- By Robin McKinley

Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast

  • Title: Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast
  • Author: Robin McKinley
  • ISBN: 9780552548632
  • Page: 152
  • Format: Paperback
  • Beauty A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast A strange imprisonment Beauty has never liked her nickname She is thin and awkward it is her two sisters who are the beautiful ones But what she lacks in looks she can perhaps make up for in courage

    A strange imprisonment Beauty has never liked her nickname She is thin and awkward it is her two sisters who are the beautiful ones But what she lacks in looks, she can perhaps make up for in courage.When her father comes home with the tale of an enchanted castle in the forest and the terrible promise he had to make to the Beast who lives there, Beauty knows she must gA strange imprisonmentBeauty has never liked her nickname She is thin and awkward it is her two sisters who are the beautiful ones But what she lacks in looks, she can perhaps make up for in courage.When her father comes home with the tale of an enchanted castle in the forest and the terrible promise he had to make to the Beast who lives there, Beauty knows she must go to the castle, a prisoner of her own free will Her father protests that he will not let her go, but she answers, Cannot a Beast be tamed Robin McKinley s beloved telling illuminates the unusual love story of a most unlikely couple Beauty and the Beast.From The Back Cover Cannot a Beast be tamed Beauty, believing herself plain and awkward, loves roses But when her father goes travelling and plucks just one magnificent, crimson rosebud from the garden of a magical castle, a fearsome Beast demands revenge Either Beauty s father must forfeit his life or his daughter must promise to live with the Beast for ever.A captivating retelling of the story of Beauty and the Beast from a Newbery Medal winning author.

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    1. fairy tale retellings are fascinating - i went through a datlow-phase years ago, and i have read many others outside of her collections - it is a comfortable pleasure for me. so, since i am now going on an "introduce myself to the fantasy genre" expedition, this book seemed like the most logical entrée into it allauty and the beast was never one of my favorite fairy tales - i don't know why, particularly, but i usually preferred the ones that didn't have a corresponding disney movie which would [...]

    2. I curse this book with a thousand crotch louse. It's not I didn't like this book. At least, I like the beginning for awhile. But this book's plot was enough to drive me into a rant. Getting out of the way the fact that the characterisation is great and the setting is stunning and all that shit, let's get into possibly McKinley's only, and truly great weakness, which is plotting and pacing.The book reads at the speed of an unhurried snail. It starts a full 2.5ish years before Beauty even meets th [...]

    3. This is absolutely my favorite retelling of the familiar tale of Beauty and the Beast. An aside: it far outshines the Disney one.McKinley begins the tale with the very familiar setting: A merchant with daughters has fallen on hard times. He and his family are reduced to living in near poverty. But there she diverges, to give us a believable family structure of the daughters who have various levels of resourcefulness in dealing with their straitened circumstances. They are a family, and there are [...]

    4. This is a cozy, delightful retelling of The Beauty and the Beast tale, one of my very favorite fairy tale retellings.Final review: I've just read Beauty again for the first time in 15 years or more, but I probably read this 5 or 6 times when I was in my 20s, so you are not getting an unbiased opinion here. But I still adore this book, even though I'm older and more cynical now. It's a fairly simple, straightforward retelling of the fairy tale, with a few relatively minor twists. But the writing [...]

    5. An absolutely lovely rendition of my favorite fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast. There have been many retellings of this tale, from the bodice ripping romance novel covers featuring men muscled to the point of beastliness, holding pale, innocent flowers, to, of course, the smart young lady with a conveinently lovely voice for a Disney musical. This one falls somewhere poignantly in between- in just the perfect place for adult fans of both genres to find something that they can identify with, whil [...]

    6. I try hard not to use spoilers in these reviews but find that is impossible in this case. But, since it’s a tale as old as time, maybe you’ll forgive me for it just this once.I did not like the book.Wow, that’s hard to say. I love stories, love books – the way the pages feel under my fingers. I like stories that make me care about the characters, that drop me into the action. Hand me an Avery Cates novel and I am oblivious to the roar of NASCAR engines on the big screen TV, to the dinner [...]

