I’ve been rather unsuccessful recently in knowing what to post and talk about but this morning when I was flicking through WordPress, I noticed that one of my new followers, Fire to the Poppies, posted this very Beauty and the Beast Book Tag, based on Disney’s live action adaptation that is being released March 2017. Now if you’ve been following this blog for a while, you might know that I adore Disney and that my favourite film of all time happens to be Beauty and the Beast. Belle is also the character I have related to the most since I was little, and not just in terms of loving books. Therefore, I could not pass up the opportunity to do this tag. It was originally created by Kirsty and the Cat Read and I cannot wait to get into it so let’s get started.
Tale as old as time – a popular theme, trope, or setting you will never get bored of reading.
A main female protagonist who happens to be the lost/supposedly dead princess of their world. I’m not mentioning names of two series I know with this trope but regardless of how many times I predict this happening, I’ll still read and enjoy them.
Belle – a book you bought for its cover that’s just as beautiful inside too:
There are quite a few but one that sticks out to me is The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. In fact every edition of this book has the most stunning covers I’ve seen. Inside the prose is beautifully written, the detail is amazing, and you certainly feel the magic of this mysterious circus.
Beast – a book you didn’t expect much from but pleasantly surprised you.
The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild. I was expecting the romance to take centre stage but I really liked that it was downplayed and used as a secondary arc instead. I also didn’t expect some of the plot twists so that was a nice surprise.
Gaston – a book everyone loves but you don’t.
Any book written by Rainbow Rowell, especially Fangirl and Carry On. I really didn’t like either of these books for multiple reasons and was happy to remove them from my shelves.
LeFou – a loyal sidekick you can’t help but love more than their counterpart.
I’m going to choose two from the same series and they are Simon and Magnus in The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. I love these two so so much for their sarcasm, wittiness and all-round brilliance.
Mrs Potts, Chip, Lumière and Cogsworth – a book that helped you through a difficult time or that taught you something valuable.
I always love re-reading Pride and Prejudice or the Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet when things get a little crazy because no matter the adaptation, the main story always provides the hope that one can escape the madness with a little patience and resilience.
Something There – a book or series that you weren’t into at first but picked up towards the end.
For me that was Harry Potter. I liked the first few books, and whilst the Prisoner of Azkban is my favourite, I got more into the series (the books and films) with the last few books, due to the maturity and darker content.
Be our Guest – a fictional character you’d love to have over for dinner.
Oh, definitely left the hardest one until last. I think I would have to go for Jo from Little Women.
And that’s that. Now I feel the real need to watch Beauty and the Beast again, or listen to its soundtrack.
Thanks for reading!