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A Retelling Of A Traditional Story
on 11 July 2005
When I first read this book I found that it was better than anything Disney could possibly come up with. It was somewhat entertaining and suspenseful at times. As an original story it is very good. As a retelling, however, it has many flaws. Most people think they know the story of Beauty And The Beast, but they don't. if more people would just read the original stories instead of the "reader's digest" versions they would understand these stories better. I am not very interested in retellings because the story and the characters are taken out of context. The Disney film, for example, was extremely disappointing. A retelling in which the story and the characters stay within the context of the original story would be more satisfying. I do not recommend this book for those who enjoy and are interested in the traditional folk Tales and stories. I do recommend Jack Zipes's excellent collection Beauty And The Beast And Other Classic French Fairy Tales. However, Beauty is a good book for those people who like Romance Novels.