Book & Movie Adaptations: A Beauty and the Beast Inspired Post

Posted March 15, 2017 by Zeee in Blogger Insider, Discussions14 Comments


Let’s talk about anything bookish!

I am super excited for the upcoming Beauty and the Beast live-action feature so I decided to write a post inspired by Beauty and the Beast. Like most of us who grew up in the 90s, Disney’s 1992 animated feature Beauty and the Beast holds a very special place in our hearts. In fact, I would say that it has made an impression. Well in my life, that is true.

Belle was (AND IS) my favorite Disney princess. To my 8-year-old mind, Belle made an impression. She was the one who made me think of adventure and of course, reading! Would you believe that I tried to walk while reading? Sure, I bumped into a few walls but I believe I mastered walking around with my nose stuck in a book.

Now, I want to share some of the books inspired by Beauty and the Beast that I read. We know that fairy tale retellings have become popular in the last few years but there has been quite a number of B&B inspired romances! The following are amazing romances with Beauty and the Beast themes.

Five Historical Romances with Beauty and the Beast Themes

Five Beauty and the Beast Adaptations on Film & TV

There have been a few adaptations of Beauty and the Beast aside from the Disney version, but there are quite a few versions worth watching! Let me know if you have seen any of these!

I actually saw this movie and it was pretty good! I was not expecting to like it as much. This one has more fantasy elements that the Disney version and this isn’t a musical. This movie is in French but is also available on Amazon with the English dub (affiliate link).

Another French Beauty and the Beast adaptation. Unfortunately, I haven’t seen this movie yet. Hopefully, I will soon!

I haven’t read the book Beastly was based on but unfortunately, I didn’t like the movie adaptation. Sure it was modern and I liked the concept BUT I can’t stand Vanessa Hudgens’ acting here. Sigh*

I remember seeing this years ago but I never really paid much attention to it. It is a modern adaptation of Beauty and the Beast and it was remade in 2012 (see below).

I’m pretty sure you are familiar with this series but it is actually a remake of 1987’s Beauty and the Beast, with the same characters. I believe the story was tweaked a little bit to make it a little different from the original. I saw the pilot episode for this one but I wasn’t hooked.

So, are you excited for the upcoming live-action Beauty and the Beast? How could you not? Have you seen any of the movie adaptations? Read the themed romances? Do you have problems with the Beauty and the Beast themes?

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14 responses to “Book & Movie Adaptations: A Beauty and the Beast Inspired Post

    • The 2014 French version is pretty good. Although, I pretty much lost interest in the end.. it was very weird… but the sets were amazing!

      Hope you enjoy B&B!

  1. I am actually pretty excited for the upcoming Beauty and Beast remake that Disney is doing. I will admit that I am a little nervous, but honestly I love Emma Watson and I have yet to see anything she has done be bad so we will see how they do with this one. Although I will say I have been a bit disappointed in the remakes that Disney has done lately so we will see how it goes. I really loved the books you listed though. Yours Until Dawn is amazing, and I also love To Pleasure A Prince. The whole prince trilogy is fun
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    • Ack! I know what you mean! I didn’t love Cinderella and The Jungle Book was ok. I liked Maleficent, though.. and I admit that I am very, VERY nervous for B&B.. I think my expectations are just too high? IDK! *fingers crossed*

  2. OMG, I am soooo nervous for this movie! I absolutely love the movie and refuse to accept the fact that this movie will not be amazing. I hate to say it but I am sold on everything so far…except Emma Watson. I love her but I just thing for a damn Disney movie they should have picked someone who can really sing. Not someone who sounds mediocre with a shit ton on autotune. I thought Disney had higher standards but I hope I am proven wrong and she’s amazing as Belle.
    I’m happy that it actually looks like a real remake of the movie, the songs!!!! Ahhhhh!!!

    • I know what you mean! But I think they picked her because she is the BIG name in the film. I actually didn’t like John Legend and Ariana Grande’s version for Beauty and the Beast.. but I am excited for the new songs!

  3. SoftFuzzySweatr

    I remember seeing that old black and white “La Belle et le Bete” . I think the film was designed by Jean Renoir, son of Auguste. Even though it was b/w images from stick with to this – 40 years later. It is a great film.

  4. I haven’t seen many film adaptations of Beauty & the Beast. I have read a few adaptations and fairy tales that helped it come into being. Of the book adaptations, I read Beastly and Cruel Beauty. They were okay, but I didn’t love them. I’m nervous about watching the new Disney movie because I didn’t like their live-action remake of Cinderella.
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    • Oh, me too, Carrie! I didn’t like the Cinderella live-action too gaaahhh it was super disappointing. I think Cinderella was airhead-y? I dunno. Weird. But Lady Tremaine was awesome!

  5. Absolutely loved Beastly, such a good read! The movie adaptation was so off from the book it’s awful. It was well casted but just poorly adapted story wise. I had a (dating myself here) record of Beauty and the Beast as a preschooler that I loved immensely and I’d watch the show with my mom as a kid before Disney’s version. It’s just one of those stories that never gets old in retellings.
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    • I know what you mean, Rhianna! I think it is such a classic and no matter what adaptation, there are still fans.

      I saw the movie for Beastly and didn’t like it so I never even picked up the book.