Beauty and the Beast (1740) : Book Review

 

Book Title: Beauty and the Beast.

Author: Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve.

Publication Date: 1740.

Rating (Out of 5 Stars): 2.

 

Book Review

** CONTAINS SPOILERS BECAUSE I’M SORRY**

 

If it has not been made obvious enough, I absolutely adore Beauty and the Beast. The story holds very close to my heart and when I had realized that there was an original French story to the amazing story that I had been in love with for so long, I knew that I had to read it.

 

So, I read a poorly translated version of the story that was probably directly translated from French to English without any polishing for it to make sense which caused some confusion on my part but it was still a fascinating read.

 

There were a few things that bothered me within this story, such as the relationship with the inanimate characters and Beauty. In this version, it takes her a significant amount of time to realize what was happening. They give scenes where “music is playing but with no humans anywhere around.”

 

So, in terms of enjoying characters such as Lumiere and Cogsworth, it was disappointing to see Beauty’s perception seriously lacking. I also found myself wanting to hear the music in this version, while in the other Beauty and the Beast book review, an adaptation from the movie itself, I enjoyed the lack of music as it gave extra information. However in this version, I felt like the lack of music took away from the story which disappointed me.

 

An aspect that I found interesting, was the trade between Gaston and the sisters in the story. In this version of the story, Gaston is nowhere in sight and instead replace with cruel sisters which partially reminded me of the blonde girls from the animated version, from their jealous nature towards Belle all the way to how Gaston saw the girls and preferred Belle.

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In some ways, I found myself preferring this story to the animated version. As this version gave a backstory as to why they were living in a small town and even a backstory in regards to why she had asked for her father to return with a rose.

 

In other ways, I was disheartened to learn that the live action explanation had been wrong as I enjoyed the Black Plague backstory and her love for her mother.

 

I disliked the relationship dynamic between Belle and the Beast, as it took away the romance and how it made sense and made it seem more like a Cinderella story with the evil sisters and how fast the entire situation moved, as they only shared about two conversations before they were suddenly married.

 

I know that you’re not supposed to compare the movies to the books but I couldn’t help it with this story, I loved the movies so much that I was almost disappointed that this story was not identical. It seems to me that the roles were COMPLETELY reversed to me.

 

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Feminist Disney Princess Movies Ranked!

 

What are the criteria?

We will only be looking at the people who have been officially inducted into the Disney Princess group at a coronation ceremony in Walt Disney World. Meaning we will not be including Frozen (as they are NOT Disney Princesses) or Moana (as she has not been inducted as of right now!)

 

Please Note: 

This is based off my personal opinion and personal ranking of these movies based off how I have interpreted Disney Princess movies and feminism in of itself. I understand if you guys disagree with me but this is my personal opinion based off stories and morals of each and every movie.

 

Additionally, I do understand that these are all children movies and should not be taken so literally however I completely disagree that it does not matter because of the fact that these are children movies. In fact, I think it matters more as it can influence their opinions of themselves and how they or women in general should be treated which is very disheartening thing to hear.

 

I have had this debate with many of my friends, mostly because of our feminist qualities but this is my comprehensive list that ranks every single Disney Princess (from Merida to Snow White) and the order on their feminist qualities.

 

 

11. The Little Mermaid.

The Little Mermaid, features the young princess, Ariel, who loses in being a feminist character. The entire story line is that she sees a man who she falls in love with and decides to go onto land to make the prince fall in love with her (without her voice) and that the man has to love her back in order for her to receive her second life’s dream, to live on land. This entire movie heavily implies that looks are the only things that matter when it comes to wooing a guy and also has the heavy implication that in order for you to achieve your dreams, you must be in a relationship to do so.

10. Cinderella.

Cinderella was very hard for me to locate on this list, simply because my original opinion was going to make this much lower on this list until I truly began thinking about what the message Cinderella presented was. I put it basically everywhere on the list until I finally put her in the 10th spot. Cinderella follows the story of a maid who is being essentially abused by her stepmother and stepsisters when she finds out about the ball. When she goes to this ball, in a completely made over look, she meets the prince of the ball and they fall in love instantaneously. Simply because of her looks and dancing skills and then can not even remember anything about her so he decides to have every single girl in the entire kingdom try on her shoe. He couldn’t remember her eye color, her hair color, or anything else. It implies that you must be beautiful in order for somebody to love you and also that you must have a man in order to have a better life.

