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Beauty and the Beast is stalking me. I think it feels neglected, and I can’t really blame it. This means that last Friday night we saw a production of it in which the eldest niece played Gaston’s sidekick rather than the chandelier and other various bits - double cast switched on alternate performances. Considering the age of the children involved the production was just about as accomplished and spotty in quality as you can imagine. DressedUp!Beast was the spitting image of how Hugh Hefner would have been costumed if he’d had a bit part in Saturday Night Fever – with doc martinish boots to complete the look. Select pics at the end of the entry.

Also, I suspect my KR *waves hello - don’t be scared of this entry, it’s nothing as silly as fanfic* has been lurking around the beginnings of this journal and that is possibly why I read and he computered to the backdrop of a pretty terrible – possibly Disney – Word just auto capitalized Disney – I hate that a little bit – B&tB take off with Neil Patrick Harris and Peter Krauss in bit parts on Sunday.

Well, B&tB, I was already ahead of you. I’d started Beauty sometime last week and was finishing as that fairly horrible movie played, so there!

This is a very practical book, and I think it is so very practical because Beauty herself is a very practical character. Aside from declaring she’d rather be called Beauty than Honour (her father fails spectacularly at explaining the concept of honour which prompts this decision) at a very young age, she is practically the personification of practicality. Side note – McKinley uses British spellings, but she’s American and (I believe) was living in America when she wrote this. She didn’t move to England until much later when she wrote Rose Daughter. This, as well as the Sherlock fic I've been writing - I changed my spellcheck dictionary - is why I found myself using it in this entry.
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Beauty and the Beast is stalking me. I think it feels neglected, and I can’t really blame it. This means that last Friday night we saw a production of it in which the eldest niece played Gaston’s sidekick rather than the chandelier and other various bits - double cast switched on alternate performances. Considering the age of the children involved the production was just about as accomplished and spotty in quality as you can imagine. DressedUp!Beast was the spitting image of how Hugh Hefner would have been costumed if he’d had a bit part in Saturday Night Fever – with doc martinish boots to complete the look. Select pics at the end of the entry.

Also, I suspect my KR *waves hello - don’t be scared of this entry, it’s nothing as silly as fanfic* has been lurking around the beginnings of this journal and that is possibly why I read and he computered to the backdrop of a pretty terrible – possibly Disney – Word just auto capitalized Disney – I hate that a little bit – B&tB take off with Neil Patrick Harris and Peter Krauss in bit parts on Sunday.

Well, B&tB, I was already ahead of you. I’d started Beauty sometime last week and was finishing as that fairly horrible movie played, so there!

This is a very practical book, and I think it is so very practical because Beauty herself is a very practical character. Aside from declaring she’d rather be called Beauty than Honour (her father fails spectacularly at explaining the concept of honour which prompts this decision) at a very young age, she is practically the personification of practicality. Side note – McKinley uses British spellings, but she’s American and (I believe) was living in America when she wrote this. She didn’t move to England until much later when she wrote Rose Daughter. This, as well as the Sherlock fic I've been writing - I changed my spellcheck dictionary - is why I found myself using it in this entry.
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In a book in which names tell us who a character is, Beauty is named Beauty and when she meets her Beast he instructs her to call him Beast. 

Cut because I discuss the book in great detail - so for both length and spoilers )

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In a book in which names tell us who a character is, Beauty is named Beauty and when she meets her Beast he instructs her to call him Beast. 

Cut because I discuss the book in great detail - so for both length and spoilers )

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At least, you are when it's Fringe.  Lovely, lovely Fringe which has given me a wonderful Beauty and the Beast nod to link my current obsessions.
Huge Spoilers for 4.15 )
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At least, you are when it's Fringe.  Lovely, lovely Fringe which has given me a wonderful Beauty and the Beast nod to link my current obsessions.
Huge Spoilers for 4.15 )
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Last night we saw this production of Midsummer Night’s Dream which was pretty standard in spite of itself.

Before I start – quick note to point out that Titania/Ass!Bottom is a variant on Beauty and the Beast – one of the only comedic instances of this pairing perhaps?

These particular shadows did not actually offend, just creeped me out on a couple of points. )

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Last night we saw this production of Midsummer Night’s Dream which was pretty standard in spite of itself.

Before I start – quick note to point out that Titania/Ass!Bottom is a variant on Beauty and the Beast – one of the only comedic instances of this pairing perhaps?

These particular shadows did not actually offend, just creeped me out on a couple of points. )

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I've begun with Rose Daughter because I wanted to go in reverse order this time, and Beauty is not only first in sequence, but McKinley's first written novel.

A couple of links I've been checking out to add to the experience:

McKinley's site where she talks about Rose Daughter as well as Beauty and how events in her life shaped the books.
A review looking at both books and the differences between them at tor.com

Here's the first volume I'm seeing which is told from the Beast's POV, I'm sure there are more, I'm just taking this slowly - Beast by Donna Jo Napoli - going into my Amazon cart...
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I've begun with Rose Daughter because I wanted to go in reverse order this time, and Beauty is not only first in sequence, but McKinley's first written novel.

A couple of links I've been checking out to add to the experience:

McKinley's site where she talks about Rose Daughter as well as Beauty and how events in her life shaped the books.
A review looking at both books and the differences between them at tor.com

Here's the first volume I'm seeing which is told from the Beast's POV, I'm sure there are more, I'm just taking this slowly - Beast by Donna Jo Napoli - going into my Amazon cart...
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Beauty and the Beast.  Is it the best damn story ever told?  I think it might be.  

I’m interested in generating some discussion about this story; not only how OUAT has interpreted and departed from it, but why so many writers keep going back to it.  Robin McKinley has done it twice - once with an ending I have to imagine is, if not unique to her then certainly quite rare, where Beauty chooses that the Beast remain a Beast.

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Beauty and the Beast.  Is it the best damn story ever told?  I think it might be.  

I’m interested in generating some discussion about this story; not only how OUAT has interpreted and departed from it, but why so many writers keep going back to it.  Robin McKinley has done it twice - once with an ending I have to imagine is, if not unique to her then certainly quite rare, where Beauty chooses that the Beast remain a Beast.

Read more... )

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