow it, if you like.” He just looks at me. Then he smiles a little, shaking his head. “Toothbrushes aren’t the kind of thing people usually share.” “I know. I haven’t used mine yet though, so it’s new. It could be yours instead.”
beelzebub: “What you have to understand is that this is his life, and he’s the one who has to live it. People make decisions, and maybe you don’t always agree, but those choices are still their own.”
flashbacks to daughter of smoke & bone: All I know is that demons are born from chaos. They’re born from rage or blood or fire, or ruined holy water. They’re born from eggs. They come into the world as wisps of smoke or in grotesque forms that splinter off and multiply. There are all kinds of origins, all different ways to be born [..]
love is a bitch: (view spoiler)[I remember kissing Truman on the balcony, and maybe he never said he loved me, but he meant it anyway. And there’s my mother, shrieking in pain when she thought something had happened to her son, and Myra with her sly smile and her dead eyes, grieving for Deirdre in the only way she knew how. My father, holding the razor to Beelzebub’s throat, telling him that it would all be over in an instant. (hide spoiler)]
moloch & truman: “I’m not a holy man,” Moloch said from behind his hand. “I’m not pious, and I’m not good. But if I were, your penance would be to start reaching for the things you want and giving up the things that will destroy you.”
sure sense of mood and tone, the actual storyline left me rather indifferent to any of the characters. confusing mess of a book. unintelligible1.75/5
sure sense of mood and tone, the actual storyline left me rather indifferent to any of the characters. confusing mess of a book. unintelligible slang and fairly heavy use of symbolism. should probably read it again.
can i just say how glad i am bookshops exist? i can read books, decide whether they're worth my money (re-reading) or just good enough for readin1.5/5
can i just say how glad i am bookshops exist? i can read books, decide whether they're worth my money (re-reading) or just good enough for reading once and then forget about it. i read this quick read in the english branch establishment of orell füssli in one sitting. the visual presentation was well enough executed, the story though was pretty unremarkable. a color-blind nerdy teen girl can see otherworldly creatures and turns out to be "the chosen one".
needless to say that i will not be picking up the sequel, though i can imagine that younger readers might enjoy this....more
it's great actually having a girl of color on the cover. but the cover, unfortunately is horrible (view spoiler)[well, slightly less horrible th2.75/5
it's great actually having a girl of color on the cover. but the cover, unfortunately is horrible (view spoiler)[well, slightly less horrible than the first one (hide spoiler)] and probably scares away a lot of its potential reader (who'd enjoy it were it not for the cover). so sad. but what it lacks in the visual book design department, it makes up with a feisty ((view spoiler)[finally a (hide spoiler)] non-caucasian!!) female lead and lots of twilight/fallen/hush hush/[etc] bashing.
despite the temptation to strangle him right now, i couldn't let a moment go by without touching him, to remind him that his pleasure, as well as his discomfort, was mine also. i tipped his chin to look at me. "you do realize this is a serious problem in our relationship? i can barely go a day without seeing you, but we're talking long-term commitment here. what if you become a jerk in ten years? he scowled. "you're one to talk." "and if i get really nasty and super fat?" "hey, more cushion for the pushin'." he took a huge bite of his candy. i rolled my eyes. (-- %18)
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"(..) how long have you been following me?" "since you left your house this morning. i got bored and wanted to talk to you." "you know that's called stalking, which is illegal in all 50 states and all u.s. territories, right?" (-- %43)
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i took a moment to observe his appearance, the even brown complexion, the thin layer of waves on top of his head, the broad, slightly flat nose, and the full, sculpted lips. the resemblance was uncanny, and no one could tell the difference. but i know, and i silently grieved for such wasted beauty and unmet potential. (-- %43)
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"i don't think you understand how dangerous it is for us to be together." "dude, what is your problem? i'm not deaf. i heard you the last 3 times you told me. how about you follow your own advice? stop chasing me around, quit spying on me from across the store, and take your emo ass home! you're not even scheduled to work today. why. are. you. here?" "i needed to see you," he answered simply. (-- %88)