note: plot was mediocre, narrative voice smooth and all. the book itself was too short in order for me to get attached to any of the characters i2.25/5
note: plot was mediocre, narrative voice smooth and all. the book itself was too short in order for me to get attached to any of the characters including the main lead. the love interest was meh, but as mentioned before, i suppose it is due to the book being more a ... novella instead of a full fledged novel. the paranormal aspect was interesting while straddling the fine line between incredulous and interesting. i've read stranger things than that of a teen girl seeing future/past visions through asthma attacks. lisa mcmann's wake trilogy being the exemplary case of paranormal done right (well, except for her last book "gone" which sadly sucked).
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
tragic, bleak and gloomy are the words that comes to mind when reading the ticking. it is a work of surrealist fiction in a graphic n click to enlarge
tragic, bleak and gloomy are the words that comes to mind when reading the ticking. it is a work of surrealist fiction in a graphic novel format. a wonderfully clothbound hardcover book with gold leaf engravings and can be read in a matter of minutes.
growing up on a remote island and raised by a single parent who wants him to cover up his face everytime someone visits, you'd think that edison might strive to be different - when in fact it is anything but.
yes, he knows he is not beautiful.
but when an opportunity would have allowed him to alter his appearance, he tells his father that he does not want to change the way he looks. as readers we come to understand that it is the father himself who cannot cope with his son being different. ed, on the other hand can see beauty everywhere and appreciates things not for what they should or might have been but rather for what they already are....more