 

9. Tangled.

Tangled is honestly an incredible disappointment in my opinion, she is one of our newest Disney Princesses to be announced (along with Merida and Tiana) and yet, she is one our worst examples of being a feminist. She is portrayed to be a weak character who is only capable of painting, cleaning, and sewing and is yearning for a dream but must have a man save her from a tower in order for this dream to actually come alive.

 

8. Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarves was actually the first Disney Princess movie to ever be created back in the 1930’s so it’s not really surprising that Snow White doesn’t get very high on this spectrum. This time period, in general, believed that women were weaker than men and absolutely had to have a man in order to live a normal life. This one, among a few others on this list, simply implies that in order for you to live, you must have a man or a “true loves” kiss. Additionally, beyond this, her main role is to be a cleaning lady among seven men who are clearly using her for this as she has no other talents.

 

7. Sleeping Beauty.

Sleeping Beauty shares the same mistake that Snow White has, the implication that you must have a man in order to survive with true loves kiss. However, she beats Snow White as she does not have a whole lot of screen time in the movie (which is only kind of odd considering she is the title name.)

 

6. Aladdin.

Aladdin was one of the harder ones to locate exactly on this list, as one of the few Disney Princesses who’s name is not in the title sequence (unless you count Repunzel in Tangled), she has fairly little screen time however we do get to see enough where is capable of being placed. She is an incredibly defiant person, going against her father’s wishes when he wants her to marry Jafar and does not immediately fall in love with Aladdin and even gets angry with him when she finds out that he is lying to her however her downfall is unfortunately after Jafar gets ahold of the Genie and basically creates her into a damsel in distress that must be saved and is sexually objectified in the process.

 

5. Beauty and the Beast.

Beauty and the Beast is actually one of my personal favorites among the Disney Princesses because of the book smarts and how much I felt that I could relate to her and if we were in regards to the live action movie, she would probably be pushed up a little higher on the list. (I actually want to discuss Beauty and the Beast soo badly) but here are some of the reasons why she gets to be in the top 5. First and foremost, she is the love interest to the beast and in general, it seems as though that may be her only purpose in the story which is why she does not get to be any higher however she gets to stay here because she is not the one who made the mistake, like many movies portray, and she shares no curse throughout the entire movie.  It was clearly and completely the Beast’s fault for the entire movie as to why there is a curse. She is also defiant of the people’s views, clearly ignoring their opinions in regards to her interests and taste and completely ignores Gaston’s attempts simply because she is “beautiful.” She proves that there is more to a girl beyond a pretty face.

 

4. Princess and the Frog.

I actually struggled in placing Tiana, she is such an amazing character and makes amazing leeway in regards to African American’s as being the first African American Disney Princess which consistently made me want her to be higher on this list until I remembered that this is list for feminist. It was really hard to place her because her situation for the most part wasn’t her fault and she actually had really big dreams that she was actually trying to get to. Unlike Belle, she didn’t just yearn for an adventure, she went after her dreams. But she doesn’t get any higher because she still ended up with a man at the end which greatly influenced her ability in opening up the restaurant of her dreams.

 

3. Pocahontas.

What’s really hard to understand about Pocahontas is what she actually wanted throughout the entire movie and while it could be argued that she wanted the American’s to leave above all else, I also saw a sway in this decision as the movie went on. However, she is in the top five for being one of the more feminist Disney Princess because she was consistently defiant against wishes and stayed true to herself above all else. (Let’s just forget that Pocahontas 2 exists, okay?)

 

2. Mulan.

Mulan, while she does have a romantic interest, she still proves herself to be a strong and independent character. She clearly goes against the gender quo and even poses as a man so that she can save her father. She proves that women are strong, brave, and confident human beings.

