- File Size: 9759 KB
- Print Length: 566 pages
- Publication Date: February 26, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XMQWDV9
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,846 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Beau and the Beast Kindle Edition
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With Beau and the Beast Kay Simone takes it to the next level. A very clever spin on the classic story. Engaging and captivating writing. A heartwarming love story.
Brilliant from start to finish.
I HAD to read this book. I love re-casting classic stories, whether Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” or any well-known myth or fairytale. So, “Beau and the Beast” by Kay Simone was a must-read. Simone is a good writer—and at times a wonderful writer. The tricky part of writing a new take on a classic is that it has to be simultaneously (1) fresh and (2) familiar. This can lead to some pretty contrived narrative, and Simone falls into this trap now and then in the course of this very long book. Her plot drags in places, but on the whole I really liked it. I especially enjoyed the very “now” twist she gives to the end of the tale, although the epilogue felt both a little wordy while being oddly perfunctory.
Simone works very hard to delve into the personalities of both Beau and Wolfram. She wants us to know them and understand them inside and out. From Beau’s younger brother Noah, physically different because of a cataclysmic event that happened when they were young; to Wolfram’s own murky childhood in the shadow of his father Isidore, we gradually come to know what makes these two men tick. It is a long way from Disney’s films, because there’s a philosophical bent to this story that makes it more thoughtful than most fables. On the other hand, it’s not as stylized or symbolist as Jean Cocteau’s famous 1946 film “La Belle et la Bete” (in which the beast was played by Cocteau’s gorgeous boyfriend).
From this end, I give it four stars.
However, I also wanted to take away a star, giving it three (which is not bad for me, but not a rave, either), because the author has chosen to place this great idea for a gay spin on a classic fable squarely into the gooey heart of throbbing gay romance. I know this is supposed to be about Beau falling in love with the beast (no spoiler here, but stop reading now, because spoilers follow). But there is a huge amount of sex between Beau and Wolfram, and it is covered in great, many-paged, sometimes tedious detail. Even the very first scene between these two made me squidgy, because, IT’S A FAIRY TALE and discussions of pretty little strong-spirited Beau and Wolfram’s massive, uh, junk, just don’t fit into my vision of what a gay version of this story should be. Plus, to be honest, I kept having uncomfortable images of Dorothy getting intimate with the Cowardly Lion, and, just, ew.
Personally, I would have cut 90% of the sex from this book, and just left the love, because that’s where the story and the author shine. To me, this is a book that could have a wider audience in a world where gay men in love is gradually becoming less frightening than a cursed beast. By choosing the path she does, Simone automatically limits the audience to hardcore m/m fans who demand lots of on-page heat. And that’s too bad, because it’s a great idea.
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