Four Reasons I Love the Beauty and the Beast Fairytale
Watching the new film, and retrospectively thinking about the original cartoon that I absolutely adore, I started thinking about why I love the fairytale so much. Over the years I’ve seen at least a dozen adaptations (some were merely title adaptations, lol) and have honestly enjoyed a good deal of them. And I’ve been a huge fan of the original fairytale itself.
But what makes Beauty and the Beast such a memorable and touching fairytale? I've compiled four reasons I love this story so much and why I think it remains still popular today.
# The Mystery & Wonder
If you’ve read the original fairytale or watched adaptations like La Belle et la Bete (both French versions), then you know that Beauty and the Beast is full of mesmerizing and opulent details. The beast lives in a hidden, extraordinary palace with, of course, a rose garden. He has endless wealth and magic. Invisible (or enchanted) servants in the palace provide food and clothing for their guests. The beast has an enchanted mirror and ring. He also has an extensive library in most versions. Fairytales are sometimes referred to as wonder tales, and I think that totally fits the bill for Beauty and the Beast.
# The Danger
Mystery and wonder can be both fascinating and frightening. The hidden palace is both beautiful but dark and cryptic. There’s a beast that haunts the grounds, and anyone who crosses his path is terrified of him. Why does he guard these roses? Is he just a monster, hungry to eat his guests? We, the audience, know that the beast is not horribly dangerous or man-hungry, but Beauty, and anyone else, doesn’t know that. And that makes for an enthralling watch.
# Falling in Love
If you love fairytales, then you’re aware of the love at first sight trope that’s in a majority of these folk stories. I don’t hate the trope, as it serves its purpose in time constraint stories, but there’s something rich and delightful about watching a couple falling in love. Which makes Beauty and the Beast a forward-thinking fairytale because it’s about emotional character growth! Plus, the beast and Beauty meeting every evening for dinner, talking to one another, is one of my favorite parts of the story.
# The Gentle Monster
The bad boy with the tormented soul. The ugly outcast who lives in loneliness. The beast represents these character tropes that we all know and love. Whether the beast merely overcomes prejudice against his outward looks, or a raging temper from years of rejection and pain, he’s a character that we come to love for the hidden value beneath the mask of a monster.
Let me know why you're a lover of Beauty and the Beast in the comments!