Fairytale Retellings & Prompts: Beauty & The Beast

This month we’re doing a series called the A-Z blogging challenge where we dive into Fairytale Retellings and provide prompts for writers. Writers are the people making the books, television shows, and movies of tomorrow. For more information on the challenge check out my earlier post here.

A girl who loves books more than reality, well, she fits right in, doesn’t she?

When this one came up it was hard to figure out where to begin so we started where we usually start, with Disney. One of my personal favorite soundtracks and a character who reminded me more of myself than any other Disney princess.

There’ve also been numerous retellings including modern-day ones. If you recognize all of these than you might just be as big a Beauty & the Beast fan as me.

Most of the stories revolve around a beastly male character cursed in some way and the beauty, a female victim or unwilling captive. Despite the typical enemies to lovers trope, it’s a story that’s stood the test of time.

Now despite the varieties of retellings, there haven’t been many that stray from the original by much.

The original story of Beauty and the Beast was written by Gabrielle-Suzanne de Villeneuve and published in 1740.  It was a novella just over one-hundred pages long.

The Beast was a young prince who lost his father, and whose mother had to wage war to defend his kingdom.

The queen left him in care of an evil fairy, who tried to seduce him when he became an adult; when he refused, she transformed him into a hideous and stupid beast.

Belle’s story reveals that she is not really a merchant’s daughter but the offspring of a king and a good fairy.

The wicked fairy had tried to murder Belle, so she could marry her father the king, and Belle was put in the place of a merchant’s dead daughter to protect her.

There are international variations as well. The Beast in Italian tale of Zelinda and the Monster is also no ordinary beast either, but a fire-breathing dragon who requests the presence of the poor man’s daughter.

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If you’ve read these, then you might be a bigger fan than I am. If you loved them, let the rest of us know so we can get these books on our TBR list.

So here’s a writing prompt for you: Based on what you know how would you rewrite the Beauty and the Beast? Go wild!

For more blogs participating in A to Z 2020 click the link here.

ABOUT T.S. VALMOND:

T.S. Valmond is the science fiction and young adult fantasy author of The Bolaji Kingdoms Series and The Verity Chronicles. As an award-winning poet, world traveler, and sign language interpreter she uses her experiences to fuel her stories. She’s a regular contributor to the website and founder of the Riders & Flyers group.

10 Comments

  1. Hmm, clearly I’m not as big fan as you are! I recognise less than the half of the movies you are featuring ;))
    Quilting Patchwork & Appliqué

    1. Buckle in, there’s so much more. Wait, this might be more revealing about me than it’s supposed to be. LOL!

  2. The Beauty and the Beast I remember is the Ron Perlman and Linda Hamilton one – I used to watch it whenever it came on TV. I did not know all those details about the original story, I think I like it even more now. It might be fun to play with Beauty and the Beast in space, maybe with aliens – I do love a good genre mashup.
    Tasha 💖
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    1. That one is my favorite. I learned to play the intro music on piano because I loved it so much. Interestingly enough one of the writers on the show is also George R.R. Martin. *mind blown*

    2. I remember the TV series! Ron Perlman had such a velvety speaking voice! He is STILL doing make-up roles, but seems okay with that.

      The story editor was a certain George R. R Martin, before anyone but us SF fans had heard of him.

      1. That voice! I loved it and still do.

  3. Beauty and the Beast is definitely my favorite Disney movie (or movies, now). For retellings, I like Robin McKinley’s “Beauty.” It stays very close to the traditional version.
    Black and White (Words and Pictures)

    1. Thanks for the recommendation Anne and for taking the time come by.

  4. Beauty and the Beast is my favorite Disney animated movie. And I loved the TV show with Linda Hamilton and Ron Perlman. I’ve even seen the Beautician and the Beast movie with Fran Drescher and Timothy Dalton. Fantasy is my favorite genre, so I think it needs to be written as an epic fantasy…

    1. Yes, I loved the TV show too. My sister-in-law loves the movie.

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