 

1. Brave

Merida, from Brave, wins for the most feminist Disney Princess because Merida is completely against the fact that her family wants her to get married and even laughs at the idea of the strength contest and then completely beats all of them. Merida is the reminder that a girl can do anything that’s typically something only a guy could do and is also one of the few movies (and the only one on this list) where there is not a single romantic potential love interest throughout the entire movie. Brave is the reminder that a girl does not have to have a boy in her life to complete her dreams and goals for her future.

 

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Which Disney Princess Are You?

Belle

[] You’ve kissed someone your friends didn’t like.

[x] You’ve been lost in the forest.

[x] You love to read.

[] You are not shy at all.

[x] One of your family members is a bit weird.

[x] You have done volunteer work.

[x] You have a wild imagination.

[x] You love to take care of people in need.

[] You’ve had guys like you only because they think you’re pretty.

[x] You’ve rejected at least one person when they’ve asked you out.
Total: 7.

Rapunzel

[] You’re an orphaned child or have an evil mother.

[] You have many different hobbies to keep you busy.

[x] You can get really bored.

[x] You have very long hair.

[] Your hair is/was bright blonde.

[x] You’re an artsy person.

[x] You’re childish.

[x] You can’t wait to stop the same routine each day and start living.

[] You care about others and their feelings.

[] You like to follow the rules.
Total: 5.

 

Alice

[x] You have/had a pet rabbit.

[] You love to play cards.

[] You constantly know the time.

[] You get yourself in sticky situations.

[] You have been to a court.

[] You have fallen asleep while doing your homework.

[x] You have had a tea party.

[] You like hats.

[] You’re late.

[] You know how to play croquet.
Total: 2.

 

Jasmine

[] Your dad is rich.

[x] You are very clever.

[x] You’ve been with someone way different from you.

[x] You’d never marry someone just because they were rich.

[x] You have set a lot of goals for yourself.

[x] You don’t have a lot of (good) friends.

[x] You’re independent.

[] You are wealthy.

[] Your parents try to control your life.
Total: 6.

Ariel

[x] Your parents expect a lot from you.

[] You really try to follow the rules, but it’s hard for you.

[] You’re a bit of a trouble maker.

[x] You love to swim.

[x] Your favorite animal is some sort of sea creature.

[x] You collect something.

[x] You have/had long hair.

[x] You are adventurous.

[x] You’re extremely curious.

[] You believe everything people tell you/you’re a bit gullible.
Total: 7.

 

Aurora

[] You live/have lived with someone other than your parents.

[] You almost died at a very young age.

[x] You are gentle, loving, and/or thoughtful.

[] You have a decent singing voice.

[x] You like to sleep in late on the weekend.

[] You spend most of your time outside.

[] You’re adopted.

[] You’re very romantic.

[] Pink is one of your favorite colors.
Total: 2.

 

Cinderella

[] One of your parents is dead.

[] You are expected to do a lot of chores.

[] You love to dress up.

[x] You love animals.

[] Your mom is really strict.

[] You have sisters who seem kind of jealous of you.

[x] You’re afraid to speak your mind sometimes.

[x] You have left your shoes at a friend’s house before.

[x] You have/had blonde hair.
Total: 4.

 

Snow White

[] Sometimes it seems like your mom is jealous of you.

[] You’ve almost been killed.

[] You have at least seven good friends.

[x] You’ve had food poisoning.

[x] You have/had short hair.

[] You get along with almost everyone.

[] All of your friends are different.

[x] You love to have a good time.

[] You’re happier when you’re out of the house than in.
Total: 3.

 

Tinkerbell 

[] You get jealous easily.
[] You loved your childhood.
[] You like to fly.
[x] You believe in magic.
[x] You’re 5’2″ or under.
[] You hate pirates.
[] You love sparkles.
[] People underestimate you.
[] You get angry easily.
[] You have/had a treehouse.
Total: 2.

 

Pocahontas 

[x] You love to walk around and explore big cities.

[] You are more spiritual than religious.

[] You’ve been in an interracial relationship.

[x] One of your family members is dead.

[x] Your parents are very protective of you.

[] Someone you know has been in the war.

[x] You love nature.

[x] You have/had black hair.

[x] You would love to move somewhere exotic and beautiful.

