Wednesday, May 28, 2014

All Things Vaguely Beauty and the Beast

I may not have told you this before, but I love "Beauty and the Beast"* and all of the retellings and spin-offs. This includes Hades and Persephone, Cupid and Psyche, "East o'the Sun, West o'the Moon" and all its retellings. I recently made this list for a friend of mine who shares my love for all the Beauty and the Beast things and wanted some to read when she got back from being fabulous in England.**

Please don't use this information to psychoanalyze me. I do that often enough myself.

Tyler-Rose’s Comprehensive List of 

All Things Vaguely Beauty and the Beast

This list excludes movie versions. Also the three Romance novel versions I have discovered since their literary value is highly debatable. However, their titles are available upon request.

* Various versions of the original tale, including the legends of Hades and Persephone, Cupid and Psyche, and the various other iterations that involve marrying dragons, pigs, snakes, and peacocks. The version I have on my shelf is retold by Sir Arthur Quilter Couch.
* Beauty by Robin McKinley
* Rose Daughter by Robin McKinley
* Sunshine by Robin McKinley
* Beast by Donna Jo Napoli
* Beastly by Alex Flinn
* The Fire Rose by Mercedes Lackey
* Keturah and Lord Death by Marine Leavitt
* Cruel Beauty by Rosemond Hodge
* Crazy Beautiful by Lauren Baratz-Logsted
* Heart’s Blood by Juliet Marillier
* Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay (I haven’t read this one yet)
* East by Edith Pattou
* Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George
* The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
* Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
* North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

Also, this person's Pinterest which is completely lovely and where I get most of my computer wallpaper.

Please try not to judge me for this.

Painting of Beauty and the Beast by Angela Barrett

UPDATE: The amazing friend I made the list for is going to be referred to on the blog as "Belle" from now on. She says she's pleased. Oh my goodness, do I love the Blog Alias.


* I mean the archetype not the Disney cartoon. Though, I like that too.

** Actually, I think Susan is going to stay at this friend's house on her way back to the US. All I can say is England better watch out. I'm not sure that little island can take this much concentrated awesomeness.


  1. Oh nice! I loooved Beauty and the Beast as well. Probably started with the Disney movie, but moved to the fairy tale and other retellings of it too! Another version is Spirited by Nancy Holder, this was apart of the fairy tale retellings they had some years ago, the Once Upon a Time series--I think that's what it was tentatively called at one point! It was really interesting, took a spin with Native Americans and Colonists--if I am remembering correctly!

    And apparently there was one more in this long series (just a mix of fairy tales and authors, goodreads shows 19 books!) was called Belle by Cameron Dokey. Never read that one, but it's another B&B retelling!

    1. OOOooOOoooo!!! Thank you so much :D You can be as sure as sunrise that I will be checking these out.

  2. This is fantastic! Thanks for compiling this list. I've always loved Beauty and the Beast, and I love a good BatB retelling. :-)

  3. Disney certainly had me liking the Beauty and the Beast tale from a very young age (is it wrong to say I would've preferred the Beast to stay a beast, than become a human?) and is probably how the story snuck into one of my novels. But I've not read many retellings. Maybe I should start ...

    1. I completely agree about the Beast staying a beast. I've always thought this. Prince Whatever His Name Is always just looks sort of pathetically wimpy to me.

  4. Did you want him to stay as he was at the beginning of the story or the end (before turning back to human)?