B – Beauty and the Beast, a tale as old as time

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When I went to hear author Eloisa James speak last month she mentioned the original story of Beauty and the Beast and I realized that it had never occurred to me to wonder if Disney had taken liberties with the source material.  So, I did a little looking around and found that the tale originated with Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve in 1740 and, yes, Disney and others since then have molded and shaped the stories into something different.

Beauty and the Beast 2017 poster.jpg


Instead of Gaston there were brave brothers.  Instead of jealous village beauties there were jealous sisters.  Instead of enchanted servants there were fairies that seduced and helped.  But, in the end, a rose is still a rose and the tears of a beauty still transformed a beast.

Some researchers think that the Beast could have inspired by this real man, Petrus Gonsalvus, who had hypertrichosis.

I admit that I prefer Dan Stevens, interesting likeness just the same.  I like the Disney version, although having read more about the original I’d like to see that onscreen too!

I did like the new version with Emma Watson and nothing can beat the songs.  Have you seen it? What did you think?


22 thoughts on “B – Beauty and the Beast, a tale as old as time

  1. Literary Feline (Wendy) says:

    Growing up, one of my favorite books to read with my dad was Beauty and the Beast. It wasn’t the Disney version, but more based off the original where Beauty had jealous sisters and there were no dancing housewares. I remember being a little miffed when Disney came out with their version–it wasn’t the story I grew up on! Hrmphf. It is one of my favorite Disney princess movies though and I really enjoyed the live action version that just came out as well.

  2. Donna Smith says:

    Disney doesn’t do any book the way it was originally written. It is a poor “keeper of fiction and facts”! The movies are enjoyable, but not much remains of what the author intended.
    Donna Smith
    Mainely Write

  3. Lu says:

    I love Beauty and the Beast it is my favourite fairy tale. I also did a post on the origins of the tale back in March. However, my theme is Disney and I am attempting to draw “Disney Sidekicks” or supporting characters. B is for I look forward to following your challenge. xxx

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