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Are you excited about the new Beauty and the Beast movie? I am! To celebrate this iconic story that marked all of our childhoods *stares nostalgically into space* I have compiled a list of my favorite Beauty and the Beast retellings.
And there's a special quiz waiting for you at the end! Excited? Read on!
First of all, in case you are craving more fairytale feels, here is a short video from the 2014 Beauty and the Beast film, which absolutely stole my heart. I just can't get over the beauty of this production...


And now for the good stuff. I don't know about you, but for me, no movie can ever compare with the images a good book can conjure up inside my head. Here are a few of the best book retellings of Beauty and the Beast. Most of them are Young Adult, but a few towards the end are adult romance, and there's even some classic literature. Have you read any of them? I've chosen only the ones that I have both read and loved.

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Our beloved A Court of Thorns and Roses fae series needs no introduction, but if you haven't started this swoony, action-driven high fantasy already, do it now! And if you have, let's weep together while we wait for ACOWAR.

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And speaking of swoony, I just love this retelling by Robin McKinley. It's written in a beautiful prose, and it's very true to the original fairytale. I just love a retelling that takes place in historical times. Beauty is a pretty strong heroine in this one, too, which I absolutely adore.

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I think Beastly is the smartest retelling I've ever read, by far. (With the possible exception of A Kiss In Time, also by Alex Flynn). It's set in contemporary times, but it includes a curse that makes a gorgeous boy hideous until he can learn some manners. The heroine in this one is just goals. She's a reader, kind, and kickass. Yay.

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Cruel Beauty is my favorite retelling of Beauty and the Beast and one of my favorite books period. It's pretty dark, however, toying between the line of fairytale retelling versus Greek mythology retelling. The 'Beast' is also a Hades figure, keeping a girl prisoner for a certain period of time until she can go back. It sounds familiar, I know. But what follows just blew my mind. Not to mention the romance, which was just... a-mazing.

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The Princess Curse is another favorite book. It looks middle grade, but it is a Young Adult retelling of Beauty and the Beast, including elements from The Twelve Dancing Princesses. It also features a very yummy and very tortured hero (we all love those, right?) and a plucky, hardworking and smart heroine. Just writing these lines makes me want to reread it. Now.

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Uprooted took me some time to get into, but once I did, I just loved it. The world-building of this fantasy slash adventure Young Adult book is just amazing and so is the imagery. 
According to a good reader friend, this is supposed to be a retelling of a Polish myth (how exciting!), but it does have some very strong elements of Beauty and the Beast. From one point on, I just couldn't put it down.

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The Merchant's Daughter is a historical romance fiction novel, and not at all magical. But the story and the romance are amazing, and I absolutely adored this book for the character development. It's just the story of a rich, hurt man, and of the beauty who comes into his life and helps him be healed and open up to love. And look at that cover! The inside is even better. (Side note: Be careful of this book, it gave me book hangover for DAYS.)

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Look away, young 'uns, this is an adult romance. Again, When The Beauty Tamed The Beast by Eloisa James is a historical fiction novel, and there's no magic in it, except that is, for the magical writing of Eloisa James. Man, that lady can write. The characters, the story, the romance, the humor... This book has it all. The "beast" is a doctor, and the witty banter between him and the heroine is just... unputdownable. And then she is in danger and he has to take care of her and... sigh. Also, he's disabled. How much cooler can you get? Not much. Suffice it to say, this is on my all-favorites list, and if you read in the genre, I'm sure you've heard of it or read it. Isn't it just the best thing that could have happened to us readers?

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Of course Jane Eyre had to make it into this list of Beauty and the Beast books, right? I mean, Mr. Rochester is the definitive beast, ugly, hurt by life, imprisoned in his "castle". And Jane... Well, Jane is and will always be the one Beauty of the literature world, inside and out, and no one can convince me otherwise.

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Here's where it gets tricky. Why?
Because the tenth book is up to you!
Wanna discover what book you would pick up from the Beast's endless library? (You know you've fantasized over that scene in the Disney movie way more than you've ever fantasized over any other scene in a movie -the wet-shirted Darcy possibly excepted. But possibly not. Wink.)

Anyway, here is your chance to find out what book you'd add to this list! 
Care to play? 



What result did you get? Please write a comment below!
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4 comments:

Stephanie Plotkin said...

Have you ever read "The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty?" It's a Retelling written by Anne Rice writing as another writer alias (I can't remember the name...Rolequere or something but if you Google the title it will come up)
It's an "adult" version of B&TB that I didn't know was adult and I read as a kid! 😳
I have it in my library bc I have meant to read it again. But I can't bring myself to do it, lol!
@TeacherofYA

M. C. Frank said...

Oh, I love Anne Rice, but I'd never heard of that. Thank you so much for the rec, I'm adding it to my to-buy list right now. I would never have found this book if you hadn't told me since she's writing under another name... Thanks! And lol for reading adult books as a kid... I did it too. And look at the result hahaha <3

Alina Z. said...

Great post! There are so many retellings I have to read someday!
"Beauty" by Caroline Lee was also a nice one :)

M. C. Frank said...

Oh yes, I remember that book, need to add it to my TBR :)