    7. sale alert 20Dec17 Kindle deal for 1.99 hereHi. My name is Robin and I have a buddy reading addiction.Hi RobinSo why not add another impromptu Buddy Read with My Enabler Jessica and The Instigator Tadiana over at BB&B on Oct 14 The great thing about a fantasy is that some of it is timeless. That is totally the case with Beauty. It was originally published in 1978 shhhh but when you pick it up it is really a tale as old as time but it can be told throughout these decades seamlessly. It could [...]

    8. This is a lovely retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Robin McKinley's writing is fluid; the descriptions of the castle, landscapes, and even clothes are clear and vivid; horseback-riding scenes and interactions with horses are reflective of the author's superior knowledge of the animals. But other than that, there is hardly anything memorable about Beauty.I don't know about you, but expect any retelling to bring something new to the original story, some new layers, better understanding of the cha [...]

    9. I read this book for my hometown's Young Women's Book Club. The lady that selected this book, chose it so we could read it and then go to the new Beauty and the Best movie that is coming out. Even though the movie isn't based off this retelling, we thought it would be fun.I really enjoyed this retelling. It was a super easy, fast read. It was definitely entertaining and different enough without being totally off-track with the story. The introduction and background information started to get a l [...]

    10. This is a quick read - young adult fiction. There were elements of this story (a re-telling of Beauty and the Beast) that had the potential to be really cool, but the author concentrated on the clothes and hair and food instead of the magic. I'm all for detail, but come on! The main character was labeled "plain" from the beginning and her sisters were beautiful. Of course in the end the plain one becomes pretty and the Beast is also pretty and TA DA all is right with the world. Booo. Also, many [...]

    11. I can't believe I haven't reviewed this properly before! This book was so influential in the writing of my fairy tales! It has been so influential my writing in general! This book is the forerunner, and set the standard, for modern YA fairy tale retellings. And since the last time I read it I've seen Disney's animated Beauty and the Beast roughly 9,000 times with my daughter, and I have to say: if they didn't pay McKinley for her ideas, Disney owes her big time!

    12. The title says it all. This book is beautiful on every level: Writing, characters, story, themes. I thought it was an awesome portrait of quiet, gentle love and the joy to be found in simple things.Dudes and ladies alike: Just read it.

    13. I'm hesitant to call Beauty a re-telling of "Beauty and the Beast" as it's not so much a re-telling as it is a telling. McKinley's rendition of this classic fairy tale not only fails to veer off from it's typical path, but it also - sadly - fails to capture much of the magic of the original tale as well. I half expected my Kindle to burst into song or for "A Tale as Old as Time" to suddenly play out of thin air, but I fear I enjoyed even Disney's telling of this tale more than McKinley's.From th [...]

    14. Nothing new or Earth shattering here, but if you like Beauty and the Beast, its a super fast and an enjoyable read. I sort of beyond love the story of Beauty and the Beast,as a child I loved fairy tales, but this was always my favourite. My mum likes to tell people how when asked why I like this one so much, I would say "Beauty had the best shake outta life" and she did for reals. I was a realistic child I saw these fairy tales for what they were:Cinderella basically a maid who didn't get paidGr [...]

    15. For a fairy-tale retelling this book wasn't bad although it can be predictable at times and it does have a lot of teen girl melodrama with the character of Beauty herself, whose self-esteem is a puddle on the floor. :-\

    16. There is something about the Beauty and the Beast story that is attractive to society in general and to the literature, movie making crowd in particular. Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, Middlemarch and other books in varying literary quality draw on the motif, subverting, perverting, or simply retelling it (One of my faves is Jane Yolen's version which is a mash up with O Henry's Gift of the Magi). It is no surprise that Robin McKinely was drawn to the tale, twice, and any reader can see the germ [...]

    17. Une très bonne lecture, douce et émouvante, avec une touche parfaite de féerie ! Moi qui n'avais pas d'attachement particulier à cette histoire, je meurs d'envie désormais de voir le film en 2017.

    18. This is somewhere between 3 and 4 stars, for me? Mayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyybe edging more towards 4? I'm quite perplexed as to how to rate it properly, I'm afraid. The writing style itself--taken on its own--would EASILY merit 5 stars, if not more. It was simply delicious. Light, and airy, and clear, and never confusing in the slightest. I loved it. I want to be able to write like this, someday: "The sun shone through a window, then made its delicate, fawn-footed way across the broad inlaid floor, and [...]

