Culture and Entertainment

Beauty and the Beast Week Kick-Off Tag

I’m participating in Meredith’s Beauty and the Beast week. At least, I’m going to do that tag and read a bunch of posts. 

1.When did you first experience Beauty and the Beast?
As a child I watched the Disney princess movie and read our large blue Disney Classics book (Mom just got this again for my sister who remembered adoring it as a child). I cannot remember how young I was, but this was one of the Disney princess movies I watched most (along with Pocahontas and Cinderella).

2. In what forms(book, movie, retelling) have you experienced Beauty and the Beast?
Beauty by Robin McKinley, Beastly and the Disney animated movie.

3. Who is your favorite character in Beauty and the  Beast?
In the animated movie, probably Gaston. He is hilarious. Lumiere and Cogsworth are fun too. Um, the couple? Well, the Beast is disturbing and underdeveloped (yes, I know it is a Disney movie . . . but Flynn he’s ruined me for anyone less) and Belle is annoying.

In the book (Beauty), every character is lovely (Beauty has an interesting family). Beauty is a much more worthy heroine, but I still wish the Beast was a little bit more developed. However, in the book he comes off as mysterious which is good.

4. What is your favorite song from the cartoon Beauty and the Beast?
I prefer the tracks “Prologue” and “Transformation” to the singing.

5. If you were turned into a piece of furniture what you want it to be?
A side table in an abandoned room where I could be left alone until all was well.

6. What would your dream cast for Beauty and the Beast be? (This can be as elaborate or simple as you desire.) I just cannot pull anyone together quickly; I don’t know enough about enough actors and actresses to do this easily.

7. If your school were performing BatB which character would you want to play?
Belle could be fun or perhaps an enchanted maid. Most preferably, someone in the audience. I’m not a theater kid nor EVER wanted to be.

8. Like Belle, do you enjoy reading books multiple times?
Yeees. But I need to be careful. Since adulthood, if I read books (or watch movies) too many times and too close together, I sicken of them.

9. If you were to write a retelling, what would you change?
Develop the Beast’s character a bit more, give more detail to his back story, give more detail to the love story after the transformation.

10. Are roses your favorite flower? 
One of my favorites. Not so much store roses as homegrown ones, though. We had at least six in our yard as a child. Not those Knock Out roses that fall to pieces the minute you touch them.


  • Marian

    Beauty and the Beast is my all time favourite Disney story and I'm super excited for the new one but also apprehensive because what if they ruin it?! I enjoyed this tag and had to laugh at 5. I think I'd probably choose to be a lamp. I was going to say bookshelf but the weight of all those books would be unbearable!

  • Livia Rachelle

    I considered saying the West Wing, or near it where I could be left alone or spy on the Beast . . . but then I might get smashed.

    Cinderella is one of my favorite storylines and that live action was so wonderful, I don't know how any other live action can live up to it.

  • Livia Rachelle

    I think Knockouts are pretty . . . but I like my flowers to stay together and not disintegrate if you look at them.

    Gaston, thats my grown-up self-talking. He's hilariously self-absorbed and boorish. I find Belle a bit self-righteous and snotty now. I know, I'm expecting too much from a Disney movie . . . of course this is colored from clips of the live-action.

  • Hamlette

    I didn't see the Disney BATB until I was in college, so this is also my grown-up self talking: I find Gaston to be one of the most revoltingly boorish bullies I have ever seen onscreen, and I am so annoyed with Luke Evans (whom I very much like) for playing this character I detest that I really have no desire to watch the new movie.

  • Livia Rachelle

    I see him as satire; he was so awful he was funny. I think that is the point (like the mirror clip in the previews); I mean, I don't want him to be the hero, and I don't sympathize with his rejection or anything. I guess I'm thinking of the beginning. When his villianies and cowardice towards the beast come out, no.

    I don't think Luke Evan is the best for the role (he doesn't look pompously self-satisfied enough), but I am not really happy with much of what I've seen as far as ideals go.

  • Meredith

    Mmmm, Prologue and Transformation are lovely. 🙂

    Those are good ideas for a retelling. I always want just a litttle more development for the Beast.

    Thanks for participating! 🙂

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