[x] You’re very adventurous.
Total: 7.

 

Mulan 

[x] You can be a tomboy sometimes.

[x] People wish you could be a bit more girly.

[x] You’ve pretended to be someone you’re not.

[] You’ve had a physical fight with someone.

[] You have/had considered running away from home.

[] Your parents try to plan your life out.

[x] A lot of your friends are boys.

[] You sometimes find yourself in bad situations.

[] You love your family so much that you’d do anything to protect them

 

Total: 4.

 

WHAT PRINCESS AM I?

Belle and Pocahontas
I TIED WITH POCAHONTAS AND BELLE!

 

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Beauty and the Beast Book Review

Book Title: Beauty and the Beast

Adapted By: Elizabeth Rudnick.

Screenplay By: Evan Spiliotopoulod, Steven Chobsky, and Bill Condon.

Publication Date: January 31st, 2017.

Rate (Out of Five Stars) : 3.5.

I read Beauty and the Beast after I had already seen the movie, a movie that I found to be absolutely amazing despite my general distaste for musicals however with the nostalgia factor that the movie definitely granted, I found myself absolutely adoring the movie.

But I’m not here to talk about the amazing movie, I am talking about the book that came along with the movie, one of which I believe to be so much better than the movie itself. The book allows for a nostalgic atmosphere that anything Disney related is basically promised but not only that, the book allows for you to relate to a Disney princess, something I never got beforehand.

Disney Princess’ before reading this book seemed like an unattainable dream of beautiful clothing and dream boyfriends however this book allows you an entrance in the mind of various characters such as the Beast, Gaston, and Belle though the most notable would have to be Belle as you able to see the inner working thoughts of one of the most beloved princess’ in the Disney Princess franchise.

Not only that but if you hate the musical portion of the movie but you never have to deal with any of the music, no lyrics, or even music belting from the pages and instead you are able to see what the character’s thoughts actually are during what would have been the song.

Have you ever thought about what Gaston was thinking when LeFou was singing? Have you ever wondered what Belle was thinking as she walked down the road? Yes? Well, this is your answer!

Not only that but the many plot holes throughout the movie are pretty well explained such as what book Belle was reading at the beginning and why Gaston was still wearing a military uniform years after any war had transpired.

While I do suggest reading the movie, there are a few complaints that will make such as the lack of description within the book, something that I would have loved had they taken more care in the description of the castle or even the mirror. They allow the separate movie do a lot of the talking which I’m not the biggest fan of considering in school you are taught to act as though you don’t know anything when writing and this book totally ignores the golden writing rule however it is made up by giving the writing it does have a magical, fantasy vibe as well as taking great care in making it relatively accurate to the movie (or vice versa? Which came first?)

Basically, if you’re a child, Disney lover, or a genuine fan of Beauty and the Beast then I highly suggest it! But please be aware that despite the lack of music and the more in depth analysis of the character’s thoughts, it is incredibly similar to the movie and you might feel like you wasted your money so please take extra thought before you buy the book but otherwise it is amazing!

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17 Things I Love

 

Hey guys! So I wrote this a little bit in advance but today is December 7th, 2016 meaning that I have been alive for 17 years! So in honor of this, I wanted to tell about 17 things that I love. These things rang from television shows, book series, hobbies, foods, and absolutely whatever else that I can think of.

This list is in no particular order.

 

  1.  Writing!

I have been obsessed with writing for as long as I can remember! With my dyslexia, you would think it started after but that is actually not the case. I have always really liked the idea of storytelling and when I was struggling through dyslexia and all of that, I have a vivid memory of writing this story about two girls from very different worlds finding out they are sisters. Like a celebrity and a normal person, a princess and a commoner. I have no idea what I was wanting to do with the story but I had written out they met more than 30 times and I was constantly drawing pictures for this story (even though I sucked at drawing!)

However truly writing didn’t come to me until much later and my love for writing and my interest in the pursuit of writing was a long process. However, I began writing poetry in the fourth grade (so like 2009-2010) when we had this class in the library about what poetry was and what haiku’s were and so much more and I just fell in love.

