By the end of the novel, the reader understands that inner beauty is more important than outward appearances.
Foreshadowing is used at the beginning of the novel to hint towards Kyle's transformation into a beast.
What is the effect of the appropriation of the original text?
By appropriating the original fairytale into a novel aimed at teenagers, the reader gains a better insight into the values held in the original text as they are the same in the novel, Beastly.
In both stories, "Beauty and the Beast" and "E.T.", the main characters are unique creatures are forced into a human society, which does not always accept them for who they are....
If Belle did not love the Beast before the last petal fell from the enchanted rose, he would remain a beast forever and society would never accept him.
From the beginning, they are nicknamed "Beauty and the Beast," and like Beauty and the Beast, Leo is admired by those around him while Holly is rejected and isolated.
In the fairytale, Beauty only had to tell Beast that she loved him, and this alone was enough to break the spell; however in Beastly, Lindy had to kiss Kyle in order for him to be transformed.
Beastly begins with a scene in a classroom, where the students are voting for their “homecoming royalty” when Kendra begins challenging this typical, American, teenage notion by making an elaborate speech, to which Kyle reacts by countering her argument with one of his own, based on his belief that looks are important to everyone.
By comparing key scenes from the fairytale, appropriated into the context of the novel, one can gain a better insight into the story and the message hidden in the beautiful tale.
The most obvious motif used in the novel is the idea of Beauty and the Beast, which is referenced throughout the entire novel, particularly in the middle sections of the novel as the characters of "Beastly" Kyle and Lindy are developed.
Why is the original text valued in our society?
The original text, Beauty and the Beast, is a classic fairytale enjoyed by many people around the world.
The most apparent reason would be that teenagers have a natural curiosity that they wish to satisfy, whereas children are content with the explanation that they are given, and so Alex Flinn, in order to satisfy the curiosity of teenagers, told the story of Kyle’s life before becoming a beast.
A second scene is when Kyle is begging Lindy to come out of her room, if only to share a meal with her however, Lindy is adamant that she hates Kyle and wants nothing to do with him.
By Catherine Gionta
Beauty And The Beast and Beastly Comparison
- Time and location: The fairytale was probably based in France, several hundred years ago, in or around the 1700s whereas Beastly is based in modern Manhattan, New York.
- In the fairytale, the qualities of chivalry and bravery are shown, whereas in Beastly, typical teenage problems are shown: relationships, parents, high school and the “ugliness” in the world.
- In the fairytale, Beauty and the Beast are adults whereas in Beastly, they are teenagers.
- The spell is broken by true love’s kiss in Beastly whereas mere love is the key to the breaking of the spell in the fairytale.
- Beastly is told from the Beast’s point of view, whereas the fairytale is told from an omniscient point of view - this allows the reader to gain insights into the Beast’s life whereas with the fairytale, the reader views the book as an outsider, allowing them to know things that the characters do not.
- In the fairytale, the beast is a prince, and in Beastly, the beast is a teenage guy with a rich father, who is good looking on the outside, but ugly on the inside.
Like the original tale, Kendra gives Kyle two years to find someone to love him as a beast, and with true love's kiss, he would be turned back into a human.
- Same motherly figure represented in the two texts - in the fairytale, it is Mrs Potts and in Beastly, it is the maid, Magda.
- Roses are present in both texts and they represent the same things: beauty, courage, passion and love.
Another appropriation of this classic tale by the Grimm Brothers is the novel by Alex Flinn, entitled Beastly.