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Contents: 976 recs in 229 fandoms; 64 links

Beauty and the Beast

In a Dark Wood by Sheldrake

'She cannot absolutely say that he is finned, or winged, or hoofed. And yet, she cannot absolutely say that he isn't.' A lovely combination of the surreal & the matter of fact marks this dreamlike version of 'The Beauty and the Beast'

[Added 03/01/2007; Drama; 2500-6000; Beauty and the Beast]

Invisible by Miss Lanyon

'I remember. I was engaged to the miller's son, but he had not been caught by the Change. He had married the blacksmith's daughter less than a week after we disappeared.' An unusual take on the Disney incarnation of the 'Beauty and the Beast' tale, which focuses on the plight of the invisible servants. The ending is a little too clearly signalled, perhaps, but getting there is satisfying

[Added 28/05/2012; Romance/Erotica; 2500-6000; Beauty and the Beast]

Rough Diamond by Lyrstzha

'Stories are sleek and round on the tongue and in the mind, perfect circles of meaning, but truth is mostly far more unsatisfying and messy.' A novel retelling of 'The Beauty and the Beast'. Clever & charming. Highly recommended

[Added 03/01/2007; Drama; 2500-6000; Beauty and the Beast]

these long-prepared chains by Betony

'It took effect slowly. One morning the inhabitants of the little village that bordered the castle woke to find themselves every bit as hungry at they had been, as destitute and derelict, but possessed with a newfound buoyancy and a predilection for song.' Ingenious pre-story to the Disney version that turns details upside down to make sense of the film's set up and ties events more explicitly to the Revolution

[Added 26/12/2017; Drama; 1000-2500; Beauty and the Beast]