Beauty and the Beast is looking pretty good for its age. The story was first published as a novel called La Belle et la Bête by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve in 1740, and it probably existed in other versions way before that. It’s been a popular story for the last couple of centuries, and it’s not showing any signs of slowing down. The story has been retold through all kinds of media; novels, movies, tv shows, musicals, on ice…it’s everywhere.
Beauty and the Beast isn’t the only fairy tale that is getting this treatment. That’s what makes fairy tales so special: with a few tweaks they can work in any time and any culture. We never seem to get tired of them! At least, I know I don’t.
Here are some of my favorites:
A Curse Dark as Gold / Elizabeth C. Bunce (Rumpelstiltskin)
Beauty / Robin McKinley (Beauty and the Beast)
Cloaked in Red / Vivian Vande Velde (Little Red Riding Hood)
Princess of the Midnight Ball / Jessica Day George (The Twelve Dancing Princesses)
Mira, Mirror / Mette Ivie Harrison (Snow White)
Rapunzel’s Revenge / Shannon Hale and Dean Hale ; illustrated by Nathan Hale (Rapunzel)