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Beauty & the Beast Retellings for Fairy Tale Lovers

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I wanted to give my bookshelves and backlist a little attention, and I love fairy tale retellings, so why not combine the two to form the MEGAZORD? Or, when that doesn't work, a blog post about Beauty and the Beast retellings I've read. ;)



Beauty - No major twist on the original in this story. It's just a well done retelling that really digs deep into Beauty's character and motivations and growth. Also, there's an absolutely brilliant horse.

The Princess Curse - This middle grade is a blend of the 12 Dancing Princesses, B&B and Persephone--a little darker, and not a clean-cut happily ever after.

Cruel Beauty - This beauty goes to the castle to kill the beast. It's super heavy on the romance (with a love triangle) if that's your thing.

Hunted - Another beauty out to kill the beast. She has some cause for revenge, but it's almost Gaston+Belle as the main character? It never did say if she used antlers in all of her decorating...


The rest aren't exactly B&B adaptations, but they have some similar elements.



Howl's Moving Castle - Howl can be beastly when his potions are out of place. ;)

Ice - To save her mother, Cassie agrees to be a polar bear's bride.

Uprooted - Agnieszka is forced to live in the the Dragon's castle (no exchange for father necessary) where she encounters magic, mystery and maybe not hate?

Dark Triumph - Sybella, the MC, is a beauty. There's a guy named Beast. :)


What are some of your favorite Beauty and the Beast retellings (books or movies)? Has anyone else seen the 1987 musical version with Rebecca De Mornay?

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  1. Oh, I didn't know Dark Triumph was a B&B retelling! I'll have to continue with that series :) I recently read "Uprooted" and really liked it. Typically I'm not a huge fan of Beauty retellings, but I still seem to keep reading them, lol

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    1. Not a direct one, but Dark Triumph has a lot of similar elements, especially since Sybella feels like a prisoner in her father's castle. I think I keep reading B&B retellings because the good ones have to really build believable character growth and changing relationships to get around the Stockholm Syndrome issue, lol.

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