I dedicate my love for poetry to Mrs. Wilson who worked in the library at my middle school.

During the summer of going into 6th grade, I was taken into the world of fan fiction (which will be delved into deeper in another spot!) and I began to read it obsessively on this website that was called Quizazz but later changed to Quotev.

On this website, I wrote two stories that were original. My story about Dyslexia (published on February 3rd, 2014) and another story about a train that is no longer published. During this time, beyond these stories, I also obsessively wrote my own fanfiction that would later be published on Wattpad (via thinking that Quotev was officially too childish and I had ran out of fan fiction!)

Many, many, many attempted stories later would result in the Social Butterfly which is still my pride and joy for the fan fiction part of my life however I ultimately gave it up when I began pursuing The White Butterfly which I began writing in 2015 and on Christmas Eve of that same year,  I finished it.

Before The Social Butterfly, however, I knew that I wanted to be a writer and my biggest problem was honestly just getting my story out there and being motivated enough to write it.

In the seventh grade ( so like 2012-2013), I met two people. A girl that I called Rainbow and who would become my favorite teacher of all time, Mrs. Thompson.

These two encouraged me in ways that I never believed and to this day, I thank them for thinking of writing as a profession rather than just an interest. They also convinced me to submit my first poem into a poetry contest at my local library’s poetry contest (that I lost but I still loved the experience and continued!)

2. Harry Potter

Literally if you ask anybody that I know personally, they will tell you that I have an obsession with this series. Which is one hundred percent true because while I hate the character with a passion, I love the world and other characters. I love that there is so much to debate about the series and it isn’t even the magical portion of this series that I love, what I love is that she put so much thought into this series that I could write history books about these various topics that have nothing to do with stupid Harry James Potter.

I had always kinda loved Harry Potter, as a child my brother was never home a lot and he was really important to me as a kid and I began to love the series because I associated him with the series.

However, it was not until I got hurt (I don’t remember how) and I had a lightning bolt cut on my forehead, similar to the character itself which caused me to research the series more which introduced me to Harry Potter fan fiction.

Of course, my interest in the series has changed a lot varying from Harry himself to Draco Malfoy (marry me?) to the teachers to the Marauder Era, light versus dark, the parallels to the real world and the series, and so much more.

3. Coffee

Okay so ever since I was little, coffee was like heaven from above. My mom would only let me have one cup of coffee every couple of months in these super tiny tea cup with teddy bears on them.

As I grew older and my mom stopped caring how much coffee I have had, the magical powers that I associated with a kid continued.

4. Gilmore Girls.

This is a show that I have watched like 6 times, I even stayed until 3 a’clock in the morning (stupid Eastern time) in the attempt to watch A Year in the Life which I did manage to do (finishing at almost 11 a’clock!)

But beyond my obsessive habits with this show, I have become entranced with the mother- daughter relationships between Lorelai and Emily as well as Lorelai and Rory.

I have had my opinions of Paris Geller and I have rooted for Sookie and Jackson, I have screamed at Luke Danes for being an ass, and I have even created an all out shipping war. Team Logan, by the way though I am partial to Jess. Not Dean though, Dean sucks.

5. My Aunt’s Chocolate Chip Cookies.

No matter how many times I have attempted to recreate these little pieces of love that are my Aunt’s chocolate chip cookies, I have failed epically. I am convinced that my Aunt has some sort of magical amazing powers that ensures that I must get down on my knees to beg for another one of the amazing cookies.

6. Corn Beef and Cabbage.

This has been a food that my mom has made on rare occasions from the day I was born. Unfortunately, the meal is not exactly cheap and more so, half my family hated the food until the divorce.

Regardless, this is an amazing food that I would kill somebody for (Not really..)

7. Disney / Pixar Movies.

These movies have always reminded me of childhood, of a time where I dreamed of a one true love and of a marriage so sweet and so pure. I dreamed of the life of Ariel as a child, I grew up to admire Belle for her individuality and love for books, and gradually became invested in the mechanics of the series.

The Pixar Theory by Jon Negroni that introduced me to my favorite YouTuber, SuperCarlinBrothers, where we analyzed the movies way too much to find connections and I have fallen in love with the movies all over again.

