Beauty and the Beast by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont

This one was meant to be my Classics Monday list this month… Except it is the Easter holidays and I lost track of days and it no longer Monday. So I will post about something else next Monday. It does, however, count as a Rereadathon book as I read it once aged twelve when I was supposed to be making an excel spreadsheet at school.

Beauty and the Beast is my favourite Disney film (for the books and anti-shallowness mainly) and I really love reading the source material for those films because they tend to be a bit darker. The not-so-original-but-most-well-known Beauty and the Beast is slightly dramatic, slightly dark, but an overwhelmingly sweet story about loving someone for who they are, why kindness is more important than pride and jealousy and that loyalty pays off. It’s one of my favourite fairy tales.


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