5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Wish she'd make a series of these,
This review is from: Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast (Paperback)
After growing up on Disney fairy tales and the like I've always had a certain fondness for folk tales. This just happens to be a masterful retelling. I normally groan when someone attempts to tale a classic tale "with a twist", but if they were all done as well as this one I wouldn't mind in the slightest.
McKinley gives her Beauty a wonderful worldly intelligence and almost sarcastic sense of humor. She's not a true beauty to anyone accept the Beast and her family. I loved the fact that the sisters were NICE, not your normal run of the mill evil siblings. The family was normal and it almost seemed like the reaction of any family put in such circumstances, fairy tale or not. McKinley fleshes out the story into a beautiful novel, with a Beast that was never mean. It's almost more believable that way. I mean Beauty had to get over him being a Beast in the first place, what better way to get over that part than if he were a nice Beast? The character are lovingly portrayed so that each one is cared about, not in the least the Beast himself.
Yet Beauty is the main character in this story and there couldn't be a better heroine. She's brave, intelligent, caring and a tomboy. She has conviction and a sense of humor lacking from many fairy tale women.
I myself wish that McKinley would continue writing novels of this type. I would love to see her take on other fairy tales. Everyone needs a Beast like hers.