    19. Jury is still out, but around 3,5 stars.This is a nice, straightforward retelling of Beauty and the Beast, which I enjoyed a lot without being completely drawn into the story. A cosy and relaxing read.

    20. I think I'll blame my partner's Disney song playlist for making me want to (re)read a bunch of Beauty and the Beast retellings. The obvious place to start (for me, anyway) is with Robin McKinley's two attempts at telling the story, Beauty and Rose Daughter. Beauty is perhaps the less delicate of the two, being suited to a younger audience in terms of complexity, language, etc, but it still makes a good story. You come to care for the little family, and learn to care for the Beast; the mysteries [...]

    21. Though Robin McKinley is quite adept at lush description, her characters fail to connect with me in any meaningful way. The romance between Beast and Beauty felt predictible and rather boring. At no point during this book, especially the second half, was I unaware of exactly what would happen and how it would happen. Every time a new plot element was introduced - such as, Beauty introduces her horse to Beast! - it was immediately evident how the scene would occur, mainly because you get the clea [...]

    22. 3.5I decided to kick things off on my end (for Fairy Tale Fortnight) with one of the most traditional retellings I've come across.  So traditional, in fact, that I first was a little irritated with it and thought it was a rip-off of Disney's Beauty and the Beast -- until I realized that Robin McKinley's version of the story came decades before the movie.  Decades.  Yet the similarities are so incredibly striking that it's kind of a wonder there wasn't a big McKinley/Disney smackdown.  For r [...]

    23. REVIEW UPDATE: March 2017Old friend, I didn't realize how much I missed you! I've been wanting to re-read this book for a long time, and the theater release of the new Disney movie seemed to be as good an excuse as any. McKinley immersed me again into the world of an enchanted castle and the affection growing between an ordinary girl, and a terrible but lonely beast.There are so many good themes in this book! While some have argued the book may support Stockholm Syndrome (sympathy developed by a [...]

    24. I forgot how delightful McKinley's books can be. They are stories you want to live inside, tactile and textured. Yes, we all know the story of Beauty and the Beast, but I've never really felt it before.

    25. I'm sure part of my gleeful urge to give this five-star rating stems from the fact that "Beauty and the Beast" has always been my favourite fairy tale. I love seeing it redone in modern settings, redone in post-modern settings, and even retold in a time period akin to that in which it was first penned and recorded for posterity. This novel brings us the story in the first person POV, past tense, but with a current approach to language. I checked the credits and discovered it was first published [...]

    26. The three stars might make it look like I didn't like this book, but I actually thoroughly enjoyed it! The reasons I felt I couldn't give it a higher rating are 1) lack of originality and 2) Even though this is a fantastical book/story, the ending was a bit too fantastical and abrupt for my liking. Before reading a book, I always consider the author's intended audience and proceed from there. If the intended audience is the young reader, I don't expect any more, and I look for the authors integr [...]

    27. 4 stars!! I really had low expectations for this book, I've had it for some time now and never had the urge to read it but I was having some difficulties with another book and I was like what the heck let me try this! What's the worse that could happen? Me not finishing this book but that's about it and being that it was the first book and I had nothing invested in it I wouldn't have been that affected if it went bad lol Butttttt let me tell you I was very much satisfied with my reading, so much [...]

    28. This was a book that was one of my very favorites growing up, but I haven't read it since probably junior high. While discussing a different book with friends, this title came up. So, I decided to rumage through all of my boxes of old books, find this one and dust it off and give it a good read. It was just as fun as I remembered it!This book is just a version of the widely known Beauty and the Beast fairy tale. It is a very simple, sweet and enchanting version. Beauty and the Beast has always b [...]

    29. I guess the thing that sets this retelling apart from the story as we know it (I mean the 18th century version, not the Disney one) is the charming first-person narrative (of which I have nothing to complain, which is rare) and the relationship between the sisters - and I loved there was true friendship and affection. Beauty, whose name is actually Honour, is the kind of girl you and I would like in real life. She values knowledge more than anything in the world, apart from people, nature and co [...]

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