Popular Books on Beauty And The Beast

 

A tale as old as time- that’s how the theme song of the Disney film goes and it is apt for Beauty and the Beast as it is one of the earliest and most popular of fairy tales. First written as a French tale by Gabriel Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve, it continues to entertain readers even now. The Beauty and the Beast has spawned many adaptations, re-interpretations, spin-offs and other inspired stories. Here we talk about the best books on Beauty and the Beast.

The inspiration for the various books remains the same. The motive and the end result of the books may differ a bit, but is more or less the same in many manners. As the story goes, a young girl is left in the care of a secluded beast. However, the true identity of the beast is hidden due to a nasty spell.

Here is a list of top 10 books on Beauty and the Beast:

Beast

Donna J Napoli’s tale is set up in Persia instead of France. A prince makes a foolish mistake which leads a witch to curse him, and he turns into a lion. Now he wanders around Arabia trying to find someone who could make him human.

Read it For:
Great account of how the prince learns the way of the beast and at the same time, preserving his human mind.
Don't Read it For:
You need to have the patience to read the book, especially its second half.
What makes this book stand out?:
This is not just a story of finding love. It is also an account of how can we find redemption.

Tale as Old as Time: The Art and Making of Beauty and the Beast

The 1991 Academy Award-nominated film, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast was a movie that took several times to start production. In this book, we go behind the scenes to know actually how this cinematic wonder came to life.

Read it For:
If you have loved the story and loved the movie, then it gives you an interesting glimpse the different options that were available to Disney at that time. Many directors were considered, each with their own artistic picture in mind.
Don't Read it For:
It is not recommended if you are not a big fan of the Disney adaptation.
What makes this book stand out?:
Perfect read if you wish to know the art, the making and transformation of the French fairytale to an American blockbuster.

Firelight

Miranda Ellis is an ambitious woman who gets forcibly married to a disfigured billionaire. After he is accused of some gruesome murders that he did not commit, Miranda must find a way to make him more human.

Read it For:
The themes of dark magic which blend well with the overall romantic theme. You can call Kristen Callihan’s book a work of dark romance.
Don't Read it For:
If period pieces do not impress you. This one, for instance, is set up in London of the 18th century.
What makes this book stand out?:
In many versions of the story, the female protagonist is not portrayed that bold or straightforward as Miranda.

Entreat Me

A beastly warlord comes home to his dark murky castle with a lovely lady. His family thinks she will lead him to salvation. However, her sister Duenda also rides to this dark realm intent on protecting her sibling.

Read it For:
The recurring themes of vengeance and devotion makes it featured in the list of books on Beauty and the Beast usually.
Don't Read it For:
If you want a story with a fairytale approach.
What makes this book stand out?:
With dark magic, bloodthirsty sorcerers, a Gothic setting, this might be one of the darkest re-telling of Beauty and the Beast.
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Beauty and the Beast: Belle’s Library: A collection of literary quotes and inspirational musings

Belle from the Beauty and the Beast is essentially a bookworm. She reads books and dreams of going to far-off places before meeting the Beast. This book is a collection of literary quotes as well as inspirational musings that Belle discovers in the library.

Read it For:
Belle’s views on the Beast, Gaston, her father and many other characters are reflected in these quotes.
Don't Read it For:
If you want a proper story as this book is just a collection of quotes.
What makes this book stand out?:
Gives you an interesting side of Belle’s personality

The Bride and the Beast

The unexpected relationship that emerges between a golden-haired maiden and a large fire-breathing dragon (who can take the form of a man when in the mood) in the backdrop of a highly superstitious village.

Read it For:
The scenes when Gwendolyn (the heroine) initially meets the beast are hilarious as she judges him at first as a bloodthirsty demon but then gets shocked when greeted by a warm embrace and kisses.
Don't Read it For:
If you are not interested in medieval styled fantasy epics.
What makes this book stand out?:
The blend of passion, suspense, and humor.

Beauty

A merchant and his three daughters (Grace, Hope, and Honor) are in a dilemma when the merchant gets involved in petty crime in the vicinity of a Beasts’ castle. The Beast now demands the merchant to send one of his daughters as a prisoner.

Read it For:
Robin Mckinley’s tale is one of the top 10 bestselling books on Beauty and the Beast because it is bold and at the same time, captures the essence of the French classic.
Don't Read it For:
Might be too monotonous for some readers.
What makes this book stand out?:
The whole idea of ‘even a monster can be tamed with love.’

Heart’s Blood

The relation between a cursed noble called Anluan and the scribe of his court called Caitrin. Caitrin might just have the courage to unravel the dark secrets of Anluan’s past and the sorcery behind it to make him human again.

Read it For:
Juliet Marillier’s descriptions of a world that has many elements of fantasy but yet has some universal themes that easily relatable to real life.
Don't Read it For:
The sorcery elements might get a little overbearing for some.
What makes this book stand out?:
Out of the many Young Adult entries in the list of reimagining of Beauty and the Beast, this one gets more mature and less fairy-tale like.

As Old as Time: A Twisted Tale

One of the most popular books on Beauty and the Beast, this is one weird and different take on the classic story published by Disney. Here Belle discovers that the Enchantress who cursed the Beast was her mother itself. To know more, Belle will have to revisit her past.

Read it For:
The bizarre side of Belle and the Beast’s story as they trace the history of their families that is 21 years in the making.
Don't Read it For:
The ending might be a let-down for some as it does not exactly seem like a ‘happily ever after’ tale.
What makes this book stand out?:
Good depth on both the lead characters.

Disney Manga Beauty & Beast – Beast’s Tale

The Beast’s struggle and journeys are reflected in this book as he tries to become more human with Belle.

Read it For:
It gives you a glimpse into the Beast’s head, his friendship with the enchanted furniture of the palace and of course, his bond with Belle.
Don't Read it For:
The story is too brief and has scope for more.
What makes this book stand out?:
There are a few books which will give you a perspective of the tale from the Beast’s mind.

 

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