8. Wifi.

Oh wow, a teenager who loves wifi, how original.

Yes, I am seventeen years old and I love wifi so sue me! I love being able to talk to my friends at the drop of a hat, I love having access to the world at the tip of my fingers. I am oh so sorry that I am enjoying the world that is around me.

This is not something to judge teenagers for enjoying as I am ensure that when you were a teenager, you loved something that the adults hated. It’s how the world works, something new comes out that we love and those who lived in a world before it tend to hate it.

So yes, I love wifi.

9. Animals.

As a child, I grew up with this dog. I got her when I was three years old and I named her Fluffy though my mom claims that she told me that, at least apparently I said that but unless we live in the world, Life of Pets, I highly doubt that.

As a child, she was my favorite person in the world. She walked with me when we walked around the neighborhood, she stayed the night with me when I was scared of the dark, she listened to me rant about friend drama, and she even protected me when she didn’t like somebody.

She was my best friend and because of her, I had a love for animals that never really stopped. Unfortunately, she passed away over the summer.

As time went on, I found a love for sharks where I earned the nickname Sharky because I knew a lot of weird facts about them (which never really went away with some of my middle school friends) and it continued on even further to Llamas and Cows and Goats, Cats, and Fish.

Currently I have 8 fish : Zaniello, Casiopa, Lyra, Ursa, Oblegine, Denubla, Nunki, Altair.

2 Snails : Leafy and Sheldon.

I love them all deeply. ❤

10. Friends.

Friends have always been an important factor in my life and it is my friends who I believe have slowly molded me into who I am today. They supported me in my choices, relationships, and so much more that they all became so very important to me.

I even dedicated my last book, The White Butterfly, to my best friend but we are currently struggling but that doesn’t mean how much she meant to me has changed and I will forever appreciate her for that books existence because I wouldn’t have finished it without her.

11. Family.

Family has always been a weird topic for me because my family is weird but for this one, my family includes the people that have stuck with me through thick and thin because I don’t believe blood is what creates family and I definitely don’t think they are family just because they are blood.

Family, in my opinion, is someone who supports you in what you do and loves you for who you are regardless of your choices and opinions and life. That family, that is the family I love and I am so lucky that I have them in my life.

12. Blankets.

As much as I love the cold, blankets are amazing. The reason behind liking the cold is because you can always get warm by putting on thicker clothes and blankets but with being hot, your only option is getting naked and that isn’t exactly sociably acceptable and plus, it probably wouldn’t work anyways.

But anyways, back to blankets, they ensure warmth and security. They are soft and they are amazing and I just really love blankets.

13. The Smell of Cherries.

There is this hand soap and hand sanitizer at Bath and Body Works with the smell of Black Cherry Merlot which honestly just smells like cherries and it is amazing.

This has been a recent interest but literally anything cherry like has been absolutely amazing for me.

14. Music.

As a teenager, I have used music as getting people to not talk to me, I have jammed out to Insane Clown Posse, Theory of a Deadman, Blink-182, and even Smashing Pumpkins. I have hummed the music of Queen, Iron and Wine, and the Beatles. I have sang at the top of my lungs to Bob Marley, Radiohead, Death Cab for Cutie, and Elvis Presley.

I have listened to music during sadness and anger as well as love and happiness.

15. Books.

I have over 300 books.

Clearly, I have a thing for books. They make me feel like it is a getaway from everything going on and it is amazing. I love living from another person’s life.

16. Peppermint.

When I was in the seventh grade, I was absolutely and one hundred percent obsessed with peppermint, I had like 60 peppermints that year and everyone got them for me on my birthday and on Christmas.

Of course, I eventually got weaned off the peppermint, apparently 60 of them does that to you. But I have always remembered that year, that so many people remembered and noticed how much I love peppermint and they got it for me.

Peppermint means more than just the food or the amazing smell, it reminds me of caring and acknowledgment of me, myself, and I. That so many people noticed and cared.

17. Supporters / Fans

You guys, you guys are something that I absolutely love.

You guys have supported me, you have appreciated my work and I love you guys for it, thank you so much.